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 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, as 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 are 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 on 24/7 and those who fill up their Facebook feeds with every terrifying article they come across. We have to strike a heathy balance between feeding our mind with knowledge and feeding it with fear.
"As we think, we change the physical nature of our brain. As we consciously direct our thinking, we can wire out toxic patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts.” -DR. CAROLINE LEAF from “Switch on Your Brain”
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT MINDSET AND THE POWER OF 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
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” -1 Peter 1:13
LEARN YOUR TRIGGERS
One way to determine if you are filling your mind with unhealthy sources, is to ask yourself:
- What do I think about most of the day?
- What do I worry about? Where does that worry stem from?
- Am I worrying about an actual problem in my life or what ifs?
- Are my thoughts mostly optimistic or pessimistic?
- What do I talk to others about most of the day? Is it feeding my thoughts in a positive or negative way?
So as you go about your week, make a list of the things you expose your mind to, and write down your moods throughout the day. 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 from your job 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 is so addictive, but 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?
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 & ANXIETY STUDY WORKBOOK
Here’s how the pages on mindset work:
- Highlight and read Bible verses on thoughts and mindset
- Write out your favorite and 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 choosing 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 and direct them to the One who knows you best using these Bible verses as your guide.
For more posts on Fear & Anxiety, check these 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
He’s got this!
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