A New Perspective
It was long past time to gain some new perspective on a difficult time in my life—to allow God to change my broken way of thinking… Because as God’s Word says, “…letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (NLT) This is a little longer SAND Room message today, but I think it’s a very important one! If you’ll allow me to share…
Many years ago, as a young mom of three boys, I wasn’t the most patient, loving, kind person… I was probably tired, like most young parents are. The thirties can be a busy time of life with children, and ours was no exception. Gentleness was put on the back burner, and, “Just do what I ask you to do” was forefront! “Why? Because I said so, that’s why!” How many of us heard that growing up, and vowed to never say it? But we did! Now, fast forward all these years later and our boys are now in their 30’s, and with their wives, are each raising their own three children. We are truly blessed - and as a Grandma, the Fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc…are much easier to exhibit. One reason is that I go home at the end of the day to a quiet house, instead of one filled with sports gear, school backpacks, and homework that needs to be finished before baths and bedtime! I think you get the picture. But I still had a problem. The patience I have learned, not just because life is quieter, but because I have grown in my faith through the years, is now only shared with two of our grown sons. One son left this world for Heaven 12 years ago. There is no making it up to him with the peace and kindness that God has taught me through the years. There is no loving on his children, or encouraging him in his present life. I missed the “boat” with him so to speak…it sailed, and I was left holding onto the 30-something-year-old Mom mistakes that I’m not all that proud of. So what did I do with them? I stuffed my mistakes down deep in my soul, covering them up with all of God’s goodness and blessings of today, and I figured I would just have to take the mistakes I made with him to the grave with me. Little did I know that God had a better plan with even that mess inside of me—God wanted me to finish that unfinished business. The Holy Spirit, when given complete control of our minds, has a great way of cleaning out the garbage from the past. How? I’ll tell you what I have been putting into practice to let the Holy Spirit do His work in me.
I knew that God was capable of healing a shattered heart because I have experienced that, and I am so grateful. But I didn’t know how to hand over that dark little box full of “Mom mistakes” that seemed so “right” to hold onto. But in God’s Word it says we do not have to pay for what has already been paid for by Jesus Christ. It is okay, really okay, to ask for forgiveness, and to receive that forgiveness. Pride will tell us we need to do better to clean up our own mistakes. For me, for this receiving process to work, God has been teaching me to include speaking His Truth out loud, and often! By speaking truths out loud, they can enter in through our ears, and change our way of thinking! My brain needed to literally break off connections to condemning thoughts by actually speaking things like, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1 (NLT), as well as many other truths. This is how mind renewal takes place. Jesus battled Satan by saying, “It is Written…” When I do what Jesus modeled, those destructive thoughts start to die, and my mind starts to heal. In practicing this, I am gaining more of the life and peace God’s Word promises! I not only thank God out loud for His promises as I drive down the freeway, I thank Him for cell phones, because those in the cars around me don’t think I am insanely talking to myself. Little do they know I am on a direct line with God, involved in the best intensive Counseling session ever! I’ve also warned my husband, Jim, if he hears me whispering in the middle of the night, I’m not talking in my sleep, I’m speaking out truth!!
Searching And Noticing the Divine is sometimes as easy as seeing God’s blessings in an ordinary day. But sometimes, it’s as hard as abandoning our mistakes at the foot of the Cross and noticing Divine intervention take them away. The enemy’s lies make it hard to truly believe what we have been offered through the blood of Jesus. But when we use the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Spoken Word (Rhema) of God, there will be amazing results! “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (NLT) (If you want to know where to start, try speaking out Psalm 103. It has many mind-renewing elements!)