So, what are we thinking? How often do we pause and ask ourselves this question?
Four and a half years ago I began hosting a local evening of encouragement for women every other month. For over two years we women gathered together, sharing food, fellowship, and a whole lot of fun. But when the pandemic arrived on the scene in March of 2020, sadly these evenings of encouragement came to a halt.
Well, last evening we held our first one in two years (our 15th one total), and let me tell you, my heart needed it. Gathering with other women was good for my soul, and it gave me a lift in my step that has been missing for quite awhile. Check out my social media posts if you’d like to see more. But last night’s subject centered around something I believe is critical and significant for each of us and for the lives we are given to live out daily. We discussed our thoughts and if they are helpful or hurtful? Because they are one or the other.
And it all begins with this question.
What in the world are we thinking?
Do you ever stand back and ask yourself such a question? “What in the world am I thinking?”
When was the last time you and I thought about our thoughts? Do we ever pause enough to ponder our thoughts? The question, “What are we thinking?,” is one I think we could ask more often. Because if we did, we might be surprised. And we might become aware that our thoughts aren’t what we thought they were. (I know that sounds funny, doesn’t it?) Because all too often, we just think what we think. But we don’t necessarily think about what we think.
I believe it’s time to change that.
Why? Well because I believe the quality of our thoughts determine the quality of our lives. And I believe our thoughts are important to our Creator. And two proverbs explain why:
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.Proverbs 23:7 NLV
Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.Proverbs 4:23 NCV
What our minds focus on shapes who we are.
Our thoughts can control how we feel about certain situations in life. They can control how we perceive ourselves and others. They can determine our words, our actions, our beliefs. Our thoughts can impact how we view the world, our lives, our day-to-day experiences.
Our thoughts matter!
So, it’s no wonder God has much to say about our minds and our thoughts!
Click on the player above to listen to the full 16-minute episode. I also share a simple four-step way to help us transform our thoughts.
What in the world are we thinking? We are thinking truth. We are thinking the thoughts God desires us to think. Thank you for being here and for the blessing you are. God bless you!
Links in this episode:
- Proverbs 23:7 NLV
- Proverbs 4:23 NCV
- Romans 12:2 VOICE
- John 10:10 NASB
- 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
- Philippians 4:8 NIV
- Encouragement for Real Life Community on Facebook
- Find additional encouragement in my Free Resource library