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Tomorrow, Tracy Wainwright is releasing a practical, empowering and inspiring book. As a member of her launch team, I’ve been given the privilege of reading A Transformed Mind in advance. Tracy is a child of God, wife, & mother first. Then come some other loves, including writing & speaking. Tracy loves connecting with others through both the spoken & written word. She also directs the Abundant Life Conference for Women, in Williamsburg, VA. She blogs at tracywainwright.com.
Tracy begins her book by outlining the importance of our thoughts and then moves on to speak of the power we are given in and through Christ to take each thought captive, bending it to the will of Christ. As Tracy reminds us (p.16): “You have the control of keeping, repeating, or erasing and replacing the influential thoughts in your mind.” I’ve been taught this truth before and have seen it alter my life dramatically in the last two years, as God has tethered me to His Truth through the most horrendous of circumstances. However, reading about it again has reinforced my need to keep practicing it on a daily basis.
Rather than just stating our need to do so and leaving us on our own, Tracy also equips us with many tools God has given us to follow Him into His Truth. She takes the reader through many biblical methods of filling our minds with the Truth. One tool she discusses is writing down lies we believe in one column and God’s Truth next to it in the other column. I did this in the throes of PTSD and it was incredibly powerful at tethering me to God’s Love and Hope. Tracy also offers free printables she has created herself with such lies next to the Truth of God’s Word and plans to keep adding to them. The other suggested tools are also incredibly practical and easy to implement.
Tracy additionally helps us to recognize the difference between “real and appropriate” feelings and “the thoughts around those feelings” (p.21 – 22), which we are enabled to change through the power of God’s Word. I found this a particularly helpful reminder to be diligent in fighting against debilitating thoughts that so easily wrap themselves around my emotions.
As Tracy reminds us, as children of God, we have been created for more than just survival until we are called Home. So, then surely (p.38): “It’s not enough to know the salvation of Christ, but the complete calling of Christ. A life of abiding. A life of adoration. A life of abundance.” Let us, therefore, join Tracy in becoming purposeful about taking our thoughts captive that are not of Christ. Let us stop the untruths that became truths for us in our sinful pasts crippling us today and let us hold the lies of the enemy that are spoken against us today at bay. Let us take all of these untruths captive and bend them to the Truth of God’s Word. And (p.49): “As we practice these truths, God will empower us to do so more and more.”