Old Thoughts, New Thoughts

Last Sunday’s blog, I wrote about wearing temporary scripture tattoos as a creative way to memorize scripture. For about a month, I’ve been memorizing scripture and after starting, it gets easier.

My mind is being trained to focus on God’s words when I have any negative thinking. Ya! It’s changing my world.

Here’s some examples…

#1 Walk into kitchen. There’s yuck on counters, 4th time this morning. Old thoughts: “Snazza frazza rashin’ fashin,” quoting the dog Muttley, from Wacky Races. New thoughts: “Fruits of Spirit are patience, love, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, kindness and self control. Gal 5:22-23” Do you want to complain or show fruits of the Holy Spirit Marla?

#2 Strangers with their carts blocking crowded grocery store aisles, chatting away to friends they see. Old thoughts: “What is wrong with these people? I guess they can’t figure out that it’s extra busy and they’re blocking us, the other patrons? New thoughts: Marla, “Love your neighbor as yourself. Matt 22:39”

#3 Me talking to Jesus…”This world is so nuts, I can barely stand it anymore.” New thoughts: “Jesus says…I am with you always, until the end of the age. Matt 28:20”

#4 My thoughts: “Why am I getting so much indigestion? Will I need to see an ENT and get that tube down my throat, which was not too great of an experience?” Old thoughts: I better start worrying about this big time and let it consume my whole mind. New thoughts: “Do not worry. But in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, presents your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus Phil 4:6-7.”

#5 My thoughts: Grrr, that piece of news is so upsetting. New thoughts: “The Lord himself, will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, with the trumpet call of God. And those who have died believing in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive, will be gathered up with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thes 4:16-17”

Please share if you renew your mind too! Your experiences wanted now. πŸ₯°πŸ™‚πŸ₯°

19 thoughts on “Old Thoughts, New Thoughts

    1. Hi Cindi! Thank you for taking the time to read since it’s a busy season. Do you live in a farmhouse? Many counters to clean? Have you memorized Galatians Fruits of the Spirit? Have a great Sunday!

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  1. I started memorizing Scripture for the same reason, but then stopped. I have to start up again. Thank you for these VERY encouraging words! I have to tell you I thought the part where you said β€œI better start worrying about this big time and let it consume my whole mind” was hilarious. It’s struck me so funny (which it really isn’t) only because that’s how I get. Great post Marla, full of truth! Have a blessed day! πŸ™ŒπŸ»β€οΈ

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    1. Hi Cathy, I’m glad God spoke to you through my words. That happened to me after church where God ordained this person to help. I love that. God knows our every need and He delights in every detail of our lives. And glad you relate to worrying, it’s nice to know others are bumbling around like The Abominable Snowman. Heehee

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  2. Marla, you have put such a practical spin to the benefits of memorising scripture. How easy it is for us to grumble or complain. But these truths when we keep in mind truly serve as the sword of the spirit. Have a blessed day.

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  3. I love how you are replacing your thoughts with God’s word! For me, it’s also been helpful to thank God in the challenge and pray for people. ex. Traffic – thank you that I have more time to read to my hubby (I can’t drive so he does and I read a novel out loud) – Jesus, please be with the people in that accident and the first responders as they take care of the situation. Bless the people in these cars and turn their hearts toward you so they will experience your love. ex. My refrigerator door closes on me (all.the.time) – Jesus, thank you that I have a refrigerator. Please provide for those who don’t have the luxury of one. Gratitude helps me change my attitude. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hi Laura, I love hearing all your examples since I learn by example. Thank you! ❀

      Here’s one….Dear Jesus, thank you for all the examples Laura gave to help me and other readers and please give her a new refrigerator for Christmas. Amen. πŸ₯°β€πŸ₯°

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  4. This is very uplifting post! I too have been trying to memorize scripture instead of worrying. When I focus on God and His goodness, I find I worry a lot less and it draws me closer to Him. ❀️

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