Along this journey called life, there have been plenty of times when I needed something but didn’t have what I needed to get it; or wanted something that I didn’t have the finances to purchase.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been making it a point to be grateful for the income I have versus stressing over the income I lost when I left my full-time job.
I’m thankful for the fact that over the last couple of years, my income has increased, become more steady, and I’m almost bringing in as much as I was when I was working a 9-5 (or sometimes 50 plus hours a week), with less hours worked, more joy, peace and control over my life.
As I start this new chapter of my purpose and legacy, there are some things I need to make some things happen. Namely, a laptop and DSLR camera.
Now, the multimedia laptop I should purchase as a filmmaker/media professional costs about $2,000, and the quality DSLR camera I need is at least $500.
At this moment, I don’t have either of these amounts. Last week, as I thought about this, I almost let it get me down. I instantly felt anxious, sad and defeated about the fact that I don’t have this amount, nor see how I’m going to get it; especially when I already owe people money, have personal and business bills to pay, and little wiggle room to mess up.
But then almost as quickly as these thoughts and emotions set in, I checked myself. I said, “No, Sharee, this worry, dread and hopelessness are not going to serve you! They are not going to help you get what you need!”
If you let negativity take over, if you let it fester, it will steal your joy, peace, and hope, and will slowly drag you into a depression.
Instead, I decided to renew my mind and speak faith. Instead of being anxious over the fact that I don’t have the resources to get what I want and need (at this time), I chose faith.
In my journal, I wrote: “I have a MacBook Pro and DSLR, and both will be in my hands soon.”
Next, I made the desires of my heart known to God. I wrote:
“Lord, I thank you for this day. For waking me up this morning, for your new mercies, peace, joy and truth.”
Your Word says ask and you shall receive.” – Matthew 7:7 (NKJV)
Next, I asked God for the specific items that I need in order to create the film and television projects that He has called me to make.
Then, I wrote: “I believe and trust that you will provide for me!” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV) and ended the entry with, “I look forward to seeing my request come to life. I thank you in advance for fulfilling and meeting my needs. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
From then on, any time I need this laptop or camera to do something, instead of feeling bad because I don’t have it, I tell myself that it will be in my hands soon. I tell myself that I have what I need to do what I need to do, and I envision what it looks and feels like having it.
I will not allow the appearance of lack to steal my joy or diminish my faith. Through these trials, I will nurture and allow my faith to grow.
I have asked God for what I desire through prayer, and I believe that I will receive it (Matthew 21:22 NKJV). When God calls you to do something, He also provides you with the resources you need to do it.
He didn’t call me to be a filmmaker, or to create video content that would change lives, without also giving me the tools I need to make it happen.
I know that what I need is on its way, but it’s still easy to get caught up in and focus on what I see or don’t see.
We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can determine how we respond to them. My response, which I described above, was to take my thoughts that were contrary to God’s Word and replace them with what God says. – II Corinthians 10:5 (AMPC)
Any thought that encourages a mindset of hopelessness, fear, doubt, the “impossibilities” versus God’s possibilities, are not from God and should be exchanged with the Word of truth.
This is what God means when He tells us that He wants us to renew our minds. – Ephesians 4:23 (AMPC)
Don’t allow what you see, hear and feel to control what you put your faith in. Choose faith in God, His Word, and remember what He has done, brought you through and promised you.
I can’t wait to let you all know about the moment my prayer is answered.
Since I’ve decided to replace my negative thoughts with thoughts based on God’s promises, I’ve felt worry-free, full of joy, hopeful and excited. God is SO good.
I want you to experience the same, so the next time negative thinking fills your mind, remember and hold on to what God says.
How do negative thoughts affect you? Have you learned to replace negative thoughts with thoughts based on God’s truth?
Be loved. Love you. Be love.
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