Ep 3: The Power of Our Thoughts • Nicaragua Video Mini-Series

September 5, 2016 6:12 am

In this episode, I share my experience of getting stitches in a Nicaraguan hospital and all the different ways our thoughts affect our feelings, actions and relationship with God.

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All of our thoughts are not our own. I don’t think everyone knows this. I didn’t.

The devil is real. Galatians talks about this “present evil world”…

Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. -Galatians 1:4

My point is… we are constantly under attack by some who’s been at it for ages. And if you think that little devil isn’t trying to whisper lies in your ear you are deceived.

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But the truth is that we are fiercely loved by the Creator of the entire universe. He would never say to us what we allow our thoughts to say to us. And we have a habit of putting the bad stuff on repeat.

One of my favorite verses tell us to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. We don’t have to let the lies stay. He gave us the power to choose what we think about.

This is why reading the Bible is so important. So we can know what’s true and reject the rest. Of course, I do not have this all figured out. Some days the voices in my head get the better of me and I spend all day moping around about how my life is not what it should be.

And sometimes, like in in Nicaragua, I’m exactly who I want to be, or at least a really good version of myself. I can feel that I am operating closely to how He created me. Thinking of others more than myself. And that sense of freedom is exhilarating.

nicaragua kids mission trip vlogBut I admit- I freaked out a little when I cut my eye.  In the video, I express the many thoughts that ran through my mind as I journeyed to the hospital.  The term “Nicaraguan hospital” is not where I would think I’d like to get medical services.

But I reminded myself that He’s got me.  And He’s working it all out for good.

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I really didn’t want another scar on my face. It made me sad when I didn’t have anyone significant to take to the hospital. I wish I spoke better Spanish.

But I’m so grateful to still have two eyes. And a loving church family. And blessings like drops of water in the ocean.

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What if we really trusted He was working everything out for good? We’d anticipate every good way that He can use what seems like “bad things” in our lives and spin it out for His Purpose. We’d remind ourselves that His promises are true.

Toxic thoughts wouldn’t be able to co-exist with that.

Guard your heart and your mind. Don’t be led around by lies or emotions. The truth shall set you free.

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