My Daily Battlefield Of The Mind
Joyce Meyer's Devotional Book
I was having "one of those days!"
My husband walked into the kitchen after a day at work and I was off, telling him why I was a failure, why my life was so hard, how I just didn't have any purpose. Need I go on? The bizarre thing was that I had spent the greater part of my life learning the opposite. I had been in many places where I was told that I was unique and could overcome the troubles in my life. I had read numerous books, ranging from self-help to The Bible itself and yet this question loomed over me: "Why couldn't I live this kind of life?"
Do you know, I had so much to be thankful for! My circumstances didn't match up with my negativity and I was finding it increasingly hard to maintain a friendly balance in my life. I had just passed 50 and was getting tired of my feelings governing the way I lived. That's when I typed into google some thoughts that had been popping up, such as "change the way you think" and "what you focus on will grow." I'm sure we've all heard such statements, but they can be heard today and forgotten by tomorrow.
When I typed these statements into my computer, Joyce Meyer Battlefield Of The Mind came up
That's just how it had felt, a battle was going on in my mind and I was battle weary. I bought the book and as I started reading it, I knew that this was the answer. I needed to feed my mind everyday with positive thoughts, but they weren't going to pop out of nowhere. I read it hungrily, like a half-starved child. Now don't get me wrong here, I'm not trying to push religion. In fact you don't need to be a churchgoer to benefit from this daily devotional. But just as you need to regularly eat the vital nutrients that your body needs to be healthy, a one-off read of something positive probably won't change the way you think.
Each day I read one of the short chapters and it felt as if Joyce Meyer knew what I needed. Yes, her source was The Bible and people haven't changed since it was written, but these insights felt so relevant to me, an average sort of person, living in the modern world. The daily devotional was something I could read for 5 minutes at the start of each day. The chapters included topics such as "don't quit, wilderness mentality, wasted life, overcoming passivity, no condemnation, positive minds and doubt is a choice." It blew me away and I found myself speaking out the prayers at the end as declarations of my resolve. I am now reading it for the second time so that I get these thoughts firmly in my mind, to replace all the rubbish that has been there.
Now I am learning to say "no" to the negative thoughts and choose to bring to the forefront of my mind the positive and empowering truths that I am learning in a new way.
I'm winning my battle!