College is a time for many young adults to soul search. To find the things they love and hate, are good at or bad at, and to find out who they really are inside and out.
I had the honor of having a young basketball coach that understood this all to well. I was so blessed to of had someone who had gone through this soul searching herself not too long ago. Someone who based her mindfulness around God.
I have been on this mind-body journey now for a couple months and it’s absolutely crazy how much I am learning about myself and learning how hard it is to keep going without falling back into the old routine and lifestyle. When I was having some loss of hope and losing my faith in college, my coach gave me a book to read that had helped her get through the exact same thing I was going through, Battlefield of the mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind by Joyce Meyer.
I read this entire book back throughout college and it helped, it really did. But do you ever have it when you read a book and it doesn’t touch your heart in full force? There were chapters that I could completely relate to and it helped my thinking, but I wasn’t giving myself 100% to fixing my mind so what I was reading lasted for a few days or weeks and then I was right back to where I started.
Now, as I am on my mind-body journey I thought it would be a perfect time to dust off this amazing book and read it for a second time. My mind-body journey originally was based around gaining energy throughout the days and fixing my digestion issues. But what a better way to use the mind-body journey not only for my health but for my faith as well! I am so excited to be reading this book again and I know this time around the entire book will be touching my heart full force because I am fully committed to changing my thinking and living a healthy lifestyle both physically, mentally and spiritually.
In my morning reading from Battlefield of the mind, I already can’t help but smile as I am being reminded of how mindfulness and positive thinking plays a big part of how our life plays out. And not only that, but how it takes constant learning and practice to maintain this mindfulness.
Joyce states that as long as we are on earth, we will need to study in the areas of thoughts and words. Which for me is like anything in life. If we read something inspiring once, it may help us for the morning or the next few days, but what about a month from now? We have to continue to learn and remind our human minds of rightful thinking.
Proverbs 23:7 “As he [a man] thinketh in his heart so is he.”
In other words, as we think, we become. If you wake up with a bad attitude, your day will go that way. If you wake up with a good attitude, you can overcome anything. It won’t change what happens to you that day, but how you view and respond to what happens is what truly matters.
“Our actions are a direct result of our thoughts.” – Joyce Meyer
One of my favorite verses from my reading this morning is Romans 8:5. First of all, if you have never read the entire book of Romans I encourage you to. It is by far one of the most inspiring and moving books in the Bible for me. Romans 8:5 talks about how we need our heart to seek the Holy Spirit. We need to set our mind on God and seek the desires He has for us in order to live in accordance to Him. In order to live a life of happiness.
I have one more bible verse I would like to leave you with and this one really touched my heart this morning. After you read this verse I ask that you stop reading and take five minutes to think about it’s meaning in your life and the busy society we put ourselves in everyday.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the receiving of the mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
For me this verse explains so well that it’s the pattern of our world that causes us to stress and worry. We need to slow down. We need to practice mindfulness. Once we slow down we will be able to see God’s will, His plan for us. I promise you just like the Bible does, His plan is so good, pleasing and perfect! We just need to slow down to realize what His plan is for us! 🙂
“When you begin to see God’s good plan for you in your thinking, you will begin to walk in it.” – Joyce Meyer.