Battlefield of the Mind: Week Seven

With Erich here this past weekend, Friday came and went without me sharing week seven in our study of Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield obattlefield of the mindf the Mind.  This is such a great chapter, too!!

The chapter title is, “Think About What You Are Thinking About.”

At first, you might wonder what that means exactly.  But let me give you an example from my own life.

Erich left yesterday to head back to Nashville, and watching him carry his suitcase to the car and then take down Hugo’s dog cage and pack it in the backseat was not fun.  I loved having him back home.  It felt so much more like the old days just having his fun spirit here, laughing and being silly.

After he left, I easily could have slipped into some sort of sadness that hung on for days.  But I had to make a very conscious decision to think about good things….Erich loves his job.  Erich still enjoys coming home to visit.  Erich is excited about his wedding.  Erich loves being independent and he is a committed Christian.

The same thought process has helped me keep my grief from consuming me which it easily could.  I cannot allow myself to sit and dwell on the sadness of Nick having cancer and all that he endured.  I can’t focus on what I could easily see as an injustice of loving God so much and yet having to walk the road of losing two children.

I have to focus on God’s promises.  I have to choose to think about what I’m thinking about………and sometimes this means that I actually have to stop and say, “Tammy, you are thinking about the wrong things.”  At those times I claim the verse that says to “take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.” 

This doesn’t mean that I never cry or I’m never sad, but it does mean that after I cry (usually in the shower), I wipe away my tears and I decide to live for God not for myself.  There is power in living for God, and there is freedom!  See, I believe with every inch of my being that I will be reunited with Adrienne and Nick for eternity.  So I agree with Paul when he says, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”  Tim texted me before his flight from Houston Friday and shared about a sermon where the minister had asked a lady if she was nervous about the flight she was about to make.  Her reply was, “I have one daughter in Cleveland and one in Heaven.  In 90 minutes, I will be with one of them.”  I loved that!!  I want to live with that spirit daily.

So for this week, I’d love to challenge you to really “think about what you’re thinking about.”  Do you feel overwhelmed with things you need to do?  Make a list and start getting things done.  Whatever it is that may be burdening you today, try to turn it around and make something positive out of it.  After a while, you will begin to see that your entire attitude about life is transforming.

Psalm 119:15 (NLT)

I will study your commandments
      and reflect on your ways.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

I love you all so much,

6 thoughts on “Battlefield of the Mind: Week Seven

  1. I needed to hear this today. It means so much more coming from you. You know why.
    Many tears yesterday. Some days it seems the tears come so very easily and so very often.
    Love u.

  2. I agree with Melanie. I needed this today. I love coming to your blog. You lead me to the right place in my journey. Thank you for your strength. It helps others so much. And it is okay to cry for those we loved and lost. How could we not miss them. Tears help the soul as well. It’s a cleansing in to my heart and eyes. Sandy from MD

  3. I am so thankful God gave us tears. I don’t know how I would release all of my sorrow without them. I am also so thankful He gave us the hope of a place with NO MORE TEARS! We won’t have to release anything EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you both!

  4. Tammy,

    Thank you, your blog today was exactly what I needed. We will be having the 6th Annual Buckle Up for Mal Softball Tournament Aug. 6 – 8th. While I love all of the planning and designing T Shirts, I also have a sad place in my heart, I just miss our Malorie Sooo much! I know you know what that is like.

    I love your comment about the airplane, “In 90 minutes the lady would be either with her daughter in heaven or her daughter here on earth.” So, I’m thinking, ok, I can do this another day, tomorrow, I will either be with Mal in Heaven, or with Ashleigh and Sawyer here in Wathena!

    I’m so thankful for the HOPE our Father gives us!

    Love you much,

  5. I agree this was a very good chapter. It reminds me that all those imaginary conversations are a real waste of time. Especially since most of them have negative outcomes. I am going to really attempt to remember to think about what I am thinking. Good advice

  6. Hi Tammy,

    Your blog is just what I needed today. The verse II Corth 10:5 is exactly what I need to focus on as I am facing my fears. Thanks for sharing your heart.