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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 :)

Be a teacher and a student

Freshly brewed hazelnut-flavoured-plunger-grind coffee. Mmmmm ……

The thing about being a woman is this. We are known for our compassionate, nurturing qualities, our supportive attitudes, our empathy and our ability to collaborate. And our tenacity. Tell a woman she cannot do it and she will deliberately and decisively prove you wrong.

Santie Botha (2010 BWA Businesswoman of the Year) notably encourages us to “Be a student and a teacher every day.” 

As women we should feel a responsibility to empower and mentor those around us. We should teach what we have learnt in books and with experience. We should share our life’s stories to inspire others.

We must also make an effort to sit quietly and learn from others. We should look to the female leaders in our country for example. We should look for businesswomen and change-facilitators that will challenge our thinking and enthuse us with new ideas. We should surround ourselves with a handpicked selection of female friends and relatives that will encourage, empower and uplift us with honesty, passion, intelligent debate and nurturing coffee-cup-conversations.

So I urge you to look for at least one role model that will help you step outside your comfort zone and at least one friend that will support you on this journey of self-discovery. But my real challenge is this – find opportunities to teach and mentor. Let’s make it our collective responsibility to uplift and empower the women around us.

Believe that you have something worthwhile to share and do so wholeheartedly.

the peaceful wife

Helping wives go from hurting and frustrated to empowered, healed, and confident in Christ

With a Cuppa Coffee

Hearty chats for women about this, that and whatnot.