Morning! It’s official. It’s the middle of the week. How’s your week going? Mine has been pretty good and the weather has been perfect! I have been driving with my windows down on the way home and I have loved it.
Dinner: I wanted to share my salad that I had for dinner last night! It was the best and I really did like it… Will definitely have it again. I actually like the shredded lettuce; what are your thoughts?
So lately I have been thinking about habits that I want to break. I am pretty organized and I like things to be clean so these are things that I don’t really want to break, but it’s the negative thoughts that I looking to get rid of. I can also be a bit indecisive. When I make a decision, I always try to see how it’s going to affect those around me and never really consider my own feelings in the matter. For example, if someone asks me to do something I never really ask myself if I really want to do it. I don’t like telling someone no. Not that I won’t tell the truth, but I just don’t like to disappoint.
I don’t nail bite.
I don’t like clutter.
I never hit the snooze button.
I do however, think negative thoughts about myself.
Repetition is the key to forming habits….good and bad.
This is how I feel about my negative habit of self criticizing. “It steals the quality of life that Jesus wants me to have.” Joyce Meyer I truly believe that we are built with a strength that is beyond our comprehension. I mean for the love of Pete! An inner strength that can be powerful! God has given us free will, which means we decide to do what is right or we decide to do what is wrong. I think that when we decide to do the right thing, a strength that is in us can overtake any negative thought or tough situation.
I read something the other day: “Procrastination is a thief. It steals our time, our potential, our self-esteem, our peace of mind.” This can be used even with a healthy lifestyle.
“The truth is that at this moment, you are as close to God as you want to be.” Joyce Meyer If I want a closer relationship with God, then I have to be active in that relationship. I know that the closer I am to Him, my thoughts are of good things and right living. When I am not…..well, you get the picture.
Everything in me desires to have a deeper relationship with Him. I think that we can have a “Sunday” kind of relationship with Him and not acknowledge Him during the rest of the week. This only makes me feel frustrated, unhappy, and unfulfilled as a Christian. The good habit that I want to develop is a Word Habit. I want to be in His Word so much that when those negative thoughts come over me, I know exactly what to do with them. I want to go all kung-fu on them!
I hope I am making sense. I am not trying to push anything on you, this is just something that I have been thinking about a lot lately. We have a tendency to want things to be easy, but God has equipped us for hard things. Because it’s in the hard things that I realize my weaknesses and my total dependency upon Him. It’s in the hard things that our character is formed and it’s in the hard things that we are changed. Changed into the person that He would have us to become.
When these negative thoughts enter my mind, I have to get rid of them as quickly as they came about. Decide (with effort and action) to think of something good.
Negative thoughts about ourselves are not acceptable to Him. I told someone yesterday that I feel guilty thinking those thoughts because His word says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. How can I think negatively about something he created??
So I am getting rid of a bad habit that I have carried around for years now. It’s gotten bigger and on occasion it’s gotten smaller, but it’s always been there. The process of getting rid of a bad habit is just that…..a process. I will make mistakes and I will fail at things, but that doesn’t mean I have to earn His love to feel good about myself. He already loves me. He already loves you.
This is a shot of all four of us at the Women Can Run Race
Question: What’s a bad habit that you want to get rid of?