Over the past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference where Dr. Caroline Leaf was speaking. She has authored several books including Switch On Your Brain.
Dr. Leaf is scientist, and combines both scripture and science. I haven’t yet read this book (but I plan to), however she taught a bit from this book over the two sessions.
So many things she spoke about were so, so profound. I knew my thoughts were important, but after hearing Dr. Leaf there are many changes I see that I need to make. I always thought it took 21 days to create a new habit, when in fact it actually takes 63 days. Changing your thought life must be incredibly intentional. Get your hands on this book.
It was so powerful, the things she said on how important forgiveness is, to gain knowledge, feeding your body the right things (both to your brain and your body), getting rid of “toxic thoughts”… but she also stated that many will stop putting these things into practice after four days. That’s where the intentional side has to come into play.
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 6:19).
What are we eating? What are we thinking about? Are we dealing with the things in our lives that are toxic? Have we dealt with traumatic things in our lives?
If you struggle with forgiving others, it is truly only hurting you. If you want real freedom, you have to forgive, bring it to the Holy Spirit, get healing and victory. Whether it is a small offence against you or something unthinkable, you must forgive.
Ephesians 4:32 NASB
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
I might be just a stay at home mom in this season I’m in. Wait – no not just. I’m serving my husband and my children. I’m raising these two boys (with my husband), am I raising them to fear the Lord, to love His presence? Am I teaching them to forgive, to put the right foods in their bodies, walk in freedom, and even get rid of toxic thoughts? What kind of men will they be. No, I’m not just a stay at home mom. And I really want to set a good example for them.
Another thing Dr. Leaf said that I will never forget is this – “The fear for your children is the beginning of their destruction”. Now, my children are little so I’m in a different place than those of you with older or grown children, but this statement hit me between the eyes. In many ways, I need to grow in my trust in the Lord where my kids are concerned.
We love our kids. Right? It can be tempting to keep them in a bubble. To attempt to protect them from everything little thing. But sometimes the little scrape on the knee is worth the adventure. Sometimes the memory and fun of playing in the mud is worth the mess of the cleaning it up. These are silly examples, but you get the point.
We have to be deliberate about change. Make good choices, think healthy, eat healthy, be healthy.
In all honesty, I’m tired. Some of it’s my own fault, and some of it isn’t at all. Getting the right rest is a part of treating my body as though it’s the temple of the Holy Spirit – and that’s exactly what it is.
Renew your mind today. Get in the Word of God. Be led by the Spirit, and set up a constant dialogue with Him.
Are you ready to make some changes?