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I have a confession to make–and please don't tell Joyce–but I've been kind of a glass-half-empty person. If I were a cartoon character, I'd be Charlie Brown. In the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, I'd be Eeyore. When people accuse women of "playing Camille"–the original tear-soaked drama queen–I would have to raise my hand: guilty as charged.
Crying jags have been a way of life for me; "Depression"–my middle name. I used to feel like Norm in "Cheers" when he said, "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milk bone underwear."
Even when good things happened to me, I didn't allow myself to enjoy them too much, lest I be unprepared when God decided to drop an anvil on my head. Not exactly the person you'd call if you needed cheering up.
It never occurred to me each time I pulled myself together after another emotional meltdown that my low expectations and negative outlook were actually creating my reality; that my thoughts and beliefs might have something to do with the toxic people and situations I was attracting into my life.
Sometimes you have to look back at the patterns in your past and ask, "Who's the common denominator here?" But more important, what if the things you've believed all these years are just a bunch of big fat lies? How do you begin to de-program your messed-up thinking and start renewing your mind with the TRUTH?
Enter Joyce's resource, Developing Power Thoughts.
This resource is for people like me who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We want to start living life as God meant it to be lived: with purpose, joy and optimism. We're ready to get serious about shifting from a life-stinks-and-then-you-die attitude to an "I can do anything through God who strengthens me" attitude. With Joyce's help, I'm learning to adopt healthy
attitudes based on God's Word, not on my sometimes goofy emotional perspective.
Developing Power Thoughts includes everything we need to grow in attitudes that reflect God's grace, power and provision in our lives.
• Joyce's conference teachings on CD and DVD walk me through all 12 Power Thoughts with wisdom and humor that speak directly to my heart.
• The workbook helps me go deep with God to expose defeatist attitudes that keep me from experiencing the power of my faith. Scripture look-ups, "pop" quizzes and journaling exercises point me to the truth, and challenge me to bring my thinking into alignment with God's Word.
• The reminder cards with individual power thoughts, Bible verses and affirmations keep my mind tuned-in to God's voice when my mood starts to slip or that other voice creeps into my head (Hint: "I am pond scum" is NOT from God).
I see this resource as a lifeline out of mindsets that in the past sabotaged my life and relationships. It's helping me change the way I think and respond to everything, giving me the tools I need to begin overhauling my attitudes, so I can get on with the business of serving God and being a light in the world for Him.
Changing a lifetime of negative thinking doesn't happen overnight. But I've decided to stop being my own worst enemy. I'm choosing to believe what God says I can do in and through Him. No more defaulting to a "victim" mode every time something doesn't work out in life the way I wanted it to.
As I'm learning to think as God thinks, the drama and depression are receding. I'm able relax more, and even start imagining the possibilities. Sure, I'm still a work in progress. The crying jags haven't ceased altogether, but I'm better than I was yesterday. And I'll be even better tomorrow.
Developing Power Thoughts is helping me get there, one mind-blowing revelation at a time. Drama Queen, your days are definitely numbered.