Written by Heather Olson
I’m constantly amazed by how powerful the mind is. I’ve become more aware of this every day as I work through recovery. I’ve found that renewing my mind is a daily process (even hourly at times), which involves filling it with truth rather than the lies that have held me captive for so long. I know I’ve felt in so many instances that I don’t have any control over the thoughts that can debilitate me, but I’ve learned that I have more power than I realize.
I get to choose what I’m going to focus my thoughts on and what I’m not.
I get to choose whose words will be allowed to enter my mind that will help me grow (whether they are uplifting or constructive criticism). Ultimately, I get to choose what fills my mind and what doesn’t. I’ve personally found that reading my Bible and learning about how God sees me and how much He loves me helps to change the negative thoughts that come into my mind constantly throughout the day, especially the lies I personally tell myself. One verse that I love replaying in my mind every day is 1 Peter 5:7 – “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” This reminds me that I have the choice to give God ALL of my worries, stresses and daily struggles and don’t need to carry them on my own. He has placed people in my life to walk beside me and help me through them. As a result, my mind can refocus on positive thoughts and can be renewed!