Don’t Allow Your Heart to Wander in Hopelessness!

Have you ever caught yourself in the nick of time, imagining situations, creating a scene or a scenario in your mind’s eyes? Oftentimes, in this scenario, you may be the champion or the opponent, and in this space you have control over what everyone says and does in your mind’s eye. Sometimes, unknown to you, you smile or frown in the process, and when you hear someone who may have been observing you say, ‘what’s the matter with you?’ Are you okay?’ the usual reply would be, I am fine. If the person is like me, he or she would still ask, ‘are you sure you are okay? I mean, I just saw you smiling and also frowning all by yourself….’ Then, at that moment you realise that you have allowed your thoughts to be expressed in a way you yourself cannot explain!

One sad feature of persons who allow their heart to wander in hopelessness is the ability to think and nurture negative thoughts to justify the hopelessness in their hearts. Natasha Tracy, in her article, ‘The Hopelessness of Bad Bipolar Days’ affirms that, “…when one wakes up plagued singularly by thoughts of suicide one is likely to feel an abandonment of hope and faith…”

Contrary to what we think or would want to believe, God’s word provides a model of what our thoughts should reflect. In Jeremiah 29:11 King James Version (KJV), we hear the LORD say,

“ For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Are your thoughts peaceful? Are they peaceful in terms of ‘peace like the rivers… talked about in Isaiah 48:18

“O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:…”

If we make the LORD our commander in Chief, and carry out His instructions for our lives, our peace will be as a river…. Endless, effortless, pure, sustaining life! Or aren’t these part of the attributes of a river? Can you see the peace that is being extended to us, if we hear and act on God’s commands?

Are your thoughts peaceful like ‘thoughts of peace’? To cultivate and nurture peaceful thoughts we have to be submitted to the process of being taught by the Lord. Isaiah 54:13.

Are you teachable? What have you learnt from your past experiences? What are you learning from the experiences of today? Do you in every way see God in your circumstances? Humorously, a friend of mine asked me recently, when he noticed my move to go out despite the rain drops, “Do you want to go in the rain?” My reply was, “Yes, because, I have to.  Moreover, it is only the living that can feel the rain drops on their skin, or get their clothes soaked as a result!”  (Laughing)

 Now, on a thoughtful note, do you trust Him to carry you through? Personally, this is the only way I know to live, seeing God in everything and trusting Him for everything!

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

If there is a perfect peace, then know that, there will also be imperfect peace.

Only you can determine if the peace you have is the perfect peace from the Prince of Peace or the Imperfect peace from the prince of this world!

Please invest in peaceful thoughts, stop burning your energy in evil thoughts!  The thoughts in our hearts are usually the foundation for everything we do and become.

Let your mind be ‘stayed’ on Him, Trust God with your life; He cannot mismanage your life!

My take today is, I will choose wisely, I will take the perfect Peacefrom the Prince of Peace and receive a unique ability to think peaceful thoughts, so that my choices and actions will be peaceful. What about you? After all is said, may we have peaceful lives, homes, and societies.

My name is Precious, I was Bipolar, and I live a full life
Heavenly Father, keep me in your perfect peace, do not allow my mind wander away from you, give me more grace to trust in you every step on the way in this journey of life, in Jesus name, Amen. Isaiah 26:3
Scripture on Prince of peace: Isaiah 9: 11
Scripture on prince of darkness: John 14:30, Ephesians 6:12, Ephesians 5:11
Isaiah 26:3, 54: 13, Isaiah 48:18, Jeremiah 29: 11, 
The Hopelessness of Bad Bipolar Days by Natasha Tracy

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