The War Of The Mind

There have been plenty of good experiences
But somehow the mind doesn’t won’t to dwell on them
There’s a war in the mind its seems
Instead of good thoughts, it wants to dwell on negativity

It will say, you didn’t get this, because you did that
And that may have been decades ago
And God forgives sins and wash them white as snow
Or it will remind me of what someone else did
But it won’t remind me that I should forgive

Negative thinking can prevent positive growth
As the mind thinks trying again isn’t useful
Whereas believing positively that you can achieve
Propels you to keep trying to reaching your destiny

There should be no war of the mind
You’ve allowed too much goodness in my life
So whenever negative thoughts want to creep in
Remind me of the many joyful experiences
Tell me to count my blessings
Fill my mind with praises and thanksgivings
And let me think of those things

Scripture Reference: Philippians 4:8, Isaiah 1:18
Background
I’ve had many good experiences in life. But particularly when I’m not occupied, my mind will drift to the negative experiences I had instead of the positive ones. Sometimes when I don’t get something, it tries to justify it by reminding me of some sin. But I have to remember that God forgives sins.   In Isaiah 1:18, God said he will make our sins white as snow. Lately whenever negativity try to creep into my mind, I remind myself of Philippians 4:8 that tells of to think on things that are pure and lovely. I remind myself of all of the good things the Lord has done for me. And of all of the fun, positive experiences I had. I don’t know why the mind be at war with good and bad thoughts, but I do know it’s better to dwell on the positive and praise God for allowing positive to prevail.

I Am Grateful–That’s My Story

I am grateful-that’s my story
For the grace and mercy, You’ve bestowed upon me
I give You thanks, praise and glory
God, You are beyond majesty and royalty

Don’t mind bowing my head and getting on my knees
To thank You so profusely
For hearing my cries and pleas
And blessing so miraculously

Don’t mind raising my hands and looking up
And shouting to the top of my lungs
Thank You Lord, Thank You Holy One
Thanks for the miracles You have done

There’s no end to Your love and generosity
New mornings, new mercies there be
For that I am grateful-that’s my story
And I will tell it all the days before me

Scripture Reference: Psalms
Background
I can never thank God enough for the miracles He has done in my life and for the merciful kindness He has shown me. I want to spread the goodness of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His son the Lord Jesus Christ much as I can. This is a message of being very grateful to the Lord for all of His miraculous, merciful works. I like to read the book of Psalms because it is so many of them that talk about giving thanks and Praise to the Lord. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 75:1 which starts out “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks”…

Typical Day of Thanks

Lord, another day You did create
Before I do anything, a few minutes I take
To read your word and meditate
As your word may give me directions for the day
Or inspire me in some kind of way
Afterwards, a prayer of thanks I say

I say thanks I can take care of my needs
From morning hygiene, to breakfast to eat
And before I get out on the street
I say thanks for giving me the opportunity
To either go to work, or where I please
Then I pray for safety before I leave

I want every day to be fun and exciting
But it’s not always that way in reality
I may get an incident when driving
Or have an encounter with someone unfriendly
But if the day turns out drama free, I’ll be happy
No matter what happens, I know You’re there with me

Then when my outside activities cease
I head home to relax and sleep
Thanks for providing a home for me
And thanks for letting me arrive safely
Tomorrow all of this should repeat
As it’s a typical day of thanks for me

Scripture Reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Background
It’s so easy to take for granted typical day activities such as the ability to get out of bed, take care of routine hygienic matters, eat breakfast and go to work. Ah, but imagine not being able to do one of these things. It will turn life upside down. Therefore, I want to daily thank God for everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says in everything give thanks. What seems so small can become a big deal especially if you are not able to do it.