Grow Beautiful Thoughts

Our thoughts are so important! They can determine how your day can go. The bible says to take EVERY thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). That means that I have a chance to do something about negative thoughts. You may ask, how do I take a thought captive? Well, this will take a few seconds of action. You take a thought captive with another thought using God’s word. God’s word is alive and will defeat any situation. When you read God’s word, you are replacing those bad thoughts with truth. Soon, your thoughts are remembering what the word said about the situation.

EXAMPLE: Let’s say you get angry and that puts you in a bad mood. You can go to the bible and search scripture about anger. James 1:19-20. “So then, my beloved, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

Other scriptures: Psalms 34;14, Colossians 3:15, Ecclesiastes 10:14

Take every thought captive

There is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1;9.

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You Deserve Happiness!


You deserve HAPPINESS!
Let me say that again. You deserve HAPPINESS!
Yes, there are things that bombard us every day. Kids crying tugging on your sleeve, something breaks down, you’re late for work and life seems like a never-ending battle. But I say the battle is yours. The outcome of every situation can be positive or negative. Choose positive. You’re probably scratching your head right about now thinking, whaaat?


I want to give you a word of encouragement today that hopefully will brighten your day.
We all go through things but the way we handle them is up to us. Choose happiness instead of gloom. The battle isn’t yours it’s God’s. Cast your cares upon HIM and let him take care of it.
You may say I actually don’t know how to do that, then let me help.
1. Ask (pray) Him to come into your heart and cleanse it.
You’re probably saying, I’m already saved. Whether you accepted him years ago or just recently, life isn’t perfect, and we all fall short. We should ask for forgiveness every day that way nothing is in between you and him. You’ll feel better.
2. Read the bible daily.
By reading daily, it builds your faith and belief. The word is alive. It will guide and instruct you, but you have to read and study it.
Think of reading the bible as a relationship. When you’re in a relationship with someone you spend time with them learning their likes and dislikes. What makes them laugh and what makes them cry. You love getting to know them. So, by spending time reading the bible you learn and this brings happiness.
Download a bible app on your phone then let it read to you if you’re running short on time.
3. Believe that He loves you.
This is so important. With most of us, it’s hard to escape our past. We have a mindset that we can’t be loved, or we don’t deserve to be loved. But His love has no boundary’s or depth. He is love.
4. Now, cast your cares on Him. He doesn’t want you to carry the burden any longer. When you do this, you feel a relief. A relief that brings a smile to your face.
Why do I say you deserve Happiness, well because the bible says so?
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with JOY (Happiness) and peace as you trust in him so that you OVERFLOW with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


You are a Masterpiece


 Masterpiece – What is your Mindset?

By Brenda Scruggs – Leave a comment

With the right mindset, you can become a masterpiece and it only takes a few simple steps. Today is a new day and you can begin sculpturing the new you!

A Masterpiece is a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship whereas a mindset is basically the way you think about a situation.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. NLT Ephesians 2:10.

Did you know that you were created for a purpose? You were. There is a reason that you were born. It may be that you are to just give a kind word that will change someone’s life or as big as becoming president.

You are a masterpiece

Most of us have seen works of art that make us stop and take another look. Whether it be in a gallery, museum, or even online. Something about the amazing talent being displayed captures us in wonder, admiration, astonishment, and even bewilderment that stays etched in our minds long after gazing upon it – a masterpiece.
I am by no means an artist but what I’ve discovered after reading how an artist makes a masterpiece, I have come to the conclusion that masterpieces come by producing a lot of art, they usually aren’t planned, but they are created by hard work. This can describe our lives as individuals. We go through each day giving our daily routine all that we have, our discoveries aren’t planned, and we work hard – we are a masterpiece in the making.
For most artists, the masterpiece is the work of art that stands out from the rest. After painting or sculpting many, many pieces, one stands out the most capturing the attention, interest and intrigues the mind. The artist then strives to make the next piece reach far beyond what they just created.
Your mindset is extremely important for everyday life. The way you think about yourself will catapult you into your destiny – your masterpiece. The masterpiece of your thinking can paint enhancing thought patterns, intrigue encouragement, and urge you to do better. If you can start to believe in yourself even in the remoteness of an inch, then you are on your way to building an extraordinary masterpiece – YOU!
Your mindset is a set of beliefs that you act upon. How are you thinking?
Do you think of yourself as being loved?
Do you think of yourself as beautiful?
Do you think of yourself as successful?
If you said no to most of the above then your thought pattern may need restructuring because you are loved, you are beautiful, and you are successful. Someone does love you even though you may not feel loved, you are the only you, there is no other mold of you and that makes you special, you are successful because of what you can only do. Yes, others may have similar ideas, but they don’t have what you can offer.
 Take inventory of your thoughts – Do you mostly think negatively and not positively? Do you always see the bad in any situation instead of the possibility of something good?
We can form a mindset from past experiences when a dream or goal hasn’t turned out the way we planned, a relationship ended badly or simply we feel we can’t do anything right. Yes. Those things did happen and left a raw taste in our mouth making us look on the bad side, so we won’t be let down again or to even protect ourselves from being hurt again. But if you stay there, in that negative mindset (past), then you are robbing the world of You since you are a masterpiece for the world to gaze upon.
Thousands of thoughts pass through our minds daily. Some trigger hurtful memories, others bring a smile to our face, some bring judgment, others tantalize an inspiration and the theory goes on. It is up to us to focus on the ones we choose, not the ones that bombard us continually. I’ll say it again, “We Get to Choose the Ones We Want To Focus On.” We don’t have to buy into the lie of negativity.
Today you can start working on changing your mindset. Pay attention to the despairing thoughts that go through your mind and target them because we can’t change the mindset unless it is acknowledged. Then start to change the way you think by seeing the good in things. Will it be easy? Probably not but a masterpiece isn’t easy. It is a process to start and then a WOW at the finish.
 Flip the Switch – Switch your way of thinking – Switch your mindset. Once you’ve identified the negative thoughts, you need a tactic to stop them. Flipping the switch is a method to counterattack the thoughts that want to hold you back.

Now that I’m getting older, I dread looking in the mirror. Instead of seeing me, I see the fine lines that seem to deepen daily, skin that doesn’t want to stay in place, and sagging eyelids. (Ha Ha, now that I’ve painted you a good picture.) But, I have changed my mindset practicing what I preach, I flipped the switch. I now look in the mirror and say, “You are not flawed, you are flawless.” (I will make a post on Affirmations soon that will help build your confidence and enhancing the way you think.) Speaking to yourself in the mirror may seem strange but once you do it a time or two, you’ll see a difference.
Another example of flipping the switch. Let’s say you want to take a walk after dinner to burn up some of the calories that you’ve just eaten but then your mind tells you, oh, you can do that tomorrow, you’re too full, take a nap, etc. But, the best way to stop those thoughts that want to hold you back is to put on your tennis shoes and go for that walk. Counterattack that thought.

 Failure – Failure isn’t a bad word, it’s only bad if you stay and keep it company. Give yourself permission to fail but don’t stay there returning to negative thoughts.

Most successful people will tell you without failure, they’ve learned nothing. When developing the lightbulb, Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that wouldn’t work.” Take what you learned when you failed and pick yourself back up and go forward.

Make your life a masterpiece, you only get one Canvas so, be the sculptor of your DREAMS!
Happiness is a mindset and a way of life. Starting Creating your masterpiece -YOU!
Follow Your Dream
Brenda Scruggs- Author

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