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Painting Pictures of My Future

One of my August #3in30 goals is to plan my days at least one day in advance and visualize the completion of those tasks. I don’t have much experience in purposeful visualization. But my mind visualizes many things throughout the day that certainly affect my choices. How weird that we default to fearful imaginings instead of successful ones.

In Hebrews 11:1 (NLT), we learn that “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” This to me sounds like visualization is a good thing. Noah had to “see” an ark to build it when he had never seen rain. Abraham had to “see” the big family God promised.

In Mark 10:27, Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

My mind has resisted setting goals for a while. Past failures and fear of more of it were crippling my “goal-setting get up and go”. But my mind was set on me, not on my God who is able to do infinitely more than I can ask or think (Eph. 3:20).

I want to take the next step of faith in accomplishing for God all that He has designed me to do. So, I will practice visualizing what has not happened yet, but that I believe will happen. Here’s what Tommy Newberry says about visualization on page 162 of the 4:8 Principle.

Visualization works because it relies on the human brain’s tendency to fulfill it’s most dominant thought. This is God’s perfect design.

Because the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between a real event and one that is vividly imagined, when it receives a picture of a goal as  it were already achieved, it interprets this as a fact and responds accordingly, removing mental roadblocks in the process.

In light of this understanding, the most effective way to expand your potential is to constantly expose your mind to a multisensory image of the end result you’re striving for. The images serve as commands to the brain to reproduce outwardly what was created inwardly.

See yourself doing what you would be doing if your prayer had been answered or your goal had already been accomplished. If you persist in holding the image of the life you believe God wants for you that image is much more likely to become a fact.

Does Newberry’s explanation resonate with you? Are you painting pictures of your future on the wall of your mind?

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.

3 Replies

  1. Jeanna

    This is awesome! God bless you for sharing such greatly needed inspiration.

  2. Rosella Kasper

    What an interesting concept! It’s truly amazing that God created us this way. Thanks Jennifer! It really explains why positive think works. It’s not really what we do, but once again, what God does, the way he made us. It’s exciting!

  3. I like your goal. I love using visuals to learn/explain, so the concept resonates with me 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!