Instead of just pouring out my problems to God like I’d done in the past, I was discussing my problems with Him.
He was teaching me how to look at life, and that’s what was giving me the peace and joy – because His view of life was so much better than mine.
He was also drawing me near to Him. Sometimes I would picture myself dancing with Jesus. That’s how close I felt to Him in those early days of the renewing of the mind.
Living in Peace
I began the renewing-of-the-mind habit as an improving-my-marriage exercise. I continued the habit because I loved living in peace.
It was strange to know that all I had to do was go to God, carry my thoughts captive to Him, and be able to let go of those negative emotions that used to make me miserable for days at a time.
A Renewing of the Mind Workshop
My dilemma has been how to teach the discipline on a blog. When I started this series, I was thinking it would be just like having a regular Bible study with all of us sitting together in a living room. But I’m beginning to think you might not be able to do that with a blog. At least I don’t know how to do it if you can.
So here’s my new idea. I’ve been taking a writing class by Jeff Goins, and he gives everyone assignments so we can practice what he’s teaching us. I was wondering if that might work for this series.
I could give assignments on Saturday for the whole next week and then do two or three posts a week to either go along with the assignments or encourage you to keep going during the week. If you guys want to comment and even comment to each other you could, or you could just do the assignments on your own without group interaction.
Even though I began this as a new year’s resolution study, the focus will be more on the renewing of the mind since that’s what we need to do if we want to follow through on our resolutions.
I’ll post the first set of assignment tomorrow and then begin posting less frequently next week.
Question: What would help you develop a renewing of the mind habit? Are there any posts you’d like to see, assignments you’d like to see, or anything else I can’t think of?