Growing up, I was plagued almost daily with negative thoughts. Positivity was not something that was purposefully instilled upon my by my parents. They did the best they could, but without a personal relationship with Jesus, the importance of my thoughts and words and the effect they had on me spiritually, physically and emotionally was not at the forefront of their minds.
What I wouldn’t have given to know Jesus back then, when the roots of negativity began to take root in my own heart. And often times, it helps to read the stories of others and how they’ve overcome negative thinking to get me realizing that I too can live with a transformed mind and begin to see things in a positive light.
In her book, Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel and Live, Tracie Miles provides practical strategies to begin to enable you to move from a life of stinking thinking to walking in the power of a transformed mind.
Someone once told me that the power of positive thinking is really mind over matter. But it’s really hard to continue to have a good outlook on life when you get hit with unforeseen circumstances over and over again. Our emotions can take over and what I’ve learned over the years is our emotions lie.
I really appreciated the insights given by Tracie in her book, as well as the stories of others who have overcome negative thought patterns. Even though the circumstance may be horrible (death, divorce, illness) we have the power to choose how we will respond to the circumstance. We can choose to remain negative in our thought patterns, reeking havoc on our mind, heart, body and soul, or we can set our faces as flint and stand firm on the promises of God, rising above our circumstances with a positive outlook.
Life robbing misconceptions are lies that keep us bound. They spring up from the way we interpret our experience, not the actual experience itself.
– Unsinkable Faith
I’ve lived a life in bondage to negativity for too long. Sure, I’ve been faced with some hard circumstances in my life — job loss, the loss of a home, financial stress, health issues. Even though each of these circumstances changed my life in an unexpected way, I do not have to keep viewing them in a negative light. These lies have kept me from becoming all that God has made me to be, and has kept me from living in the peace and happiness God has designed for me.
I especially appreciated Chapter 4 of the book, which spoke about the lies and misconceptions that enter our hearts from life’s experiences, often from early childhood, and grow into full blown lies about who we are and who God is.
- When we lost our home due to financial strain, I blamed myself for not keeping my high paying job may years earlier.
- When my husband lost his job and was without work for a number of years, I blamed him for not working harder to start his own business years earlier.
- When my husband became disabled last year due to a mystery illness, I blamed God for allowing it to happen.
This book is really helping me to face the truth of what has been in my heart for so many years, release it to God, and begin to see each of these circumstances in a positive light. By using the exercises at the end of each chapter that include mind-transforming reflections, mind renewing memory verses, and a chapter challenge, I am beginning to build an arsenal of truth to combat so many lies that have kept me bound over the years.
If you are in need of a great faith, one that will not sink when the waves of life overtake you, be sure to pick up a copy of Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel and Life. It will transform not only your mind, but they way you live as well.
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*I was given a copy of this book by FrontGate Blogger Network in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.