Thursday, January 10, 2008

It is all in your mind--well, it is!

I had my son come and stand in the kitchen with his arms held out horizontal to his body.
I then asked him to resist as I tried to push down on his arms.
He is about 6'2 and 200 pounds (muscle not fat) so you can imagine that it was pretty easy for him to resist me. I am not weakling by the way. (Just had to put that into the equation)
Anyhoo-he had no problem resisting me of course.
Ha! Ha!
Then I asked him to repeat three times out loud--"I am not good enough!"
Yes, he looked at me like I was a tad crazy. Then I once again asked him to hold out his arms and try to resist this 5'6 ---lb Mom.
(you didn't really think I would put my weight here did you?)
He could NOT!
Now once again I asked him to repeat -"I am good enough!"--three times out loud.
Again arms spread eagle and try to resist me.
He could do it again. I wish you could have seen the look on his face.
Of course he thought that was pretty cool.
His expression amidst his deep huh(laugh), huh (laugh)was--What the heck!
He wanted to know how I had done it.

So...... of course I had to do a little Mom talk.
"See what power you have over your body and mind? If you speak positive, good things-- your body responds in a positive way. If you tell yourself out loud that you are a failure and you can't get anything right--that is what you will get."

These are the events that led to the above exercise.

I have been thinking about what has been going on in my mind lately. Then this morning I turned on the morning news show and they had a doctor on talking about a book she had written. She used the example that I tried with Michael. So it does work.
I may try it for children's church sometime.

And there was also a devotional that I got this morning that talked about what we think about. It seemed to be the thought of the morning.
We should be thinking of things that are pure and lovely and of good report.
That includes thoughts about ourself.
There are some changes I need to make this year. Changes that are not going to happen without the help of the Holy Spirit and ME.
But, I have to be willing to open my mouth and speak them out loud.
I always go back to the verse--Faith comes by HEARING and hearing by the word of God.
So when I look into the mirror and speak out loud--
You are wonderfully created by God and He loves you. By His power at work in you there is nothing that you can't do. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. You are beautiful and you will be healthy this year on the inside and out.

That word of faith goes out of my mouth into my ears and down into my heart.
It is truth-- so a seed has been planted and God promises that His seeds do not come back void.
Pretty cool?

Of course you can use this for whatever you need it for.
But you must open your mouth and speak the truth. YOU AND I need to HEAR it!
Our bodies will respond.
And when you and I start to get those negative thoughts in our minds--- we need to respond(yes, I give you permission to talk back to yourself) out loud with the TRUTH.
Tell your negative fearful thoughts to talk to the hand.
But make sure that your hand tells those lying thoughts just where they have to go.

We can do this!
We are more than conqueors through Jesus who strengthens us.


MelanieJoy said...

Sharon, this is the most powerful post I've read. Tuesday night I got in bed and all these thoughts were just coming out of know where. I couldn't sleep until I could pin point what was going on to trigger them. I knew something negative had to be lurking about. I had to totally retrain my thinking patters over the last several years. Negative thoughts and words and environments are such strongholds.

Amy said...

whoa that's really cool!

Cindy said...

There is SUCH power in the SPOKEN word of God! I needed that reminder; I've gotten out of the habit. Thanks, sweet friend.

Denise said...

I BELIEVE THAT!!!!!!!!!! I have had to undo some spoken words in my life........ I am so careful what comes out of my mouth .... the power of life and death is in the tongue.........

Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Pro.18:21

How powerful is that,,,,,,,,,, wonder why we do not take that to heart.. He was not kidding!!!!!! Thanks for the great post..........

Andrea said...

How cool is that?
What a good lesson to teach our children.
Good job, Mom!!

Halfmoon Girl said...

Great object lesson! This is a fabulously encouraging post Sharon. You are such a gift to me!

Denise said...

Woo Hoo, such an amazing post sis. We need to remember how powerful the tongue can be. Thanks for being such a wonderful encourager.

Edge of Design said...

This is excellent although I didn't quite understand what you meant when you said changes were going to happen without the Holy Spirit and ME. It's 4:30 a.m., I've been up since 3:00 so that might have something to do with it? Hope you're doing well Sharon.

MelanieJoy said...

I have a test to go take I found myself back this morning to read this one more time ;) Thanks.

Alisun@ A Brooke In The Forest said...

I have done this with a doctor before, it is so awesome that you used it an example of confidence and the way we see our self. Very cool indeed.

Nicki said...

That's is an amazing exercise to do! I've seen it done before and it truly does change your thinking!!! There is power in our thoughts, BIG TIME!!! Thanks for this!

freetofly said...

Sharon this is wonderful! Truly a God-driven post! Thank goodness for the Helment of salvation & that awesome sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God!

I LOVE, Love Love the example you did with your son, can't wait to put that to work!

Bless you girl!

Jenny said...

Oh this is one of my areas in which I need to grow! Thank you so much for sharing these wise words-


Deb said...

Your awesome Sharon!!

SunnySusan said...

Awesome my friend...yup I needed to hear that....hs has gone very well this week...we even finished at noon today.

vicaragekate said...

Wow! Really powerful illustration!