Detoxify your Mind

When I came to Christ again after a very traumatic time in my life, I had a fire burning in me for God.  I'd spend my days worshiping and reading the word. I'd worship on my way to work and on my way back home, watch sermons while cooking dinner, read my bible for hours, and pray into the night. All my free time, every second that I wasn't working or focusing on Alice, I was with God. This was me at full devotion. I didn't know it then but thinking back on it, I realize this was the best time of my life.

It pains me now to write this in the past tense. I wish I could say that as God healed me and blessed me that I pushed in to His love deeper and devoted even more of my time to Him, but that isn’t the case. In my loneliness, God blessed me with amazing friends. He blessed me with an amazing new job that I enjoyed and a way to also go back to school without taking time from Alice. My life was beginning to fill with things that I prayed for and I was full of thankfulness and praise. 

I began to devote more time to the people in my life, to work, and to my studies. I am not saying that this is a bad thing, just that it shouldn't have come at the cost of my time with God. Slowly but surely, I only saw that I was too busy and forgot that these are the things I asked for. My mind became so cluttered with things to do,  I began to see all the blessings in my life as burdens. It's so easy to complain when we're looking around at all the noise in our life instead of at God.

As things have finally begun to settle down for me here in New York, I think it's time to get my Holy Spirit fire burning again. I want to unplug from the world and get my priorities in order. It's time for a mental detox. I hope that in this time of prayer and digging deeper into the word, God will show me something new. 

I'll be spending the next two weeks doing these things and giving my time to God again. Care to join me ?

Easy Tips for Detoxifying your Mind:

First Fifteen: Give the first fifteen minutes of your day to God. When you wake up, say a quick five minute prayer of thanks for the new day, read a passage of scripture for five minutes, and reflect on what you've read for the last five. 

Fast: Pick a meal to skip and instead of eating, devote that time to prayer. God will strengthen and sustain you more than that meal can.

Cleanse: We like to think that the things of this world don't affect us, but when you cut out social media, tv shows, and even secular music, you begin to notice a difference in your thought pattern. Give all this extra time to God for awhile.