5/8/20 PW Blog-Taking Thoughts Captive

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One night as my little sister and I were laying in bed, she expressed frustration that she “couldn’t talk in her head”. 😊 I explained that it was not actual talking per se but that one day thinking would make sense to her. I’m sure as an adult there are days, she would prefer to go back to those “thought-free” days as many of us would. haha
I recently did a bible study on toxic thoughts. It spoke to me so much that I decided I wanted to do it with my girls (we just wrapped up) and I wanted to share a few pieces of it with you. After all, thoughts are SO powerful. They truly do dictate how we behave, respond, and act. We have on average 60,000-80,000 thoughts a day!! This leaves no doubt in my mind, that our thoughts dictate our lives.
Romans tells us to not conform to the patterns of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Another word for renewing here is renovation. If you are like me then you recognize there are days, months, etc.. that I need a complete overhaul/renovation when it comes to my thought processes. Some days I can be stuck in a vicious loop of defeatist, negative, and damaging thoughts and I just can’t seem to get out of my own head. Boy, I hate those days! So, how do we combat these toxic thoughts? I’m glad you asked! 😊 There are several verses that talk about thoughts but for this study we are focusing on Philippians 4:8 which says “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” So, I ask myself if my thoughts line up with what this verse says.
If you have children who constantly complain or are always negative help them to memorize this verse or pieces of it. Then when they start in with negative behavior remind them of this verse; ask them if what they are thinking is right, true or how they should act? Even young kids understand this! It works wonders. It also gives you the opportunity to help them combat the negativity with thankfulness, gratitude etc..
When my thoughts don’t line up with Philippians 4:8 then I take them captive. Priscilla Shirer says, “Taking thoughts captive means controlling them instead of letting them control you.” Powerful, right?! Now, I know this is not easy, in fact it’s a constant battle. However, it is a battle worth fighting, and the key word here is battle. We do NOT give in, we keep fighting! We remember that we are not alone. If we are believers’ then we have the power of the Holy Spirit within us. I can’t begin to express how much He helps us; we SO often take this for granted! We can also get accountability partners so that we can encourage one another! Don’t be shy, ask someone to do this with you, it’s life-changing having someone not only hold you accountable but to encourage you in this thing called life.
Lord, help me to set my thoughts on you, on others, and on being thankful. Help me to break the cycle of toxic thoughts and to form a healthy habit of taking those thoughts captive. I don’t want to give the enemy any footholds in my life! I can overcome ANYTHING with you by my side!
In Christ,
P.S. (If you are interested in doing this bible devotion it is on the Bible app and called “Reset your mind: Overhauling Toxic Thoughts) All excerpts are from this study.

3 Responses to “5/8/20 PW Blog-Taking Thoughts Captive”

  1. Danielle says:

    Love this! I belong to a collective and the month of April was all on mindset. Thank you for sharing and for the thoughts on helping our family with this as well. ♥️

  2. Linda Lingo says:

    This is a go to verse for me. I studied the book of Philippians and the Lord just keeps bringing this verse back to me. I am memorizing it and it has been the most rewarding gift of the Holy Spirit to change my thoughts! When your thoughts are put in the right place your life changes.
    Thank you for sharing nicole.

  3. Nancy B says:

    Thanks so much for doing this, Nichole! I just found your blog. I really appreciate your efforts to connect and get to know the women of our church, and sharing your heart. As an “out of towner”, I’m not as involved, but I’m encouraged by seeing the various ways women are connecting within our church, excited about the increasing number of young mothers encouraging each other! Thanks again for taking a lead in this important piece of fellowship and growth.

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