Wild Mind

The theme word for today’s #hopewriterslife Challenge is: STORY

I began my day reflecting on these questions – What type of story is playing in my MIND? Is the story negative? Am I the hero? Is there a plot twist? Do I slay the dragon by the end of the day?! Do we all survive!? (JK)

I began today feeling tired and overwhelmed for the workload ahead of me. I did not feel like hero and I was in desperate need of a plot twist. I could hear the thoughts in my mind repeating- “I have so much to do today… There is not enough time. I am the only one doing all of this work, no one can help me. ” These thoughts made me feel defeated, deflated and anxious! Not exactly the ideal way to start the day.

I knew I needed to do something to help me shake the angst and increase my faith. I decided take a walk and listen to worship music. The walk helped a little, but I needed more. I went to a quiet place and sat down to read my Bible and renew my mind. During my reading, I read from Proverbs 12 – Because a proverb a day keeps the devil away!😁😊

"v.25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,
    but a kind word cheers it up."

I wrote this verse down in my journal and was meditating on the part about a “kind word”. I know the power of encouraging words, they can melt away fear and set a soul on fire! I also know that encouragement does not have to be external, it can and should, come from ourselves! I prayed, asking God to help me stay encouraged today and aware of when the story in my head became negative and defeating.

I then procced to Instagram – Because the Holy Spirit speaks in mysterious ways and you never know what you will find! What I found was an awesome confirmation. As soon as I hopped on, I saw one of my friends had posted a video titled – Fight The Good Fight. My Friend records daily motivation on her website (http://www.angelabarnshaw.com/), she is awesome and she walks the talk! But today she was talking about how we must tend to our thoughts and be mindful of what thoughts we follow. I loved her words and I received the encouragement and wisdom!

I would love to tell you the story in my mind was positive all day, but that is not truth. But I will tell you, that when I caught myself in the negative story line, I was quick to flip the script, and change the narrative. Our thought life will never be perfect, the mind is wild and in constant need of renewing. But if you stay consistent with tending to your thoughts, weeding out the lies and replacing them with hope ~ You will TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE!

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

Remember this when you feel discouraged, your story is not over yet – stay hopeful- The best is yet to be!

Much love Bloom friends,

Sarah

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Only you can tell your story.
As someone who writes, I believe there is great value in sharing parts of my life story. I know there is power in opening up, being vulnerable, and letting others know they are not alone. I know as a believer, that God is glorified when I share my testimonies! However, at times, I find myself holding back from sharing. I often tell myself, that others have come before me and told their story – therefore the world doesn’t need to hear MY story also…
The world may not need to hear my stories of challenge and overcome, but you may need to. I remind myself that shame, guilt, and fear want to keep me silent. But the truth of God sets me free, and encourages me to seek healing and connection! I know it can be terrifying to step out and share the vulnerable parts of your life. It is easier to stay quiet, and just move along with life, and never tell your story. But, on the flip side, there is great healing and strength that can come from sharing and opening up with others.

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