Have you ever noticed that when something new is about to happen or coming up or a big change is about to take place, that's all you can think about? For instance, when my mom and I were talking about starting Cherry Hill Creations, that's ALL I could think about. I would stay up at night, pondering all the things I needed to do (what's the name going to be, logo, website, what's the company vision?, how many pieces of jewelry should we start with?, what's the marketing going to look like?, who is our target market?, etc. etc. etc.) or I'd wake up early and not be able to go back to sleep, thinking of all the same things. Here's the thing, the list was the same, but it kept replaying in my mind. Yes, things would be tweeked, but it was the same. list. Or have you have been in a relationship where maybe you said something you felt you shouldn't have and that conversation was on repeat in your head and that's all you could think about? Or maybe a big life event took place or is about to take place, and that's all you can think about it? I'm there now. My mind won't let me stop with all the to-do's and the excitement of this change. My kids will be talking to me, and I don't hear them because I'm consumed by my thoughts. So much so, that even my quiet time in the mornings have been shortened as I now need to go research this or go do that.
But God convicted me this morning; not that having those thoughts are bad or sinful, but they took over my life. I literally wrote in my journal this morning, "If I thought this much about You, God, my life would be good." My life is good, and this change is good, but it still took the place of God. And anything that replaces God is not good. I know it's not easy. Especially being women, we tend to over analyze everything, multi-task in our heads, and consume our thoughts with what is surrounding us; whether it be our marriage, kids, parenting, jobs, family, friends, the list can go on and on. I want to challenge you today to join me and let your thoughts be consumed by God. Romans 12:2 says, "Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God." How are we to be transformed if we're not constantly being in conversation with God or in His Presence? There we will find rest, peace, joy, comfort, love, grace, kindness. I wonder if we would be less agitated, frustrated, and disappointed and our lives would be more full of joy, love, and grace.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.