Conntecting the Dots

Posts Tagged: thought life

How You View Yourself Matters

  “I’m just a stay-at-home mom.”        “I’m only a devotional writer.”   “I’m just learning how to ___________.”   How many times have you heard people describe themselves in apologetic terms such as these? I’ve done it myself. In fact, those three examples are my own quotes.   Why do we do… [ read more ]

How our Thoughts Determine our Destiny

  Our thoughts determine our destiny. Seriously. Here’s how it works: The thoughts we habitually think shape our beliefs. Our beliefs influence our behaviors. And our behaviors determine our outcome or destiny.   I reflect on my life experiences and see how it’s proven true both negatively and positively. Take, for example, the summer of… [ read more ]

Why Our Thoughts About God Matter

  Have you noticed how your thoughts about God play a vital role in your perspective and response toward stuff that happens in life? I’ve seen this prove true time and time again. Here’s a simple, current example.   Where I live, winter is marked by overcast skies and rain. It’s already upon us. The… [ 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 ]

Encouragement for the Weary

Hands down, last week’s highlight was meeting and cuddling grandbaby Alexandra. She’s a seven-pound bundle of pure precious. I know her parents say Alexandra’s worth the nine-month wait, the long and excruciating labor, and the sleepless nights since her debut. But to say they’re tired is an understatement. That’s why I’m lending a hand for… [ read more ]

3 Truths to Overcome Envy

  A multi-million dollar yacht docked nearby for a couple of days last week. The moment I saw its massive windows and large back deck complete with lounging chairs, this thought popped into my head: Wow – it must be nice to be wealthy enough to afford that toy. Imagine how much space there is… [ read more ]

Go Away, Liar

  “You’ll never get it right!”   “There’s no way God can possibly forgive you again.”   “You want to do what? You can’t do that. You’re neither smart enough nor skilled enough.“   Oh, how Satan enjoys hurling statements like these at us. He crafts his words to condemn us, and sadly, he often… [ read more ]

The Key to Lasting Change

  John Ortberg writes, “The way you think creates your attitudes; the way you think shapes your emotions; the way you think governs your behavior; the way you think deeply influences your immune system and vulnerability to illness. Everything about you flows out of the way you think.”   This quote has become a personal… [ read more ]

Thinking Truth About God Brings Hope

  I attended the Peace River Bible Institute missions conference this week. One presenter invited mission reps to a session about identifying and overcoming burnout. He noted that burnout happens when hope is lost, and hope is lost when we fall into faulty thinking about who God is.   This session really resonated with me…. [ read more ]