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Welcome to Belovedgems, a blog about building a bridge between faith and mental health. The author rooted in her faith , her old-soul leads her into adventures to seek spreading hope into the world through a couple of written words.

Prayer OVER Toxic Thoughts

"Have you ever had thoughts dictate what kind of day you are about to have? Have you ever had your fears paralyze you from moving forward with a project, an event or simply your goals? Have you ever found yourself going to sleep thinking about a situation and then waking up thinking about the same situation? Has your head ever been so filled with the thought details of everything, it felt like you had to shake it to make some room for something else? 

If you have answered yes to any of the above, the chances are you have experienced toxic thinking. Those toxic thoughts did nothing but harm your peace and might have created a bit of anxiety or a lot. Did you know that our physical is controlled with what we are doing with our mind" That it also affects our spiritual life?  It is why we must on pray to overcome our toxic thoughts. Our thought life is so important that it will influence our mood, emotions, and even dictate our actions. Some people call this anxiety, but we aren't labeling on here.  

Thoughts are active: this means that they grow and change. Therefore, whatever you are feeding your mind, you are also allowing to grow within you. It can change your perspective on many things in your daily life. Thoughts influence every decision, word, action, and physical reaction we make. A thought may seem harmless. But if it becomes toxic, even just a simple thought can become physically, emotionally or spiritually dangerous. 

What are "toxic thoughts" and how are they different from healthy thoughts? Toxic thoughts are thoughts that trigger negative and anxious emotions. There are many categories of toxic thoughts, we have magnificent and minimization, catastrophic, over-generalization, magical thinking, personalization, among many other unhealthy thought patterns.  

What I can say is that they are stored in your mind, as well as in the cells of your body. What is more interesting is that thoughts are like our fingerprints. We all have a unique way of thinking; we all have different patterns of thinking. "Research shows that 75-98% of mental, physical, and behavioral illnesses come from our thought life."

We are always reacting to circumstances, events, or others. Our brains become shaped by the process in either a positive or a negative way. It is also affecting the quality of life we are living. It is the quality of our thinking, choices, and reactions that determine our brain map. Which that also influences the quality of the health of our spirit, soul, and body.  We must be aware of our thoughts to take care of our body and soul. By taking care of all these three components, we are growing into a healthier spiritual life with God. 

God was even amazing with just how complex he structured our brain and in result how our thoughts influence us as imperfect perfect beings. It is why we must be praying continuously; we must have an ongoing dialogue with God for us to have a peace of mind. It is important for us to have the word of God engraved in our hearts. In many occasions, I have to repeat back to myself a particular verse that applies to my situation to remind me, that the word of God overpowers my circumstances. There have been seasons in my life that my anxiety has been high and I've had to write out the word of God on my mirror as reminders that I am His, I am loved, He is my comfort, He is my peace, etc.

It is important because thoughts have substance and power over our being.  Thoughts occupy the mind. Our thoughts determine what our brain becomes. Our quality of life depends on what our brain has become.  This knowledge gives us a whole new perspective on the statement, 'As a man thinks in his heart, so is he' (Proverbs 23:7). When we allow our thoughts to take over, we stop being who God created us to be.  We can change that by becoming more like Him through prayer; because this is the discipline, we have been taught to communicate with God. Dr. Caroline Leaf is bold enough to say that prayer changes our brain.  It changes the structure of our brain when we communicate with God through prayer.

When we communicate with Him, we begin transforming our mind more like His. This is how prayer can indeed overcome toxic thoughts.  In Philippians 4:7 it reminds us to keep our minds and hearts in Christ Jesus.   

We need to be in constant internal dialogue with God to renew our mind and keep our Mental health. If we do not renew our minds to make efforts to maintain a consistent dialogue with God, these toxic thoughts can become dangerous, hinder our relationships or even deadly. We can do this by constantly being in contact with God by prayer, memorizing what his word says about us, devotional time and fellowship. 

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