Have you heard this before:
"If I feel something, it must be true."
I remember as a young mom feeling discouraged and wondering what I had gotten myself into some days with all the responsibilities before me. I was feeling stressed, alone, and depressed.
Around this time my husband was away at work for 12 hours a day. I started to think that he didn't care and didn't love me.
I allowed this thinking to creep into my mind and actually entertained it. Did he really care? He is gone all day. He doesn't really know how hard it is.
Feelings of resentment and bitterness subtly made their way in and I started to begin to feel upset about the whole situation.
But then I caught myself.
What was I doing?
Here was my poor husband working hard for our family and I was thinking negatively because I was entertaining wrong thoughts in my head!
What I should have been thinking was:
"God will help me through all that He has entrusted me with."
"My husband loves and cares for us and that is why he is working hard to support us."
If I had focused on truth and not on my "feelings" this could have all been avoided. I realized after that there were MANY areas in my life that I had allowed my heart to lead the way and not the Truth of God's Word.
The Bible describes the heart this way:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? - Jeremiah 17:9
And the importance of controlling our thoughts:
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. -2 Corinthians 10:5
Dear friend, we need to be vigilant as we guard our thoughts so that we can carefully build our homes on the solid truths of God's foundation and not on our "feelings" or worldly influences or philosophies around us, God's truth brings light on the darkness and truth to incorrect thinking.
We need to apply this in all areas:
- our marriages
- our parenting
- our church life
-our own daily spiritual walk
Let's face it, there will be times when our thoughts will be unreliable and will not hold any ground.
Let's choose to get off our emotional roller coaster of ups and downs and STEADY ourselves on His Truth which brings PEACE, REST, AND CLARITY-- not chaos and confusion.
So we can wisely use that time to patiently and prayerfully cultivate the sober-minded women He has called us to be.
Are you struggling with any wrong thoughts today?
How can we pray for you?