I started reading a new book the other day, "Unexpected" by Christine Caine. I'm about halfway through, but I am really learning a lot already. In the latest chapter, she talks about the battlefield of the mind and taking captive every hopeless thought before it takes us captive.
In Matthew 6:31 Jesus said "Do not be anxious." In her book, Christine says "We don't have to magnify our anxious thoughts with our words. Instead, we can choose thoughts full of hope and faith and peace and speak those."
She also says, "I know that taking captive every thought often requires a ruthless fight, and that sometimes it's a minute-by-minute battle. I have often said I am only one thought away from being overtaken by all I have been freed from. But I daily choose to be a prisoner of hope. I do this by giving hope a voice - in what I think and in what I say."
This resonated with me. It's easy to fall down the rabbit hole of negative thinking and pessimism. A lot harder to stay positive and hope, even when everything looks hopeless. I have found sometimes that means not going on any social media, although, truth be told, I have a lot of positive people on Twitter and Facebook. It does mean getting into God's Word each day, and letting our minds be refreshed by His truth.
Enjoy the wonderful month of October! It's full of fall fun, from picking pumpkins to fall strolls in the woods and baking wonderful comfort foods! I'm already making soups and sweet breads. My pumpkin seed recipe is below 😊
Rinse and salt pumpkin seeds
Saute seeds over medium heat in olive oil for 5 minutes
Bake in a pre-heated 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.