We’ve all heard it before, “Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind.” But what does that mean? And what does it look like on a practical level?
We’ll answer those questions and more in this 4-Week Renewing of the Mind Workshop. I originally published this workshop as a blog series right after New Year’s Day many years ago.
Since then I’ve made a list of all the posts so it’s easier to follow. Before you get started on Week 1 of the Renewing of the Mind Worksop, try to read the following blog posts and do any of the worksheets or Bible studies:
- New Year’s Resolution Bible Study
- New Year’s Resolution Worksheet
- Making a Plan
- Bible Study: Working With God on Your Goal
- Bible Study: When God Doesn’t Change You Instantly
After you read these posts and do the worksheets, you can use the Renewing of the Mind Workshop weekly plans at the bottom of this post to pursue your goal.
Update: If you’d like another resource to help you with your goal, check out The Renewing of the Mind Project.
Week One Plan
Today: Read Help for Your Goal: A Renewing of the Mind Workshop. Then buy a journal you can use for this project. If you think you might want to throw away some of your entries so no one sees them, get a journal with pages you can tear out.
Monday: Do the Bible study: God’s View of Your Goal.
Tuesday: Look at the chart you made for yesterday’s Bible study. Can you think of any Scripture verses that tie in with the truths you wrote for God’s side of the chart? Choose one of those verses and write a Scripture prayer about your goal, using that verse as your guide.
Wednesday: Read the Renewing of the Mind Bible Verses post. Choose one Bible verse and write a Scripture prayer in your journal. You can either pray the prayer for your new year’s goal or for your goal of developing a renewing-of-the-mind habit.
Thursday: Truth journal about something that is currently going on in your life, preferably regarding your goal. For example, if your goal is to be grateful and something just happened to make you discontent or worried or stressed out, truth journal about that. After you’re through truth journaling, ask yourself this question: Is there anything I need to accept? Then accept it. (Even though it’s hard!)
If you’re new to truth journaling, don’t spend too much time thinking before you write. Just spill out your thoughts. The thinking part comes in when you look at each sentence, one at a time, to see if it’s true.
Friday: Read the post on list truth journaling and do a list truth journal for your goal. Here is another example of list truth journaling: click here.
Saturday: Read Practical Truth vs. Biblical Truth and make a chart for your goal.
Sunday: Have a great, long quiet time and soak in God’s presence. If something bugs you, truth journal about it. (Note: There’s a reason I gave the last part of this assignment on the day you go to church!)
Comments: Come back and let me know how you’re doing this week if you get a chance.
Week 2 Plan: Click here for week 2 plan.
P.S. If you click on the bold words above, you’ll find links to a post talking about that subject. You can also do a search on my blog for a topic you’re interested in – just use that little search box over on the right.
P.P.S. If you feel like giving up on your new year’s resolution this week, click here.
Hi Everyone, I just finished today’s assignment. Even though I’d just made one of those charts the other day, I made another one for this morning. Here’s what surprised me: God taught me a whole new layer of truth today. I wrote slightly different things on the left and He revealed more truth on the right. It would be incredible to break free from perfectionism and fear of rejection (because of my “imperfectness”). I’m excited to see what He’ll do!
Loren Pinilis says
One of the things I’m doing as well is memorizing specific, strategic verses of scripture that deal with certain struggles and areas I want to improve.
I am still not doing that I hate to say. I almost always have Scripture verses at hand to pray through, but I’d like to memorize Bible verses so I could meditate on them in the middle of the night. I guess I need to put that on my daily to-do list or it won’t happen.
Elizabeth Archer says
Sing them Barb! This helps me! (((HUGS)))
That’s interesting, Elizabeth. Do you just make up a melody to go with them?
Elizabeth Archer says
Yes I do most times. But I learned this from First Place for Health. They have CDs where they sing verses also. I recommend buying the CDs that are pre- 2012, because now they sing the verses with very contemporary fast music and you lose the thought/meaning. :o(
I tried just making up a song for a verse I started memorizing today and that was helpful, too. I put a verse on my list and I’m going to make a consistent effort! I think I haven’t been that motivated because I have such a terrible memory. That’s neat that First Place for Health has songs for verses!
You are so encouraging and thorough. God is using you to help people break through- thank you for sharing!
Thanks for the encouragement, TC!
Sara K says
Hi Barb, Is there a way to access the Practical Truth vs. Biblical Truth post mentioned above? I’m starting this journey a little late. ;)
Barb Raveling says
Oops! I accidentally put the wrong link on this. Thanks for letting me know! Here’s the correct link, plus I’ll fix it on the post as well: https://barbraveling.com/2012/04/11/practical-truth-vs-biblical-truth/.
I’m glad you’re starting the study – I hope God uses it to bless you!
Hi Barb? I have really enjoyed your resources. I want to lead a Bible study using “The renewing of the mind project,” as well as the online Bible study. Do you have a plan that combines both of them with assigned readings from the book in addition to your online Bible study?
Barb Raveling says
Hi Beth! I’m so sorry – I just noticed this comment as I was going through my emails! I don’t think I have a plan that combines both of them, but I do have a free leader’s guide that talks about how to lead the Renewing of the Mind Project with a group. Not sure if you’ve seen that. Here’s the link to it: https://barbraveling.com/leaders-guides-for-barb-ravelings-books/. I should come up with a plan like you’ve mentioned, though. It’s a great idea! I’ll have to put it on the “things to do” list!