You’ll Get Through This

doubt pic2Yes, You’ll Get Through This.

How do I know?

Because you’re about to read how.

(Or you could hear how by tuning in to the Soul-Fitness Made Easy Podcast in iTunes. Click here.)

Then you’re going to beat this thing that’s weighed you down.

Beat it I tell ya. You’re gonna beat this.

Here’s what we’re going to do. I’m going to explain why you haven’t beaten your problem yet. Whether it be a sickness, a financial downturn, a relationship issue, a friendship gone bad…you name it…I’m going to outline the underlying culprit. Then I’m going to tell you how to quickly fix it.

Ready?

Let’s do this!

There’s a ton of evidence that the Great Depression might not have been a depression at all had people had their heads in the right place. See, an ugly cloud of panic swept over the country and the world after the stock market crash of 1929.

That panic took over our world and transformed into a great depression. It started mentally and manifested itself financially. What could have and should have been just a deep recession, became bigger and badder than it needed to be.

All because of panic, fear, and doubt.

President Roosevelt tried to stop it with a home run of a speech. His famous, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” was the key. But not enough people bought in.

If millions of people can have thoughts run amuck bringing world-wide disaster, think how your own thoughts can do damage in your corner of the world.

The Take-Over

When we spend tons of time thinking about what we doubt, fear and panic takes over. And when that happens, you are headed for catastrophe. It zaps your emotions, drains your energy, taxes your immune system, and robs you of what you need to get out of the mess you’re in.

And it’s all brought on by doubt.

Crazy little booger, huh?

So here’s what you need to do to whip up on that doubt:

1.    Doubt your doubt.

If you’re going to doubt something, why not doubt the doubt? That’s right, flip it on it’s heals. You don’t have to doubt. Whenever you start to doubt, say to yourself: “God’s going to help me find a way to have everything I need and more.”

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19.

If you will change your mind and make it line up with what God’s Word says, and keep your mind lined up…that problem will change too.

Ahh, but it’s hard to keep your mind changed, isn’t it? I know. But you have to dig in and do it. Determine you are not going to think outside the lines of what God says you have. Doubt your doubt, not your God.

2. If and when you’re afraid – you have to just do it afraid. That’s advice my coaching clients pay me big bucks for! If you do the thing you fear, your fear will disappear.

If you need a little more convincing on that, watch this quick little video clip of me on this very topic. (You’ll also discover what inspires Joyce Meyer’s hairstyle.) Video clip: Do It Afraid.

3. Trust God more than you trust your doubt. This is the third thing you need to know to get through your problem and whip up on your doubt.

By the way, why are you trusting a doubt? It’s a doubt!!!

(Please, please let that sink in.)

A doubt is unfounded. No proof. No evidence. It’s just a thought you have. If you can’t prove a doubt my friend, then why are you believing it?!

Hello?

When you completely trust God, you don’t have to fear anything else. You don’t have to doubt. He’s got you in the palm of his hand. You can trust him with your life. He’s more interested in you than you are. Yes, this is true!

There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. 1 John 4:18 GNT

So, if you love God perfectly (perfect love trusts 100% – see 1 Cor 13) then you will fear NOTHING. Doubt NOTHING. Why? Because when you love God perfectly, his love drives out all fear.

Did you catch that? If you trust God’s love for you 100%, you will fear NOTHING. Doubt NOTHING.

So, with those things in mind, you will get through this. If you:

  • Doubt your doubt.
  • Do it afraid.
  • Trust God more than your doubt.

Doubt your doubt NOT your God! ~Dr. Linda

Can’t Fall Asleep? Try This!

I was lying in bed last night, eyes shut, but not asleep. You too? Did we have too much on our mind? Probably. Usually when we can’t fall asleep it’s because something is bugging us. We may not even realize it lurking under the surface. Let me show you how you can sleep peacefully, even when your life isn’t in perfect condition.

Whatever bugs us steals our peace. If you want a way to get to sleep, give this a shot. It works. After I did this, I slept through the night. Here’s my million-dollar advice to grab a good night’s rest:

Thank your way to sleep.

Huh?
Yeah, forget counting sheep. Count your blessings. Remember that old song…”Count your blessings, name them one by one…”

Why do this when you’re trying to fall asleep? Because when you do, you’ll see what The Lord has done.

Now, how’s that going to put you to sleep? Because, it will put you in peace.

When you focus on The Lord, and what he’s done for you and others, the natural by product is peace.

Many people over the years have asked me to pray that they will have peace when they are faced with a big hairy ordeal or a whammy of a problem. And hey, I can ask God to give them peace till they’re blue in the face, but they won’t get peace unless they do what God tells them to do to get peace.

What do we have to do for peace to settle upon us like a warm comfy blanket?

Focus baby. Focus!

On what? Focus on God. And one of the best ways to do that is to focus on what he’s given you.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isa 26:3 NLT

And what do you do when you would rather NOT focus on what God’s given you –like when you’re ticked off because he hasn’t given you what you’ve been asking for? (Let’s be real, we do that don’t we? Myself included!)

Again, here’s another piece of million-dollar advice: 

Force yourself to focus on past blessings. Yes, this is the only time I will suggest you look to the past! Look to years past (or just days past) so you can count your blessings – what The Lord has already done. Hey, even if you don’t feel like it – just go with it – you want to sleep don’t ya?!

This is how it looked for me last night:

  • God, thank you for that Starbucks coffee in my kitchen that I will thoroughly enjoy tomorrow morning (yep, my coffee is THAT high on my list.)
  • God, thank you for my health, I’m strong and in good shape.
  • And how I’m loving my Nike pink and black cross trainers, yay, God!
  • Thank you for the man that’s snoring beside me, he is such a great guy and I’m so glad he’s mine. (Yes, that man is my husband.)
  • Thank you for this marshmallow-like, memory foam mattress topper, which makes my bed so soft.
  • I’m so grateful for my two kids that love you and are on a mission to change the world.
  • Thank you, sweet Jesus that I have you.
  • I’m stoked about the project I completed today – thank you for your help.
  • Thank you for the speaking engagements that have been added to my calendar so I can bring hope to people all over the world.

See, I just kept rattling them off…no particular order…till I felt God’s peace.

And that peace put me to sleep.

Thankful Peaceful Sleepful picGive it a shot. Get over yourself. Get your thoughts on God. When you do, you will experience his peace falling on you like the warmth of a summer breeze.

Ahhh, nice huh?

I could go into all the boring details about what happens in your brain when you start recounting things for which you are thankful. But just know that focusing on things that you appreciate releases chemicals that will make you feel at peace and sleepy. Ok, physiology lesson over. (Isn’t God smart?!)

Now go to sleep. 🙂

Email me and let me know how this works for you. I’m just a few keystrokes away: DrLinda@lindatravelute.com.

STRENGTH
Do You Know How the Joy-Strength Connection Works?

Maybe you’ve heard this Bible verse before: “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”

It’s a simple formula. No joy = No strength.

The Bible promises you that there will be joy in the morning.

Fact: Morning isn’t always followed by night. Am isn’t always after a pm. Morning is whenever you wake up!

So why are you so sad? Have you been snoozing and that’s why you’re zapped of joy?

How many times do you hit the snooze button in the morning? 1x? 2x’s? 3x’s? Oh, let’s not go there!

It’s time for you to WAKE UP!

 And here’s how you can wake up so you can find joy:

The reason some people don’t have a morning is because they’ve been in mourning! This “mourning” is defined as: grieving the loss of something.

The opposite of joy is sadness. If you don’t have joy – you are sad.

So if you have no joy, you have no strength. Ask yourself, “What have I lost that has sapped my joy and strength?”

We grieve whenever we loose something. You know how bummed you get if you drop your phone in the toilet….Major downer! It’s a loss to your wallet too, because if the ol, dry it out in a jar of rice thing doesn’t do the trick, you’re most likely going phone shopping in the morning!

Any kind of loss, whether it be a favorite item, a job, or a loved one can cause us to grieve.

That saps our strength because it saps our joy.

How do you get that joy back?

 Let Praise be a problem for your problem. -Carl Lentz

It’s almost impossible to have feelings of sadness when you are thinking about how grateful you are. Test it out for yourself! Try being sad at the same time you are thankful you have a full stomach, a car to drive, a great cup of coffee, a love in your life, or even warm cozy slippers on your feet.

Think about something your thankful for and see, there is absolutely NO WAY you can be thinking anything sad at the same time you’re “thinking thankfulness”.

So if you want to find joy in the Lord, think about how grateful you are for all he has done for you. Then thank Him for it!

Bonus Idea: Worship music is a guaranteed mood-lifter.

Music alone lifts people’s spirits. That’s why radio stations and music cd’s are so popular. Music soothes the soul. Even better when it’s music that lifts up the name of Jesus. When you lift up the name of Jesus you get lifted. It’s a simultaneous blessing aka…payoff!

You can’t praise God without feeling better.

Next time your in a funk, get out your worship tunes, get your praise on, and lift up the name of the Lord, thinking about all he’s done. As you do, you will feel your strength return because you will find your joy in the Lord. Cause it sure ain’t in your loss!

How to take action today:

  1. Think about what you have, not what you don’t.
  2. Focus on the good, not on the bad.
  3. Sing about God-things instead of dead things.

Find Joy = Find Strength!

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