Quick To Listen & Slow To Speak – Part 2

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Quick To Listen & Slow To Speak – Part 2

Yesterday, I began a series called Quick to Listen – Slow to Speak – It’s all about guarding our thoughts and our tongue to ensure we protect ourselves and those around us. You can find the first installment here. Today we are going to focus on

Today we are going to focus on Mastering Our Thoughts:

So I am sitting here trying to center myself so I can drop some wisdom on the blog and the chorus that keeps playing in my head is from an old 1970’s R&B ballad made famous by the Temptations. You may know it: ♪ It’s just my imagination running away with me ♪ If not, check out this timeless song below:

I am a sucker for the Motown Classics and this song will always be timeless. I believe though it speaks of a greater truth that often times we do not like to admit. Let’s take time to ponder the words from the chorus of this famous ballad. How often do we let our thoughts run wild???? Let Me help you out– A HECK OF A LOT!  We are guilty of our imagination running away so much further and farther than we desired it to go. Many times it runs in the wrong direction with the stench of negativity oozing as it goes.

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about The Enemy Within highlighting what happens when we allow our minds to wander down the precipice of negativity. We must have a plan for each thought that is conjured up. Here is the reality:

Any thought that is not beneficial to life and godliness that is allowed to percolate in our minds and hearts roots itself as a seed of discord within us. We must become proactive when it comes to mastering what we think because it sets the blueprint for how we live.

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Here are the first 5 of 15 practical ways to master what enters your mind:

Determine Your Master – Do the things you own now own you.? Are they what determine your destiny and quality of life? Do they consume your thoughts and have you made idols of them? Determine who you let lead you and then determine who and what must be lead.

Get Out of Debt – Do not let debt be the death of you. A life filled with debt will expend your grey matter,  time, resources, and your joy.

Guard Your Heart – Another song comes to mind here — Yes, Backstreet Boys may have been one to say it best – Quit Playing Games With My Heart! Seriously, our heart is vulnerable and we must be ever so careful and critical about what or who enters this valuable space. The persons or things that occupy the space in our hearts also charts our life course.

Become The Hall Monitor of Your Time – A big part of guarding your heart is also guarding your time. Lysa TerKeurst in her most recent book, ‘The Best Yes’, speaks candidly about the way our schedules can run or even ruin us. Is the way you spend your time beneficial – emotionally, financially, spiritually, physically, and relationally.

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Go to Bed – A goodnight’s sleep has never hurt anyone. It revitalizes and rejuvenates you for your tasks ahead, but it keeps you from all manner of evil that lurks in the dark hours. Our minds and hearts are most vulnerable in the wee hours of the night/morning and it seems like this is when the freaks and freakish things come alive. You know what I am talking about: The seeded text messages, the late-night rendezvous, the over stimulating – over exposing videos, the profane late-night television, and the negative thoughts that seem to go on overdrive.

I promise you that these simple steps can literally save your life. 

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  • I enjoyed Part 1 and this one hasn’t disappointed. Practical advice creatively presented!

  • I have gone through a lot of changes recently in lifestyle choices; one of the biggest being that I put an end to an unhealthy relationship. It was a terribly difficult choice but after I began my journey of mastering my thoughts and this hits it spot on. It’s important to get rid of thoughts that are conducive to yourself as a person. makes it much easier to move on and find happiness.
    xxcheers, Meag

  • Jessica Hughes

    What a much needed and beautiful post! I really needed to read this. Thank you and I will work on thinking before I speak.

  • Hi Kim 🙂

    Very inspirational post! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Enjoyed

  • Thanks so much for the tips, I need to stop and think before I speak sometimes.

  • Kung Phoo

    what a great friendly reminder 🙂 This post really is so important, I definitely needed it today

  • Julie

    Excellent Day 2. I love all of these tips. Thank you!

  • Such great tips. I struggle with going to sleep on time and then staying asleep once I’m there, but I know these recommendations are all so true! Thanks for the reminder!

  • Great post!

  • Bismah Abdelgawad

    Well written and a great inspiration! Looking forward to reading more!

  • Clare Speer

    Love this… and by the way – I am a heck of a lot older than you – and I love the Temptations!!!!! 🙂 🙂 Such great words of wisdom – and to make use of our time and picking and choosing! Thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

  • Britney

    I like the part about asking if I have the resources because sometimes I really don’t but try to do it anyway.

  • paulaschuck

    Thanks so much for such a great post! I will be back and I will try to use some of these ideas you have put out here.

  • Jessica

    What a lovely and inspirational post! I also struggle with my imagination running wild, so this was a very helpful post.

  • soapoperaspy

    This is such a beautiful post, you can learn a lot if you just sit back and take some time to listen!

  • Stephanie

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing.

  • There is such wisdom and truth here! Thanks for these fabulous reminders! It’s exactly what I needed today!

  • iSpeakHisName

    This is beautiful! I try to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Unfortunately I still struggle with it.

  • We share the same love for Motown love the music from that time =)

  • That was really deep about mastering your thoughts. Really thought provoking.

  • Frugal Mom & Wife

    I totally agree, especially with a good nights sleep. I heard once somewhere that nothing good happens after midnight, go to sleep.

  • Samantha

    Great pointers! I especially agree with getting sleep; my husband and I are practicing that as we’ve found that our emotions tend to run high when we’re tired, and that gives way to ungodly thoughts and saying things we end up regretting.

  • This is a beautiful series! It’s so important, and yet so hard to guard our minds and take thoughts captive. I loved your points here and look forward to following these posts!!

  • I like this a lot, and especially agree about the part with getting more sleep! I don’t like to continue a discussion/argument if I feel myself getting really frustrated/angry, because I’m worried I’ll end up saying something I’ll regret.

  • Great tips. I particularly like the “Becoming the Hall Monitor of Your Time” and “Getting Out of Debt”. If you get these two under control then you are well on your way to clearing your mind.

  • April Boyer

    Great insight, information that we all need.