Did you know what you think informs what you do! Negative, down and dismal thoughts effect every aspect of your life. There has been numerous studies that negative thoughts effect physical health as well as emotional well being. Negative, hopeless thoughts destroy relationships and undermine the foundations of love. It acts as a barrier impeding positive, loving thoughts and actions from coming in. If by chance something does penetrate the barrier, negativity has done an excellent job of planting mistrust of anything positive.
The great news is that anyone can learn to combat, control and overcome "stinkin thinkin!". When you learn and put into practice techniques of re-framing distorted thoughts, your outlook as well as inward feelings change dramatically. Scripture teaches that we must control ourselves and our thought life. It goes on to say whatever is true, lovely, kind and of good report think on these things! Philippians 4:8. The idea is when you are bombarded with negativity, look for something better, higher, truer....... when you do self talk or self thought commanding your mind to obey changes will begin. We are not to allow our minds to idly wander filling itself with any negativity. It is our personal responsibility to guard our hearts and minds, controlling what comes in so it doesn't pervert what comes out. Proverbs 16:32 says "Moderation is better than muscle, self control better than political power" MSG.
Amy Moran, LCSW indicated finding and recognizing our "blue thoughts" will give the needed power to over come them. According to Amy "Blue" is an acronym for blaming myself; looking for the bad news; unhappy guessing; and exaggeratedly negative. It represents the thoughts that are just too negative to actually be true. We you work to control your thoughts you begin by what the scripture says whatever is true think on these things. Next blog we will deal with unresolved hurts.