A wise gentleman once said to me, “You won’t get anywhere in lifewith stinking thinking.” Years later I realized how profound his statement was. Stinking thinking are thoughts that hinder us from achieving our dreams and halts the progress of our maturation as Christians. Once you open the door to the toxicity of stinking thinking that negative energy manifests in your life, throwing you off the course God intended for you. Stinking thinking doesn’t just affect you it affects your children. Remember they are imitators and if they witness you being negative or verbalizing your negative thoughts. Don’t be surprised when they pick up the habit. Kids need to see their mother positive.
Here are three steps to vacuum the clutter from your mind and remove ‘stinking’ thinking:
- Take a Time Out – Stop whatever you’re doing and sit in stillness. Make sure your surroundings are calm and void of distractions. Close your eyes, breathe, and create a blank slate in your mind. Most importantly, take time to listen to God.
- Pray for Renewal and Transformation – Ask God to renew your mind and transform your thoughts so they are Christ-centered. When your thinking is aligned with Christ your thoughts can’t be negative.
- Practice Affirmations – Shift your thoughts by reciting affirmations. Search for uplifting scriptures and memorize passages that renew the spirit and mind. Put them on sticky notes and post them anywhere you will see them to remind you to repeat and meditate on them throughout the day.
Empower yourself by eliminating the destructive internal chatter that stops you from being focused on God’s will for your life. Rememberyou are created in his divine image and be gentle with yourself, God doesn’t like when you pick on his children. Your positive attitude will become a testament to your friends, family, and your life as a Christian.