When so much in my life is out of control, do you know what I do have control over?
My play list. My prayer life. My appearance and My body.
New Year’s Resolutions, am I right?
Resolutions are simply another word for goals. And it’s always a good time to set a goal- and power forward to reach it.
So what do I have control over? What’s item one?
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What are You Feeding Your Mind?
My play list.
What we put in our body is so important- in every way. What we fill our mind with, our time with, what we put in our mouths- all of it matters. Because we matter.
And with every choice, every decision, every goal we make and set, we should be viewing it through the filter of God and eternity. Because eternity is God’s perspective.
I recently watching an episode of Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural! And the guest speaker, Troy Brewer I want to say, mentioned that God sees us the same way we would see a train from the sky if we were looking down.
If you’re in front of the train, waiting for it to pass, you see the train car by car. That’s normally how we see things. In the day to day, we see a small picture.
But from God’s perspective? Completely different view.
God can see the engine on the train, the caboose on the train, and every car in between. And as Troy pointed out, that’s how God sees each of us. Our timelines.
He sees the beginning of our life, the day we’re born. He sees the end of our life, the day we die. And he sees every car and day in between. He sees it all.
And every car on our train of life matters. Because we matter.
What we feed our minds is so very important. It’s why it’s important to spend time in the word of God DAILY. To meditate on His Word.
And we’re called to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Called to a Higher Standard
2 Corinthians 10:5
And music, tv, our movie choices, our book choices- all of it matters! Because with every medium I’ve just mentioned, I am feeding my mind. So what are you feeding yours?
In a past season, I listened to music regardless of genre. Some of my favorite songs were pop and country. And the lyrics were catchy, the music dance worthy with a beat.
But if I sang along to the words… what was I saying? Because our words matter. And God’s word tells us that the power of life and death is in the tongue. Proverbs 18:21
And even if I didn’t say the words out loud, what was I hearing? Was it truth and life- or lies?
Music and Mood
Music is something that seems harmless, but it’s not. Because worship is a weapon. And our music choices, like our words, attract life and life, or lies and death.
Music affects our mood.
Think about what kind of music you listen to when you’re sad.
I know in looking back over the music choices I made as a teen- I’m now horrified. I would never want my kids listening to the music I was listening to. By famous pop artists. My music choices as a teen- when you are really vulnerable, really trying to figure out who you are- was pop, punk, emo.
And it was reflective of culture. Not my faith.
So consider- what are your music choices reflective of?
Or current culture?
John 15:19 (NIV) “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
If your views are aligning with the worlds… you may need to reconsider.
Get back to the word of God. And remind yourself of what GOD values.
God values you. God values love. God values people and life.
And everything you’re feeding your mind and body? It has an impact.
Books to Grow Your Faith
So you can control your choices. Your music. What you watch on tv. The books you read.
Some fabulous books I just finished that I highly recommend in your walk with Christ-
The Power of Communion, by Beni Johnson (and her husband Bill Johnson, of Bethel)
Activating the Gift of Prophecy, by Jermaine and Rebecca Francis
Discernment, by Apostle Jane Hamon
Vessels of Fire and Glory, by Mario Murillo
All four of those I’ve read through only since the first of the year- I love reading, can you tell? But all four of those books were amazing in strengthening my walk with Christ. And for different reasons.
I’ll have to do a review on each of the above soon, but for the time being, if you want to check them out, I do highly recommend all of them.
And I have a book by Kris Vallotton on stand by waiting to be read.
Sounded like something I’d be interested in reading.
And I have to be honest. The “Look Inside” feature on Amazon? I LOVE it. It really gives me a feel for a book before purchasing. So when you find that feature on a potential purchase, feel free to read the first couple of chapters- or as much is available of a book- before you buy.
I did that with The Power of Communion by Beni Johnson. Which is why I decided to go on and make the purchase.
But Bill Johnson and Randy Clark teamed up to write a book on The Essential Guide to Healing. One night recently before bed, I researched that title as it had been recommended to me. And I was already literally in bed.
But following a nudge to check out this title, I lay there reading through as much of the “Look Inside” feature as I could. And I didn’t fall asleep until after midnight. The chapters I could read for free without purchasing were so good. They won my attention over sleep that night.
Brings us full circle: What are you feeding your mind? Your body. What you put in you, whether it’s your mouth, your mind, or your ears, it matters.
Let me touch on here that what you put on you is important too. Self care is important!
Importance of Self Care- Make You a Priority
Christ died so that we would have life- and have it in abundance- John 10:10. So people who walk around with this poverty mindset, this victim mindset, and they don’t even take the time to put on nice clothes that make them feel pretty- I’ve been there.
But it does nothing for your state of mind.
I always tell my kids that I want them to look loved. Because they are.
So I’m telling you to do the same. Look loved.
Dress like you’re loved.
Take care of your body like you are loved. Because you are.
God loves you.
He loved you so much that He allowed His only Son to die for you on a cross. John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only begotten Son. That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God loves you, which means you should love you too. Love yourself. And I’m not talking narcissistic, no. I’m by no means advocating narcissism or selfishness.
But self care is NOT selfish. Although I too believed it was.
Self Care is Not Selfish
I spent YEARS feeling like it was selfish to put makeup on. To even paint my nails.
To spend money on me- or my health.
In high school, I dressed in running clothes 24/7. And while I looked athletic and I was comfortable- I didn’t always necessarily look loved.
It would have taken nothing away from what was on the inside for me to have dressed in a more flattering manner. To play up my strengths.
And again, I am not diminishing in any way our inner strengths. The position of our heart or the importance of a sharp mind. Those are important, too. What’s on the inside is far more important than what’s on the outside.
But what’s on the outside is often a reflection of what’s on the inside.
Do you look loved? Do you treat yourself as if you are loved? Are you taking care of your physical health and paying mind to your physical appearance?
Because if you don’t love you, how can you expect someone else to? Broken, hurting people attract broken, hurting people. I know because I’ve been both of those things- broken and hurting.
But healthy people attract healthy people. Healthy whole people.
Not perfect people. But healthy ones.
Lastly- for now. The food you’re putting in your body. The supplements. The nutrition. It matters.
You can not put junk in your body- in your mind or your mouth- and get purity. You want pure goodness, you have to put in pure goodness.
Feed your body what it needs. Nutrition.
I know in past seasons I’ve started my new year off with keto. And my goal has been to be back to a size 2. And while I’m a size 4 right now, I have been a size 2. So I know it’s possible. It’s gonna happen
But change, positive change, takes intentionality.
Meal plans. Healthy grocery lists. Taking the vitamins. Taking the nutrition supplements.
I recently decided to relaunch my Plexus business, and lucky for me, Plexus helps with that. They have a wide array of healthy, healing products and supplements that focus on gut health. Getting healthy from the inside out.
“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore
That is so true.
Fasting- How and Why
I’m also a fan of intermittent fasting. For religious purposes- although it’s also healthy.
When I mention fasting, a lot of people think I’m drinking water only. And yes, that is totally a form of fasting. And if God calls you to it, do it.
For me, I’ve fasted meals for a few days. Drinking only coffee and tea and taking communion during breakfast and lunch, but then having a regular dinner.
I’ve done only coffee and water for a solid day.
I’ve done water and communion for 3 straight days.
And I’m about to embark on a 21 day fast where I only take my Plexus Slim in the morning with my supplements, and then lunch and dinner I’ll have a scoop of Lean in place of a meal. And I’ll be taking communion.
So that’s the kind of fast I’m about to start.
And following that, I’m planning to do a 21 day Daniel Fast. I’ll have to write on that later, but it’s where you really eat only veggies, fruits and nuts. And your only drink is water.
I got a great book to follow up with the Daniel Fast and it’s not only got a lot of great tips, prayers, and guidance, but recipes to be successful. All for 21 Days!
So there are several options for fasting.
If God calls you to it- and this is another instance where you do not want to neglect prayer- He’ll show you what He wants you to give up.
Give Up Junk, Give In To God
As I mentioned, I fast for religious purposes. To gain clarity in hearing God’s voice. To witness miracles and answered prayers in my own life.
So the important element here is prayer.
When you start taking things out of your life during a fast- a lot of people fast social media for example. Or you start taking things out of your diet. The purpose is to fill that time with God.
It’s not only taking out. It’s putting in.
Every time you have a hunger pang. Or you feel tempted to compromise. Pray. Pray to God. Declare breakthrough. Declare His promises out loud, over your life.
Fasting for clarity in hearing God or experiencing God means filling that time you’d normally be focused on meal prep and eating on Him.
Matthew 4:4 (NLT) “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’.”
God is our source. He is our everything.
And apart from Him, we can do no good thing. John 15:5 (NIV) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
So what choices are you making this year? There’s no better time to get started than today.
Are you feeding your body healthier choices? Fasting for religious breakthrough? Starting a new health and wellness regime, like with Plexus? Or picking up some new books and music to feed your mind? Comment below!