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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A good positive day - part II

My desire that you have a good positive day - has turned into a desire that you have a good positive week!
One of the ways to do that is to guard your heart - develop personal habits to protect your heart.  The writes to the Proverbs shares:  "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life."  (Proverbs 4:23)
And - the personal "firewall" to your heart is joy!
Here's what I know:  We often allow negative ideas and other's opinions to corrupt our potential for joy, sometimes even infecting the people we love the most in the process(quote:  Tommy Newberry).
Gang, it doesn't have to be that way.  You can build up your own personal firewall and protect your heart from the negativity of the world.
Here are some suggestions:
Keep feeding your mind and thought life positive thoughts (Philippians 4:8).
Start the day with joy.  I am learning that the first thing I do in the  morning will set the emotional tone for the entire rest of the day.
Are you waking up with an expectation that good things will happen throughout the day?
I would encourage you to spend the first 15 minutes of your day meditating on God.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, "Seek first the kingdom of God, and then all these things will be added to you."
Of course, you can go beyond 15 minutes!
Prepare you heart for joy.
Lastly, seal the day with joy (15 minutes before you go to bed).  Before you go to sleep, read something inspirational.  Read the Word.  Have a conversation with God.  Surrender your subconscious to God.  Ask God to cleanse your mind of any self-defeating thoughts that the day has brought.
Be intentional in the morning, throughout the day and in the evening as to what you input into your mental computer.
Hour by hour, moment by moment - ask God to fill  your mind with everything good. 
Just a thought for a Wednesday.

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