Welcome back. It has been a while.
I dislike the concept of making January resolutions. I rebel at the thought of relegating an action to the speed of this celestial ball’s dance around the sun. I live with the general philosophy that any change worth making is worth making immediately. Despite that, I find myself in January making resolutions or rather declarations. For the last few months I have been brewing over the power of thoughts, particularly the thoughts that become the words in my hearts and the sound in the air. I have been struck by how thoughts change me.
One day when I looked in the mirror, I was reminded that I had missed my shower appointment (for days). This was most likely because of too many late night meetings involving milk and diapers. In that moment I had two thoughts: “I am so tired. My goodness, I look a wreck.”
I have not once been energized or encouraged by looking into the mirror and thinking that. Yet, this “truthful” assessment goes on, analyzing and critiquing my state until I peel my trampled heart off the floor and go about the day carrying the weight of the thoughts in my head and the words that left my mouth.
Think a new thought.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
The mirror only reflects my outer appearance. The thoughts in my head change my heart. I want to change the way I think. I want to think thoughts that actually overcome the tiredness, discouragement, or whatever, because who I am is not any of those things. If you had a baseball sized, freshly mined diamond- uncut and dirty, calling it an ugly piece of old coal is technical true but denies the value of the diamond. Calling it a priceless jewel is also true. What we call it affects what we do with it. We toss ugly old coal, we polish and cut diamonds. So this year I am putting some thoughts on repeat. I have been shocked at how hard it is to actually verbalize these words when feelings or circumstances seem opposite but then polishing and cutting must be hard on the diamond too. I have found speaking these words is a good exercise for the muscles of my heart.
Here they are:
- My body is good at losing excess weight. Thank you Jesus for this body. Holy Spirit, put a guard over my mouth so I will eat what is good. Thank you for putting longings in me for you. Today, I chose to find all my springs of life in you. I break agreement with the spirit of addiction (think food, sweets, chocolate, social media, movies, shopping- not just drugs and alcohol). I choose to be satisfied with you, Jesus.
The joy of the Lord is my strength. Where I am weak, He is strong. He is in me therefore: I am strong.
God gives His beloved sweet sleep. I am Your beloved and Your desire is toward me. Rest is my portion as a child of inheritance. Good stewardship is defined by the practice of routine rest.
Jesus, thank You for purchasing my wholeness. I receive good health into every cell of my body this moment.
- I have peace that passes understanding. That means I do not have to understand or know what to do in order to have peace. I can increase the radius of peace around me. I can stay in the arms of peace. I will not allow circumstances to be stronger than the arms of God.
What are some declarations you are making this year? Comment down below! I would love to hear.
Happy New Year!