“Therefore prepare your minds for action.” – 1 Peter 1:13
Toxic thoughts are similar to the clutter that accumulates in our house. If our home is cluttered it can be a real mood buster. Clutter leaves us feeling unorganized, out of sorts, and creates mental road blocks that hinder us from establishing a smoothly run household. Clutter throws our home into a state of confusion. When we submit to stinking thinking confusion negatively impacts us and manifests through our actions. If your mind is cluttered you can’t think straight or make good informed decisions. Instead stinking thinking brings out the worst in you. It keeps you from striving toward your dreams and stops you from being your personal best. It’s important to get your thoughts in order. Throw out the thoughts that no longer serve you. When you clear your mind of the toxic thoughts you’ll be able to redirect your focus on your blessings instead of what you perceive to be lacking. Here are three steps to clear the clutter from your mind.
Clear the Mind Clutter
- Take Time to Clean – If you find yourself swimming in a sea of negative thoughts, stop and get to dry land. First, retreat to a soothing place such as your designated sacred space. Sit down, close your eyes, breathe and clear your mind of any thoughts. Find your place of stillness so that you’re able to listen to what God is saying to you.
- Pray for Renewal and Transformation – Get on your knees and pray. Humble yourself before God and ask him to renew your mind and transform your thoughts so they’re focused on Christ. When Satan has his grip on our mind you need God’s intervention. Renewing your mind won’t happen overnight. It is difficult to reprogram your mind to think another way without God’s intervention. We have to be in consistent prayer with the Lord and dedicate ourselves to changing within.
- Practice Affirmations – If you think about something long enough you’ll believe it. Stop beating yourself up and be as compassionate with yourself as you would toward your children or loved ones. Women are extremely hard on themselves. We forget how fantastic we really are. Be nice to yourself! Search for uplifting scriptures to renew your spirit and mind. Put them on sticky notes and post them around the house, in your car, or anywhere you’ll be sure to see them. Affirmations encourage a constructive inner dialogue that is your ally in the stinking thinking battle.
Developing an attachment to clutter is comfortable. The clutter is familiar and becomes part of our identity. No wonder letting go is so difficult. But, if you kept all the things that no longer serve you, there is no room for anything new. Clear out the piled up clutter in your mind and move forward with an uncluttered sense of renewal and transformation.
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