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Click Here to Unsubscribe!“You’ve got mail,” a familiar voice from yonder says.  26,274.  Seriously!  That’s the number of emails sitting comfortably in my inbox — taking up space, not to mention my valuable time.  I know, I know, you think I’m kidding about that super-colossal out-of-control high number.  But, sadly, I’m not.

Have you ever noticed that you can visit a website one time… one time, and bam, suddenly you’re their friend for life?  You didn’t buy anything, you didn’t sign up for anything, nor did you leave unpaid items in your virtual shopping cart.  A thought popped into your head, and on a whim you simply went there to look around.  Or perhaps maybe you did buy a widget from that website… 10 years ago!  To make matters worse, that rambunctious retailer went and told all their friendly affiliates how generous you are.  Now you’re receiving deeply discounted limited-time offers from them as well.  Share the wealth, that’s what they’re hoping for.

Every day I feel the friction while speed-reading through the multitudes of email.  I get irritated when my precious time is consumed with trying to extract the important ones from the boat-load of junk. And here’s what I’ve noticed: Simply hitting the delete button doesn’t help.  Tomorrow will be a new day with a few hundred more dazzling daily deals delivered to my inbox.  In order to permanently stop the unwanted emails you must hit the “unsubscribe here” button.  Even that will take more time than you’ve got.  Often you will be redirected to a new page, probing your decision to opt-out through a plethora of questions.  Then, just when you think you’ve severed the relationship for good, you’re notified that it may take up to 2 weeks for the emails to cease and desist.  Say what?  They can immediately sign you up, but it takes something just short of a court order to let you go!  And even then, they are likely to send one more email notification reminding you that you’ve unsubscribed, and they’re hoping it was in error because they’re so sad to see you go.  Unbelievable.  So easy to jump onto their bandwagon, but so much time and effort to get back off.

That’s the way it is with our emotional mail too.  The Spirit of God reminded me recently to guard against unwanted email in my mind.  The enemy delivers tons of junk mail into our minds every day.  It comes in the form of a negative or ungodly thought.  In a weak moment we open his mail and begin to entertain that thought.  If we do not immediately hit the “delete” button our brain will begin meditating on that thing.  The moment we give mental assent to something, we’ve in essence visited that [spiritual] website.  The web address could be something like fear.com, revenge.org, sickness.net, pornography.edu, etc.  There are millions of spiritual URL’s the devil will tempt us to visit in our minds, thoughts that are not from God.  And when we allow those thoughts to linger long enough, we begin downloading unhealthy and harmful things into our mind.

Once we buy into that negative thought process, it’s amazing how they multiply — they beget more of the same.  It’s just like going to a website on our computer and buying something.  That becomes the open-door for that seller (and their marketing partners) to continue communicating with us, oftentimes, through an enormous amount of unwanted emails.  Their aim is to continually keep their name, product, or services at the forefront of our mind and thoughts.

And so it is with Satan.  If he can capture our attention and control our thoughts until we buy into his lies, it gives him an open-door to send more.  For example: We meditate on one piece of mail sent from “anger” and before we know it his affiliate “bitterness” has emailed our mind.  The junk mail piles up, making it more and more difficult to find the worthy messages [mail] from God.

Dear friend, here’s what I’ve learned: Don’t let your mind wander into that spiritually dangerous website in the first place!  It’s so much easier putting that initial negative thought in the trash… unopened, than it is trying to “unsubscribe” after meditating for months on that piece of junk.

The National Science Foundation estimates that our brains produce as many as 50,000 – 70,000  thoughts per day, depending on how “deep” a thinker we are.  Wow!  That’s a whole lot of mail going into our minds.  But even more mind-blowing than that is the disturbing conclusion that the vast majority of them, 70-80%,  are negative or pure nonsense.  Often, we’re dwelling on our pitiful past mistakes or stressing over an uncertain future.  Only a minuscule amount of our thoughts are actually focused on what is truly important… the present!  Be more mindful of the moment.  The Bible gives us some great advice: “Forget about those things that are behind you” and “Don’t worry about tomorrow.”  Begin to take control over your thought processes.  Clear the clutter, think positive.  Here’s a list of acceptable mail to meditate on: Whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, anything of virtue, and anything praiseworthy.  If your emotional mail isn’t marked by one of these… unsubscribe, and return it to sender.

This week I’ve become more motivated than ever to clean up and monitor my mailbox — both on my iMac and in my mind!

© Glenda Motsavage and Healing Hands Blog, 2015.

 

Hot Water is Always on the Left, Right?

20150504_184609-300x168My new faucet is fabulous!  When the little leak in my kitchen sink became an enormous nuisance to my nervous system, a replacement was inevitable.  Enough was enough.  I had tolerated the noise from the nonstop dripping longer than I should have — especially since the solution was so simple.

Our faithful faucet of fourteen years had come with a lifetime warranty.  The new updated version of the original was shipped via overnight mail and promptly received the next day.  The exceptional customer service was shocking to me, to say the least.  It took longer explaining to Mike (our plumber) why our hot water was not on the left, but rather on the right, than it did dealing with the manufacturer for a free faucet!

A few years ago while a friend from church was fixing our faulty sprayer, he inadvertently switched the hot and cold water connections under the sink.  We never realized the mistake until after he left.  Not wanting to impose upon him again, we decided to live with this minor inconvenience.

It took a little getting used to, but after a while we re-trained our brains to believe that cold water came from the left and hot water came from the right.  Cold on the left, hot on the right — in my mind that’s what I would recite.  Soon, I became comfortable with my flawed perception of the truth.

Although it’s been a month since Mike installed our new faucet [correctly], my husband and I still struggle with the hot and cold water positions.  When you’ve been doing something wrong, as if it were right, for so many years, it’s difficult to change.  I call this “stinkin thinkin!”

For many well-meaning Christians, our ‘thinking‘ is one of the major hindrances to healing.  Pay attention to what you’re thinking.  Oftentimes, in regard to biblical healing, the truth of God’s Word has become skewed  by inaccurate teachings and unreliable personal opinion.  Faulty facts can be dangerous to your health!  When you meditate on a lie long enough, truth begins to break up and eventually crumbles.

For example… A few years ago, I offered to teach biblical healing to a lady in our church who had been diagnosed with cancer.  She graciously invited me to her home and seemed eager to learn.  My sole teaching tools were a bible and a concordance, which allowed us to search the Scriptures in the language of the original manuscripts – Hebrew and Greek.  This approach would eliminate popular opinion as we focused exclusively on the powerful promises of God for healing.

During my long 8-hour visit it became completely clear to me that this precious woman of God had been persuaded to believe a lie.  She was fixated on some flawed information she had been taught years earlier.  Her crazy contaminated theology was controlling her ability to receive the truth.  The bible was clear; God wanted her well, but her ‘stinkin thinkin’ convinced her otherwise.  She had allowed someone’s unbiblical opinion to supersede the Will of God for her physical body.  So sad.  She had nothing to lose but her pain, and yet erroneous preaching from her past prevented it.  Her head got in the way of her healing.

Be careful what you’re listening to.  Your mind is just like your computer: GIGO (garbage in, garbage out).  Weigh what you’re hearing up against the Word of God.  Eat the hay, and spit out the sticks!  If it doesn’t line up with the Scriptures, don’t entertain the thought.

Quite often, our perception of something is stronger than reality.  In my mind, hot water was on the right and cold water on the left — but that was not accurate thinking, only my experience.  Proceed with caution when someone is building a doctrine based entirely on personal experiences.

I find it far easier to minister healing to those who have zero knowledge of the Bible, than those who have been in church all their life.  Why?  Because the poison isn’t present!  There’s no mixture of truth and error.  We don’t have to go through the decontamination process.

Without exception, Jesus healed all those who came to Him requesting it.  All means all.  Regardless of what you may be thinking right now… all can include you!  I’m praying for your healing today!

© Glenda Motsavage and Healing Hands Blog, 2015.

9,997 Steps

9,997 Steps Were Not Enough!

9,997 Steps Were Not Enough!

I surprised my hubby with a Fitbit for Christmas last year. I’m not sure why, but he wasn’t as excited about getting the gift as I was giving it. I mean, this hot new high-tech health gadget garnered such great attention that most websites were totally sold out. I felt blessed that Santa had saved one just for me.

I was certain my husband could benefit from the concept of wearing a digital device the size of a wrist watch that tracks every step he walks in the course of a day. No longer would he have to depend on his memory (we won’t go there!) to monitor his miles.

What a difference a few months make.  Now I’m competing with this fabulous Fitbit to remain my husband’s best friend.  He loves it!  This tiny treasure has provided major motivation to reach his daily goal of 10,000 steps.  Just the other night, he took the Fitbit off before getting into bed and asked me to upload the information onto his Fitbit dashboard.  This is where he can view his steps, distance, weight changes and calories burned.  It provides the most complete picture of his overall health.  The wrist band never buzzed throughout the day like it does when he reaches his 10,000 steps, so he knew he was short.  And, he never bothered to check his progress that day.

Within a minute I was able to see his results.  You’ve got to be kidding me – 9,997 steps!  He missed his goal by 3 small steps?  I resisted the temptation to interrupt his sleep with the news, but I knew he was going to be mad at himself in the morning.  The first thing he said to me the next day… “If I knew how close I was to 10,000 I would have kept the Fitbit on for another minute or so.”  But he didn’t, and the reality is that he missed the mark by 3 steps — a minuscule amount compared to what he had already accomplished.  He was waaaay closer than what he had thought.  For if he had known the truth he would have certainly continued and reached his goal.

This same truth can be carried over into our spiritual lives.  Most times, we’re closer than we think to obtaining answers to our prayers, but we quit right before the finish line.  Oftentimes, we’re just 3 short steps away from receiving our miracle!  But because we don’t have a dashboard at our disposal to see our progress, we stop praying and believing prematurely, right at the most critical time.  I witness this same scenario, again and again, when ministering to the sick.  Oh how I wish there was some sort of spiritual thermometer or graph to show them how close they are to receiving their healing.

Chronic physical pain is hard to handle.  I’m speaking from experience.  It wears you down.  It makes you want to throw in the towel.  It wreaks havoc in your finances and relationships.  It’s downright depressing, and robs you of your destiny.  But I’ve also learned this biblical principal: It’s darkest right before the dawn.  The more you feel like giving up is a good indication that your breakthrough is a mere 3 steps away!  You’re closer than you think… I’m praying for your healing today.

© Glenda Motsavage and Healing Hands Blog, 2015.

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