‘Yikes! Stop with the list of to do’s in my head!’ My swirling thoughts never seem to stop. It’s a constant churning mess. Best described like a big barrel that is turned to mix up the entry forms for a winner to be selected. The entries are slipped into a slot, the barrel is turned and turned to mix up all the forms before selecting a winner. My thoughts on any given second are just like that; rolling around, churning, spinning and getting all mixed up!
Random thoughts, creating a longer then life to do list with unrealistic expectations of ever accomplishing them in one day, let alone in two or three days. It could be classified as anxiety, craziness, busy thoughts or perfectionism flaring up. Whatever the label slapped on it – it’s my mind and it drives me crazy some days!
It has to STOP!
To take these thoughts and get some organization to them I have sticky notes available in most every drawer in my house. Write them down, get them out of my head. This was a suggestion I once read. Great in theory! But, in a span of 30 minutes when my mind is extremely active I can create enough sticky notes to begin a wall papering project!
What’s the next tip? Laughing out loud at myself. Sometimes it works. Crying doesn’t work well, that turns to depressing thoughts. A walk often helps but I have been known to carry a pen and sticky notes with me, just in case! Really? Am I crazy? Some days I’d say ‘pretty close’.
My solution which works 80% of the time is to sit in my comfy chair, coffee in hand and break out my prayer list for myself. Written on a green recipe card dated September 2012, frayed edges and faded ink it continues to be my go to card. Here are a few lines of prayers and paraphrased scriptures……..
- Take ALL my thoughts captive. I have the sound mind of Christ.
- I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath.
- Let contentment abide and rise up in me.
- I can do ALL things in Jesus Christ who strengthens me.
- Put on God’s armor and walk with it in the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control.
I encourage you too, to create a prayer list for yourself and be in control of your swirling thoughts for the day.