Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

As of this month, Mikey B and I have been a couple for 20 years. (Yes, that’s 2-0!). We were infants when we began dating (just kidding).

If you’re not familiar with our story, here’s the brief version: We met in high school, we became best friends, when he moved away for college my junior year we realized there was something more between us, and then we started to date. Neither one of us expected to face cancer together just a few months after we became a couple.

Mikey B’s strength has carried me through more days than I can count and one phrase he coined early in our relationship has particularly brought me life: God’s going to take care of us.

This hasn’t only been a spiritual reminder, it’s brought us mental strength. Over the years as negative thoughts have gotten the best of us or we’ve worried about money, health, politics, relationships (and really, the future of the world!), we’ve used this phrase to pull ourselves back and remember we’re not in control.

When hard times come, and they will, we must learn how to take our thoughts captive. The strongest survivors I know can pause, reflect on what they’re thinking, and make a choice to think differently if it’s not good. We aren’t victims of our negative thoughts, we have the power to change them.

That’s our survival tip for the week: change our minds, change our lives.

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