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Don't Scratch That Itch! How to Stop Ruminating

Hold back from problematic thinking to let it pass.

"Everyone gets thoughts stuck in their minds, sometimes. You tell yourself to think of something else… anything else… but, like that rash you try to ignore, you just can’t help but scratch it – which, of course, just makes you itch more. When it’s a song, it’s just an annoying earworm. But when you keep replaying hurtful comments, embarrassing situations, or failures, it’s damaging."

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/making-change/201606/dont-scratch-itch-how-stop-ruminating
 

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"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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Sometimes a very simple metaphor  can bring new perspective to a problem.

RecognizeObserve thought: By watching yourself ruminate, you are getting some perspective. This gives you a chance to respond to this pattern rather than just be caught up in it. 
ReframeEvaluate thought: If you think you need to make a change, then use this awareness to work through the issue
Replace: 1-2 punch: Remind yourself that all the time spent ruminating just means that you are just caught in a loop, and then seek out a distraction. Regain control over your helpless feelings with Christ Driven Behavior that honors God! When you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we gain new benefits, values, motivation and purpose.  Replace your old thinking and  behavior with Direct Christ Driven thinking and behavior. Always ask: Will my behavior honor God? What would Christ do? This is the new direct healthy behavior! Direct healthy assertive behavior is the best way to regain control over adversity.

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"I am a Grateful Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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