Infuse Your Mind with Faith

Hear is another Joyce Myers Devotion. I know a friend told me something similar to what Joyce said below. You know something it’s true but what I can say is that it is hard to turn your thoughts from native thoughts to positive thoughts, when most of ones life has thought like that. Not only that it can turn your world up side down and you can or could be missing a whole lot of good things. So with that I have decided to try to turn my mind around other words renewing my mind.

So with having said that on with more from her message.

One of my favorite things to say is, “Where the mind goes, the man follows,” because the way you think determines the way you live…. Yesterday, you may have let your mind focus on the negative—what you can’t do, how badly you’ve messed up, all the things that could go wrong—but today you can submit your mind to the Word of God. You can actually choose the thoughts you are going to dwell on. With the help of the Holy Spirit, you can change your thoughts today. You can choose a better, more positive, more fulfilling life. —Joyce

This Week’s Scripture:

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16 ESV

Make This Your New Normal

– by  Joyce Meyer

Over the years, the Lord has shown me so much about the power of our thoughts. In fact, the two major lessons He has taught me are…

  1. Our thoughts affect every single area of our lives.
  2. We have a choice—we can choose our thoughts!

I often say this is where Satan fights us—on the “battlefield” of the mind.

He tries to get us caught up thinking bad or negative thoughts. But as believers who have the Word of God inside of us, we have the tools to defeat him.

For many years I went to church faithfully, week after week, but I wasn’t living a victorious Christian life. I read my Bible every day, served on the evangelism board and went door-to-door telling people about Jesus because I really wanted to serve God.

But even though I was doing those things, I was still miserable most of the time!

I would go to church on Sunday, but then fight with my husband during the week and get frustrated with my kids a lot. I’d feel miserable, depressed, and angry…then go back to church on Sunday.

Ephesians 4:23 says to be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind…

This is so important, because it’s impossible to have a positive, peaceful life and have a negative mind.

I’ve discovered that when we take time to renew our minds with God’s Word, we learn how to think like God thinks, say what God says, and act like He wants us to act.

Then we can have what He wants us to have—abundant life in Christ, filled with His righteousness, peace and joy (see John 10:10 and Romans 14:17).

So, when is your mind “normal”?
So many people live with negative, anxious or fearful thoughts, but they think it’s normal because they’ve thought this way for years. However, First Corinthians 2:16 says we have the mind of Christ.

For instance, many people think it’s normal to worry, but as a Christian, worrying is not a normal way of thinking.

Philippians 4:6 says we are to be anxious for nothing (NKJV). This doesn’t mean we won’t ever feel worried, but when we do, we can pray and give it to God. We can have His peace while we go through a hard time.

I used to spend so much of my time worrying about my problems. I would constantly think, What if? and run through every scenario. I had to figure everything out!

However, God wants us to experience His peace. He wants us to cast our cares on Him and choose to trust Him (see 1 Peter 5:7). One way we trust God is by refusing to worry—refusing to dwell on all of our fears and the what ifs.

I love Isaiah 26:3. It says, You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You (AMPC).

You Can Choose!

It was such a revelation for me when I realized I didn’t have to think about just anything that came into my mind. I could choose my thoughts and do my own thinking—on purpose.

There is a way to have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. There’s way to have victory in our circumstances and not live according to what the world views as “normal”…

It all begins with renewing our minds. The choice is up to us.

Here’s where to begin:

Make the decision to spend time each day reading and meditating on the Word. Pray and ask God to help you understand how to apply the wisdom you discover to your everyday life.

As you do your part to renew your mind, God will do His. And you’ll love the transformation that comes with having a “normal” mind…the mind of Christ!

Tip from Joyce:

“As you read or listen to God’s Word and spend time talking to Him in prayer, your spirit will eventually become stronger than your flesh.” – Joyce Meyer

Study Suggestion:

Make a habit of studying God’s Word in the area of thoughts. Here are some scriptures to get you started! 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, ‌Deuteronomy 30:19, ‌Ephesians 4:22-24, ‌Hebrews 4:12, ‌Romans 12:2, ‌Colossians 3:1-2, ‌Romans 8:37.

Putting God First in Your Priorities

What you are about to read is from Joyce Meyer. I am doing the 3030 Chellenge, found it on her website.

I know my self I am guilty of not putting God first in my life. I have always put my life as #1, such us cleaning house, playing with my dog, going for walks volunteering etc.

I have never picked up my Bible to read it as soon as I get up not did I pray to God. From time to time I do pick up my Bible and read it but not like I should be doing it because I struggle with what I read and even keep what I read in my mind. So with that I don’t bother doing much reading.

I have started to read John and I got up to chapter 5 and never finished it because my mind wonders off to other things. However just the other day I finly finish read John by listioning to it on my iPod but I also called in my Bible.

So here is what what was sent to me in my email:

Putting God First in Your Priorities:

There are so many things that clamor for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life. And we have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God.

The first of the Ten Commandments states we will have no other gods before Him (see Exodus 20:3). And Deuteronomy 5:8-9 says, ”You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods (NLT).”

Yet how many of the things that occupy our time, money, thoughts and attention have taken the place where God is supposed to be?

Distractions from Truth

Anything can become a god to us—anything we worship or put an excessive amount of time into. Even your feelings can become a god if you allow them to control you. We need to ask ourselves, Am I bowing down to God and His Word or to my feelings?

Another challenge we have to confront is living in a world full of humanism and people not wanting God and His truth to interfere with their lives and routines. It seems we have an epidemic of selfishness in our world today, and this creates all kinds of unhealthy situations.

For example, when people refuse to honor God and follow His wisdom in their decisions, it causes them to become bogged down with worry, resentment and bitterness. Eventually it shows up as sickness and disease in their bodies. And in our culture, this behavior causes a decline in our moral standards and attitudes.

But the good news is, we don’t have to settle for this way of living. In Christ, we can enjoy our lives—abundantly! (See John 10:10)

How to Establish the Habit of Living for God

The key to having God’s “abundant life”—His love, peace and joy—is keeping Him in His rightful place in our priorities. God said to Abraham, …Walk [habitually] before Me [with integrity, knowing that you are always in My presence], and be blameless and complete [in obedience to Me] (Genesis 17:1 AMP). Notice that God instructed Abraham to be habitual in walking with Him and living for Him. We can do this by establishing daily habits of prayer, worship and regular, consistent time spent in His Word.

I love the Word of God! It is amazing. It contains wisdom, encouragement, comfort and inspiration for every conceivable human problem or dilemma. His Word brings peace and stability to our spirits, and it will renew our minds (see Romans 12:2). Get excited about getting into the Bible!

Benefits of Keeping God First

Make it your goal to have a deep, intimate relationship with God. Let Him into every area of your life. If you constantly look to other people for answers and validation, pray about this and ask the Lord to help you stop doing that and instead look to Him. (See 1 Thessalonians 2:4.) As we live to please God, He promises to bless our lives and make us prosper.

When you decide to serve God with your whole heart and make Him first in your life, your soul will prosper and your joy and peace will increase. Remember to lean on Him more than anything else, and tell Him, “God, I want to do this, but I can’t do it without You.” He doesn’t expect you to live for Him in your own strength or ability, and He understands when you make mistakes.

So if you mess up, don’t be discouraged and let it hold you back; confess it and keep going. God will give you grace to do what you need to do. One day at a time, you and God together can do anything!

When Tough Times Come

Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Acts 9:31

There are times when life on this earth is hard and uncomfortable…and even downright painful. When those times come, you deeply need the comfort that only the Holy Spirit can bring.

How do you receive that kind of comfort?

By doing just what the believers in Acts did. By “walking in the fear of the Lord.”

Now, when I talk about “the fear of the Lord,” please understand, I’m not saying you should be afraid of God. He’s your Father! You should be as secure and unafraid when you come before Him as a child who knows he is dearly loved. But you must also have so much respect for Him that whenever He reveals something you need to do, you do it immediately—even if it goes against your natural desires. That’s walking in the fear of the Lord.

Let me show you what I mean. Once, several years ago, I received a very disturbing phone call shortly before I was to preach at one of our meetings. It was painful news about a situation in which one of my children had been wronged. The news of it wounded my heart.

I cried, and in the natural, I wanted to get angry about it, to strike back in some way. But instead, I began praying in other tongues. As I prayed, I was prompted in my spirit to rejoice and praise the Lord.

I certainly didn’t feel like praising. I felt like stomping my foot. But, out of respect to the Lord, I put my feelings aside and obeyed. Next, the Holy Spirit impressed me to read a particular prophecy. As I did, I could tell I was being strengthened.

Then suddenly, I realized I was free. By my obedience, I had opened myself to the comforting power of the Holy Spirit. The anger and pain that had filled me just moments before were gone! They had been replaced by the gentle love and reassurance of the Lord.

No matter how tough or painful a situation you may be facing today, trust and obey the directions of your Father. He will make that same supernatural, Holy Spirit-inspired comfort available to you!

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11

The Devotion you just read is from Kenneth Copeland Ministries see link below.

Faith-to-Faith Devotion

When We’re in Times of Trouble

I came a cross this devotion. Hopefully it will help those who are struggling with what ever problem comes their way. I know my self I haven to read it over again few times just to have it soak in my mind and heart.

Today’s Devotion:

We know that suffering is an unavoidable part of every human’s story. It should not surprise us. But when it comes to us, how do we deal with it? How do we persevere? When massive waves are swirling around us, how do we keep from going under?

Getting a right perspective is critical — lifting our eyes upward to God rather than outward to our circumstances or inward to ourselves. Counseling our hearts according to truth. Realigning our thoughts and emotions according to His Story.

In 1895, a South African pastor, teacher and writer named Andrew Murray was preaching at large Christian conferences in England. In physical pain from an injury sustained a few years earlier (thrown from a cart while traveling and ministering) and having just received some discouraging criticism from a well-known person, the exhausted Murray opted to stay in bed one Sunday morning. But rather than wallowing in discouragement, he decided to write some notes for his own encouragement.

At the top of the paper he wrote, “In Time of Trouble Say …” Then he penned the following, counseling his heart with the truth: 

First, He brought me here; it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest.
Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child.
Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last, In His good time He can bring me out again — how and when He knows.

Let me say I am here,
1) By God’s appointment.
2) In His keeping.
3) Under His training.
4) For His time.

We can’t remind ourselves of these truths too often.

Never forget that God loves you. He is watching over you. He knows how long and how much you can endure. What you’re going through will not last forever. And whatever kind of suffering you may be facing — whether you have something you don’t want or you’re wanting something you don’t have — this is the kind of heavenly, right-sized perspective that will give you grace, courage and stamina to carry on.

When times of discouragement come, how can we persevere? 

Look up. Remind your heart that for every child of God, in every circumstance, the best really is yet to come. Our hope for a joyful future is not in solutions to our temporary problems — but in the assurance that …

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him”
 (1 Corinthians 2:9b).

Heavenly Father, as waves of discouragement, pain or despair hit my life, teach me to look up and confidently trust Your divine plan. Thank You for the unshakable hope that You are preparing a future for me, more wonderful than I can imagine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (ESV)

Romans 5:3-5, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (ESV)


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Write out the headline, “In Time of Trouble Say …” and then write out several promises or truths from God’s Word that encourage you for the season you are in now. 

Join the conversation! We’d love to have you share your thoughts from today’s devotion!

Link to were I found this devotion: Proverbs 31 MinistriesProverbs 31 Ministries

Kyle Winkler

Truth about Rejection the Devil Doesn’t Want You to Know

If you’re held back by the fear of being unaccepted or unwanted, then listen up. Here’s the truth about rejection that will free you from its prison.

As you’re out and about, begin to observe the people around you—in your office, classroom, church or at a coffee shop. Look at how they walk. Listen to how they talk. You don’t have to be too observant to see that people typically hold themselves in one of two ways: head held low and quiet, or flashy and loud. While these seem to be two very different postures, both are often rooted in probably the most powerful insecurity—fear of rejection.

The Sources of Insecurity

Your identity is not that of a reject, but that of one handpicked by God.

So you don’t have to hold your head low or project some façade anymore. Despite the situation in which you were born, who has left you or the number of friends you have, God sees great value in you because He’s the one who first chose you and has stayed with you. And because of this, your identity is not that of a reject, but that of one handpicked by God to do the good things he planned for you long ago (Eph. 2:10).

Here is the link were I found this article Truth about Rejection the Devil Doesn’t Want You to Know

Give me your failure.

I see you. No one knows you the way I do. Even in the middle of your greatest failures, my eyes remain focused on you with holy longing. Give me your self-inflicted pain. Lay your guilt at my feet. Let me lift the heaviness of disappointment. Give me your failure, and I will heal your heart. I will get to the core of the shame and hurt you’ve carried. I will heal your self-rejection. I will teach you how to be free.

I have no desire for you to walk with the weight of remorse on your shoulders. All I ask is that you offer me your heart again. My only requirement is total surrender. Fully yield to my love and forgiveness. I am the God of restoration. I am the Father who loves you just the way you are, and the One whose love flows with healing virtue. The experiences that have haunted you with regret will become testimonies of my grace. You will walk with wisdom, rightly discerning every step I want you to take. I have never expected perfection from you—only a willingness to walk with me each day and to listen for my voice.

Whispers written by

Brian Simmons and Gretchen Rodriguez

1 John 1:9
The Passion Translation

If we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I Hear His Whisper… Choose me

I had to stop what I was doing so I can take a breath and try to quite my mind before it leads to the dark. So I opened my email and I came a cross this article and maybe it will be a blessing to you.
Here it is:
Life will always demand your attention. Trials will come, and blessings will be poured out extravagantly, but through it all, I must remain your focus. I am the One who longs to fill every void and every joy. I watch you, whisper to you, and never leave you, despite how you feel. Not only do I fill you, I enjoy walking alongside you. It’s my pleasure to do even the most mundane tasks with you—if only you would invite me.

Choose me when distractions come. When fear rages against your soul. When people reject you. When isolation strangles you. When laughter pushes you to forget that I am the One who fills you with joy. Choose to love me. To love others. Choose the path of peace even the most mundane tasks with you—if only you would invite me.

Choose me when distractions come. When fear rages against your soul. When people reject you. When isolation strangles you. When laughter pushes you to forget that I am the One who fills you with joy. Choose to love me. To love others. Choose the path of peace even when it leads straight through the middle of pain. Choose to find me—today. To believe that I not only have the power to answer prayers, but also have the wisdom to decline them, and then will use those moments to teach you about my love. Choose to embrace the mystery of life with me.

Whispers written by

Song of Songs 3:4

The Passion Translation

Just as I moved past them, I encountered him.
I found the one I adore!
I caught him and fastened myself to him,
refusing to be feeble in my heart again.
Now I’ll bring him back to the temple within
where I was given new birth—
into my innermost parts, the place of my conceiving.

I Hear His Whisper.. I am right here.

When your soul is bowed low and the shrill voice of fear challenges your faith, remember my love. Choose to fill your mind with thoughts of me and refuse to give into the lies the enemy sets like a trap. If you’ve already lost your peace and fallen down that black hole of anxiety, find me. Beloved, I am right there. You don’t have to fight fear; you need only to focus on me.

Even if dread has clouded your thoughts, and you’re having trouble finding me, I’m still with you. Don’t start questioning why you can’t feel me. It is only fear holding your attention. Ignore it and breathe. Let memories of all I’ve done for you in the past flood your racing, tired mind. Remind yourself of the times you saw the giants fall and the walls of opposition crumble. If I’ve come through for you before, what makes you think I won’t do it again? Things may be out of your control, but they’re not out of mine. Do you remember my touch? Have you seen my faithfulness? Yes, you have. I haven’t changed, so don’t worry. I’m right here.

Angry, Anxious or Depressed? Your Core Lies Are Trying to Get Your Attention

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” John 8:31-32 (ESV)

When I was 14 years old, I discovered my mom was an alcoholic. And not only did I discover this, but I decided in my earnest innocence I would confront her about it. Then just like on the talk show I’d seen where an intervention turned to hugs and help and joy, my mom would realize her addiction and the pain she caused, and there would be hugs and help and joy.

But it didn’t turn out like that.

I confronted my mother about her drinking. She just laughed at me.

My words and feelings meant nothing, and the conclusion I subconsciously made was that unless I was taken seriously, I wasn’t worthy of love. This lie, which I didn’t know existed, played itself out time and time again in my relationships. When I felt dismissed or I couldn’t get a reaction from a boyfriend, I would lash out, manipulate and wound with my words. The lie controlled me.

Jesus, on the other hand, said these words: “… the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

As children, we make observations about the world we inhabit, and because God gave us minds to think, we make conclusions about what we see. But our conclusions or interpretations are often incorrect, just as mine were. What I didn’t know as a teen (but what I learned later) was that I was believing a lie and it had infected my whole life.

Jesus tells us if we abide in His Word, we will know the truth and it will set us free. “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’”(John 8:31-32).

And what is the truth? 

The truth is that God loves us so much He sent His only Son to die for us so we would have eternal life. The truth is that Jesus comes to our rescue. He not only saves our souls, but He gently pursues our hearts, heals the broken places and binds up our wounds. The truth is that our worth and value is only dependent on how Christ sees us, and He sees us as righteous. We are loved, always.

I believed the lie I had to be taken seriously to be loved, and when someone didn’t meet my subconscious demand that they take me seriously, I manipulated them and hurt them because I didn’t know what to do with my pain.

When I learned the truth that my worth and value is not determined by someone else’s view of me, I was set free. It took time, but eventually that lie lost its power over me, my interactions with others, and my children. (If we don’t deal with our lies, we will put them on our kids.)

We all have core lies, but the good news is that if we recognize our core lies, they will lead us to the gospel of good news: Jesus is the only one who has the authority to tell us who we are, and if we are His, we are loved and secure forever. How others view us does not determine our worth. Only Jesus determines our worth.

If you’re not sure what lies might be holding you in bondage, but you want to know and be set free, then pay attention to what makes you angry, depressed or anxious (fearful). Our lies reveal themselves when the landmines of our hearts are stepped on.

Ask God to show you, and then you can begin replacing the lies with the truth in God’s Word. That’s the truth that will set you, and the generations after you, free.

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are good and that Your truth sets us free — especially when we’re aching and searching and desperate for the light. Help us, Lord, to keep hold of hope and to believe in Your truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


1 John 3:1a, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (NIV)


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What makes you fly off the handle? What thoughts make you fearful or depressed? 

Spend some time in prayer, asking God to show you where you can replace the lies with the truth found in His Word. If you’d like, share a prayer with us in our comments section.

Here is the link to what I shared

My thoughts on this devotion

mom was NOT alcoholic so I have replaced it with other things that happened as a child all the way up to adult hood. To me it doesn’t matter what issues we had this devotion can be used to help you to under stand and yet to keep fighting the fight that needs to happen.

Yeah the lies from the enemy needs to go because it can effect your life and others who care for you and love you.

The enemy needs to be reminded who we are and that we are Gods child.

Choose the Path of Peace

The hurtful and disappointing things people do can really stir up our emotions. Since we cannot control what others do, we must put their negative energy to our positive use, looking for ways to quiet our unsettled emotions. You see, when we let our carnal thoughts lead us, they will cause us to act out in negative, retaliatory ways. But if we let our spirit lead us, we will be filled with life and peace in our souls—and that includes peaceful and calm emotions. Do today only what will bring you peace tomorrow.

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 ESV

Words Are Food for the Soul – by Joyce Meyer

I am sure you have heard someone say, “You are going to eat those words.” It may sound like a mere phrase to us, but in reality we do eat our words.

Words are wonderful when used in a proper way. They can encourage, edify and give confidence to the hearer. A right word spoken at the right time can actually be life-changing. (See Proverbs 15:23)

We can literally increase our own joy by speaking right words. We can also upset ourselves by talking unnecessarily about our problems or things that have hurt us in relationships.

Not too long ago I had a disappointing situation take place with someone I considered to be a close friend. I noticed that each time I talked about it, I would have a difficult time getting it off of my mind for the remainder of the day. I finally realized that if I wanted to get over it, I was going to have to stop mentally and verbally going over it again and again. People kept asking me about the situation out of genuine concern, but I ultimately realized that I had to answer, “It is better for me if I just don’t talk about it.”

What Happens When We Speak?

The words that come out of our mouth go into our own ears as well as other people’s, and then they drop down into our soul where they give us either joy or sadness, peace or upset, depending on the types of words we have spoken.

God desires that our spirit be light and free so it can function properly, not heavy and oppressed. We can learn to choose our thoughts, to resist wrong ones and think on good, healthy, and right ones. I have often said, “Where the mind goes, the man follows.” And it could also be said that where the mind goes, the mouth follows!

When we understand the power of words and realize that we can choose what we think and speak, our lives can be transformed.

Plan to Say Something Positive

God has given His children a new nature, and we are taught to daily renew our mind and attitude. Having a positive outlook on life and speaking positive words based on God’s Word is one of the most wholesome things we can do.

When you get up in the morning, if there is something you need to attend to that day that you’re not looking forward to, you can say, “I dread this day,” or you can say, “God will give me strength today to do whatever I need to do and to do it with joy.” Which of these two statements do you think would better prepare you for the day?

As we have seen, we eat our words, and we can rightfully say that they are food for our souls. Anyone who wants to be healthy is careful to choose quality food that will provide good nutrition. If we want to be healthy in our soul and spirit, we should also choose to take in words that will build us up and increase our peace and joy.

“Don’t say, ‘I am just an emotional person, and I can’t help the way I feel.’ Take control. You can do it!” – Joyce Meyer

Study Suggestion:

When wild emotions try to overpower you, let God’s Word move you to faithful obedience. Read Romans 12:18, Romans 14:19, Proverbs 19:11, Proverbs 12:16 and James 1:19.

My own personal thoughts:

Yes I have often said or act that I am emotional person and I allow my feels (enemy) to over power me at times. I need to take control over them and tell it to leave and replace them with good thoughts.

I do believe that hurtful and disappointing things people can do really could stir up our emotions. With what we say not only affects others, but it also affects us. I know that it is true because what I said (lies of enemy) and my emotions,got the best of me end up changing friendship status. I have and still continue to pay for it thanks to my own doing and the enemy.

Yes again to they (words) can encourage, edify and give confidence to the hearer. A right word spoken at the right time can actually be life-changing. I need to hear or understand what those are, meaning understanding between truth and a lie.

Like I said I need to learn to choose my thoughts, to resist wrong ones and think on good, healthy, and right ones.