Do you find yourself in a battle to stay positive about your parenting, your marriage, and everything else you face? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. The struggle is real. There’s so much pressure as a mom then you stack on top of that the other aspects of life and it can get overwhelming pretty quickly.
As a Christian, you may find yourself caught in the trap of thinking you have to have it all together. You don’t. Seriously, if you get anything from reading this blog, please get this. You are good enough right here and right now. You are extravagantly loved by Jesus with all your victories and your failures.
We are all works in progress. Some days will be better than others. The key in all of it is to not give up. I wish we would all talk more about what we’re really thinking.
How To Receive The Love Of God Despite Negative Thinking
One of the biggest hindrances to receiving love from Jesus is negative thinking. These could be thoughts that you don’t deserve this kind of love or that you have fallen short in one way or another. Receiving the love of God starts with getting real with Him and accepting your life where it is in this moment.
As we mature into adults, we tend to be hardest on ourselves. When we beat ourselves up over our mistakes it develops a pattern of negative thinking. Negative thinking is a lot more dangerous than many of us realize because it opens a gateway to self doubt, self hate, and even worse, self sabotage.
Breaking The Cycle
This cycle can be broken by learning how to take control of your thoughts. It starts by taking each thought captive and asking yourself whether or not there is truth to that thought. Once you identify your negative thinking then you can replace it with the truth of the word of God.
2 Corinthians 10:5 in The Amplified Bible says it best here:
We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5, The Amplified Bible
The Way Out
I believe that the way out of negative thinking is much easier than it may seem. It starts with thinking about what you’re thinking about. As you examine your thought life you will discover your heart and soul.
You begin by learning what the Bible says about your thoughts. Then, you can apply the scriptures to your life as you renew your mind. (Don’t worry! I included the scriptures below). After that, I highly recommend journaling about your thought life. Consistent journaling is life changing!
What God Says About Negative Thoughts
Let’s take a deep dive into what the bible says about our thinking. Here’s what the Word of God says about overcoming negative thoughts:
For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12, The Amplified Bible
- No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37, NIV
- I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength. Philippians 4:13, NCV
- Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2, NIV
Here are the scriptures to guide you in dealing with negative thoughts:
- Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7, NCV
- So prepare your minds for action, be completely sober [in spirit—steadfast, self-disciplined, spiritually and morally alert], fix your hope completely on the grace [of God] that is coming to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:13, The Amplified Bible
- Let your eyes look directly ahead [toward the path of moral courage] And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you [toward the path of integrity]. Proverbs 4:25, The Amplified Bible
- When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comfort delights my soul. Psalm 94:19, NASB
Applying scripture to your life is so powerful! I want to encourage you to copy these scriptures into the notes of your phone and speak them aloud over your life.
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