“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” Proverbs 4:23 NCV
What are your thoughts? I came across this verse in a daily devotional the other day and it seemed like one of those “WOW” verses.
Do your thoughts make you happy or sad? excited or nervous? successful or failure? The fact of the matter is that you can take almost any subject and think about it in a positive way or a negative way (glass half full or half empty). What we need to understand is that positive thinking isn’t as simple as it sounds. Positive thinking is a habit that you have to focus on every day. Catch yourself during those moments when your thoughts can’t seem to go in a positive direction. What’s causing it?
It’s not so different from prayer. I never get up in the morning and tell myself “I’m not going to pray today!” But it happens. The excuses:
- Not the right time to pray
- I’ll pray later
- Not in the right mood
- Time went by so fast I just didn’t get the time
Fortunately, there’s the end of the day when I’m laying in bed and nothing else can interrupt me.
You might be asking yourself what’s going on here? What does one have to do with the other? When I pray first thing in the morning it tends to put me in a different mood. My thoughts become easier to control. Sure, it’s good to pray at night but by that time the day could already have been off track all day. Starting the day with prayer and asking the Lord for help and guidance right away can lead to a better start and a better finish.
Tips For Success
- Read The Bible every morning to start the day off strong
- Pray every morning and every time you can throughout the day.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us “Pray without ceasing”
- When you catch yourself with bad thoughts, intentionally stop yourself and pray for God’s help
- Don’t give up on yourself. Remember that God works in His time, not yours. But you have to be committed to accepting His miracles.
What are God Things?
God Things are God’s Miracles. They are tiny moments or events that convey a sense to the person that witness’s them that God is always present, and looking out for them.
They can be as simple as the smile of a child. They can be as huge as a friend or relative taking a step…after being told walking again might not be in the cards.
God Things occur every day, exist in the eye of the beholder and are different for every individual. They are non-denominational, nonjudgmental, and there for all with the faith to see.
They can lift us up when we are down, and inspire hope when all hope seems lost. The relative walking again? That was the what that inspired me to create this journal. My wife walking again, against all odds, woke me up to all the God Things around me. It inspired me to find ways to help others do the same.
First of all, there’s enough negativity in the world today. It’s easy to be blinded to the work that God does in our lives when people are divided and trying to prove their own point. Therefore, I created I Believe In God Things as a place for people of all faiths to see and share God Things. Most of all, it’s a place for you to see what’s going on in the lives of others. Especially when you haven’t recognized one in a while.
You are invited to comment on our blog posts and share your stories of God’s Miracles in your life.
A New Year’s Resolution Gone Awry
Get healthy with Jesus and expect change! It’s February and it’s the second month of your New Years Resolution. How is that working out for you? Did you lose weight? Start exercising? Stop a bad habit? Start a new good habit? Whatever your New Years Resolution is, I hope it’s working out well for you. If not, perhaps you should try something else.
Here is what Jesus said in Matthew 11 28:30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Let’s think about that for a moment. Why do we make new year’s resolutions? Because we have something we want to change, right? Sometimes the resolution is to make something that is already good, better. But is that normal? Probably not! We usually make a resolution to change something we don’t like in our life or have a difficult time controlling. As I write this I can’t help but think how unsuccessful I have been with new years resolutions. Throughout the years I have made some that I was committed to and they worked out. But, more often than not, I lacked the commitment or self-control to see things through.
We’re told in Proverbs 25:28 “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”
When I’m feeling down or not able to accomplish things I feel broken and out of control. That’s because when I’m feeling down, that’s the time when I feel like I can have control. But that’s not true! The Lord is always in control and I know He will lift me up when I’m acknowledging Him, but when I think ” I’ve got this”, He shows me that I don’t.
Food For Thought
It’s never too late to have a new beginning. Maybe it’s time to start a new, New Year’s Resolution that has Jesus in it. Miracles happen all the time when God is involved and yet it’s so easy to forget that. Pray today to see how you can have a life-changing resolution. See if you can get healthy with Jesus.
God’s Miracles Are Our “God Things“
This is an incredible story of God’s Miracles. When humans think there is no hope, He has his own way of getting the message to us to stay the course.
See the video courtesy of NBC News
Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
My Lifeguard Walks On Water
The ‘My Lifeguard Walks On Water’ Christian T-Shirt by Kerusso draws its inspiration from the 1st book of the New Testament. Mathew 14:25-31 tells us:
25 Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Faith Overcomes Fear
Over the last several weeks there have been tremendous storms, record rainfall and almost unheard of winds. Through it all there has been a loss of life and much tragedy. And yet there are so many joyful experiences and wonderous survival stories.
In the passage above Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus but when he realized what he was doing he began to sink. His faith gave way to fear. Immediately, Jesus reached down and saved him. There was no hesitation, no second thoughts, He just reached out and pulled Peter to safety.
Testify With Your T-Shirt
When it’s our turn to weather the storm it’s important to remember that the Lord is with us and is reaching out to save us. He is always ready to bring more God-Things into our lives. When we have those moments that our faith is challenged and our hearts are filled with fear, our prayers can bring us back to safety.