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I have OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It’s not the OCD that causes you to repeatedly wash your hands or count items. My OCD is in the mind. I can get an idea in my mind and stay obsessively focused on it for days’, even months. Understanding that I have this condition helps me to control it. Knowing that I have this helps me to stop and think about what I’m thinking about. Some of the thoughts that I have are often out in left field. I think, “Where the heck did that thought come from?” I then gather myself and start deciphering the thoughts. Ok, is this thought reality? Is this thought true?

Once I have gathered myself I start to let my subconscious fill my conscious mind with the knowledge that I have been filling it with. Things that are positive, productive, true, and biblical. Had I not been on a self-development journey, I would not have the tools necessary to overcome these issues.

We have the freedom to choose the focal points of our mind. Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your idol. That is a scary thought. In the book, “Jesus Calling”, by Sarah Young. She relays a message that Jesus laid on her heart and that is, “Guard your thoughts diligently; good thought choices will keep you close to me”.

This week my call to action for you is this, see if you have a focal point. Do you allow your thoughts to run wild? Can you call them back to your focal point when you get off coarse? If so great, you are well on your way. If not, start to fill your mind with what you want to be your idol. We are told to only have one idol in our lives, what is yours? This will begin to Invite Excellence into your Life, then all else will fall into place. Exercise your right to freedom. Have a great week and go show off your AWESOME!!!

I was shot by a fiery dart

In the mornings I use two devotional books. One is The Power of a Praying® Parent Book of Prayers (Power of a Praying Book of Prayers), by Stormie Omartian and the other is Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, by Sarah Young. I use “The Power of a Praying Parent” as a guide to pray over my children. Toward the end of the prayer I was reading one day the scripture said, “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one”. Ephesians 6:16. This particular scripture of Ephesians talks about putting on the armor of God and going into spiritual warfare.

“12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:12-18

As I finished reading this I had an overwhelming feeling that something bad was going to happen to one of my children. At one time I would have allowed these thoughts to control my mind and I would have let my mind wonder where it wanted to go causing me grief and needless worry, but instead I stopped what I was doing and came back to the present moment. I realized I’ve been hit. One of the fiery darts made it through. The fight was on. I told myself the truth. I had just sent my two youngest off to school and they were in wonderful hands. My oldest was going to a Global Leadership Summit with some of her Youth Group members at a local church. They were all fine. I concluded that I must live in the moment and at this moment life was good. If something happens, I will worry about it then.

We must all be aware that we are going to be the victims of fiery darts from time to time, but with the knowledge of what is happening we can combat the attack and be conquerors. When this happens know that this is an attempt to steal your peace, but don’t let that happen. Live in the present and don’t give in to needless worries. Can you think of a time when you have been under attack and didn’t realize it and allowed the fiery darts to steal your peace? Remember to always Invite Excellence into your Life by educating yourself. We are more than we allow ourselves to be, so go Be More!!