5 Steps to Controlling Negative Thoughts

Today I am so happy to introduce you to my friend,  Annette Reeder. Annette is an author and nutritionist who shares her wisdom of how-to best care for our health (and our souls). Here's Annette:

There is power in what we think… Despite this fact, many people don’t realize they are lazy thinkers. Therefore, they are lazy in their outcomes. All thoughts are powerful. They lead us in one direction or another.

Do we want to add power to negative ones or glorifying ones? I don’t know about you, but I want to cultivate glorifying ones! Thoughts can cause a riot or lead to righteousness. Which one would you rather have? I’ll take righteousness!

When you are able to control your thoughts, you’re able to help yourself be successful in your physical, spiritual, and emotional health.
whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything, worthy of praise – let your mind dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8
Dwell is a continual action. It is not a one and done.

Do your thoughts include these types of things? I am loved. I am worthy. I’m beautiful. I am a perfect weight. I’m happily married. I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me.

When I started this transformational journey, my mind fixated on things like I am ugly. I’m depressed. I am fat. I am unloving. I’m unlovable. I am miserable. I believed they were true. Yet, when I read God’s word, it stated otherwise. Therefore, I avoided reading God’s word. Make sense? Not really. But that was the result of the things I was cultivating in my mind.

Thoughts bring things before our mind and enable us to consider them. These can be images, visions, perception, and imagination.
  • Thoughts never stand alone. They orchestrate feelings.
  • Feelings never stand alone. They orchestrate beliefs.
  • Beliefs never stand alone. They orchestrate actions.
  • Actions never stand alone. They orchestrate results.
How do you control your thoughts? Here are 5 steps on how to control your thoughts and succeed each time!

1. Identify Your Thoughts

What are your thoughts right now? Without editing them, write down your thoughts in a journal. Put a star next to what relates most closely to the patterns you want to change. Put a heart next to thoughts that honor God!

2. Question Your Thoughts

These are from a sermon by Charles Swindoll and they fit perfectly.
  • Where will these thoughts lead me?
  • Will they get me where I want to go?
  • Are they scripturally acceptable?
  • Will they build me up or tear me down?
  • Could I share these thoughts with someone else?
  • Where did they originate?
  • Do I feel guilty thinking these thoughts?
  • Do these thoughts fit me as a follower of Jesus?

3. Capture the Negative Thoughts and Throw Them Away

Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
Satan blinds the unbeliever and attempts to deceive the believer. Every person is engaged in a battle, whether they realize it or not. Satan wants to remind you of all the bad in past experiences. He makes you question yourself and the validity of your success.

Put away the thoughts that don’t fit with God’s plan for you. Understand your relationship with Jesus. We are raised up with Christ Jesus. This mindset controls everything.

Faulty thoughts lead to wrong actions. This is why it’s essential to identify our how we’re thinking, question our thoughts, and throw out the false ones with the trash.

4. Renew Your Thoughts

Set your mind on things above. Colossians 3:2
Whenever you banish a thought, it must be replaced, or it will return. It may try to return anyway, but you will be armed to combat the untrue, damaging thoughts if you have planted true, profitable ones.
  • If you thought: “I can’t lose weight,” replace it with: “God has given me a spirit of self-control. I can engage the Holy Spirit to empower me with self-control and lose weight.”
  • If you thought: “Food reduces my stress,” replace it with: “God gives me peace beyond understanding. I don’t need food to deal with stress.”
  • If you thought: “My health doesn’t matter to my spirituality,” replace it with: “God declared my body is the temple His Spirit resides in. When I take care of my body and am healthier, I’m more equipped to live obediently to Him.”
As you renew your mind, replacing every negative or untrue thing that’s crept into your thinking with God’s Word, your actions and results of your choices will change.

5. Rejoice in the Work God is Doing in You

Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts…And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
Praise God for what He’s doing in the present moment in your heart, mind, and life!

After a week or two, or a month, go back to step one. What are your thoughts now? Write them down. See how much has changed in how you think and reflect on how your transformed thoughts have resulted in transformed actions.

Mastering your thoughts won’t happen overnight. Your thoughts were planted long ago and have taken root over time. It will take time and effort to pluck them out.

Celebrate each successful replacement of a weed thought with a beautiful, aromatic flower thought! Before you know it, you’ll have a lovely garden flourishing in your mind!

Watch Annette's YouTube video where she shares these important 5 steps! Visit Annette's website to download her free e-book 7 Steps to Amazing Biblical Health. This great resource will help you:
  • Discover which foods keep you satisfied for longer - and why!
  • The secret to end "emotional eating", rather than giving in to fleeting desires.
  • Create a personal food plan to improve your health.
  • Learn the ultimate benefits of fasting - and how to get started now!

New Year's Challenge 2022

Join me on YouTube as I share a Challenge for 2022!

A Prayer for the New Year

My Heavenly Father, I lift this fresh New Year to You. Lord, I don’t know what this 2022 will bring, but You do. Please guide me, give me wisdom, give me grace, direct me, and most importantly, be with me.

Father may my every step we established by You. Please give me divine connections, divine opportunities, and divine friendships. Help me, by Your grace, to walk in discernment and recognize and move forward into the opportunities You set before me. Lead me to say yes or no according to Your will.

Help me to love you with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Help me to love others well. Give me ears to hear what Your Spirit is saying to me, and help me to understand and experience Your unfailing love in a fresh and deeper way. Give me a hunger for Your Word and help me to take time to be with You daily.

Protect and cover me and most of all, help me to grow in godly character as I know You more. May I reflect You more accurately in 2020, may my responses be tempered by Your Holy Spirit, and may I grow closer to you daily. Fill me with Your very real presence, Lord, and orchestrate every moment of this year. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen

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God bless you and Happy New Year!

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Have a Peace Filled Heart this Christmas

Could you use some real PEACE this holiday season? Join me on YouTube for a brief but meaningful, scripture-based prayer for peace over your home, your family, and yourself! 

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

How to Stay Calm In an Insane World

So many of us are currently battling anxiety; a mere glance at the headlines confirms why. If current events have tangled your heart with apprehension and stress has gripped your soul, I get it. The world is uglier and darker than just 18 months ago (and on many levels so much worse than I ever imagined witnessing), and what I’ve come to realize is that what worked prior to The Crazy That Is Now Our Planet won’t necessarily cut it today.

Here are some tips that help me. I trust they will help you maintain a calm heart, in spite of what’s going on in your life and around the world.

Pay attention to what you’re focusing on. It’s good to be informed. It’s not good to be obsessed. Watching the news, scrolling through social media to cull information, and the quest for updates on current events are understandable, even essential to a degree. And there’s nothing wrong with keeping apprised of what’s happening nationally (or even worldwide). Especially so we can pray. But our hearts were not designed to accumulate a constant barrage of information, facts, and (let’s face it) darkness that is reported 24/7. When we spend too much time absorbing distressing information, it will negatively affect us.

Recognize that peace is an intentional choice that requires effort. Peace doesn’t automatically fall into our hearts and minds, it must be sought and chosen. We do that by making time for daily scripture reading, prayer, and worship. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and though He is always with us (Matthew 28:20) , we must choose to acknowledge Him and spend time with Him. His presence in our daily, moment by moment real life changes everything.

Don’t underestimate unplugging. Our souls crave peace and quiet. Unplugging from technology helps us recharge and gives us time to ponder and relax. I love connecting with nature. A walk or bike ride refreshes me as I take in the fresh air, the bird’s songs, the gorgeous clouds. Not a fan of outdoors? Soak in a bubble bath. Meet a friend for tea or coffee. Read a good book. Take a nap. Bake cookies. Make the choice to let your soul recharge.

Don’t underestimate worship. This week has been rough for many. The heartbreaking mess in Afghanistan weighs heavy. In my home we also had sickness, among other things. All in all, it was an overwhelming week. My stress level was so high I felt on the verge of tears several times. So I went into my bedroom, closed the door, and I worshiped two ways. (1) I played my favorite worship song on repeat, allowing it to wash over me. As I sang and worshiped God’s presence rushed in and seriously calmed my heart. And (2) I opened up the YouVersion Bible App and played Psalm 23 on speaker mode, listening to it (and joining in) over and over.

Stay Connected to Scripture at All Costs. Now is not the time to skip your daily Bible reading. Scripture is living and active, it transforms us, teaches us, and fills us with truth. Our hearts and minds desperately need truth now more than ever. If you don’t have a One YearBible get one. They’re awesome. Reading 15-20 minutes daily gets you through the entire Bible in a year. I’ve read through various translations more than 15 times, it's life changing!

Remember that You are never alone. Oh, how we need to know this! He is always with us. He is in the fire with us (Daniel 3:8-25). He never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5-6). He is for us (Romans 8:31). And nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38). This perspective comforts and reassures our hearts.

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Condemnation vs Conviction

It can be difficult to tell when we are being condemned or convicted. Join me on YouTube as I discuss the difference and cry out to our great God in prayer!

Condemnation makes us cringe and feel guilty. It makes us feel like we are just a mess. It makes us focus on ourselves. Conviction is the power of the Holy Spirit. It leads and guides us to things in our lives that grieve God. It can bring relief and joy because it is an opportunity to turn to God to repent and be forgiven! It returns us to a right standing with God.

We do not have to live a life of shame because of our past or because of what happened 5 minutes ago.
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20-21

Let's pray to walk in freedom from condemnation and embrace the conviction that leads to forgiveness and a clear conscience. ✝️🙏 

Father, we thank You that we do not have to walk around feeling condemned or guilty. We do not have to listen, or come into agreement with the accuser of the brethren. Lord, we can run to you when we've done wrong to your throne of grace, where you are waiting for us because you love us with an everlasting love. Lord, thank you for that. Help us to cooperate with you, Father. We ask these things in the awesome name of Jesus, amen.

To hear the entire devotional and prayer, please watch my YouTube video.

Have a blessed day,

Through my books I love to help readers know God, know Scripture, and know how to pray. Click on the images below to learn more about each book.