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A good memory is one that can remember the days blessings and forget the days troubles.
~ Author Unknown ~

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
~ Romans 12:2 ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s Mike, Mike, Mike. (the camel commercial) A little morning humor. (grin)

Renewing the mind will change a mindset.

Forgiveness is always involved with the past.Replacing bad memories with positive ones, moves us forward.

Blessings, my friends, to just keep the faith and remember today’s blessings.

Enjoy the rest of the N to Z challenge! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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The Power of A Renewed Mind

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  
~ Romans 12:2 ~ 

There is a difference between like and love, wrong and right.  Never run if you’re not ready to take a step.  And never forgive, if you’re not ready to forget.   
~ Unknown Author ~
 
Hello friends.  (smile)  The power of a renewed mind enhances life and changes perception.  

It promotes replacing thoughts no longer relevant.  It is realizing the past does not define today.  It’s letting go of fear and anything not of love from within.
 
 
The power of a renewed mind….

Is the ability to have faith that God equips and provides everything needed to walk through things and stuff and the Y moments.  
Is the ability to praise God through good and bad choices. 
Is the ability to discipline what is spoken.  
Is the ability to love those who are different.

The power of a renewed mind….

Is a beautiful thing to forgive and forget.  
Is powerful to treat every challenge as spiritual growth.  
Is liberating to know God’s mercy and grace daily.  
Is contentment until God provides the manifestation.
Is comforting to know, whether stumbling or acting a fool, God will still love us. 
Abundant blessings my friends!
 
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Renewing The Mind

Nothing changes if we never replace things and stuff keeping us bound to it.
~ Ann Friend ~

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
~ Romans 12:2 ~

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
~ Philippians 4:8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Thoughts. Memories. The past, to include yesterday, has no power over our future, unless we continue to think on it. Renewing the mind can be a beautiful thing when we realize that nothing or anyone on this earth is perfect. Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts helps to renew the mind!

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We all have something about ourself being worked or pruned to produce more spiritual fruit. It’s no secret that mine is patience and long-suffering! I stopped responding to every negative thought that I entertained. Thus, my new sound bite, I careless. (smile)

It’s truly freedom to have choices. Remembering the past can be a good thing if we’re looking back for reference. Once upon a time, I struggled with negative thoughts and bad memories that kept angst and fear within my heart. It was also draining to carry.

When I surrendered to the Holy Spirit and Jesus became my Lord and Savior, old things became new and I began meditating on Philippians 4:8 to renew my mind. Praise The Lord.

Glory to God for the victory!

Through the process of growing and maturing, sometimes, the things we remember are not as accurate as we perceived. Sometimes, we have to choose to acknowledge it, forgive it and let it go. Renew the mind.

Renewing the mind brings change. Renewing the mind brings growth. Renewing the mind sets us free to make better choices. Renewing the mind opens up possibilities to see life from a different perspective.

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we renew our mind and meditate on Philippians 4:8. (smile)

Change Is A Lifelong Process (Part 2)

Adversity is just change that we haven’t adapted ourselves to yet. ~ Aimee Mullins ~

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
~ Romans 12:2 ~

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Continuing thoughts on change, pull up a chair, this one has some length. (smile) A little Sunday humor!

It’s a beautiful thing to come here and share life experiences, by sowing faith, courage and encouragement. Glory to God. (smile)

I’m a humble and open vessel to The Lord. (smile) Please know and understand, I come here to share my Christian walk because He gives me courage to do so and faith that it helps someone. I sow, He waters and brings the increase. (smile)

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Change can come through so many ways-trials and tribulations, The Word of God, love, as well as, our choices.

Change can be many things depending on our attitude toward change. I am here to tell you, change is a lifelong process that begins with each of us. (shock face)

No matter, how strong we are in The Lord and the power of His might, He will continue to change us from the inside out and from glory to glory. Everyday is an opportunity to grow better than we were the day before. (smile)

Change brings testing and retesting and lots of God’s mercy and grace. (smile) Change brings adapting to anything and everything, to include X, Y and Z. Glory to God.

I’ve mention before that spiritual fruit within us is evident, as we become rooted and grounded in His Word, that our lifestyle reflects our spiritual fruit and maturity. God will prune anything within us not producing fruit. (gritted teeth smile)

Conquering our thoughts, as we grow and mature in Christ, is necessary to our continued growth.

Here’s the beauty of Romans 8:28 and the seasons of change, it will all work out. Praise The Lord. (smile)

The key is to renew the mind. Change old thought patterns, by replacing each thought, that oppress or keep the flesh man dominated over the spirit man. Patience and long-suffering are the hardest fruit to multiply without inner change.

Just when we think that we’ve got it all together, pfft, testing comes. The good news is that as we change, life and it’s testing gets easier to handle and walk right through. Praise The Lord.

Blessings, my friends, as we enjoy the change that comes our way today! Roll with it. (smile)

Remember and Forget

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Those pesky thoughts. As life goes on, everyday, memories are made. Focus on the good ones. Nothing good comes from focusing on negative stuff. Give nothing and no one power enough to ruin your day!

Every conversation throughout life has left us with something to remember. It’s amazing the things we choose to remember and the things we refuse to forget. Notice I said choose and refuse because that’s what we do. (shock face)

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How many of us can remember something said more than x years ago that when stressed, it plays like it was said just yesterday? Positive or negative. I say remember good thoughts. Life can get tough enough without the added burden of remembering every negative thing someone told us or what we tell ourself. (shock face)

Pfft, here’s the thing, as we grow and mature with spiritual fruit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance; the ability to renew the mind becomes easier and you adapt and adjust to life challenges better. (smile)

The biggest aha moment, I realized lately was to talk less. I’ve had writers block for a few days because too many opinions were in my head. (shock face) Sometimes, it is, what it is.

So I had to mediate on Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. This helped me tremendously to cast those pesky thoughts! Praise The Lord!!

So my dear friends, what are you choosing to remember and refusing to forget? (smile)

Have a blessed and great weekend! (smile)

Something to Ponder 3

Those pesky thoughts. Romans 12:2 tells us “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

By faith, let us replace thoughts that keep us stuck! Replacing one thought at a time work will result in victory and a renewed mind! Praise The Lord.

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God bless us, by faith today, as we meditate on Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

It’s Roll With It Wednesday

There is lots going on these days. Roll with it! Is there anything too hard for God? Working ourselves up in a frenzy gains us nothing. Faith. We must keep the faith. Remember Romans 8:28.

Sometimes, we speak the wrong things into existence. 😰 Sometimes, we must allow God to work on our behalf. Roll with it, can bring comfort when you trust in and lean on God. We don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Be you and roll with it! Yes, things and stuff are happening all around us. We must pray without ceasing. No fear! No doubt! By faith, God will walk us through things and stuff!

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Romans 12:2, tells us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.

This gets back to replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. God is always in charge. We must learn to tune some stuff out. Someone will always have an opinion. We don’t have to comment on every thing we hear. Sometimes silence is best.

It takes two to argue. Sometimes, no response is better. Roll with it. Here are the one another scriptures to meditate on:

Love one another – John 13:34 and John 15:12,17.
Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.
Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.
Pray for one another – James 5:16.
Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.
Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 and Colossians 3:13-14.
Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.
Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.
Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.
Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.
Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.
Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
Receive one another – Romans 15:7.
Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.
Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16.
Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.
Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.
Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.
Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

God bless us, by faith, as we roll with it and focus on You and Your Word! Let thy will be done.

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