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Daily Devotional: Renewing Your Mind [Oct. 16th, 2006|05:12 pm]
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Romans 12:1-2 (NASB)


Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, {which is} your spiritual service of worship.


And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.




I need transformation today.  Today – well, the last 3-4 days, to tell you the truth – I have been pretty hard to live with.  I repeatedly picked fights with my husband and rode an emotional roller coaster up and down over and over again.  The worst of it (I think) was this morning when I was sitting underneath my desk at work, crying into the phone, telling my husband that I didn’t really mean it when I called him & told him to find a divorce lawyer.




I’m not sure exactly what has brought on the craziness of my last few days.  Is it PMS?  I am supposed to start my period in the next few days.  Is it because a friend of mine died recently?  Is it because another friend of mine went into labor & I don’t know if she’s ok?  Is it the change in weather from lovely Fall to gray Winter?  (I live in Chicago and it feels like Winter to me!)  Is it the junk food I’ve been existing on the past few weeks?  My out-of-whack sleep schedules?  My lack of time spent in prayer & study & worship?


I think it is probably all of those things.  Today I made a journal entry post asking a few girlfriends to keep me in their prayers, and lamenting how much damage I can cause when acting on nothing but emotion.  One of my friends responded and reminded me of the verse shown above, and shared her own experiences with learning to keep her mind renewed & focused on Christ in order to keep from hurting others when mood swings hit.


I definitely needed to be reminded of this . . . It’s something I used to be so good at!  For a long time I’ve been really good at looking beyond my emotions and searching what God’s Word has to say about my situation.  But lately I have really failed at that.  I’m thankful I have friends who are willing to lovingly point me toward the Word.  I am thankful that God hasn’t left me out here alone to try & figure this out with no help.


I hope today, and in the future, you will remember to renew your mind with God’s Word so that you can handle your personal situations better than I handled mine recently.  It is so much more rewarding to act upon God’s Word even if it doesn’t give us the immediate satisfaction that a screaming match would, you know?


[User Picture]From: china_lizard
2006-10-16 10:21 pm (UTC)
If you've recently lost a good friend to death, and have another one in the hospital, then I'd say you're dealing with Grief...or trying to ignore it.

I know this may go against what a lot of other Christians would say, but you need to grieve, for your own emotional health. You need to cry, to be angry [even if it seems unfair], to let your emotions do their thing; trust me, it's the only way to truly move past it.

Also, perhaps seek some therapy or psych counseling; it'll help you sort out everything going inside of you, especially if it seems overwhelming.

God and the Bible are good...but He gave us psychology and other people for a reason, yo. ;)
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[User Picture]From: joanneabigail
2006-10-17 02:12 pm (UTC)
oh ashley! i have you in my prayers and in my heart. we all get down on the roller coaster sometimes. but His strength is perfect. "Comfort ye my people..."
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