I am excited to begin this new chapter of my life and for the ministry to be coming into fruition. And along with these changes, I am starting this blog.
Today, society in America is negative, with numerous personal attacks both in our communities and within our families. For a long time it has been laid on my heart to address the ugliness and criticism I have witnessed in our society and among my fellow human beings. I am amazed to see how victimization has increased, and there is very little compassion expressed. Society has become rude and more bold in expressing their anger and expressing their personal disregard for individuals, whether they know the individual or not. Now, it is the time for me to address this negativity, and how, and why, I am able to help people identify, and deal with, changing their mindset (renewing their mind), and change their current outcomes, (to following God’s way of talking and walking).
From my own personal experience, I heard loud, harsh, negative words, and name calling throughout my middle school and high school years. I lived in a critical home environment, where the high standard was always perfectionism. I learned to see what my parents taught was boundaries, high expectations, how to endure, no excuses allowed, follow-through with your words and actions, and have a spirit of excellence. There was “NO talking back…” allowed. Through the years of the harsh homework experience, I began to see, as I grew into adulthood, that I could stand strong and endure a lot, and without feeling intimidated or threatened. I know that what I experienced in the ’50’s would be called verbal abuse. In the early 1950’s, it was just something I endured, in order to complete my homework assignment, and know with confidence that I would at least make a “D” in the class. I learned early on that I didn’t understand geometry or algebra. but I also learned, by experience, that while I understood how to do my homework…eventually, that unless the problem was identical on the test, I typically failed the test.
Because the trauma in my life was intense for me, I determined to break this negative cycle. I saw ways in which I could help others. During my private practice in Washington state, I met with individuals who had endured trauma. They described abuse that was due to an adult demanding their way be the way things were to be done, with no questions or comments allowed. I began to feel compassion rise up within me. I knew what I saw, and had personally experienced, and now saw others experiencing similar abuse. I knew I could help. I told the Lord, use me to help others overcome the ugliness and hurt hearts. Use me as a witness and a light to Your people.
So, without change, an individual will retreat and experience a decreased self esteem, which is the beginning of the spiral down process. Let’s address the negativity. I am here to help you change your mindset and your outcomes. As Christ said, we start by enlightening the inner man. We must work from the inside out.
We all know about negativity and its affect in our life. We also know that our negativity effects the lives of those around us. I will use my blog to encourage, equip, and empower you to another level of effectiveness. Your part will be to meditate scripture promises, that you are led to stand on. Begin more consistently to monitor your thinking and speaking. Actually speak the verse, or verses, out loud. SEE yourself taking dominion over the situation with your words. Then begin praising God like Mark 11:23-24 tells us to do, BELIEVING that you have received what you prayed for, NOW. Start Praising God. THANK YOU LORD, I HAVE IT NOW!
If you let negativity consume your thoughts, then your words become negative, and then negativity will spill out into your life and be expressed in your behavior. You will draw in exactly what you really don’t want.
Watch the process that is happening in your life: how doubt builds upon doubt, fear builds upon fear, then how worry builds upon worry. These all draw negative things toward you; into your mind first, then your mouth, and then into your life.
So monitor your thoughts, and identify how you draw negativity toward your life. Then make a determination to change your words. Be patient with yourself, but START.
Choose to build your thoughts upon Phil 4:8 Amp. “Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
Begin to build godly and good thoughts, which will start to eradicate the negative influences drawn into your life. At the end of the day, review your day, and make note of the progress. And be encouraged, because there will be progress, because you made thought changes, then you monitored your words and then you saw you made progress in changing your life, today. Praise God!
Process Summary: The first step starts with your mind — determine to think God’s way instead of the negative world’s way.
Then remember, it goes into your mouth —- speaking God’s way instead of the negative world’s way. Then it moves into your life— your actions fall in line with your new thoughts and words. Now you see the changes begin in your behavior and life, and these changes become a lifestyle.
Positive builds upon positive, good builds upon good.
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