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Power of our thoughts

Power of our thoughts

A new mind.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Rom 12:2 NLT)

Changing thoughts.

I am well versed in the dialogue of womanhood. I over-analyze, I interpret (and misinterpret!) I suppose and I ponder and I think and think and think. What if she said that to mean this? What if he did that because he wanted me to know this? Why, did she do / say that? And all of this amateur pscyho-analyzing leaves me exhausted, suspicious and often negative.

But the promise of Romans 12:2 says to me (and you) that we don’t have to allow our thoughts to rule us. We don’t have to get sucked into negative thinking patterns. We can change this negative behaviour, simply by handing our thoughts over to God. He can change each of us.

Let’s try to rework our thoughts by:

  • Switching from negative self-talk to thankful joy (i.e. Instead of the why, how and what questions we are so fond of – “Thank you Lord for x and x and x”. 
  • Asking God to change your thoughts, to renew your mind and to focus your thinking on His will and purpose for you.
  • Use your mind as a valuable resource. Read, learn, think, create and grow in areas where you experience positive energy and affirmation. Spend more time learning and growing and less time pondering and wondering.

Thanks for sharing my cuppa with me today :)

Take a stand for what you believe in

Friends, we do not realise how lucky we are! How privelaged we are to blog, to contemplate coffee and cappucino and talk about our healthy, beautiful children and and and. We truly are blessed and we should be express our heartfelt gratitude every day. But even more than that, I feel a compelling urge to do more, to offer more of myself. I hope you will join me.

I listen to Suria Scholtz presenting a talk on reaching out to our ‘neighbours’ and she challenged the audience to redefine just exactly who our neighbours are – because they are probably much closer and much more real than we comprehend.

Suria and a group of passionate, powerful woman in the South African and International community have decided to stand up and speak against Human Trafficking and modern day slavery. Their project is called the Climb4Freedom and their intention is to raise funds, raise awareness and truimphantly summit Mt Kilimanjaro in January 2012.

Some background from their website:

What is THE FREEDOM CLIMB? Women from across the globe will begin their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on January 11, 2012, the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the U.S.  Climbers will be raising awareness, prayers, and finances for women and children being oppressed, enslaved, exploited and trafficked.  The Freedom Climb goal for 2012 is to affect the lives of 10,000 women through projects that break the cycles of poverty, shame, slavery, and despair.  These projects include micro-loans, education, skills training, and protection from exploitation.

Why Mt. Kilimanjaro?  The highest mountain in Africa, its summit is known as Uhuru Peak.  Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom.  Climbing Kilimanjaro is symbolic of the huge climb to freedom faced daily by millions of enslaved women and children worldwide.

Why a climb?  The story of women from different cultures, climbing Kilimanjaro on behalf of other women, is already drawing interest.  As the story continues to be told, many will hear the cry for freedom of women and children being oppressed.  The climb will be documented each day, escalating the voice of advocacy on behalf of women’s freedom issues.  And this is what the Lord compels His children to do, to:

“speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” and “see that they get justice.”  (Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT)

My conclusion:

Every woman has the ability to change the world around her. Every one of us has the ability to make a significant difference – we only need to take the first bold step. Will you join me?

Look out for more about the Climb 4 Freedom, right here (soon, I promise).

And just for today, I am switching from coffee to water.

Deeper connections - what to say - how to say it - be heard

with author, speaker, & trainer, Nina Roesner

Peaceful Wife

Become Empowered, Healed, and Confident in Christ

With a Cuppa Coffee

Hearty chats for women about this, that and whatnot.