Today is the day Sweden celebrates as a National Holiday. Prior to 1983 it used to be the Flag Day. I felt lonely today. Maybe because I am far away from my native country and because my Swedish “guy” isn’t with me anymore. My thoughts have not been the most happy!
A friend called and asked how I was doing. “I’m lonely!” I said. She thought I was discouraged. No, I’m not discouraged. I’m so busy working on all the lessons and stories I publish that I can’t afford to be discouraged. But lonely, yes! And today I’ve thought some “lonely” thoughts.
I just found out one of my best friends has been in the hospital for over one month due to depression. I wish I could visit her but she’s far away. Now I can leave my “lonely” thoughts and pray for my friend. To concentrate on others is always the best remedy.
I know what depressions is all about. My late husband suffered from it. In fact, I think it was depressions that took his life. He had other medical issues but the loneliness of not being able to move about as he used to, did him in. He had me, but I worked and was gone all day. I can’t sit here and think about the “if’s” because I don’t want to be hit by the big D. Instead, let me share a message that came to my in-box yesterday. I asked for permission to publish it. This is a good message for the soul on this “lonely” day. Thanks Sherri Bennett for allowing me to forward your thoughts!
Sherri works at A Message for the Conscience.
A few weeks ago I told you about “selling” myself to an editor in chief who could open the door for me to come to Miami. He is now the director of this ministry. They broadcast and publish thousands of messages all over the world.
If you speak Spanish you can get a message every day.
To read them in English, see www.message2conscience.com
THINK GOOD THOUGHTS!
Sometimes I think jealous thoughts.
Sometimes I think negative thoughts.
Sometimes I think depressing thoughts.
Yes; even I, a Christ follower who works in ministry, still battle sinful thoughts. But although these kinds of thoughts still compete for my attention now and then, I can honestly say that I don’t struggle with them nearly as much as I used to.
Sadly, most of us don’t take seriously how much our thoughts affect our lives. And yet, out of our thoughts stem how we treat others, how we handle problems, how we behave in relationships—even how we relate to God. Moreover, our thoughts are the only determining factor in whether we enjoy our lives or not; whether we live in freedom or not; whether we experience peace or not.
The issue, then, is how to change our way of thinking. For many years I thought all I had to do was simply stop thinking bad thoughts. The problem was, they wouldn’t stay away for long! Thankfully, God gives us the solution to renewing our minds:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable —if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil. 4:8, NIV, emphasis mine)
We must choose to think good thoughts — purposely and persistently. Jesus tells us that a house swept clean and left empty is just an open opportunity for even more evil spirits to enter, leaving the owner of the house worse off than they were to begin with (Luke 11:24-26). Our minds are the same. We must sweep them clean but then also fill them with new, clean, beautiful “décor!”
Here are a few thoughts I decorate my mind with and say out loud on a regular basis:
God loves and accepts me unconditionally! (Rom. 8:38-39)
God has a good plan for my life. (Jer. 29:11)
God will direct my steps as I trust and submit to Him (Prov. 3:5-6).
I will not live under condemnation anymore. That is my right as a Christ follower! (Rom. 8:1)
I get to rejoice today no matter the circumstances—this is what God wants me to do. (1 Thess. 5:16)
I challenge you! Pick one of these—or ask God to show you what you need to be purposely thinking about. And over the next week, do a little redecorating of your mind!
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Think good thoughts! Even lonely ones can be good!