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Unlock the Cage

Bird cage w-butterflies

Lately when my morning devotions arrive, they seem to be focused on the same thing – changing my thought process.  I am beginning to feel like the baseball bat is being swung and I keep missing the ball (or the point).  So in an effort to get my attention, God keeps repeating the message in a variety of different ways.

I participated in a Virtual Planning Boot Camp this week with about 100 other women courtesy of Britt Bolnick.  I was amazed to find that I am not alone in my thought process.  On the outside, all of these women are successful in their business but are still feeling stuck and unable to plan.  Their fears and negative thoughts are keeping them stuck – just like me.  During the week long journey, Britt helped us to deal with our inner voices – the negative ones, learn from them so that we could move on. I so wish she lived closer so we could go for coffee once in awhile.  I think she is the kick in the butt that I need to keep me on track.

The truth that rang out for all of us was that we need to change our way of thinking.  We need to “unlock the cage” that keeps the positive thoughts locked away and blocking us from moving forward.  How is that some women are so confident and able to glide effortless forward in their business and personal lives?  Then there are those of us who struggle with negative thinking and get stuck, why?  The truth is that all of us have negative thinking at one time or another, the way we handle it or re-route them is different in each of us.  I love this suggestion:

When we’re down, sad or hopeless, let’s take inventory of our thoughts. When we find ourselves jumping to conclusions, doling out guilt trips on others or replaying arguments in our mind, let’s consciously change our thinking. When I get in a funk, often it’s because I’ve focused too much on what’s bad. The apostle Paul advises us in our key verse, Philippians 4:8, to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

The next time you’re fighting negative thoughts, “unlock your cage” of positive thoughts by remembering you are a child of God. Take the negative thoughts and LOCK them away while you replace them with the positive – God’s holy word.   When we align our thoughts with God’s, His peace, which passes all understanding, will keep our hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!




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