Conntecting the Dots

Posts Tagged: the power of our thoughts

When is it Good to Look Back?

We hear mixed messages about looking back at our past. Some voices warn against it. Remember the story about Lot and his family? Angel voices urged them not to look back as they fled Sodom before God destroyed it. “Run for your lives!,” they cried. “Do not stop anywhere in the valley. And don’t look… [ read more ]

The Best Thoughts to Think at Night

  On what thoughts do you dwell when you’re in bed and either falling asleep or unable to sleep?   Some folks might say they plan the next day’s to-do list. Others might contemplate tough stuff they’re experiencing—a difficult relationship, the pain of betrayal, troublesome money matters, or a recent loss.   Some might ponder… [ read more ]

Overcoming a Self-Defeating Habit or Habitual Sin

As a woman who’s been on a wellness journey for several years, I’ve learned to identify personal habits that lead to defeat. Here’s one example.   Any time I’m in a public setting where there’s a snack table present, I tend to park myself near it during conversations. That way, I can easily fill my… [ read more ]

Why Do We Doubt God?

Jesus asked the best questions. Here’s one that catches my attention: “Why did you doubt me?”   Jesus had just fed about five thousand men plus women and children with five loaves of bread and two fish. After the disciples had collected the leftovers, He told them to get into a boat and cross the lake… [ read more ]

Make Up Your Mind

I love, love, love how God’s Word shows me something new every time I read it. So here’s the latest new nugget. It’s from —”But Daniel made up his mind not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief official for permission to eat… [ read more ]

Surrounded by God’s Goodness

  The thoughts on which we habitually dwell determine the direction our lives take. So, onto what thoughts do you latch when you feel overwhelmed, discouraged, or afraid?   When we focus on our negative or hurtful circumstances, we travel further into despair. Before long we begin to grumble, sink into self-pity, feel angry or… [ read more ]

Overcoming Thoughts That Fence Us In

I’ve been preparing materials for an upcoming women’s conference at my church. The theme is “Don’t Fence Me In.”   First I brainstormed about the things that fence us in (limit, restrict, hinder, or imprison). Our thoughts quickly rose to the surface as the lead culprit. Here are several examples of how this happens:  … [ read more ]

Choosing to Not Think About Negative Things

Oh, how easy it is to focus on negative stuff: We regurgitate conversations that irked us. We worry about the “what-ifs.” We get stuck in “if-only.” We anticipate the worst outcome rather than expect the best. And then we wonder why we lack joy and peace.   Earlier today a friend and I walked a… [ read more ]

How to Set Our Heads and Hearts in a Good Place

Hey, my friend! Wanna want to set your head and heart in a good place as this week begins? I do. I believe this verse holds the key:   “How amazing are the deeds of the LORD! All who delight in him should ponder them. Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness… [ read more ]