Mind Your Mind

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by life that you just wanted to crawl under your covers and sleep forever?? Has your to-do list ever threatened to swallow you alive?? Are you having difficulty finding peace in any corner of your life??

Admittedly, this is me. Right here, right now. 

My morning ritual centers around time spent with God. Sometimes fully engaged, sometimes going through the motions, but today my Heavenly Father wrapped me in his loving arms, and gently spoke into my heart. 

The conversation went like this:

God, God, where are you??

I am here, Lisa, always here.

I don’t feel you, and I’m scared.

Fear is not of me. I see you, and I see your struggles, and I know your heart. 

Life feels out of control. I am out of control. I fear that I am not serving you or the Kingdom the way you intended, and that my focus flits away from you in an instant. I need to know you're near.

I will never leave you nor forsake you. You know that. You study that. You share that. 

I feel like that’s a cliqué. Am I too far ahead of You? Too far behind?

I am walking with you. You also know that. 

I’m not sure I do. 

*silence*

Then, He whispered, “Mind your mind.”

*tears*

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Sometimes, we just need simple truth. And then we must take control of what we are given control over. Period. We have dominion over our thoughts and we can purposely release fear, and anxiety, and negative self-talk. “I’m not good enough.” “I’ll never get this done.” “I am not equipped.” “I'm running out of time.” “Another mistake.” “Can’t you remember anything any more?” Taunting sentences and lies from the enemy. Every one of them. 

There’s still work to be done here… my mission for Him is not complete. So today, I am taking back my mind, and redirecting my focus. I know that by typing this, I become a larger target, but I also know Who provides my armor, so I’m vitalizing my life by:

1. Releasing all “shoulds”, “oughts”, “musts”, and “haves”.  
2. Speaking to myself the way I speak to others. 
3. Affirming my place in the Kingdom: “I was made and created by the God of the Bible. I am fully equipped by Him and for Him. I am loved and beloved. And I am saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.”

My hope is that by sharing this very personal story that you will vitalize yourself, put on the armor of God, and mind your mind. 

It’s the day that God has made. Let's rejoice in that together.

Lisa McCoskey