Thursday, December 27, 2012

Random Thoughts from the Frazzled Mind of Hannah Peterman

Okay, so ya'll know how I've been talking about "fighting the battle" of our minds??? Or have I just been thinking about it? Oh well, I forget if I actually put my thoughts into writing, but here's a little bit to add. I know preparation is necessary for a lot of things. For example, suppose I wanted to run a marathon. (actually, I do before I'm 20, but I'm waiting till February for a treadmill before I think about it too seriously.) I work out now, but I most DEFINITELY wouldn't try it now. I can probably run three to four miles now, and it would be ludicrous for me to just decide I was going to run one tomorrow. Running a marathon requires hours of training and preparation... at least, if I want to do it without falling over dead on mile 10! 

Same thing goes for a chemistry test... I HAVE to prepare for it. If I were to read the chapter and then just take the test without studying and memorizing and applying the concepts, I would be setting myself up for failure. While I apply this to the tangible things in life decently well, (although I definitely procrastinate) so often I forget that taking my thoughts captive (which for me means FIGHTING really, really hard) requires preparation. Before I get into the position where I have to make tough choices, before I get into a situation when my feelings are about to control my decisions, even when they contradict what I KNOW is true, I have to be prepared!

What does being prepared look like? Well, I'm ashamed to say it, but I'm not exactly sure. I know I need to be in God's Word diligently, and I KNOW I need to walk with Him, but I have trouble applying my inconcrete thoughts to life. Thoughts, anyone?


  1. Thoughts... PRAY!!! It will never work if you try it only on your own strength! Also, think about decisions before you have to make them, even situations you think might never happen, and decide what would be the right and wise thing to do. That way you've decided BEFORE you're in the thick of things with all those crazy emotions ;). Also, don't be afraid to ask for advice from other people too. I know I'm ready to help you if you need it!

  2. Prepared doesn't mean perfect. Being prepared for spiritual battle involves having God on your side. Same as Savanna; we can't do it on our own. Also, identify where you began to struggle in certain situations and decide what you can do differently. You are probably going to have to change some things before you have to make tough choices. If you don't change anything, you will continue in the same cycle over and over.
    We love you and are always ready to pray for you!