Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 28, 2020

Scattered Thoughts

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV)

All things Fall will soon be decorating our homes.  Three white pumpkins are flourishing in my back yard surprising even me.  Where did they come from?  Late November, I discarded a deteriorating white pumpkin at the end of our yard and never thought anymore about it.   Fast forward to mid-Summer and I noticed a green plant with yellow blooms growing near our fence.  A few weeks later it had birthed a tiny white pumpkin and now triplets. You never know what will grow from what you thought had been discarded.

Perhaps we’ve found ourselves greeting the inevitable return of some thoughts we threw away and never imagined would resurface.  Triggers have a way of digging up what we thought we had conquered and dismissed.  Like flashbacks from the past these seemingly quiet reminders rise up and catch us by surprise.  When we least expect it, when we leave our minds unguarded and when we don’t recall  even the scattering of a seed, we find the blossoming of thinking which never served us well.

“I’m not good enough,” loves to rise to the surface.  “My past is too complicated,” loves to slay our hope of a future.  “We just don’t have what it takes,” loves to sideline us.  “If I only hadn’t,” loves to leave us with regret.   “I should have,” loves to paralyze us with longing. Careless seeds of thought scattering where we thought they’d been discarded long ago.

Don’t know about you, but I don’t want to entertain the sabotaging of God’s best with my endless mind chatter.  Perhaps this is why God warns us to guard our minds, to capture our thoughts and not allow them to run wild entangling us in a web of deceit.  When triggers resurface, we must strategically attack them with the truths of God’s word.  By stopping them in their tracks, we extinguish mindless chatter before it has a chance to take root, bloom and multiply.

So sweet friends, “we are wonderfully made” (Psalm 139).  Let’s not doubt for a moment God’s healing redemption of our past (Psalm 103:4).  Our Creator has given us everything we need to fulfill His purposes – no deficits found in those who put their faith and hope in Him.  Regrets and shame are washed away when we trust in Him to restore our future.  Right thinking based on the truths of His word seal our minds and position us for His best.  Can’t think of a better way to handle the seeds of thoughts running through our mind.  Strategic, consistent and without doubt – now that’s a planting we want to run deep.

“Father, wrong thinking impacts our lives more than we could ever imagine – help us to seize and destroy those thoughts which don’t align with Your words.”


For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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