I'd been falling behind in my Read-Through-The-Bible-In-A-Year plan, had forsaken my exercise plan, was feeling overwhelmed by the accumulation of "stuff" in my house, and was in a general funk.
I set a few goals - including 30 minutes of walking, reading multiple Bible chapters in an attempt to catch up, and set aside daily minutes to finish a book I'd started a few weeks before.
While walking that first day, words of a Bible verse ("take every thought captive") came to me. When I got home, I looked it up and found these verses in II Corinthians 10:4-5, "For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ..."
It became clear to me that it was possible to "capture" my thoughts. To bring them under control by the "weapons" of divine power!
That very day, while laboriously reading through multiple chapters of Leviticus (where little seemed relevant), I came across yet ANOTHER verse! "You shall eat old store long kept, and you shall clear out the old to make way for the new."
Do you see how that addressed the accumulation of "stuff" in my life? It was like I was being given direct, personal orders! I have begun to "eat old store long kept" and to clear out the old to make way for the new! I'm very excited to see and experience all the new things God has in store for me!
My husband also spent mathematical minutes to calculate exactly where I was in reading the 1189 chapters in the Bible and how to divide them up to accomplish my reading goal by the end of the year.
By the grace of God, I have come to identify and recognize some strongholds in my life, have declared war on them, and am relying on the power of God to enable me to keep my wandering thoughts reined in, in obedience to Jesus Christ.