Friday, January 10, 2014

Marathon Mantra

Read my Marathon Series here
I confessed that I was a runner for years before I started running. I believe in the power of confessing positive things over my life, especially if I can find them in the word of God. 
This week I had to cut down on my training for more than one reason, so I am investing in what I call "mind training." Without getting too deep, I want to share my confessions for this marathon as well as for life. I prefer the word "confession" better than "mantra." I've used most of these before and they are very relevant for now. Here's what I am telling myself over and over so when the going gets tough, these things will flourish out of my spirit.

Confessions for my first Marathon*

• I prosper in everything I put my hand to. I have prosperity in all areas of my life – spiritually, financially, mentally, and socially and physically. 
•  I will finish my first First Marathon in 4 and a half hours or less. 
• I will run strong and not get weary. 
• I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 
• I take good care of my body. I eat right, I look good, I feel good, and I weigh what God wants me to weigh. 
• I run with endurance the race God has set before me. Hebrews 12:1 
• The Lord is faithful; he will strengthen me. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 
• I cast all my care on the Lord for He cares for me. 
• I take every thought captive unto the obedience of Jesus Christ, casting down every imagination, and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
• I have compassion and understanding for all people. I am an encourager. 
• I catch the devil in all of his deceitful lies. I cast them down and choose rather to believe the Word of God. 
• I have a teachable spirit. 
• I do not think more highly of myself than I ought to in the flesh. 
• Pain cannot successfully come against my body because Jesus bore all my pain. 
• I do what I say I will do, and I get where I am going on time. 
• I don’t hurry and rush; I do one thing at a time. 
• The law of kindness is in my tongue. Gentleness is in my touch. Mercy and compassion is in my hearing. 
• As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he; therefore, all of my thoughts are positive. I do not allow the devil to use my spirit as a garbage dump by meditating on negative things that he offers me. 
• I cast out devils and demons; nothing deadly can hurt me. 
• I never bind a sister or brother with the words of my mouth. 
• I am always a positive encouragement. I edify and build up; I never tear down or destroy. 
• I don’t speak negative things. 
• I use my time wisely. All of my prayer, study and training time is wisely spent. 
• I walk in the spirit all of the time.
* Adapted from the Joyce Meyer list of confessions

I don't believe in allowing my mind to wander but I believe in being responsible for my thought life. This is my last week to fill my mind with good and Godly thoughts so that when I'm out there running 26.2 miles I can reap the fruits of my mind training.

QUESTION: How do you train your mind for difficult tasks? What is your to go Confession?

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