I am an overachiever, overworker, overperfectionist, and overthinker. These dysfunctions in my life have come as a result of analyzing too much and not taking my thoughts and filtering them through God’s Word and direction.
I’ve had to work hard to retrain my brain so when I am in a storm, I can make a choice to confess my faith in a way that leverages my ability to see God and rise above my circumstances.
It has been a long, arduous journey, but to date, my faith is rooted deeper.
I live in Psalm 1:2–3:
“His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
My prayer is that I will be planted deep in Jesus by the river so when the floodwaters rise I will not only survive, but I will flourish and thrive.
I move from being paralyzed, stuck on the riverbank watching the hopelessness of a rushing river, to a place of confident faith.
I have come to understand a few things about my thoughts.
First, my thoughts are real, and they are a result of what I observe, feel, and experience.
I can’t dismiss them and simply wish them away.
I need to, as Dr. Leaf says, “replace it with the correct information.”
Taking the random thought and vetting it through Philippians 4:8 is a good place to start.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
And we can’t forget verse nine, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Want peace from toxic thoughts? The only way to achieve the God kind of peace in a storm, is to filter our thoughts through his Word.
Excerpt from Anchored: Leading Through the Storms
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