Hello From Janine

Musings from the desk of our CEO

The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives.” 

Louise Hay

What we choose to think about, and how we choose to speak and behave, in turn affects how we see life and relationships and the world outside of our own minds and hearts. Most people do not think mindfully. They have spoken the same negative thoughts over themselves for so long they wrongly assume they have no choice but to think and believe the way they do. The truth is we CHOOSE thoughts the same way we choose to forgive…. When we use our wills to choose to think positively, our behaviour and words will reflect that choice.

Many women who come to Destiny Haven have a lifetime of choosing based on feelings and wrong beliefs. Learning to change self-talk and choosing to embrace the truth rather than the lies that have crippled our lives is challenging but so rewardingly possible. When we choose to think based on truth rather than our unpredictable emotions, things begin to shift. We see the world and others through a truth lens, we grow in compassion and empathy and realise the world doesn’t revolve around us. We cease to be victims and begin taking ownership of our own choices rather than blaming others for our circumstance. More importantly we discover that our decisions, desires and opinions begin to actually change.

The Bible says clearly for us to actively choose what we think (Romans 12:2). Nowhere in Scripture does it mention that we should be led by our emotions. We can’t walk in freedom while accommodating our feelings. I’m not for a moment saying to deny what we feel; I am suggesting we should choose to behave and think rightly regardless of our feelings. As we act from a place of choice, our emotions shift and step into line with those right choices.

As the quote states, the thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives.