Many times we ask God is He there. We want to know if He is listening, does He hear our requests? Will He answer our requests? I say YES! YES! YES! I remember as a kid well shoot sometimes as an adult I have made crazy requests, ” God if you there let me win a million dollars” Most of the time though my requests are simple, like, “God if you get me out of this or that I promise I won’t do such and such again. Sometimes He comes through and other times He does not. All in all, I know that God hears….answers me… and wants me to listen.
Lately, I have been studying the story of Gideon. (James 6-8) For those that don’t know the short story is: Gideon was a young boy and God spoke to Him and told him that he would use him to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites. Gideon questioned God’s choice and told God he didn’t feel qualified. He asked God 3 TIMES to prove He would use him to save the Israelites. Each time God answered Gideon. God used Gideon just as He said he would and provided Gideon with the confidence he did not have.
God understands as humans He knows it is hard for us to trust or even fathom the thought that we are His children. But God says for us to come to Him in prayer and petition. (Philippians 4:6- Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.) Just to think Gideon just knew He wasn’t who God said he was. (Judges 6:15-15 “But Lord, Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.) God was patient, reassuring, and confident in Gideon. God has the same love and compassion for us.
Each week at work I can think back and say to myself I don’t know how I made it through that week. I get an assignment an d have meetings and at the time at hand I’m so stressed out and confused I just know I will be fired before the week is up. But week after week I have made it through. It is only by the grace of God. I am learning my position from scratch so just like Gideon I did not feel qualified but God reassures me task after task, meeting after meeting. I don’t know where my current job is taking me but I’m learning while I can.
Additionally, i know God has called me to write. To write what I’m not sure. I know this blog is part of it but beyond that I am clueless. I keep telling myself that I am not the good or no one is reading it or it’s not changing lives. I have 50 million excuses. What I am realizing now is that I do it for me. It gives me that time to study, focus on God, and bring Him glory. As you can see my writing has been slacking. I used to post weekly but it slowly dwindled down. I know God has been telling me to sit down and do this and I finally have. The push has been other possible writing opportunities may arise so I know this is training for what is to come so i am being obedient.
He is calling all of us to do more….be more….help more….serve more…. and be more like Him. If we don’t feel confident enough in the task He is calling you to do remember (Isaiah 55:8-9- “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts) God adds, “…….So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God’s word is bond and does not come back void.
So walk boldly and confidently into what God has been telling you to do that you have been running from. For me it is has been this blog post and see I produced it!
I was speaking with a friend last week who gave me a thought to ponder. She said that we have at least 10,000 a thoughts a day!
This response was stirred up because I was saying maintaining positive thoughts were my focus but I struggled because so many negative thoughts consumed me.
I started really thinking how many of the 10,000 thoughts were negative? I am sure more than half. For the week, I took time to really examine how I was thinking and talking to myself and you know what?
I am mean! I am hard on myself. I would never talk to anyone else that way so why am I doing it to myself? At first I did it as a tactic to jump start myself but I realized that made me feel bad.
I like soothing motivation that includes reason, compassion, and understanding. Not the demeaning, chastising voice I was using in my own mind.
She went on to ask, “If you had $10,000 how would you spend it?”
The list goes on and on about what I could do with that amount right now!
She told me to think of those thoughts in the same manner. You can invest them in positive thoughts to enhance you or you can spend them on negative thoughts and stay stagnant.
After hearing that, how do you feel? I was thinking whoa that puts thinking in a new light!
I want to grow!
I want to invest!
I want to think happy thoughts!
So I had to go home and look in the source. I know God wants me to be happy. I know he gives clear directions on achieving this. I want to align my thoughts and life to his word.
I will share three scriptures that stood out to me:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)
Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest. Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. (Proverbs 18:20, 21 MSG)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
That’s refreshing! That’s comforting! It’s like ok Father I’m trusting you to help fill my mind with these thoughts and change my mind.
It wasn’t a surprise when another friend announced she is doing a 30 day challenge to think positive of yourself, and she asked her friends to join. I said, “Sign me up!”
So I’m asking those reading to join as well. I’m asking to use the minimum 10,000 thoughts a day for good not evil.