Dog Days

Some days I feel like the dog in the picture.

Do you know what I’m talking about?

Days when my energy is low, when I am frustrated and most importantly when I allow thoughts that should be passers-by to take up residence in my head.

You’re not enough. Why try?
That person is better at it so why bother. Everyone else is making it but not you.

Those are rough days.

And it can be painfully-easy to slip into them, like comfortable clothes and wrap yourself up in feeling sorry for yourself.

But here’s what I am trying to do, to turn my thoughts around. I:
-Focus on the positive.
-Focus on praising.
-Focus on praying.

Try it! It is literally impossible to praise and feel down.

Will it be easy?
Nope.
As I try to focus on the positive things in my life, my thoughts ,like wayward feet, keep turning back. And I have to wrench them back onto the straight and narrow.

The struggle is real.

So I move to writing down my blessings. I recite Bible verses and pray out loud. Anything to try to get my mind under control.

I want to make those negative thoughts so uncomfortable that they’ll take the hint and leave.

Why?
Because I am in a war; a battle for my mind.

If I allow Satan”s poisonous darts to penetrate, then he has won.

And I just cannot afford for that to happen.

There is too much at stake.

So, “…[I] take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 GNT

And God promises to be right there, in the midst of my messy mind wars, with me.

Take heart friend, He is there with you too. Whatever you might be struggling with, remember, “…For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.”
Hebrews 13:5 GNT

#TransformationThursday

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