A friend recently said to me, “The natural state of a garden is weeds.” Weeds. Not beautiful flowers. If a garden is just left to its natural state, it becomes a mess of weeds. We were talking about our minds at the time. . .and how much our lives reflect that of a garden:

  • If you don’t tend your garden, you are going to grow weeds.
  • If you weed your garden, you end up with dirt.
  • If you want a garden, you have to weed it, plant it, water and nurture it.

How often do I find myself scrolling through Facebook and comparing myself to others? Or looking at those “fitspiration” images and feeling like I will never measure up? Or surrounding myself with people who have a not-so-positive impact on my life?

When it comes to our thoughts and our mindset, we are like a garden. We’re either letting weeds grow, or we are planting and nurturing beautiful plants and flowers. That negative little voice in your head needs to go – NOW! Would you say to your children what you sometimes say to yourself? When it comes to social media, what is filling your newsfeed? I sometimes find I need to unfollow a friend because their posts bring me down. It’s not that I don’t like them or want to be friends, but their posts may cause me to become discouraged. It could be I catch myself comparing myself to them, or I find posts start affecting me in a negative way. We have to set the boundaries and determine what we are going to allow to influence me.

Once you weed your environment, you are left with dirt. No flowers (yet!!) It’s time to start planting!! How do you plant when it comes to your mindset? You choose what you put into your mind and what you think about. Get into the Bible, read books, listen to podcasts. As a busy homeschool mama, I don’t have time to always read but I do have time when I can listen, so I subscribe to Audible and listen to books while I’m doing things around the house. Here are some suggestions if you need help getting started.

BIBLE (the book itself, plus these resources)

BOOKS (on Audible, Kindle, or with real pages!)

PODCASTS

I hope these lists help you get started! Remember, you set the boundaries and control your own thoughts. Do you have a book or podcast you would add to this list? Share it with me in the comments!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

 

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