What Does the Bible Say About Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simply being aware of something.  This could consist of a great variety of issues or situations.  One could mindful of eating.  Another could be mindful of words spoken.  Someone else could be mindful of friendships.  The list could go on.

The Word Speaks of Being Mindful

Only you can change your thinking.Although mindfulness has been attributed to aspects of Buddhism, God’s Word has plenty to say on the subject.  For example, Psalm 19:14 (MEV) states the following: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”  If a thought has been meditated upon in the heart, it had to pass through the mind first.  God is concerned with what we think about and our awareness concerning various areas of our lives.

In Psalm 8:4, David asks, “Who is man that You are mindful of him?”  This indicates that God was mindful of us.  In other words, He had a strong awareness of us.  His focus was on us.  If God is mindful of us, shouldn’t we be mindful of Him?  Isaiah 26:3 states that God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are on Him.

Mindfulness that is achieved God’s way brings peace and joy.  If the mind is not focused on what it ought to be, we lose peace, and we tend to wander from the Lord.  Being mindful of the things we focus on raises awareness which can bring the change we need if we allow it.

How to be Mindful

Now that the meaning of mindfulness is understood, the next step is to figure out how to be mindful.  Being mindful is a choice.  It is simple, yet, not easy.  Colossians 3:2 states that we are to set our minds on things above.  If I set an object somewhere, it means I need to pick it up from one place to set it at the desired destination.  To set your mind means you might have to move your thinking from one direction to another.  Mindfulness is work.  To begin with, your thoughts will try to drift back to the place from which you brought them.  After consistent renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2), you will find that the process becomes simpler.  We can never stop renewing our minds, or being mindful, but the battle is not as intense the more we practice the process.Mind

Consider your thoughts and ways.  Ask the Lord to direct you to the areas of your life in which you need to be more mindful.  This will look different for everyone because our struggles are not all the same.  Once He reveals an area in which you need to be more mindful, surrender that area to Him, and allow Him to help you redirect your thinking.

 

What about you?  What does mindfulness mean to you?  Are there areas of you life in which you need to be more mindful?

Overcomer Now Available

Overcomer became available this morning on Amazon.  I can not begin to describe the excitement I feel when I pray for God to use this e-book to bless people.  It is my desire to see struggling Christians overcome the sins and other issues that keep them from living the abundant life that Jesus Christ called us to live.Overcomer Book Cover

The link to the purchase the book will be listed below.  Another link is also listed that will take you to a site in which you can download (at no charge) the PDF study to Life’s Curveballs, a study I wrote in 2014, as well as the audio sessions.  The downloads for Life’s Curveballs are completely free as my gift to you to express my appreciation for your support.

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It’s a New Day

We all have those days that are completely horrible!  You know the type of days I am talking about.  You’ve made the same mistake over and over. You’ve sinned in one of those ways that you thought you had overcome.  Your co-workers seem frustrated with you.  It does not seem that your family appreciates you.  Before we get wrapped up in self-pity, let’s stop and assess these situations through the lens of God’s word.

Learn to be Content

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In Philippians 4:11-13, the Apostle Paul tells his readers that he has learned to be content in all circumstances.  He goes on to list some hardships suffered.  Trust me, Paul did not have it easy.  Not only were people angry with Paul, but many of those same people were also trying to kill Paul.  When he penned the book of Philippians, Paul was in prison.

What was the secret to Paul’s contentment?  Philippians 4:13 (MEV) gives the answer: “I can do all things because of Christ who strengthens me.”  The secret should truly be obvious to those of us who know Christ.  Jesus is our answer in all things!

In Christ, we can learn to be content even when the day is a mess.  We can be content even if everyone seems against us.  Did you notice I used the word seems?  I realize this is not always the case, but, more often than not, our minds play tricks on us to cause us to think that particular situations are worse than they truly are.  Even if it is as bad as you think, you can still be content in Christ.

 

New Every Morning

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Whenever you have had a bad day, take the time to remember what the word says.  When you sin, go to the Lord in repentance immediately.  When you make mistakes, own them, and move on.  We all make them, even those who attempt to pretend otherwise.  We all have those days!

Remember that God’s mercies are new every morning.  We can begin again.  Every day is a new day, another day to learn and grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Whether you work at a nine to five job, or you are a stay-at-home parent; whether you are unemployed, or working more than one job, the Lord’s mercies, compassion, and faithfulness are new every morning.  As a matter of fact, they are available throughout the day.  Simply stop and take a breath, then ask God for them.  He will not refuse!

“Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.  Surely my soul remembers and is humbled within me.  But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed; His compassions do not fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness,” Lamentations 3:19-23 (MEV).

 

What about you?  Do you need a fresh start?  All you need to do is go to the Lord and ask Him for it.  After all, it is a new day.

Quiet Time

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Most Christians know what is meant by “quiet time.”  We all need that time in which we are alone and going before God.  This precious time is meant to be spiritually refreshing.  What does a “quiet time” look like?

Not a One-Size-Fits-All

As people, God created us all with different qualities and personalities.  Although many of us have much in common, we still do lots of things differently.  Why in the world would we expect our relationships with Jesus to all be exactly the same?  That expectation is completely unrealistic.

Not everyone has the exact same schedule.  Some people love to pray, read the Bible, and spend time with Jesus early in the morning because that is the time when they feel fresh.  Others do not prefer mornings and operate at a much better capacity late in the evenings.  In my humble opinion, I do not believe the time of day is what matters.  I believe it is going before the Lord giving Him our best time which looks different for everyone.

What does a person do at this time?

While it is fine to look at what others do during their times with the Lord simply as an example, it is important to be led by the Holy Spirit for yourself.  Some people spend that time just sitting quietly before God enjoying the gift of simply being with Him.  Others spend that time praying for others as well as themselves.  There are many people who use the scriptures as prayers, and there are people who do a combination of these things.

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Personally, my quiet time does not always look the same.  There are some days that I spend a few minutes in prayer concerning my day and other requests.  Next, I will spend time reading and studying the Bible.  Other times, I will simply give praise to God while listening to praise and worship music.  Then, there are times when I do all of those things as time permits.

Keep Communication Open

It is vital for a Christian to keep communication lines open with the Lord throughout the day even when the quiet time is over.  I have sat quietly before the Lord waiting for an answer I needed only to go on about my business and hear from Him when I least expected.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing, so we can still speak to God while we are going about other activities.

If we can always speak with God, why have a quiet time?  The answer is simple.  We need the time of rest in His presence.  We need a time of simply being still physically speaking so we can tune out other distractions.  This precious time gives us spiritual strength and refreshing, and that is something we cannot afford to go without.

 

What about you?  What does your quiet time with God look like?

A Weak Mind Versus the Mind of Christ

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The following is a portion of my book, Overcomer, that will be published in September:

 What in the world does it mean to have a weak mind?  To be weak-minded in biblical terms can have a vast array of meanings some of which will be discussed in this chapter.  Any Christian can be capable of having a weak mind, just as we can become weak spiritually, or even physically.

Not a Lack of Intelligence

To have a weak mind is not to insult one’s natural intelligence.  To fail to allow yourself to be transformed by the renewing of the mind is a sure way to become weak-minded.  To allow any thought to go unguarded leads to a path of great destruction.  Victory or defeat begins in the mind.  Attitude, positive or negative, begins in the mind.  Adultery begins in the mind.  Coveting begins in the mind.  Do I need to go on?  I think you get the point.

James 1:8 speaks of being double minded, or wavering.  The context was speaking of asking God for wisdom then doubting that He would give it to you.  The Children of Israel wavered back and forth between doubt and belief when they were in the wilderness after having left slavery in Egypt.  It cost some of them their lives, or at best, not being able to enter the Promised Land.  What is your wavering mind costing you?

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My Own Wavering Mind

When I graduated from college with my Bachelors’ Degree in Education, I believed God for a job to come quickly.  Instead of enjoying the summer, I spent it worrying about working.  During the middle of the summer, I got a job at one of the schools I in which I completed my Student Teaching.  It seemed the perfect job!  It was an English-teaching job!  The only drawback was that I would have to travel forty-five minutes one way.  A few weeks after accepting this job, another teaching job came open at the school my children attended, which was only a five-minute drive. If I got the job, I would be teaching Kindergarten.  I prayed fervently about this decision, and even decided I wanted the job, but I procrastinated when I realized I needed to notify the Principal at the other school.  Why was I putting this off?  Although God was leading me to bid on the job at the school closest to my home, I did not want to forfeit the other job.  I wanted to keep my eggs in two baskets so to speak.  I wanted to have my cake and eat it too.  I wanted to have my way, yet I wanted to trust God.  I was being weak-minded, or double-minded.  I was unstable!

Despite my wavering, God worked in the situation for me to have the job closest to home.  My husband and children were happy, and at last, I was happy.  I was only ashamed that I had not trusted God more fully.  Thankfully, He is merciful!

How can one overcome a weak and wavering mind?  If you said that we need to be transformed by the renewing of the mind, you would be correct.  Romans 12:2 covers a vast array of mind issues.

You Can Overcome!

If your mind is wavering with doubt, unbelief, or you are just going back and forth on any issue, it is time to remember that God is not the author of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33).  It is time to evaluate your thoughts on certain issues and ask God what His thoughts are concerning it.  He will guide you if you will wait on Him.  You might not receive the answer, immediately, but accept His peace and trust that He will lead you to the answer when the time is right.  Often God does not reveal certain things until He knows you are ready.  If you are simply doubting God Himself, confess this to Him and ask Him to help your unbelief (Mark 9:24).

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The following is an example of how you could pray when faced with a weak, wavering mind:   “Father, I know You are not the author of confusion.  The wavering I am leaning to is not of you.  I confess any unbelief to You, ask You to forgive me, and help me overcome this.  I am more than a conqueror in You.  I receive Your peace right now, and I tell my doubts to be gone in the name of Jesus!”

Once you have went to the Lord, you must replace your doubtful thinking with thoughts of faith.  You might have to stay in the scriptures for a while or listen to a praise and worship song.  You can even engage in an activity that you enjoy such as reading a good, clean book, or playing a game with your family.  There are other activities you can be involved in to keep your mind from drifting to thoughts that weaken.

Our loving Father understands that we are human, but we must deal with wavering and double-mindedness immediately and allow Him to transform our thinking.  Nothing is impossible with Him, even the strengthening of our weak minds.

What about you?  Do you go back and forth on certain issues?  Are you confused?  Are you in doubt about what God can do?  You can renew your mind and be totally transformed!