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When Thoughts Run Amok

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Sitting on the floor with my 2-year-old son, I was supposed to be playing the color game.  

Red square, blue circle, green triangle—it was all blurring together. I wasn't really there in the moment with him, and he could tell. 

We have to tackle our fears, and our God is the strongest and, frankly, only defense. We just need to put Him on the field. 

I was lost in my thoughts, thoughts of fear, of pain, of helplessness, of impossibility, of the upcoming labor for our second child. At 36 weeks pregnant, the dreaded pains of labor are often not far from your mind. 


My son tries to draw me back to the game at hand. I was clearly not the attentive mother he was used to. But there I was indulging in these thoughts, thoughts that weren't positive, thoughts that were almost paralyzing. They were very much a "woe-is-me" mentality, but I was making no effort to stop them at all. In fact, I was telling myself that it's natural and logical for a mom to fear these things, to dwell on these things. 

So, I continued sitting there in fear until I was getting to the point of tears. My husband asked me what was wrong, and I said I was scared. I told him why.  

He tried to soothe me. "You'll be fine. There's nothing to fear. God will see you through." I wasn't having it. I had a right to be scared, and I was going to sit in my fear no matter what.  

As I wallowed in this destructive cycle I truly started to believe I wasn't going to be able to do this for a second time. All the classes and preparation I had been doing to make for smooth labor were suddenly for naught, because I Could. Not. Do. It.  

Finally, my husband used some tough love, which I sometimes need.

"Get control of your thoughts!" he told me firmly. He said dwelling on this, letting your mind imagine the worst, is not what you're supposed to be doing right now.  

My immediate response was, well that's not helpful. But after some thought, I realized he was exactly right. I was lost in myself, focused on only myself and my woes, feeling incredibly defeated. 

Why did I want to stay in that state of mind? Why would I want to fight to feel helpless? 

Sometimes we let negative thoughts get the best of us instead of letting the best of us—Christ in us—quell the negativity our brains often perpetuate. 

So, I said a prayer. 

That was the start of my turn around. After, I dove into the Bible and read every Scripture I could about fear and thoughts. 

I started with 2 Corinthians 10:5, where we are told to bring every thought into captivity. Our thoughts shape how we feel and how we behave. But on our own, our thoughts can take over all sound logic. How do we do this? How do we capture these negative thoughts and get past it? 

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). 

We have to tackle our fears, and our God is the strongest and, frankly, only defense. We just need to put Him on the field. 

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous hand" (Isaiah 41:10). 

The best in us, as I said, is Christ, through God's Holy Spirit. We have to use it. It is the greatest weapon in our arsenal against bad thoughts, against sin in general.  

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). 

My brain was telling me I couldn't do it. I couldn't handle the pain of labor a second time. And, really, left to my thoughts apart from God, I wouldn't be able to do it.

But God, He can handle my pain. He can carry that burden. He can strengthen me when on my own I am weak, if I count on Him, if I turn to Him. 

He can do the same for all of us.  

So, as we go about our day, our week, month and year, we can take great solace in that we are God's, and God will lift us up. He will rescue us. He is with us wherever we go (Isaiah 43:1; 1 Peter 5:6-7; Isaiah 35:4; Deuteronomy 31:6). 

We just need to let Him. 


  • J G

    When thoughts run amok, we are experiencing evil in our lives. Why is that?
    For one thing, God allows Satan's evil fruits in this present evil world. For another, God created the tree of knowledge of good and evil for a purpose. All Bible examples of good/evil have been written for "..our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." 1 Cor 10:11
    We are to learn to hate evil, but evil exists where we least expect it:
    "I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me." Romans 7:21
    "Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?" James 4:5
    No wonder Jesus (yes, even in us) says: "..Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matt 6:34
    It was suggested: "The best in us, as I said, is Christ, through God’s Holy Spirit. We have to use it." But we can't use it!
    The Father in us is actually the key: "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." John 17:21
    We don't "let Him," but The Father gives His Spirit/fruits and uses His workmanship!
    "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil.." Pr 8:13

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