Friday, January 29, 2016

It's All in Your Mind~

Please hold your laughter (if possible) until you have moved on from this post,
opened another email,
or jumped down to another Facebook post.

I've never said I am the brightest lightbulb in the box,
and what I am about to reveal will certainly "back me up" when it comes to this claim.

Sometimes (ok, most times), it takes me a little while to catch on.

What others grasp instantaneously, I have to grapple with for a bit.
What others come by naturally, I have to ponder, digest, and reflect upon.

Thankfully, AHA moments do happen for me,
sometimes they just take a while to happen.

Like, for instance, my most recent AHA moment.
This one only took 50 years,
and it is the simplicity of the revelation,
combined with the 50 year time frame in which it took me to process it,
that has me asking you to please hold your giggles.

Balance is all in your head.
(There - it's out in black and white, typed out on paper for all to see. )

For 50 years of my life, I struggled with balance,
particularly balance when it came to standing on one foot.
Try as I might,
no positioning of my arms or controlled movement of my leg seemed to bring success.

As soon as I lifted one leg up,
I would teeter and totter until I finally (ok, quickly!) had to place the lifted foot right back on the ground.

For 50 years, I could not balance on one foot.
Could. not. do. it.

And then, it happened.

One day, while trying to lift my foot long enough to take off a very uncooperative sock,
I started to teeter,
and when I did,
I heard myself (out loud) telling myself,
 "Stacy, come on girl!  Think about what you're doing here!"

And, I did.

For the first time ever, I intentionally thought
about what I was doing,
about what I was wanting to accomplish,
about the need to stay steady and stable.

And, you know what?

The more I thought about being in balance,
the more I was.

The more I thought about standing steady and sure,
the more I was.

The more I took my mental focus from what I wasn't doing and placed it into what I wanted to do,
the steadier (and prouder) I stood.

Have you ever been there?
Teetering and tottering through life?

Wanting so desperately to stand steady and sure
in a temptation,
through a trial,
during the battle?

Struggling to not lean to the left or the right
in a moment of weakness,
when faced with opposition,
in times of fear and doubt?

If so, remember this:
The victory begins in your mind.

Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
~ Romans 12:1-2 AMP



Keeping our mind on Christ,
intentionally focusing our thoughts on God,
allowing God to transform
our ability,
our resolve,
our wishy-washyness,
our unbalanced living,
into
a rock-solid faith.

This is how you and I can begin to find our spiritual balance.
Enlisting the power of the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do and what we never can,
seals our victory.

It's not about trying to position our emotions just right.
It's not about trying to place one foot of faith here so as to outweigh one lean toward fear there.
It's not about trying to stand steady on our own.

It's about surrendering our need to be in control,
by placing our mind on The One in control,
and then allowing Him to do what we can't.

It's about removing our focus from self,
and placing our mind on The One who can bring all things into focus.

It's about taking our thoughts off of
our problem,
our situation,
our temptation,
our need,
our trial,
our whatever is trying to throw us off balance,
and placing them back on
our Almighty God,
our Heavenly Father,
our Good Shepherd,
our Jehovah-Jireh,
our Abba-Daddy.

It's all in our mind.

Believing,
Knowing,
Surrendering.

The next time you find yourself wavering to the right or swaying to the left,
set you mind on things above.

The next time you feel wobbly and gimpy standing on your own,
stand your spiritual ground by
focusing your mind back on to Christ Jesus,
the one on whose promises you stand.

The next time you start to teeter and totter
and wave your emotions frantically in an effort to find something stable to grab on to,
reach your mind upward
and grab hold of your God -
the rock of your salvation,
the anchor of your soul.

Yes, it's all in your mind.

And, as long as your mind (and mine)
is fixed on Jesus,
we will stand.







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3 comments:

  1. Perfectly true and beautifully said. Thank you for this wisdom and the joy it brought to my heart.

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  2. Absolutely relatable. Thanks for making it so simple

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  3. So true Stacey,thank you so much!

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