Changing my mind ...
Have you ever had a sermon bring you to tears? I don't know about you but one of the best things that happened for me during COVID is church online. On any given Sunday I can watch several of my favorite pastors! Life City Denver is my home away from my actual home... I love tuning into their church. Or I love tuning into my College Church family right down the street! It is fun to text Pastor Ryan at College Church all of my commentaries on his outfits! It is a good thing he loves me!... The last couple of weeks I have tuned into Life City because I was invited to partake in a small group that is going through Pastor Craig Groeschel's new book Winning The War in Your Mind . IT IS SOOOO GOOD!!! It is exactly what I needed at exactly the right time!
I highly recommend it! ..... GO buy it! https://amzn.to/3kMWnN7
I can't tell you how this book and the leader of this small group have helped me to center my thoughts on God and not anxiety. Anyway, I was watching the sermon for this week with Pastor Craig talking about reframing your thinking. Part of me was thinking "ARE YOU KIDDING ME! I should get royalties... focus on the positive is MY THING!" ... Instead I burst into tears and cried through the whole sermon! Because I needed the tool of reframing ... as Pastor Craig talked about reframing is creating a different way of looing at a situation or relationship by changing the meaning.... It is a different way of looking at something. For example if you frame your day ...This is going to stink it will be so busy! My job is so challenging I hate it! The Cancer is going to come back! .. Then of course you are going to have a bad day because you have framed it that way! But if you frame your day in the right way... Today is going to be busy but I am so thankful God is with me, I am thankful I have a job that is stretching me! My God fights for my health! And I have the best healthcare team! I can't control what happens to me but I can control how I frame it! FOCUS on the POSITIVE! Reframe it! I think for me I have just been trying to find positives in each day... I love this coffee, I like my new outfit .. but I have not learned the art of reframing my thinking.
I thought the sermon was really moving me ... until Pastor Craig read this verse:
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12
WOW! then I really started crying! I really believe that God is going to use my battle to advance the gospel. So that powerful verse hit home! ... Pastor Craig went on to share 3 tips for reframing your thinking... I am going to share with you one of them!
THANK GOD FOR WHAT DIDN'T HAPPEN -
Guys! This Control Freak is terrible at this one!! Not too long after Ty got his license he left the house to go to a friends. He said good bye and walked out to the garage... moments later we heard a loud bang! ... I looked at Matt wide eyed and said WHAT WAS THAT! I ran to the garage to see Ty's car half in the garage and the garage door hanging by a thread! Ty explained that he was backing out and the garage wasn't open all the way yet so he backed into it... Y'all, I LOST MY MIND!! I FREAKED ... Looking back at it now I just have to laugh! I was shouting at Ty for not opening the garage all the way... I was telling him, there goes your Christmas! Matt shoved me back into the house and pieced back together the garage! It is a good thing my husband is handy!! It is just one of the times I can think of that I completely failed to thank God for what didn't happen! Ty wasn't hurt, he didn't do enough damage that Matt couldn't fix it with a few tools. I didn't have to call my insurance guy! I don't know if you have ever had that happen, but it helped me to recall this MIND LOST moment. And even in my health journey I can thank God that I haven't had digestive challenges that I could have had. I thank God that even in a COVID world where I can't have my husband at my appointments I NEVER feel alone thanks to friends and nurses!
If you want to hear pastor Craig's 2 other tips for reframing your thinking here is the sermon:
It is so good...
I have been nervous that I have a PET scan on March 8th. It will be one year since I was told I have cancer on March 9th. On March 11th I see my oncologist to go over the results of that scan. I am excited to say Matt will officially be able to go with me to that appointment and meet my oncologist for the very first time! Thank you God.