MaryLou Hits the Restart Button

Week #4 — Taking every thought captive


Daily I am more amazed at how the Master Keys lessons are so closely aligned with what our church has been teaching in a series on creating successful habits for life — this week one of the key verses is II Corinthians 10:5, which includes “taking every thought captive.” Isn’t that exactly what the Master Key exercise asks of us – “to… completely destroy these negative and destructive thoughts; because they are the seed which is constantly germinating into discordant conditions of every conceivable kind and description.” Somewhere I remember reading that if something gives you pleasure, your subby works hard to keep you happy — and a light bulb went off! It has always been so satisfying to me to pay my bills each month (I’ve been a bookkeeper for years, so it’s what I’m paid to do for others) — could it be that good old subby is keeping me in debt to keep me happy?  H-m-m-m-m… I have chosen not to think about a bill payment this month – put them all on auto-pay – so there, subby!

As I have been so enjoying MasterKey Michael Barnes’ daily blogs, my first thought was to do a little blog daily myself. I am learning so much about “I” each day, and then forget what I wanted to share by the time I sit down to complete my blog at the last minute. Seems like the faster I go, the behinder I get!  So here I am again, and still haven’t gotten the “add 5 MKMMA members to Twitter daily”, or commented on the last two – or is it three – blogs from Week 3 because they weren’t up yet the one time I looked. I am really working hard at keeping the “overwhelmed” subby at bay – I refuse to let it tempt me! I just need to work harder at understanding how Twitter works, what happens when I “like” someone’s blog comment, etc.  All you young’uns make it look so easy!  I think one key is spending more time in the Alliances Area asking for help!

Does anyone else find following these blogs so interesting that time just disappears? I want to comment on each one because they are all so good — reflecting what I feel, or giving me great new ideas to expand my own thoughts. I’m looking forward to meeting five new members, but with mixed emotions; I don’t want to lose track of my current new friends, but how can I manage the time to enjoy new ones, too?

Speaking of new ones, today a new distraction was added to my life – a joyful one — my niece just presented me with my first grand-nephew to keep his year-and-a-half old big sister company. Since he is the first boy born into our extended family for 40+ years, any chance he may grown up a little spoiled?? That’s all for now – off to comment on the rest of Week 3 blogs.


Author: masterkey4MaryLou

Who am I? I have to think about that...a loner who really likes people, a "tomboy" more comfortable in jeans who enjoys dressiing up, a country girl who is fascinated by city life (for a few minutes anyway), a writer who would rather read, a homebody who looks forward to traveling (my goal next year-a river cruise in Portugal), a conservative with a liberal heart, a Bible student intrigued by the new mind other words, a simple 74-year-old full of contradictions, still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up. Also, must confess to being addicted to Coast-2-Coast radio when I can't sleep (except October, when the dark side takes over).

12 thoughts on “Week #4 — Taking every thought captive

  1. Reading your blog make me happy. There is so much love in your words. Reading the blogs of others is a new experience and is contagious . I am happy for you for a baby boy in the family. Love to you and great morning.

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    • Thank you Marian for your sweet words of encouragement — I just figured out where to find responses to my blogs, so my apologies for not replying sooner — let’s stay in touch during this fantastic journey! Blessings!


  2. First off, I wanted to say congrats on the new addition to your family!
    I find other blogs so creative and interesting and a little intimidating. I have never been one to enjoy writing and having to put my thoughts into words is hard for me. Some of the blogs I read are incredible. All the added pictures, videos, etc. I still don’t quite understand this twitter thing. I also need to spend more time in the resource and alliance departments.
    I am worried that finding the time to blog with more and more people will be difficult
    to maintain although I can’t wait to expand my circle of new friends. Peace.

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    • Hi Marsha, Thanks for the congrats — I’m going to work at getting his picture into one of these blogs. Have you figured out Twitter yet? That’s another goal to accomplish for me this week, as I’m still way behind on adding 5 a day. Let’s try to keep in touch through this journey — although we may have to manifest a 26-hour day! Blessings!


  3. I love how you related what you are learning in church to what we are learning here in master Keys. I think when we connect concepts like that, we are REALLY learning it and can implement it into our lives. Way to go!!! Congratulations on taking this challenge on. You will thrive!! AND congratulations on the first boy in 40+ years. What a fun blessing for your family!

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  4. Congratulations on the new addition to your family. Pure Love.
    I love how you connected your love of paying your bills every month with your current debt and your desire for that to change and your ACTION to make a change and have all your bills on auto-payment. Awesome!
    Thanks for mentioning MasterKey Michael Barnes! I look forward to visiting his blog too!

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  5. Thank you for this honest and beautifully written blog! I enjoyed reading it! 🙂
    It is indeed a very good idea to write some things down during the week and then put all of it together and create a blog post! Than you can really share all of the challenges and acomplishments you’ve been through.
    Funny though how you write about Twitter and all that….Bielieve it or not, I’m not that “big on that subject” either….But with a little bit of struggle and pushing some random buttoms;-) it works itself out. And we have so many nice people in the members area including all the guids and staff that can help with all the questions along the way. It is amazing!
    Anyway, looking forward to read more of your writings! Love to you!


  6. Hi Mary, I “liked” your comments, although I still don’t know what that does — just wanted you to know your encouraging words mean a lot when I feel so far out of my comfort zone! Be blessed!

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  7. MaryLou, I totally get it! With practice, what feels out of our comfort zone feels familiar…..and then we have a new comfort zone to move beyond! You are doing it!


  8. I feel much the same way about getting further and further behind. keep in mind pretty soon all of what we are learning will be second nature and we will think wow that didn’t take so long to complete. Look forward to the change because the new you is just around the next corner. Be Well Be blessed


  9. Hi MaryLou, I agree with Mary, when we step outside of that little box we have been caught up in most of our lives it does feel strange, but a good strange. Keep up the great work, you’re on your way to great rewards. 😉


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