This is the first of a series of guest posts by fellow renewers-of-the-mind. It’s by my daughter, Jenny, who is a sophomore in college. When I was eleven, I had a comparison complex. I was the second middle child of four kids and felt I got the short end of the stick in … everything. […]
Normally when you think of New Year’s resolutions, you think of a long list of goals in different categories. For our New Year’s Bible study, though, I’d like you to take just one of those goals and focus your renewing of the mind efforts on it. Our goal isn’t just the goal itself, but also […]
I first heard about Scripture prayer in Beth Moore’s book, Praying God’s Word. Most of you have probably heard of it as well. You simply take a Scripture and turn it into a prayer. Scripture prayers are powerful ways to renew your mind for the purpose of breaking free from habits, sins, negative emotions, and […]
Picture this. You’re sitting on the couch, looking at your flabby body, when you think, I know, I’ll run a marathon. That will shape me up! So you get online, find a marathon, and register. Three months later you head out the door, tennis shoes in hand, ready for your race.
Do you ever find yourself constantly breaking your boundaries? When that happens to me – and it always does when I’m trying to break a habit – I know I need some secondary boundaries. Secondary boundaries are boundaries you put in place to make it easier to follow your primary boundaries. Here’s how you come up […]
When our lab was a puppy, we always made him sit while we poured his food into the dish. He was able to control himself when he sat several feet away from his dish, but if he was right next to his food, the temptation was too great—he had to eat it.
If you want to break a bad habit, the first thing you need to do is establish some boundaries. The boundaries should tell you two things: How often can you do your habit? How much of your habit can you do? How Often If your habit’s a sin, the answer to the first question is […]
Last week we talked about using Scripture to renew our minds. Today I want to show how I used Scripture to help me with my own project which is making a list each day and actually following it. Usually I just use whatever Scripture I’m studying at the moment, but this time I went looking […]
Let me ask you a question: Do you need God? Or do you just want Him? It’s easy to reach the point where you need Him when you’re sick, destitute, or traumatized. It’s hard to reach that point when everything’s going well. That’s one of the beauties of a renewing of the mind project: as […]
We tend to think certain goals are more spiritual than others. Breaking free from a porn habit, for example, is a spiritual goal. Breaking free from an eating-too-much habit is a non-spiritual goal. Having a quiet time is a spiritual goal. Following a to-do list is a non-spiritual goal. If we look at Christianity from […]