Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your day and the blessing that it brings.
With that said, I want to try something new on this site. I’ve actually wanted to do something like this for a while, but was needing a steady and consistent source. Suddenly it occurred to me today exactly what source to use. I want to do a “Thoughts for the Week” segment, which will basically sum up whatever I may have learned during the week, in lieu of my study, which relates to God.
Most likely, much of the ideas will come from my devotional, or some other such source, but it may also just come from life, and whatever God may be showing me at a particular moment. Basically, it’s almost like showing you my thoughts, reactions or conversations with God when I read certain things or He shows me something new. So to start off, today’s entry I’m going to quote a few sections of my devotional.
“I am calling you to a life of constant communion with Me. Basic training includes learning to live above your circumstances, even while interacting on that cluttered plane of life.”
This makes me wonder, and I think that this had to have been written for ordinary folks like me, because I don’t associate “clutter” with more financially set people. Of course, it could stand for the clutter of all the business transactions they may be dealing with, but in my mind…clutter is more about possessions, and I personally am trying to de-clutter, so this hit home with me.
“You yearn for a simplified lifestyle…”
Boy do I ever!
“…so that your communication with Me can be uninterrupted. But I challenge you to relinquish the fantasy of an uncluttered world.”
What?! I have to give up the idea that I could live clutter-free? Oh man!
“Accept each day as it comes and find Me in the midst of it all.”
I’m ok with the accepting each day thing, but finding You in the midst of all the clutter, is like searching for a diamond in a junk yard. My mess is just that bad…
“Talk to Me about every aspect of your day, including your feelings. Remember that your ultimate goal is not to control or fix everything around you; it is to keep communing with Me.”
When I’ve a laundry list of things to do, it can be difficult not to get caught up. Remember, we’re talking about clutter here.
“A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life. Ask my Spirit to guide you moment by moment. He will keep you close to me.”
Ok. Scripture verses:
1 Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Prov 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Sometimes, it’s only certain parts of the devotional that really stand out to me. For instance…
“I have planted Peace in the garden of your heart, where I live; but there are weeds growing there too: pride, worry, selfishness, unbelief. I am the Gardener, and I am working to rid your heart of these weeds. I do my work in various ways. I also send trials into your life. When you trust Me in the midst of trouble, Peace flourishes and weeds die away. Thank Me for troublesome situations; the Peace they can produce far outweighs the trials you endure.”
2Cr 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory;
Phl 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
In her book, Who Switched Off My Brain, Dr. Caroline Leaf said, “Controlling your thought life is not about a destination, it is about a journey. The first step on that journey is to understand what a thought actually is, how it grows in your brain, stores memories and ultimately how if affects your health, whether positively or negatively.”
She goes on to describe a thought as a tree with many branches. The more branches there are, the more intelligent and accessible the thought will be. She said, “These thought trees are prolific. Each thought tree is made of cells called neurons. These are your brain’s functional units, electrically excitable cells that make the magic trees of the mind.”
In addition to this, she goes on to say, “You have around 100 trillion magic trees in your brain, and each one is capable of growing up to 70,000 branches. This means you have approximately three million years’ worth of storage space for information in your brain!” The brain’s ability is so great that it is impossible to use it up in your lifetime.
The two hemispheres of your brain are designed to work together in synergy, providing both perspectives of thought on everything that comes in. The more you think, the more you understand. The more focused and aware your thinking, the more this synergy will occur, and the stronger the memory you will build. This literally means the branches (called dendrites) of the memory tree become firmly attached.
If you pay only cursory attention to the content of your thoughts, your thinking will be on a lower level with less synergy. The memory you build in your magic trees will be correspondingly weak and pruned off when you sleep by little vaccum cleaners called glial cells. This is what it means to forget.
Glial cells are essential to brain functioning. Without them, the neurons would not be able to work properly. They provide all the support, resources and back up, including the nourishment and protection your neurons need to do all that hard work in receiving, analyzing, processing and storing information. They also operate as your brain cells‘ cleaners, disposing of waste material generated by neuronal functioning. In effect, the glial cells sort out your thinking, but they can’t do a good job unless you think clearly.
Toxic thoughts, emotions and the chemicals they generate can and do negatively affect the free flow of these important electrochemical processes in your brain. When things aren’t flowing properly, the toxic waste builds up and diminishes the quality of stored memory. While toxic thoughts do not keep you from building memory, the memory you build is distorted and harmful.
The process of controlling your thoughts involves creating the conditions under which neuronal cells, dendrites and glial cells can do their work in perfect harmony. When they are able to do their jobs well, you build healthy memory in place of the toxic, distorted memory.”
For me, the two scriptures that came with that last devotional passage weren’t enough for me. This is my favorite scripture verse:
1Pe 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].
We are going to suffer in this life, so it is great to know that even if we mess up and cause our own suffering, God will only allow it to last for a little while, and then He will strengthen and establish us again. That, for me, is very reassuring.
God is busy pruning the bad thoughts and information we already have stored in our memory trees…information that leads us to make bad decisions. So while we may be living in a mess of some sort, on some level, God is pruning the information from the memory trees that lead us into that mess. So ultimately, after a while…when all that pruning is done, He will then strengthen and establish us through new information and thoughts that will build our memory trees with better information, and provide sources which will build us up; instead of the toxic ones we already had, which were tearing us down.
“In Me you have everything. In Me you are complete. Your capacity to experience Me is increasing, through My removal of debris and clutter from your heart. As your yearning for Me increases, other desires are gradually lessening. Since I am abundantly accessible to you, desiring Me above all else is the best way to live.”
Access is what most people seek in life. They think they want things, but what they really want is access. I think that people perceive their access to be blocked by the actions of others, but in reality, their access is blocked most of the time due to clutter in their minds…which brings me full circle to where I started from. Give God access to your heart and mind, and He will clear the debris and clutter that hinders us from the access we desire. Then we will obtain that access through Him, and it will be in its right perspective. Peace.