Hello Sunday friends!
Today is not your typical Sunday reflection in the sense that I am not going to talk about what God has been teaching me this past week, but I want to talk about an AWESOME book that I just read, and share what I’ve learned from reading it.
This book, like the cover says is about “how the thoughts you chose affect your mood, behavior and decisions.”
Before reading this book, I never really, like EVER, thought about what I’m thinking about…if that makes sense. Thoughts would just roll in and out of my brain, whether or not they be positive or negative, and I would just sort of go along with them.
But, this book, has changed that. It taught me that being so PASSIVE in my thinking has really made me a not-as-happy-as-I-can-be-individual. If you’re at all like me at all, you know that it’s SO much easier to focus on negative thoughts – whether they be about yourself, about other people etc.
If we’re being real, how can we even expect to be happy and have a positive outlook on life, if our head is basically one big gloomy, dreary DARK cloud, you know? Like I said, I never thought about it…until now.
As I’ve read this book, I’ve learned to pay attention to the thoughts that roll into my brain and then stop for a moment and ask myself “is this positive or is it negative?” If it’s positive, I TRY REALLY hard to focus on it. If it’s negative, I try REALLY, REALLY hard to not think about it all day long.
I’m not perfect of course, and it’s still really hard to do, but it’s nice to actually be aware that when I’m in a bad mood for NO REASON (does this happen to you?) it’s probably because I haven’t had a good “thought check” that day. I love one of the quotes from the book “Renewing your mind isn’t a one-time decision – it is a daily decision to think positive, hope-filled, godly thoughts.” I can’t expect to just be the world’s most positive person overnight, but this book has got me into action to really put the work into it.
Here are a few key points and quotes that really stood out to me as I read this book:
“I always encourage people to look at how far they’ve come instead of how far they’ve got to go. The devil want us to focus on our failures, but God wants us to focus on our successes” This has been so helpful with working on my food issues! Sometimes the end feels SO far, but looking at the MAJOR progress I’ve made feels so much better than thinking about the end!
“Disappointment is inevitable, but to become discouraged, that’s a choice I make.”
“Right thinking and right attitudes are road maps that allow us to reach our destination” Just like Romans 12:2 says! (see graphic above)
“The attitude you choose goes a long way in determining the life you’re going to live.”
“When we get the things we thought make us happy, we are happy, until we’re not.” I learned this the very hard way when I had Anorexia. I thought being SO skinny would make me happy, but I was MISERABLE and should have died. So, this is so true!
“Even if you have to let go of something you wold like to have or do, God is able to replace it with something better than you could imagine.”
How encouraging is THAT!
Well guys, this is getting long! So, I hope you enjoyed this book and are now going to go buy it! Seriously, if you want to be happier (who doesn’t) you need to read it!
See you tomorrow!
This is not a sponsored post but thank you to HACHETTE BOOK GROUP for sending me a free copy of this book to read and review!
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