I would like to start off with my special thanks to everyone for prayers and reaching out to see if I was okay, since I had not blogged in a while. Blogging was on my mind but my thoughts were no one would miss my blogs, or me. I was highly mistaken! After receiving phone calls, messages and last night’s encouragement from sisters in Jamaica, I promised to publish a blog this evening.
Even while writing this blog, one of my spiritual mothers called to check on me and the family, and also stated that she had not seen a blog in a while.
In the past three weeks, I had medical appointments in addition to going and back and forth, twice a week, to physical therapy because my spine is not in great condition. I was also dealing with specific secular issues that drained me mentally and contributed to daily migraines.
On last Sunday, my husband, Felton, preached a sermon titled ‘Mind Your Store House’ talking about the mind condition of Christians. He segued into his sermon speaking about the wonders of computers and how they have changed the world.
Our computers in a vulnerable state could allow hackers to take control our our system for their evil deeds. How do hackers take control of our computers? We open suspicious e-mails, non-encrypted attachments from unknown sources, download files from the web, and insert jump drives given to us.
Also, we neglect installing anti-virus software and updates which could prevent the malfunction of our computers. In like manner, we sometimes neglect our mind by not downloading and installing spiritual anti-virus software with all the updates written in the Bible.
I am adding a personal twist from my husband’s sermon to make the blog relatable to the condition of my spine, which is very important to my overall health, just as the mind is very important to the overall condition of our relationship with GOD and the health of our soul.
From a physical perspective, there are different options such as medication, injections, surgery, medical devices and physical therapy for temporary relief and to assist with improving the body mechanics.
From a spiritual perspective, biblical truth is the only option to care for the mind of the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Weak minded Christians could possibly be hacked in the course of experiencing physical pain. Hence, the importance of biblical knowledge, wisdom, understanding and obedience.
In addition to my spine injuries, I have developed arthritis and bone spurs in my back. Sometimes, the pain was excruciating that a cane was required to take baby steps. However, I maintained spiritual thoughts to continue building a beautiful soul.
Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our heart [mind] above all else. When we allow garbage in it will reflect outwardly in our words, thoughts and behavior causing painful consequences from betraying GOD.
Some people will do anything in an attempt to steal our identity, money, and information stored on our computers. Thank God for my husband keeping our computers’ software and anti-virus software updated. Several times I clicked on what appeared to be reputable links, but instead, our anti-virus software immediately intercepted the hackers attempts to access my computer. Let us be more thankful to God for giving us biblical instructions to keep our minds from being hacked by the devil’s intruders.
We must be mindful of how we program computers and where we allow our fingers to take us online. If we put garbage in our computers we will get garbage out such as viruses. We must definitely be careful where we allow the world to take our mind, and what we choose to retain–their words or the Word of God.
Mind your mind at all cost!
“Do not give hackers an open door to your mind.” — Tangie Woods
“A mind is a terrible thing to waste especially when it’s used for dumping waste!” — Felton Woods