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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Amazing Amygdala

"If you encounter a problem...your response to that situation will take you either up or down. You can lash out at the difficulty, resenting it and feeling sorry for yourself...tak(ing) you down into a pit of self-pity." OR "The problem can be a ladder, enabling you to climb up and see your life from My perspective." (121)
God has equipped us with a small almond-shaped "toggle switch" in our brains that enables us to experience the "perspective-lifter" or the "ladder" that helps us to "climb up" into a new more God-glorifying perspective. We can intentionally activate the switch (or climb the ladder) to gain a heightened perspective on our problems. With God's help problems can become doors of incredible opportunity. It's all about bringing His presence into every aspect of our thought life.
Making my amygdala give God glory...dmc


  1. I love the verse that accompanies this, Psalm 89:15, "Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord." The KJV says, "Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound." I like how it says, "learned to acclaim you," that implies it is a process, not an automatic change. We "know the joyful sound" by walking with Him, day by day, getting into His word so we learn His heart. And isn't it true that some of the most rewarding times of growth are also the most painful? Acclaiming Him, living a life of worship to Him, while encountering difficulty is the process by which we become like Him. God is the great oxymoron...pain brings joy! Life brings pain no matter what...I think I'd rather do life God's way, knowing even in heartbreak and disappointment there is always joy in Him. What hope we have in Him!

  2. Wow... I love that perspective! So refreshing in a world that would scream just the opposite at us!
    Thanks, Leslie....love you, mom!

  3. "Ladder"
    Isn't the Christian walk albout "seeing" everything through God's eyes... aiming to see and understand.

    We need to stay on the ladder, keep walking up!!