If negative thoughts plague you, choose positive thoughts to replace them. You are never to old to start this. As mother’s and grandmother’s we have boatloads of awesome opportunities to impact our kids and the world around us. Remember 60 is the new 40!
If you are angry over many situations, focus instead on peace and calm. Whether someone cuts you off in traffic or your child is defiant your reaction designs how the situation will come out. The chemicals may be flooding your thoughts and body with negative feelings, but choose to imagine positive. Eventually you will find yourself flooded with peace. Cry out to the God of peace who will give you strength and victory over these battles. The anger and frustration will be conquered, even if small steps at a time. The Bible says to resist the devil who is seeking to destroy. So, stand strong and resist his attacks. Satan is the accuser who will bring thoughts of condemnation to you which will start a downward spiral of negative thinking and reacting. I have struggled with some of these thoughts, but Father God , the Father of life, has given me restoration and hope. You may not be able to control every situation but you can control your perception and response.
Depression is anger turned inward. This can be very destructive to the person and their family involved without an overt loud expression. Think of all the things you have to be grateful for, that’s one way to change your focus. Kick one foot out of the box that is keeping you bound and one foot will follow another as you go forward.
The old adage, count to ten makes sense. As you focus on counting you can’t focus on whatever has you bent out of shape. So you have a chance to come up for air and as your body is calm, so will your response be.
Some little ones may be damaged by words or harsh discipline. The effects can be devastating if not dangerous. For your sake and the precious ones in your care, please seek a change in this situation. You have an opportunity to save the next generation, don’t be consumed with guilt about this but be consumed with the fantastic opportunity before you.
I’m not a counselor, but I know some destructive behavior is harmful. There are deep roots of pain to cutting, anorexia ,depression, abuse or suicide. Get psychological counseling so the deep wounds can be dealt with and change the destructive to constructive, which means the issue can now go forward with valuable, beneficial, and positive motion and effects.
Scripture says, “ I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19. The generations after you will be impacted for life. That is awesome. God will help you to accomplish this as you cry out to him and seek Him. I know, I fasted this weekend from Facebook and television shows to focus my thoughts on the Word, on the Lord’s amazing grace, praise music, and His deliverance. I read Joyce Meyer’s “Battlefield of the Mind.” This is a must read for everyone, for we all have negative thoughts assaulting us at times. “Evening,and morning, and at noon will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me:” Psalm 55:17-18. My faith was strengthened, I felt rested, refreshed, and restored! Now I can face the challenges and opportunities in this life building myself and others up, listening to the Father of LIFE, not the father of lies!
I wish you well! Debbie
Sam is a businessman, writer, entertainer, speaker, husband, father to five children, grandfather and great grandfather. Sam graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in psychology and drama and pursued a degree in Broadcasting from Illinois Central College with graduate degree in Christian Ministry from Christian Leadership University. Sam is the creator of Granpa Cratchet, one of the most successful touring shows in the history of the live events industry. Millions of people see Granpa every year all across the United States at fairs and festivals. His characters have appeared on every major network: Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show (4 times). Sam and his characters have made over 500 local appearances and on all the major networks; NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, PBN, The LeSea Network, The PTL Network and Praise the Lord. They currently appear all around the world every week on YouTube and Facebook, and on several satellite networks via the Kidz Television Network and The Captain Hook (children's) Show.