This past week was a tough one. I had a huge exam, papers to write, assignments due, classes to attend, and work. While I absolutely love my job, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed.
The exam that I was studying for covered about 200 pages of material, and I didn't really know how to study for it. In the midst of studying, I found myself getting increasingly frustrated with the amount that I still had left to cover. It felt like no matter how much I studied, I wasn't retaining any of the information! I found myself saying phrases like, "There's no way I'll remember all this." "I can't do it." "How am I going to pass this exam if I feel like I don't know anything?"
As I was stressed and lamenting to my sister, she challenged me. "Are you believing a truth or a lie?"
My response? "A lie, but..."
There is no "but." When we believe a lie, we are discounting the goodness of the Father and how He created us. The Father reminded me that He didn't create me to live in a defeated mindset! I needed to change my internal dialogue to mirror how He created me.
Intelligent. Creative. He replaced my "I can't" with, "I can. I will. I have the mind of Christ."
When you live in a defeated mindset, you cannot open your arms to all the goodness that the Father has in store for you. So breathe deep. Remember that the Father qualifies you in all the ways that you disqualify yourself. You are valued. You are important. The Father is longing to change the way you see yourself. He wants to replace your vision with His!
Between the Shadow and the Soul: Blogging through the journey.