Friday, April 25

Home Improvement...Guard Your Heart

OK, now for the fun stuff, applying what we've talked about this week!

Remember, a woman isn't wise because of what she knows, she is wise in the way in which she lives!
So just knowing we are to guard our hearts isn't enough, now we need to put some work into doing it!

For Home Improvement this weekend:

(1.)Be aware of your thoughts in a very intentional way. Tell yourself it will only be for this weekend, so you don't get lazy and give up. As a thought comes into your mind that is questionable, immediately run it through a 'filter' and REVIEW it. See if it is a thought that builds one another up or tends to make you want to tear another person down. (comparing or coveting thoughts should be filtered out here!)

2Cor 10:5 says we are to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ".

This exercise isn't for the faint-hearted. It will be like writing down all that you eat when you are on a diet. You won't believe how out of control you can be in your thought life if you are honest with yourself.

(2.)REPLACE that thought with a thought that builds up your husband in your mind. (Hint: Keep a list close-by of 10 reasons you married him in the first place!).

Not married? You will have plenty of thoughts to filter ...filter out those coveting thoughts you have of your married friends. What a wife you will make someday when you have this habit of comparing/coveting under control!

(3.)REACH-OUT to a friend and explain what you are wanting to improve on far as your thought life goes...ask her if she will hold you accountable this weekend and check up on you from time to time to see what you are thinking! Ask her to join you...we need more women guarding their hearts

(4.)REFLECT at the end of each day. Spend a minute or two thinking about what you thought about all day and see if it made a difference in your attitude and your interaction with your husband and friends. RESOLVE to think like this again tomorrow!

Romans 12:2 says; "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the RENEWING of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is --His good, pleasing and perfect will."
This is God's directive...He will empower you!

Your mind will be renewed each time you implement this home improvement exercise. "Guard your heart" and continue to build your home this weekend! Enjoy

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