Replace and overcome negative thoughts
"Why did you do that? Don't you know any better? There's no hope for you. What were you thinking?"
These negative thoughts and many more plague our minds on a regular basis.
Indeed, we must ask ourselves, "What WERE you thinking?"
Words of life, creativity, productivity and words of death, paralyzation and isolation are all in the power of our own tongue.
Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34) The mouth speaks with the words that fill our heart.
Let's dig a little deeper to understand the root of destruction.
Let's also understand that overcoming negative inner dialogue takes a lifetime. It's our job to replace and overcome negative thoughts.
The good news is that as we get better at renewing our mind and believing what God says about us, we can diminish the negative impacts more easily.
Take note of what comes out of your mouth or spoken, "under your...
"The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." -Proverbs 18:21
No doubt someone has hurt you, offended you, betrayed you, or slandered you… it's time to stop the cycle. Don’t lower yourself to their level and become another “accuser.” Don’t allow the inner negative dialogue to suck you in to that dark place.
Forgive. Forgive yourself…It’s so difficult; especially when it keeps coming up; but we have to let it go… again, and again, if necessary.
There’s a God in heaven who sees and knows and will see you through. Stay the course.
So… how are you using your words?
Are you speaking life or death? We have a choice. I choose life. What do you choose?
Some of us had parents or adult role models in our life that screwed this up. They used their words to speak death and...
Faith, Trust, Belief
John 8:45"I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me."Jesus was speaking to the religious folk of the day who where challenging Him for the umpteenth time. He was calling them out on their unbelief.There is a journey one takes towards unbelief - it is preceded by doubt which is preceded by expectation.Expectation is seeing from our perspective.a. "I expect the hotel room to look as nice as the picture."b. "I expect to receive the promotion due to my recent performance,"c. "I expect to be looked after because I am a victim of circumstance."Expectation is preached from pulpits, in motivational books and seminars and has been paraded as the key to positive thinking. As I researched the various dictionary meanings for expectation I realized this imposter is trying to disguise itself as FAITH.Expectation actually opens the door to doubt.a. "Because the hotel room...
"Lord, I believe, help my unbelief." Mark 9:24That was the cry of a desperate father whose son was tormented with demonic possession for years. Jesus' disciples were unable to deliver the young man so the father went straight to their leader, to Jesus, for help. The father said to Him, "If You are able to do something, anything - have compassion on us and help us!" Jesus replied, "What do you mean 'if'?" If you are able to believe, all things are possible to the believer."There are two "Ifs" in this event.The first "IF" was spoken by the father doubting the ability of Jesus or His desire to help on behalf of the horrific trial affecting their entire family. They had lived with these circumstances beyond their ability for years. They wanted to see their son set free. "Can You, will You, would You make it stop?" In essence that was what the distraught father was saying out of fear for his son's life. He was...
It's not the Move, its the Groove...
Twenty years ago Bradley pioneered a movement in Los Angeles that ignited the community and positively impacted the landscape for hip hop and freestyle dance in culture and media.Now, using his extensive life experience and powerful analogies from the art form, Bradley activates audiences with a dynamic approach that breaks people free from self doubt, anxiety, fear and disconnectedness.His pioneering Groove Theory is the pathway of discovery and activation, opening eyes to a Groove Mindset that speaks to all areas of life, and guides individuals and teams toward higher levels of creativity, authenticity and freedom while increasing awareness of the larger endless groove.Credits; La La Land, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Ellen, World of Dance, Jesus Christ Superstar...
To doubt you must first believe in something.
Doubt and unbelief are feelings and thoughts that we all have at times.When it looks like things won’t work out. When we are facing difficult situations. Even when life is good and things seem to go as planned.So what is doubt and unbelief? Are they different? Similar? That’s a good question!They are different, but often seen as the same.To doubt you must first believe in something.Something spiritual, physical or mentally. It can be believing in Christ as our Savior. It can be believing that something you saw is real. It can be believing that you can or cannot do something.As a Christian, doubt is not seen as the absence of faith, but rather as a question of faith. A question of belief. Will I get through this trial? Will God provide what I need in time? Will....?The constant wondering and overthinking. The fear that it might not...
Choose faith over doubt and unbelief.
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathaniel asked. John 1:46Regardless of the AMAZING miracles Jesus performed right in their presence...doubt and unbelief would creep in and show up time and again.We see through a filter. Your life filter is based on your own upbringing, personality, and experiences. You see everything—God, yourself, others, circumstances, etc—through this filter.We are programmed to doubt everything and believe nothing that we can't see, feel and touch... Sadly, even when we see it, feel it and touch it...We still doubt! Philip, a disciple of Jesus, once told a friend, Nathaniel, about Jesus. Nate wasn’t into it. “Just come and see,” Phil told Nate," You don’t have to take my word for it. Just meet this Jesus guy!"Life and faith are more simple than we make it. We get stuck staring through our hole...
Speaking faith-filled words rises out of a heart of trust, a place of "knowing" in God as the way, the truth and the life He called us into.
"Well, that's fine for you, but it won't work for me.""I know what Mark 11:23-24 says, but it doesn't always work.""Life is crazy hectic."Words spoken as accepted truth. (Psst. FYI - Fake news)These statements and more so often pour out of mouths without a thought to the cause and effect they're creating or to the heart they're revealing. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Voice is given to what we intrinsically believe. (our 2 cents, our opinion, what we feel). What is spoken will be acted upon. What is acted out results in consequences -(of our own making BTW)."The mouth speaks what the heart is full of."Matthew 12:34SO, the question of the hour is, "What are YOU talking about these days?"Speaking faith-filled words isn't "blab-it-and-grab-it" or...
Finally, I commit myself to service.
My Miracle Morning Routine: Here is the breakdown of the terms and then exactly how I use them, in order:
T - Thanks
A - Affirm
S - Surrender
K - Kill
S - Serve
The first four help me still my body, focus my mind, soften (or heal) my heart, and tap into my soul so I am connected to the spirit. Finally, I commit myself to service.
A life lived in service to one’s self is a miserable life. That’s why so many rich people are miserable. You would think they’d be happier because they have so much. But most are not. Having wealth is not the problem. Thinking that wealth will make them happy—is the problem.
We will never find fulfillment if we think it’s about “me getting mine.” Fulfillment is found in service to others. Period. That’s how God wired this universe. We can’t escape it, no matter how hard we try.
So, before I get up from my seat, I remind...
Reject, Receive, Replace
My Miracle Morning Routine - Here is the breakdown of the terms and then exactly how I use them, in order:
T - Thanks
A - Affirm
S - Surrender
K - Kill
S - Serve
In Alcoholics Anonymous, the first and second steps are to admit powerlessness, and dependence upon a higher power. That’s called “surrender.” On my own, I’ll make a mess of my life. But, guided by and in alignment with God, I can be restored and thrive.
Jesus spoke to his followers about what I call “secrets of the universe.” One was the encouragement to visualize myself as a branch and God as the Vine (see John 15). The Vine is the life source. The branch is the beneficiary—reaching out into the world and producing fruit. Branches produce good fruit to the extent that they remain connected to—dependent upon—the Vine.
Detached branches are sticks. Trying to manufacture fruit apart from the Vine...