What Was I Thinking?

Ever get caught up in the heat of the moment, do something rash and then regret it later? Who hasn’t? Dierks Bentley, one of my favorite country singers, has a cute song that goes “I knew what I was feeling, but what was I thinking?”

Emotions and feelings cause us to do the most stupid things sometimes. One of the strongest emotions is anger, and we have recently seen what pent-up anger can provoke one to do as evidenced by the Newtown killings and the recent Boston Marathon bombing. Emotions and feelings, as I mentioned in last week’s post, need to be expressed, preferably in a positive and constructive way. Not unlike a volcanic eruption, unexpressed feelings can result in disastrous consequences and then after the fact we wonder “What was I thinking?”

The answer is we weren’t thinking at all. What happens is that the two sides of the brain compete for control. The left hemisphere controls logical, analytical, rational thinking. The right side controls our creativity, intuition, and expression of emotions. When our emotions take over, our rational logic thinking goes out the window. An example is when we fall in love, those gooey butterflies make us completely blind to the reality of the other person.

When our thoughts take over, our emotions are greatly affected.  As psychologist James Allen says in his book, “As a Man Thinketh”, our thoughts control our not only our destiny but our bodies and feelings as well.  If we start thinking negative thoughts, we will soon feel depressed, anxious and down. Try smiling, and see what it does to your mood. See what I mean?

So, there are a few things I’ve discovered I can do to maintain our equilibrium and stay in control of my actions and I thought I’d share them with you today.

1) Train up my thought life – refuse to dwell on negative or fearful thoughts
2) Feed my mind with healthy positive thoughts, books, music, etc.
3) Journal my thoughts and feelings on a daily basis
4) Practice speaking and listening to God, otherwise known as prayer and meditation.
5) Ask for God’s help – You can call him the Universe, the Creator, the Source or whatever, but I know his name is God and his power is called Faith.

The more we understand about the connection between our thoughts and our feelings, the better we will be able to control both and the stronger our spiritual muscle will become. What do you think about these ideas? Can you recall a situation where your emotions got the better of you? Feel free to comment on this post and share your thoughts.

 Until next time, look out for my next video, and remember, keep looking up!

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How Full is Your Cup?

It’s fall and the weather is delightful here in Baltimore – no humidity, glorious temperatures and a great time for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. I love this time of year and the changing of seasons. A certain joy fills my being and I am reminded of just how blessed I am.

Now, does that mean I have a perfect life? No, it does not. But what it does mean is that I choose – notice the word choose – to see the positives in my life. Many times we get so caught up in the drama of everyday life, relationships, work, etc we lose sight of the good things in our lives.

We all have a ton to be thankful for. Every morning and evening I praise God for his goodness to me. As I say in my new book,”The Power of Faith”, no one has a perfect life. As singer Natalie Grant says in one of her songs, “There’s no such thing as perfect people. No such thing as a perfect life.” There will always be bumps in the road, to use a biking analogy once again.

The question is how am I going to look at life? Is my cup half full or half empty? When unexpected things come, do I choose to view them as negatives or positives? One tip I’ll share is to ask myself the question “How can I look at this differently?” We get so used to seeing things one way, we are blinded to the fact that there is another perspective.

So, dear one, how do you see life? Will you choose to look at life with rose-colored glasses and remove your dark shades? Let the light shine into your heart and you will be amazed at how much more joy you will experience in your daily life.

Until next time, keep the faith, keep looking up and send me a note on your thoughts!

The Choice is Ours

We all make lots of choices every day. Some of them are minor like what shirt to wear or where to have lunch. Some may seem minor, but really aren’t. In reality, our lives as well as our destinies are made up of the thousands of small decisions we make every day.

Think about it for a moment. Choices about what to eat, what to spend, whether to exercise or read our Bible over time, all become habits. These habits can either benefit us or harm us in the long run. Daily choices of a donut over a piece of fruit, a Starbucks frappucino over a glass of water, or viewing hours of television over spending time with the Lord determine who and what we will become.

The same thing goes for our choices when it comes to having faith. We can choose to have faith in God or not. We can choose to have faith in ourselves or not. And we can choose to have faith in others, or not. It is totally up to us and the daily choices we make in this area will strongly impact who and what we will become. It will also impact who and what others become.

So today, dear one, will you choose faith? Will you choose to believe in God, yourself and your loved ones? As the Bible says “Faith is the belief in things not yet seen”. Because, after all, if we could see it, it wouldn’t be faith at all now would it? Until next time, choose to use the power of faith and keep looking up!

The Choice is Ours

We all make lots of choices every day. Some of them are minor like what shirt to wear or where to have lunch. Some may seem minor, but really aren’t. In reality, our lives as well as our destinies are made up of the thousands of small decisions we make every day.

Think about it for a moment. Choices about what to eat, what to spend, whether to exercise or read our Bible over time, all become habits. These habits can either benefit us or harm us in the long run. Daily choices of a donut over a piece of fruit, a Starbucks frappucino over a glass of water, or viewing hours of television over spending time with the Lord determine who and what we will become.

The same thing goes for our choices when it comes to having faith. We can choose to have faith in God or not. We can choose to have faith in ourselves or not. And we can choose to have faith in others, or not. It is totally up to us and the daily choices we make in this area will strongly impact who and what we will become. It will also impact who and what others become.

So today, dear one, will you choose faith? Will you choose to believe in God, yourself and your loved ones? As the Bible says “Faith is the belief in things not yet seen”. Because, after all, if we could see it, it wouldn’t be faith at all now would it? Until next time, choose to use the power of faith and keep looking up!

Your Secret Power

Did you know you have a secret power that enables you to overcome life’s trials and tribulations with victory? It’s true. This power helps us to survive and thrive even in the midst of the worst circumstances.

The problem is many of us fail to recognize, develop, or utilize it sufficiently.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about the power of Faith.

Yes, Faith, dear one.

It really is a simple concept, yet when applied it is incredibly powerful and yields amazing results.

Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. I maintain that the “proof is in the pudding”. When we activate the power of faith, we will see tangible results, guaranteed.

I like to think of faith as a muscle that grows with exercise. Yes, just as our physical muscles grow and are strengthened by exercise, so too does our spiritual muscle grow when we exercise it.

Faith is our lifeline to God. We each have a connection to God whether or not we want to admit it, realize it, or use it. Today, dear one, will you exercise your faith and strengthen your connection to God? Try it and see what happens. You will be amazed!

Your Secret Power

Did you know you have a secret power that enables you to overcome life’s trials and tribulations with victory? It’s true. This power helps us to survive and thrive even in the midst of the worst circumstances.

The problem is many of us fail to recognize, develop, or utilize it sufficiently.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about the power of Faith.

Yes, Faith, dear one.

It really is a simple concept, yet when applied it is incredibly powerful and yields amazing results.

Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. I maintain that the “proof is in the pudding”. When we activate the power of faith, we will see tangible results, guaranteed.

I like to think of faith as a muscle that grows with exercise. Yes, just as our physical muscles grow and are strengthened by exercise, so too does our spiritual muscle grow when we exercise it.

Faith is our lifeline to God. We each have a connection to God whether or not we want to admit it, realize it, or use it. Today, dear one, will you exercise your faith and strengthen your connection to God? Try it and see what happens. You will be amazed!

How to Cope With Life

Life can be stressful, discouraging, even overwhelming at times, can’t it? The problems not only in our own private worlds but in the world at large can seem insurmountable. Many turn to external solutions to provide relief from the cares of this world: alcohol, drugs, pornography, over-activity, over-work, over-doing and over-indulging in many different things.

I would suggest that the key to coping with life is not to be found in the externals, but is internal. It is found inside each of us. We all have a power within us, you might call it, to enable us to cope with life.

What is that power?

It is the power of Faith.

Yes, Faith. Faith enables us to keep on keeping on, to not quit, to overcome. Faith gives us the strength to withstand trials and tribulations. Faith says “I can do it!” when everything and possibly everyone else around us says “Give up.”

Each of us has been given a measure of faith, says Romans 12:3. We have been given the faith that we need to deal with and handle the situations in our lives. But faith is like a muscle. It needs to be developed.

How will you cope with today’s trials, dear one? Do you have faith? If not, why not? If so, have you put it into use? Until next time, I encourage you to explore the concept of faith and as always, keep looking up!

How to Cope With Life

Life can be stressful, discouraging, even overwhelming at times, can’t it? The problems not only in our own private worlds but in the world at large can seem insurmountable. Many turn to external solutions to provide relief from the cares of this world: alcohol, drugs, pornography, over-activity, over-work, over-doing and over-indulging in many different things.

I would suggest that the key to coping with life is not to be found in the externals, but is internal. It is found inside each of us. We all have a power within us, you might call it, to enable us to cope with life.

What is that power?

It is the power of Faith.

Yes, Faith. Faith enables us to keep on keeping on, to not quit, to overcome. Faith gives us the strength to withstand trials and tribulations. Faith says “I can do it!” when everything and possibly everyone else around us says “Give up.”

Each of us has been given a measure of faith, says Romans 12:3. We have been given the faith that we need to deal with and handle the situations in our lives. But faith is like a muscle. It needs to be developed.

How will you cope with today’s trials, dear one? Do you have faith? If not, why not? If so, have you put it into use? Until next time, I encourage you to explore the concept of faith and as always, keep looking up!