BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF THE MIND

Renewing of the mind, renewing of the heart, renewing of the spirit! This is my PRIORITY for 2021. This week, one of the Bible verses that I was studying was in Romans, chapter 12. This verse sure packs a punch, so I thought that I would talk about what the verse means to me and how I am trying to be transformed.

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

When I think about transformations, I think about looks. I’ve seen so many “What Not To Wear” episodes that I immediately think of that as being transforming. On the show, participants are transformed by the end of the show, which I also want. I want instant results, and I struggle with the waiting process. I don’t like baby steps; instead, I want to start by running.

Let’s take dieting; for example, if I say NO to a piece of cake, I expect to have lost weight the next time I step on the scale. If I do some exercise, I expect my clothes to fit better, and the rolls around my tummy suddenly disappear. I know that is not how it works, but my mind thinks that is how it SHOULD work.

Because I spend a small, and I mean a very small, portion of my day with the Lord, I think that suffices. I did my devotional, I posted a verse on my blog, I wear my cross necklace, so I get a big checkmark for the day…right? Is this what the Lord meant when He told us to go and become Disciples?

I desire to become closer to the Lord this year, and just like diet and exercise, I need to realize that I should start with baby steps. For me, here are the baby steps that I am adding to my daily routine in the hopes that I can renew my mind and be transformed.

Baby Steps

  • Morning Devotional – Currently using the Write The Word Journal, Cultivate JOY.
  • Listen to a small online sermon.
  • Doing a 21 Day Prayer and Fasting plan on the YouVersion App.
  • Posting a Prayer and a Bible verse on my Instagram Stories (2021 goal to post on this platform every day)
  • Begin and end my day with prayer

Would I love to be able to walk or run instead of taking baby steps? Yes, but this is as far ahead as I am looking for now. I want to train my mind to talk to the Lord throughout my day, and call on Him in all circumstances. How wonderful it would be to feel His presence guiding me.

I’m praying for His strength as I struggle to find my balance. I am praying for Him to open my eyes, my heart, and my ears so that I might see Him in all things, feel Him surrounding me, and hear His encouraging words. I’m praying!!!

To God Goes The Glory!

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  1. Carla wrote:

    I have to renew my mind everyday. I love that verse. Nice to read your Sunday posts. Carla

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Isn’t it a great reminder, Carla?

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  2. Christine F wrote:

    I admire what you are doing. My faith has been challenged this year. I will try to get closer to God in 2021. Blessings Tania

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      When circumstances challenge your faith, dig deeper and cling to His word!

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  3. Abigail Stewart wrote:

    Great Sunday post and pointers to resources I didn’t know existed! Thank you and God bless x

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Abigail, I am glad that you found some new resources!

      Posted 1.10.21Reply
  4. Jane Long wrote:

    I love your blog, especially your inspirational thoughts.

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Yay!!! I love it when someone loves my Sunday posts!

      Posted 1.10.21Reply
  5. Liz wrote:

    Tania I love this! Thank you for sharing your heart with us gurls. ❤️

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      You are so welcome, Liz! Thanks for being one of the gurls!

      Posted 1.10.21Reply
  6. Kathryn wrote:

    Great post Tania! Our church starts our 21 Day Prayer and Fasting today focusing on Transformation.
    Love your Sunday posts!

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  7. Linda Charlene Suchak wrote:

    Thank you. I also am taking baby steps. My WORD for the year will be RENEW!

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  8. Chris wrote:

    Very inspirational! Helps me realize I need to do more also! Appreciate the motivation today!!!

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  9. Nancy wrote:

    Love this!

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  10. Nile wrote:

    Amen Tania! Thanks for the reminder! I really enjoy your blog…get fashion and the Word! God bless, keep up the good work!

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  11. LG wrote:

    I used to have that exact verse on a 3×5 card taped to a kitchen cabinet. I think the tape failed because it’s gone but by then it was etched into my brain. The other two quotes I have made my watchwords and I’m not quoting exactly are along the same vein. Mary Pickford said, it’s not in the falling down we fail, but in the not getting up. And William James said that we cannot change our attitude by changing our circumstances but we change our circumstances by changing our attitude. So these both tie to what Paul said. I’ve been hating on Instagram all week because one by one my family members have been picked off and accounts cancelled due to pro-conservative posts. Not saying they were supporting any sort of insurrection but rather supporting free speech, thought and preserving human life. Being pro family, anti abortion, pro marriage as described in the Scriptures apparently is unacceptable. So rather than rail against the censorship I decided I needed a huge attitude adjustment and I truly believe leaving social media is a move in the right decision. It’s not about who you follow so much as by allowing those who control social media to have a deep and pervasive influence by filtering content to support their world view. So I’m going to be missing your daily posts, and also wonder how long before you are censored as well. We live in a very troubling time and I think it’s going to rapidly get worse. We need to draw closer to the Lord and turn our face to Him, not Mark Zuckerberg’s view of how our world should be. Only God can make that transformation in our minds, so we turn to him. I will be looking at a daily devotional myself.

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  12. Linda L wrote:

    Thank you for inspiring me to listen to a sermon while I walk! Never thought of doing that! Do you have a favorite you listen to?

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      My all-time favorite is Pastor Michael Todd from Transformation Church. I started with the oldest videos and I am working my way forward. Some are so good that I go back and listen to them over again.

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  13. Linda S wrote:

    Great post Tania – those baby steps do build endurance and patience ! I hope you are kind to yourself on the days when you may fall short – we all do – but I believe Heaven knows, understands, values and rewards our best efforts ! Thanks for your example….

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
  14. Kathy H Werner wrote:

    Prayminder app

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  15. Leslie K Kozinski wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your struggles. It reminds me that we all struggle. You have inspired me to also take some baby steps this year to draw closer to Jesus. Thank you for being open and honest.

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
  16. Lynn Estrada wrote:

    Thank you Tania,
    This hit home for me, I enjoy & appreciate your blog so much.

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
  17. Penny Jo wrote:

    I love your Sunday posts – I hate to say it, but sometimes this is my only devotional. I get down and busy – no excuses – and then something like this comes along and says, “Hey you!” One of you wonderful bloggers mentioned a daily devotional book at the beginning of 2021(a century ago haha) but I lost it. So if you know of one, I would appreciate it. Thanks for all you do and to all the wonderful gurls who follow you!

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
  18. Janeen Archer wrote:

    This sounds like what I had planned for 2021. I think a lot of people are looking to get closer to the Lord after 2020. Me included.

    Posted 1.10.21Reply
  19. Judy wrote:

    I’m praying too!

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  20. Gara Doll wrote:

    Thank you for posting, I have been thinking and praying about being more intentional about sharing the gospel as well..to reach others with God’s great love. I am praying to come up higher in this area for 2021. Love your posts…

    Posted 1.11.21Reply
  21. Paige wrote:

    I’m trying to do the Write the Word Journal: Cultivate Faith
    I’m not very consistent, but it had us start with Gen. so sometimes I don’t feel like it’s very relevant, but I know that is just ME missing the point.

    Posted 1.11.21Reply
  22. Misty wrote:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I’d love to have your sister on as a guest. I am 5’3 and am more of an upside down pear. lol. I love all of your posts. You always have very helpful ideas😊

    Posted 1.11.21Reply
  23. Stephanie Van Horn Wheeler wrote:

    I love this. My husband and I are pastors and this is our theme for the year!!

    Posted 1.13.21Reply
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