"We must ‘flip the switch’ to knowing God can transform our minds" by: Betsy Monico

   Today I spent some time laying out in the sun. It is one of my favorite pastimes, carries over from my childhood at the Country Club and our pool on Hall Street. 
   Last week while lying there, I pretended like I was in the South of France. I recalled my time in Nice. I could almost feel the water. 
   Today my mind took me back to the Caribbean. I was laying out by a private pool that also had a massive television so I could watch the Cowboys game. 
   Truth be told, I was on a garage sale lounge chair and in my backyard, which is really a pasture in the middle of Texas. 
   We do not have a pool. Our lake has blessed us for many years, thank God. 
   Maybe this is mind over matter. I am not sure, but it makes me smile and enjoy my time outdoors relaxing. 
   Working full-time is wonderful. I love my school and my kiddos, but one day of the weekend must be a nothing day. 
   I need rest and down-time. Honestly, we all do. 
   Transforming your mind is what this is all about. Philippians 4:7 was one of the first verses I learned by memory back in the day at Lake Highlands Baptist Church in Dallas. 
   I was saved there too. My heart got a make-over. I became new.
It says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
   Sometimes we need our hearts to be guarded. 
   This guarding has always reminded me of a fence that has been built around my by the hands of Jesus Christ. 
   It keeps me safe and keeps out so much that could bring me down. 
      Another verse that coincides perfectly is Romans 12:2. 
   “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve of what is God’s will-his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
   The interesting thing about transforming your mind is that it takes time and practice. 
   We must learn to “trick” the feeling of hopelessness, and flip the switch to knowing that God is able and totally capable of transforming our minds and any rough situation into a blessing. 
   I know this first hand from my own life. 
   I also know it from my son’s life. He is now a senior, afraid of nothing and a social butterfly so to speak. 
   When he was in first grade, he was paralyzed with fear. 
   We saw a counselor and learned strategies to help him cope. His mind went too fast. 
   He worried about what was next, what might be. 
   He was a ball of nerves. 
   I often said and thought back then that I would take cancer over our battle with him any day of the week. 
   The funny thing is that now I have a precious young man at school who is just like him. 
   I absolutely adore him and his mom. I am them. 
   I have walked their walk. This young fellow is not able yet to transform his own mind; therefore, we have a team of amazing educators who are filling the gap. 
   As adults, we have no excuse. 
   The Word of God spells it out clearly in the two verses I mentioned above. 
   We all have work to do. 
   Do it this week, and do it with Jesus. 
   Flip the switch! 

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