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Fruit for thought…

Hi guys!  Before I get into today’s blog post, I have to tell you about a major mom win in my house the other night…  Two nights ago, I made chicken parmesan for dinner, but instead of spaghetti noodles, I made noodles out of zucchini!  AND THE KIDS ATE IT!!!  They went on and on about how good dinner was!  It was one of those rare moments when moms can sit back in satisfaction, not just that dinner was good, but that the kids were eating vegetables and actually enjoying them! (not just complaining about them.)  LOL  Last night I made roasted cabbage wedges with onion dijon sauce and bean salad which was also amazing — click the links to get the recipes, because although cabbage and beans doesn’t sound amazing, it actually was very tasty and my husband said I have his permission to make that one again! haha.  (and just so you know the context, the kids did not eat cabbage and beans, but for adult dinner, it was awesome).

Ok, dinner rave over!  On to today’s blog post!

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I bet you’ve never thought about your thoughts producing fruit, right? I came across this verse in the Bible, and while it is talking more about the consequence of disobedience, rather than specifically thoughts, it got me thinking about the “fruit of my thoughts”. What does that mean? My thoughts poop out berries and grapes? Hahaha, not exactly. Fruit is used in the sense of the outcome, consequence, or the result of your thoughts.

Hear, O earth!
Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people—
The fruit of their thoughts,
Because they have not heeded My words
Nor My law, but rejected it.

(Jeremiah 6:19)

Your thoughts have results (and sometimes even consequences). Did you know that?

Thoughts are more powerful than we often realize. Not only to thoughts eventually lead to the actions we take or the words we speak, but they also control the inner chemistry of our body, and even the direction our life goes!  That’s really crazy powerful!  To think that one tiny flash of an idea can steer your life? But it does, if you think it often enough you begin to believe it. Or you think it often enough that you start to speak it out, and act on it.  Any direction you’ve taken in life began as a tiny thought in your head… And eventually steered the ship of your life towards that end.

Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23)

Our thoughts are important. Our thoughts are even important enough to God that He will judge them one day. (Eccl. 12:14, Matt 12:36). And every word we ever spoke! It’s no joke. It’s easy to think, oh my thoughts are in my head. No one sees them, they’re not hurting anyone, what’s the big deal? It is a big deal because they shape who you are and what you believe about yourself, God, your future, your family, every aspect of your life is touched by what you believe and perceive to be true within the walls of your own brain.

Dr. Caroline Leaf talks about how intangible thoughts actually affect your brain (and body) in a physical way. She says (here) that 75% to 95% of illnesses we face in our body are a direct result of the thoughts we think!  I also heard Dr. Leaf speak several years ago where she explained that negative thoughts show up in your brain like thornbushes with ugly prickly sharp edges. Negative thoughts can even affect your body chemistry, brining forth stress, sickness, or even disease in your body. Dr. Leaf then said that positive thoughts show up in your brain as beautiful growing trees, and have a positive beneficial impact on your health and physical body, and inner chemistry.

So, to me, step on is realizing the importance of our thoughts.  They are not just fleeting whims of meaningless emotion.  Thoughts are powerful and shape our world, both within and outside of our own body.  We cannot just dismiss our thoughts — especially because God says He will judge them.  Our inner life is just as important to God as our physical life.  So what can be done once one realizes the importance of their own thoughts?  Start thinking good things!

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to the Word of God. (Psalm 119:9)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Phil. 4:8)

The Bible gives us so many verses about maintaining a pure thought life.  The two above are a good place to start, but I encourage you to dig in and find even more!  See for yourself how much God cares about you and your thoughts!

Once you realize the importance of your thoughts, and start toward thinking better thoughts and stopping negative thoughts, it almost goes without saying that you’d have to start guarding what you intake.  Maybe it means not going to see that movie.  Maybe it means putting away that music.  What you allow yourself to consume through your eyes and ears, has an effect on your thoughts.  Keeping pure thoughts is so much easier when you’re also keeping your eyes and ears pure.  It’s not about being strict or religious, or anything like that, but God is a holy God.  How close to Him do you want to be?  How much of the world are you willing to give up to get closer?  Just asking…  This paragraph sounds like the start of a new blog post, so I’ll probably continue this line of thought in a future post.

Thanks for joining me today!  I want to hear your thoughts!  What do you think about this?  Can you see a connection between your thoughts and your world?  Let me know in the comments below!
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