Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I Am Thankful For:

  • God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit
  • My beloved family; each of you is very precious and dear to me
  • The United States of America
  • My job
  • My small, but close-knit church
  • My sweet little dwelling
  • My pets
  • My blog readers
  • My books and time to read them
  • Four days off!
And so much more.  What are you thankful for?  And remember:

"...the cheerful heart has a
continual feast."
Proverbs 15:15

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,
Bess

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Let Me Make It Perfectly Clear

When I write about replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, I'm not advocating living in denial, or being delusional, or shirking our responsibilities.  Or not taking the necessary time to mourn and grieve over a loss.  Neither do I think we should spend our days in wishful thinking trying to attract something.  If we want something, we should talk to God about it and dwell on Him, not the thing we desire, leaving the matter in His capable Hands to determine as He wills and directs.

But if our negative thinking has taken over our minds, adversely affecting our health, attitude and mood, there are ways to train ourselves to little by little replace those negative thoughts with positive, productive, loving and beneficial thoughts.  It is so worth the effort.

"May the words of my mouth
      and the meditation of my heart
   be pleasing to you,
      O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
"
Psalm 19:14   (NLT)

Learning to live on the bright side,
Bess

Friday, November 19, 2010

You Might Find This Book Helpful

The 4:8 Principle by Tommy Newberry


I won't write a detailed book review because there is much information on this book via Amazon.  The last time I checked, though, out of 93 ratings, it had 89 5-star ratings, 2 4-star, and 2 3-star.  High praise, indeed.

This is a book I will reread every so often.  If you've read quite a bit on overcoming negative thinking, you may not find many new ideas, but you might find a few.  I especially like the suggestion that we ask ourselves:  "What five things am I looking forward to in the next seven days?"  With practice I have improved and can quickly come up with five things to look forward to in the next few hours.

But if your quest to overcome negative thinking is relatively new, I share this:  I have a friend who purchased this book, read it voraciously, highlighting away, and said the book was "life-changing" for her.  That dear lady then purchased 18 copies, I kid you not, to give to family and friends.

So read the reviews and see what you think.  Of course, this book is based on Philippians 4:8, which is at the bottom of my post for November 16.

As you may know, if you click on the Amazon widget above and purchase anything, I will earn a little something to go toward buying myself more books.  If you're so inclined, I thank you from the bottom of my little joy-filled heart.

"Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again: Rejoice!"
Philippians 4:4

Joy to your heart,
Bess

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Believe ...

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine ...
   (Proverbs 17:22)

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he ...
   (Proverbs 23:7)

... the Lord is good ...
   (Psalm 34:8)

... God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
   (1 John 1:5)

What do you believe?

"A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face;
   a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day."

Proverbs 15:13   (The Message)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

If You Give a Blog a Purpose

I've had a somewhat hard life, and I know you have, too.  I believe sooner or later we all go through trials ... sometimes horrendous ones.  But for much of my life I've made my difficulties worse by my negative thinking and lousy attitude.  In fact, negative thoughts have been my default mode, yet I really want my default mode to be set to positive thoughts.
                                                                                 
So I've been working diligently the last few years to do that.  By way of much prayer, study, application, and by God's grace, I think I might be making some progress.

My intention for this blog is to share ideas, suggestions, stories, Scripture, hope and encouragement.  And maybe even the occasional setback, because we all have them.  That's why I decided to title this blog "Fixing My Thoughts" ... because I'm a work-in-progress.

Comments are disabled for now, but I will be keeping you in my prayers.

"...fix your thoughts on Jesus..."
Hebrews 3:1

Welcome to my blog!
Bess