Thursday, November 7, 2013

Think - > Feel - > Live (Proverbs 31 Blog Hop)

It's Thursday - and time for another Proverbs 31 Ministry Bible study post!

P31 OBS Blog Hop


I love these "blog hops" - we get several topics to choose from each week and here's the one that spoke most to me today:

4. Think–>Feel–>Live ~ Let’s continue transforming the way we live by changing our thoughts.  Renee talks about AM (against me) and FM (for me) thoughts on pg. 112.  Similar to our When/Then and From/Toward discussions, replace any AM thoughts you’ve had this week with FM promises from God’s Word. 

"Renee" is Renee Swope, author of A Confident Heart, the book we're studying right now.

We're reading chapter 6 of the book this week and in that chapter, Renee talks about the messages that play in our heads that wreak havoc on our lives.

I love her radio analogy on page 112 :

"In the same way a radio has AM and FM frequencies, so do our thoughts. They are either AM (against me) thoughts or FM (for me) thoughts. Many times we can be our worst critics, and we have a lot of AM thoughts." 

She goes on to illustrate how we can change our frequencies - to drown out the AM thoughts using the FM promises contained in the Bible. 

I decided to put her idea to the test this week. 

When my AM frequency tuned on on Tuesday during a health crisis, saying...

"This is it, your lupus diagnosis is confirmed, life is going to be hard and miserable...."

I turned my FM dial to the promise of Jeremiah 29:11...

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosperyou and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

When my AM doubt machine turned on about my husband's job (and our upcoming move), I heard ... 

"Argh! This is too much stress - you're never going to move! It's just way too hard to live the expat life! I really don't want to be here!!!"

I flipped to my FM dial to the hope of Isaiah 58:11...

"And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail."

And finally, when my AM insecurities about my abilities as a mom came up after I lost my patience with my son, I remembered the FM promise of 2 Corinthians 12:9...

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

I loved exploring this topic this week and I definitely plan to make these types of exercises routine as my insecurities and doubts about myself inevitably come up. 

6 comments:

  1. Our FM thoughts are so much better than those pesky AM thoughts!! Thanks for sharing how this study/book is working in your life, I was truly blessed by what you wrote. Blessings to you and yours!!

    :) Trish (OBS small group leader)

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    1. Thank you for your comment Trish!!! Same to you! :)

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  2. Beautiful blog you have here! Keeping God's grave at the forefront of my mind when I am coming down hard on myself is what I'm working on too!! He's not the scolding parent that I imagined for so many years - rather a teacher, Saying it's okay! Lets learn from that and move forward!

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    1. Great point Jess - I love that! I've often imagined a school principal in the past, but in the last few years, have learned a ton about His grace. Thanks so much for your comment and your encouragement. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. hi Christa, your blog just came in time during my "why/why/why" wonder thought, it really minister to me how to Think , Feel & Live. Marvellous concept of AM/FM, never thought of it before. Thanks you guys !

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    1. You're welcome Joyce! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and that my words were an encouragement to you! You should definitely look into joining a Proverbs 31 study - they're awesome! Next one will start in January, I believe.

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