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    Posted: Sep 09 2009 at 1:56pm
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Verse(s): Isaiah 26:3

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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

Do you want to live out your days in perfect peace? If so, commit to practicing the art of keeping your mind “stayed on Him.”

Most Christians have not yet learned how to discipline their mind, to keep it focused on what they want it to be focused on. The ability to keep our mind stayed on God and His Word requires discipline and lots of practice.

Keeping your mind “stayed” is not as difficult as you might think. God and His Word are one, therefore a mind stayed on God is a mind stayed on His Word – the Bible.

Follow this simple exercise to train your mind to think on the Word of God.

1. What is your biggest care, worry or concern right now?

2. Find one verse in the Bible that covers that issue. If you can’t find one, use Proverbs 3:5-6 or 1 Peter 5:6-7.

3. Every time that worry or care comes into your mind, IMMEDIATELY replace it with the scripture. Mutter the scripture. Personalize the scripture, “I trust in the Lord with ALL my heart…” Visualize yourself doing the scripture.

4. Never let a worry or care stay in your mind more than 1 second! Always replace it with what the Word says.

5. Create triggers to bring that verse to mind. If your watch has an hour chime, every hour take a moment to meditate your verse. Whatever it takes, bring that verse to mind as often as you can.

As you train your mind to remain stayed on Him, you will find that worry and care are replaced with peace and joy. You will be kept in perfect peace, trusting in God.

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thank you for this post!
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I am surely keeping my mind on God and what he can do. All things are possible through Christ.
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^^Amen! and thanks for posting
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That's funny, I have done steps 1-3 before: I was worried about something and I kept repeating 2Corinthians 2:14, and everything turned out fine.
Great post.
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Originally posted by nella nella wrote:


3. Every time that worry or care comes into your mind, IMMEDIATELY replace it with the scripture. Mutter the scripture. Personalize the scripture



i will try that... either i will personalize a scripture or create something soothing to myself.
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I have a very hard time staying focused. Sometimes when my kids are advising me I don't know they are and they make me forget after they advise me but get mad at me when I don't remember. I'm in a spiritual battle right now with no one to turn to except the internet at this point, even my kids won't help me. If anyone could offer me prayer and want for me to pass every spiritual test I'd really appreciate it and I know it would benefit very child of mine
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Originally posted by Physiqque Physiqque wrote:

I have a very hard time staying focused. Sometimes when my kids are advising me I don't know they are and they make me forget after they advise me but get mad at me when I don't remember. I'm in a spiritual battle right now with no one to turn to except the internet at this point, even my kids won't help me. If anyone could offer me prayer and want for me to pass every spiritual test I'd really appreciate it and I know it would benefit very child of mine

so you are experiencing memory lapses? have you talked to your physician about it? maybe taking adderall or its generic would help.

check the info below and see if this may be something serious or if perhaps it is related to other issues such as stress/depression, etc:

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What to Expect When You're Forgetting

A tool using PET scan technology to detect Alzheimer's could be approved by the FDA this year. But experts debate whether it's definitive and who should be tested. For now, talk to your M.D. and check out this list of signs that nothing's wrong or something's amiss.

Normal: Misplacing car keys

Not So Normal: Not remembering what car keys are for or finding them in an odd place like the freezer

Normal: Worrying about your memory

Not So Normal: Others telling you they're worried about your memory

Normal: Periodically forgetting names of acquaintances

Not So Normal: Struggling to remember names of close friends and associates

Normal: Forgetting why you walked into a room

Not So Normal: Difficulty completing everyday tasks, like cooking a meal or making a call

Normal: Occasionally having trouble finding the right word

Not So Normal: Searching for names of everyday items, like a vase or a tea kettle

Normal: At times not remembering where you're going

Not So Normal: Getting lost in your own neighborhood and not being able to get home

Normal: Forgetting what you ate while recently out to dinner with friends

Not So Normal: Not recalling the entire experience

When It's Not Alzheimer's

Don't jump to the dark side just yet. Trouble remembering is most often attributable to a range of less serious—and reversible—causes. If you are concerned about your recall, ask your M.D. if it could be...

...Depression Considered a major cause of memory loss in middle age, the fog of this mental illness often makes people too unfocused and inattentive to file and recall passing events in and out of memory.

...Menopause Declining estrogen levels during and around menopause are associated with some decrease in recollection.

...Hypertension Untreated, this disease can chip away at your memory by cutting down on blood flow to the brain.

...Diabetes Poorly controlled glucose levels in patients with diabetes have been shown to impair recollection in the short and long term.

...Sleep Deprivation Being tired makes it more difficult to pay attention and visually process information, which are key to the creation and filing of memories in the brain. What's more, individuals with sleep apnea—a disorder in which a blocked airway repeatedly halts a sleeper's breathing—show tissue loss in brain regions that help store memories.

...Thyroid Dysfunction Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism disrupt a number of key steps in the memory formation and retrieval process.

...A Vitamin Deficiency Vitamin B12 is crucial to brain health because it helps preserve myelin, the fatty sheath that protects brain cells or neurons. Left untreated, a B12 deficiency can cause permanent neuronal damage, including trouble remembering.

...Your Medication Memory loss is a side effect of several drugs, including some urinary incontinence drugs, over-the-counter sleep medications, certain antidepressants, and some steroidal drugs prescribed for chronic arthritis.


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