Thursday, September 24, 2009

What Is Your "Thinker" Thinking?

Daniel and I have this thing we do.... in the car, when it's just the two of us. It will be quiet after a moment of chatting, enjoying the view as we ride a long... then.... one of us will ask in an extra exuberant tone.... "What is your thinker thinkin'?"

Sometimes he will answer the typical 9 year old responses of "nothing", "about this game I played yesterday", "about boy stuff" or "thinking about Maverick in California". We'll.... last weekend he asked me, "What is your thinker thinkin' mom?" Oh man... I'm caught!

He caught me! My thinker wasn't thinking on the good stuff at that moment. A phone call had tried to stir me into a moment of frustration and fear. Ever been there? That was that day.

I had been busy all afternoon, then got busy enjoying a visit with a neighbor, then busy trying to wrap up the evening to get baths, prayers and bedtime completed. I have to admit, a little concern and a little creeper by the name of "fear" had started to try and sneak in. Oh man - Daniel caught me!

I did not realize my countenance had given my thoughts secretly away. I take that back, I know it wasn't necessarily my facial expressions, but the Holy Spirit was using my son to do a heart check on me. I was caught! Oh man! Did he see worry in my eyes? What about my joy - did I have it on that day? What about my tone? Oh we won't go there from that particular day. Found Guilty. Now it was time to make it right. Found Grace!

The Holy Spirit used my son to check me, to check my heart, my mind and my emotions... What WAS I thinking? Would I allow fear to rule? Would I choose to be attentive to my words and declare what God has promised or declare what I'm seeing or not seeing with my eyes? Would I allow God's peace to rule in me? What WAS I thinking? Time for a mind check and heart check.

I was reminded of the verse below..... You see.... I know God's covenant name. I know His covenant love. I've experienced His grace and abundant love and have seen His redeeming, restoring power over my own life - time and time again! Even in this new season, I can and choose to confidently declare - He is faithful to the Haas'! He is our trust! He is our God! We will believe His word no matter what we see, what we feel or what we hear. He is our hope!

Psalms 9:10 "Those who know your name will trust in you, For you Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you."

For me... this is what I know and was reminded of today .... to keep the thinker thinking the good.....

1.) Don't be busy thinking on the frustrations or fears. Ask often - What is your thinker thinking?

2.) Keep the Word in front of you! Stay focused in having alone time in your Word. THIS IS VITAL! And .... literally - and if you have to... keep scripture that keep you in check where you can see them and keep your spirit, mind and eyes focused on God's promises! Get some great cd's or podcasts you can learn from and keep them going in your car or where you can listen throughout the day!

3.) Keep worship your focus and declare God's promises with your voice! LOUDLY! I sing them, I shout them, I talk to myself with them. That's really fun in traffic and with the kids singing loudly too! Many days we also keep worship music playing continously throughout the house. It makes a difference! Try it and see!

Worship with all you are! Don't hold back! Worship is a weapon that destroys any thoughts of fear, anxiety, frustration, grief - it's all defeated with WORSHIP! There's a whole other thoughts coming on this one soon!

I've had my "thinker" adjusted today!

What are you thinking about?

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