By Kellie Tipton

While shopping with a friend we came across a t-shirt that said "Overthinking will ruin you" and we had a good laugh and agreed it was perfect for one of my daughters.  

You see my daughter is a detail person and can sometimes overthink on things so it was a perfect way to make light of something I was seeing as a possible stress point in her life.

As a mom I feel it is important to help my children see the positive and negative aspects in their personality.  This is how we can help them laugh at themselves and make any possible adjustments.  In most cases we have been there and done that and bought the t-shirt!

There are times that I find myself laying out scenarios of what can happen and how I will handle it or I get overwhelmed and shut down. It can literally take me captive for a time. Sometimes I can brush it off but on other occasions it can take much longer.

What always gets me is that I know there is a spiritual battle going on all the time and yet I can fall into it without notice.  Once I recognize what is going on and pray I can feel all the confusion and doubt melt away.

It is in those moments that I am so aware of the difference between my voice, the enemies and God's. His is always gentle but firm with no strings attached. The enemy is filled with confusion and conflict. Immediately I have hope and a knowing that it will all work out

In looking at Ephesians 6:10-17, as it begins with the process of putting on our armor, it starts with the belt of truth. 

Truth defeats any confusion, doubt or fear.  This is always the starting point in taking captive our thoughts!  Then we are equipped with righteousness, peace, faith, salvation and the word of God. 

Remembering to put on our spiritual armor is so important in how effective we will be in our time here on earth.

Are there times when you are an over-thinker? 

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17