having hope

Having Hope: It’s Possible For Everyone

Hope. It’s one of my favorite things to think about.

EVERYONE needs it. It’s the reason to get out of the bed in the morning. To have hope for growth, for change, for a great day – it’s what gives us a pep in our step!

Hope originated from Jesus. When you follow Jesus, you have hope for eternal life.

You can give hope to other people through complimenting them, encouraging them and, even better, believing in them.

I am reading “Switch on Your Brain” by Dr. Caroline Leaf. It has been an eye-opener.

She gives people hope by comparing scripture and science of the brain and builds an amazing case proving that they align.

Just knowing that the brain is neuroplastic and knowing that it can change and regrow should give you hope! You can literally change who you are simply by changing what you think about.

You can apply neuroplasticity in either direction: you can think about the traumatic, poor events in your life, which will strengthen the circuit, making it worse and more debilitating. OR you can use the neuroplasticity to your advantage by applying it in the correct direction and rewiring events with the positive thinking of Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” 

The keyword here: THINK. When you THINK about these things over and over, it rewires the brain and strengthens the GOOD circuit in your brain. This brings the good thoughts into consciousness where it becomes plastic enough to actually be changed.

In practicing this daily, the person wires the healthy new thoughts ever more deeply in the mind.

Make it a point this week: when you find your brain drifting, capture your thoughts and think about the good, honorable, noble, pure and lovely things and watch your brain change and regrow!

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