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overthinking2I can think things to DEATH. I have a mind that likes to send me into confusion real quick because I analyze everything to the point where I can’t even recognize it anymore. I am getting better. Some days if I don’t reign it in, my mind will go berserk trying to make sense of things that are…well…common sense. Pastor Tilghman at Jacob’s Well used to call me his favorite nerd because of the comments and questions I would bring up that always had everyone else shaking their head and rolling their eyes! Overthinking is OK (sometimes) but can be exhausting the rest of the time. It isn’t really normal, but I am not normal, so I still overthink. It’s a battle everyday. For me, the first thing it does is create paranoia and I can’t afford to have that spirit back in my life….NO WAY. At Jacob’s Well, I began to use my brain for good. I started looking up verses that had the words “thought, think, thinking” in them and then I wrote down the verse, took out a dictionary, and proceeded to define every single last word in each verse. I used my thinking to learn about what the Word of God says about our thoughts! It was eye opening to say the least and the words changed with each definition and I was able to see things and THINK things completely differently!

overthinking4The very first verse I ever memorized was one given to me by Mandy and then Pastor T gave me the same one several weeks later.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

It says “whatever”. For me that meant ALL. All inclusive. All the things that are listed above. Not some, not a few, ALL OF THEM. When I replace my negative thinking with the positives in this verse, I can’t help but think positive thoughts! I must take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ Jesus! As Mandy says, “Put them on a platter and send them to heaven.” They don’t belong to me anyway.

overthinking3Romans 12:3 – Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

EACH OF US. He has given us EACH faith. Again, ALL INCLUSIVE. He didn’t leave anyone out, so why should I walk around all haughty? Shame, shame on me….

Psalm 63:6 – On my bed, I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

This verse speaks volumes to me! How many times have I laid awake at night, worrying and contemplating and freaking out because of my bad dreams? Too many to count. This verse tells me that I need to think and reflect on God’s goodness and grace because HE is watching out for ME. He doesn’t rest, because He wants me to!

You can read Philippians 1-4 about the Paul’s message to the people of Philippi at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in- the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Philippians

To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from

overthinking1 Corinthians 14:20 – Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

This one screams….GROW UP!! Don’t be too grown up to not recognize evil when it is at your step, but grow up. This is to everyone who is a believer or a child of God (brothers and sisters). LOVE IT!!

Those are just a few that really touched my soul! Taking the time to write them out and see how they affected me changed my whole way of thinking. Now I try to look at the bright side of life!! I will overthink the positive all day long and that keeps me hopeful!!!