Why do our minds keep returning to the thoughts and memories that cause us the most pain? We each have experienced traumatic experiences in our lives, but why do we insist on re-living the trauma over and over in our minds? How do we just let it go?
After last week’s blog, I was regularly visualizing myself blocking Satan’s shots left and right – rejecting those thoughts like we discussed. And doing a little bit of trash talking too.
But the same shots seemed to keep coming back up at me and got more intense. It just didn’t seem like I could block them for good. My mind kept dwelling on the things I thought I defeated (or that I was declaring victory for).
I was getting exhausted and weary. “God – can I just get a break? Seems like I’ve been battling one thing or another for months now. I’m blocking shots! Now what?”
When I was a little girl, I watched a Disney-produced movie called Pollyanna. The original version was from 1960 and starred Hayley Mills. I remember when my mom brought the VHS tape home – at that point the movie was over 20 years old, but I still loved the story, the characters, and the message that good could be found in any situation.
In 1989, the movie was remade as Polly, starring Keshia Knight Pulliam, who I grew up watching on The Cosby Show. How exciting that a beloved movie from my childhood was re-imaged with characters that looked like me! And the message still held true, no matter what the situation was, we should work to find the good in it.
I searched my mental reservoir of scriptures for direction and instruction on what I could do next. And today’s Formation scripture came to mind. Somehow, I had to find something true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, or admirable to think about.
It didn’t matter the nature of the subject I was thinking about, as long as I could transform my attention from the negative thought, to something positive. My own version of “The Glad Game” from those movies that I loved so much.
So that’s what I did – I thought back to the numerous answers to prayers from my past. I thought about the awesome things I was believing for God to do. I reminded myself how powerful my God was, and that I could trust Him with each of my concerns. I put on the music playlists that I had specifically created with joyful and praise-filled songs.
Sometimes it was just as simple as recalling a happy memory of just about any subject. A reverse mental bait-and-switch to pull my mind in the opposite direction – replacing depressing thoughts with uplifting ones.
To help you block shots this week, come up with a couple of thoughts or memories that you can quickly revert your mind to after you have rejected Satan’s destructive attack. It could be as simple as visualizing yourself doing something you love, the thought of another person that brings a smile to your face, a motivating goal that inspires you every time you think about it, or a memory of an answer to prayer to encourage you.
Or even better, have a scripture on standby to demolish him. I often go to my favorite verse in the entire Bible: And we know that God causes EVERYTHING to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT)
Completely reject Satan and shut him down.
However you do it, keep blocking and rejecting! YOU GOT THIS!
- Are you battling any re-occurring traumatic thoughts? Is there something from your past that is keeping you in bondage mentally?
- Think about the suggestions given above. Identify which uplifting thoughts you can have on standby to meditate on, once you reject Satan’s mental attacks.
Feel free to share your response in the comments section…