#LeadingLadyProject – Week 3: Thought Life

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Hello Leading Ladies! First, let me apologize for my tardiness in getting this post out to you late 😦  My schedule has been a little hectic lately.

With that being said, how was last weeks Self-Reflection? Were you able to take advantage of the opportunity to be honest with yourself and see the joy’s in your blessings? What are some of the things you recorded in your “grateful journal”?

I know one thing I am grateful for is my daughter. When life seems to get hectic or challenging, my daughter encourages me to be my best self and never give up. I am also grateful for my desire and ability to communicate through my writing. I don’t know where I would be without it 🙂

This week’s focus will be on our Thought Life. Our thoughts have such a strong impact on our reality. It can affect our mood and the mood of those around us. It can also dictate the circumstances of our reality. Proverbs 23:7 says,

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”

So we must be intentional about weeding out any thoughts that may go against Gods’ purpose for our lives.

Our purpose this week will be to identify and eliminate any negative thoughts that are keeping us from being our best selves.

Here is this weeks’ challenge:

  1. Identify common negative thoughts you have and write them down. Now scratch through that thought with a bold marker and come up with positive affirmations to counteract those thoughts
  2. Each morning when you wake up, rehearse those affirmations OUT LOUD!! Speak life into your existence
  3. Find a scripture that you love to help remind you of God’s love for you & recite it to yourself. A scripture that I use to refocus my heart when I question my worth is Psalms 8:3-6 (Message Bible)

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. 4 Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way? 5 Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light. You put us in charge of your handcrafted world, repeated to us your Genesis-charge

I know first hand how hard it is to change your thoughts, especially when it appears to be fact. One thing I’ve learned is that fact is not always truth. Truth is based on God’s word – so we must challenge ourselves to look through the eyes of Gods’ word when negative thoughts may be lingering through our minds. For me, altering my thoughts has required an intentional effort to affirm myself daily over an extended period of time! I still have my bad days from time to time, but no  matter how I may feel, I have to continue to encourage myself – especially when know one else will.

My God has BIG plans for me, and in order to live the benefits of my God-Intended life, I must align my thoughts with the truth of God’s word. I must be purposeful and make every effort to be the change I want to see in my life.

So Leading Ladies, let’s be intentional with our thoughts, meditating only on that which is good and infuses us with life and joy!

Until Next Time

-S.

 

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