See what these Bible verses have to say about the power of mindset and our thoughts in dealing with fear and anxiety in this printable study.
Some Thoughts on The Power of Your Thoughts
I’ve always been a worrier and have struggled with the downward spiral of worry since I was a child. I’m sure many of you can relate since this seems to become more and more of a problem now with the amount of information being thrown at us every day.
I don’t watch the news very often—not because I want to put blinders on, but because it causes me anxiety if I keep up with it daily. The whole premise of news channels is to get you to keep watching by using scare tactics. You keep coming back because of the “what if” they’ve taunted you with.
While there are reasons to keep up with the news, not all outlets are healthy for our minds. You know the people—the ones who live with the news channel 24/7 and those who fill up their Facebook feeds with every terrifying article they come across. We have to strike a healthy balance between feeding our mind with knowledge and feeding it with fear.
What Does the Bible Say About the Power of Mindset and Our Thoughts?
What does God ask us to do with our thoughts? Well, let’s see what the Bible has to say:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” -Proverbs 3:5
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” -Isaiah 55:7-8
“Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” -2 Corinthians 10:5
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” -Ephesians 4:22-24
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” -Philippians 4:8
“Set your mind on things above, not earthly things.” -Colossian 3:2
Learn Your Triggers
One way to determine if you are filling your mind with unhealthy sources is to ask yourself:
- What do I think/worry about most of the day?
- Am I worrying about an actual problem in my life or what-ifs?
- Are my thoughts mostly optimistic or pessimistic?
- What do I talk about most of the day? Is it feeding my thoughts in a positive or negative way?
Make a list of the things you expose your mind to, and write down your moods throughout the day. For example:
- Do you feel happier when you are working on a project or reading a book?
- Does calling a friend help your stress level?
- Do you need to take more mental breaks during the day?
- What patterns can you find in your week that lead to unhealthy thoughts?
- Do you need to unfollow some negative people on social media?
- Do you need to quit watching that show that causes more stress after you watch it?
- Should you put a limit on the time you spend watching the news?
What about positive moments in your day? What brings them on?
- Is it a certain kind of music you listen to?
- Getting outside in the fresh air?
- Reading an exciting book?
- Watching a feel-good movie?
So make your list and track your moods. You’ll discover a lot about yourself as far as what is feeding your soul, and what is tearing it down when you look over your entries for the week.
Get My Fear and Anxiety Study Workbook
Let me encourage you to reclaim the power of your thoughts through my Fear + Anxiety Workbook. It’s Bible-based so it walks you through 4 weeks of studying fear, peace, trials, and mindset.
Here’s how the pages on mindset work:
- Highlight and read Bible verses on thoughts and mindset
- Write out your favorite and then display it somewhere to view throughout the week
- Write down some inspirations that you can refer to when you’re feeling down
- Spend a week tracking your mood and then choose positive activities
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You may also enjoy reading about meditation, which is a practice I use to check in with myself and calm my anxiety. While you may never be completely free of worry, you can take steps to cope with it through awareness of your mindset. Practice awareness of your thoughts this week so that you can direct them to the One who knows you best!
Before you go check these posts out:
- What the Bible Says About Fear
- What the Bible Says About Trials
- Choosing Faith Over Your Fear
- Your Story is Worth Sharing
- What the Bible Says About Peace
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