Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mind Matters - Part 2

First, I'd like to say thank you to all you ladies who said such nice things about my pregnant self.
I don't usually like to put pictures of myself on here but you all have just about made me feel quite good about my waddling self.
THANKS for all the encouragement!!

Now, to finish up my thoughts from yesterday and to ask for ya'll's help with something.
I've been a part of many of Beth Moore's bible studies over the past several years. And all of them have taught me so much. There are two, however, that I can say without a doubt that really have changed me and my thinking about a lot of things. These are Breaking Free and Believing God. In Breaking Free, there is a whole week about how we are to change our thoughts so that they are God's thoughts. The basic concept is this.

There is a battle raging in our minds. The battle is over our thoughts. Satan likes to slip all sorts of "bad" thinking into our minds. And, in my opinion, when Satan isn't trying to get me down with the thoughts he puts in my mind, I feel like I, in my sinful nature, do a pretty good job of getting my own self down. The way to combat this kind of thinking, I learned, is to know God's word and to replace those wrong thoughts with God's thoughts.
In order to replace those thoughts, though, we have to KNOW God's word.


I've been working at this for a long time now. I've had my "Truth Cards" for different things for a long time. Beth suggests that when you are struggling with a certain issue --take my latest issue of fear-- then you should look up every reference to that subject in the bible. Then write all of the verses on notecards and carry them with you everywhere. This helps you to replace your wrong thinking immediately by replacing wrong thoughts with God thoughts. Also, though. It should help me memorize and be able to recall more of God's word without having to have the bible in my hand to look it up or a card to read. This is the part I struggle with....the memorization.

Here is my request for you all. It is threefold.

First, since my big issue right now is a huge fear of dying, I'm asking for your all to send me verses that I can put on my truth cards. My intention is to write them all down on a new set of cards dedicated completely to this issue, to read them every time the fear creeps in. This is going to be especially true while I am waiting to go into labor and when I am in labor. Because the devil keeps trying to convince me that I am going to die in/ around childbirth this time.
Hubs has agreed that if I need him to while we are at the hospital, he will read my cards to me so I can work at replacing my wrong thoughts.

Second, what tips do you have for memorizing God's word? I have a few things that I do that seem to help some but I'm up for new suggestions. At 34, I seem to have lost the ability to remember things.....and I just hate that!

Third, please do pray for me in the next few weeks. Pray specifically, that God will take away this fear of death and heal my unbelief and lack of trust. I've been fighting this battle for the past two and a half years and quite frankly, I'm weary from the battle.
While I don't believe that this battle is from God, I do think that he is using it to teach me to trust and believe fully. Pray that I will learn the lesson quickly.
And lastly, please pray for my upcoming labor and delivery. For a healthy mom and baby. There is still a little anxiety related to the baby being born healthy due to the umbilical cord issue. Pray that he will be. I try not to dwell on that!

Thanks everyone. I look forward to getting all the help I can get!
Have a great Wednesday!


Kim said...

Hi, Mindy!

I am going to come back with some scripture for you, but this song has ministered to me so many times. I want to share the words to you. We sing it a lot in our corporate worship and at home.

Ruler of the Skies"

Sovereign Ruler of the skies,
ever gracious ever wise,
all my times are in thy hands,
all events at thy command.

His decree who formed the earth,
fixed my first, and second birth,
parents, native place and time,
all appointed were by him.

Times of sickness, times of health,
times of penury and wealth,
He that formed me in the womb,
He shall guide me to the tomb.

All my times shall ever be,
ordered by His wise decree.

Plagues and death around me fly,
but till God bids, I cannot die,
not a single shaft can hit,
till the God of love sees fit...!!!

You are in God's sovereign hands, Mindy! We have very similar fears, so I know what you must be feeling like right now.

Also, your pregnant pictures are so adorable!!!! Praying for you.

Lisa said...

Definate prayers Mama!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

My favorite verse on fear...

Put it to memory this day! I love you and am confident that our Confidence will carry you through. I mean it.

"Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared." (Proverbs 3:25-26).

Call God by this name everytime you are tempted to fear...put your confidence in our Confidence.


Truth4thejourney said...

I find that putting scripture to music is a great way to memorize for me and my children. We use simple childrens songs and just add the words of the verse.

As far as scriptures. If you can get to the point where you know that when your time is up and you do in fact die (we all will die once) that you will be better off and in heaven perfect and whole, I think it will help to eleviate some of the actual fear of death.

Noone wants to die, but knowing what our lives will be like after that's a good thing.

The scripture that is coming to my mind is the 23rd Psalm. Though I wald through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil! Amen!

There is also another one:

2Timothy 1:7 for God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind!

PS. I am currently doing the Beth Moore study, Believing God, very powerful!

I'm praying for you today.

It was nice to meet you!

Sharon said...

I understand your thinking about the dieing, I use to feel the same way, But I know God loves us, and he will never leave us nor forsake us, his word never comes back void. He is always standing next to us, holding our hand in everything we do. I am praying for you and your baby & your family. But you have got to keep the faith, believe and act upon it always.
God bless you my sister and would love to come back and hear updates on it all.

Sherry said...

Sweet Mindy:

I have been out of town and just caught up on reading your blog. Please know that I and your bloggy sisters will keep you in our prayers.

As females, we are life givers and God has given us a strong will to live. Don't feel guilty about not wanting to die and desiring to see your children grow up. That strong desire has been put there by God.

The fear that you have, as you know, has not been put there by God. Satan tells us what is true but never tells us the truth! He loves to torment us and deceive us.

I, too, love the verse in
II Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (KJV)

Also, Isaiah 43:1-3 "....Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...." (NKJV)

God desires for us to trust Him. Before we can do that and rest in His love, we must KNOW and RELY on the fact that he loves us. I Peter 4 tells us that God IS love. It's what He IS not what He does or just something He feels. love is His very essence. His love is Agape love which means His love is always in our best interest. As children of God, nothing touches our lives that has not gone through our loving God first.

I pray that His peace will rest on you and His Word will sustain you.

Blessings, sweet one.