My name is Naomi Fata. I am a wife, work from home mom with three amazing children, author of Beyond Head Knowledge knowing Christ who satisfies our Hearts. I’m an ordinary person who has found victory in an extraordinary God. My passion is to help others grow to emotional and mental wholeness and healing in Christ. I am currently studying as a life coach through Light University. You can follow my journey through facebook, twitter or instagram
As the daughter of a pastor who accepted Jesus when she was four years old, Naomi Fata knew just about all she could about Christianity growing up. But as an adult she struggled to find God's presence, instead He often felt distant. In Beyond Head Knowledge, Naomi shares her story as a young woman grasping the promises of Jeremiah 29:13-14, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Life Coach Moments
Just after writing my last post I listened to a podcast with Derek Prince on ‘Hope as a Helmet’. Prince shared openly about his own struggle with depression and how God delivered him. His story deeply resonated with me as
How many of you struggle with feelings of darkness? Perhaps it is just a heavy spirit like I woke up with the other morning or it could be a heaviness that is consistently part of your life. Darkness feels like
I sat in the pew. Dressed in my Sunday best. People filled the pews around me. Familiar faces. Families who had known me for years. But what if they knew the emptiness inside? The fear that held me captive? What
The alarm goes off, rousing me from sleep. Groggily I roll over, groping for the off button. I don’t want to get up to start a new day. Instead I would rather pull the covers back up and hibernate from
I know you.
You have dreams and goals but struggle to move forward. You don’t know what is holding you back from fulfilling Gods purpose in your life.
Some days you are happy but often you have feelings of guilt and insecurity which give you the feeling of being pressed down and discouraged. You find yourself reacting to things without knowing why
You want to live for God and believe He offers hope for this life but feel overshadowed by a cloud of darkness. Many of us struggle with these things but don’t know how to change. We struggle to be that person we want to be, the person God created us to be but feel that there is a roadblock in our path.
I had always assumed that because I had accepted Christ as my personal savior when I was four and consistently read the Bible and went to church and tried to do the right thing that meant that I was practicing the Bible principle of renewing my mind. However, In my late adolescence and early twenties I sensed my mind was clouded with darkness. I struggled with insecurity, anxiety, trust, fear and felt separated from the love of God. I couldn't understand this. Why didn't I have the peace and joy the Bible talked? I knew I wasn't living in outward sin but I knew something was wrong.
As I began to read books like the Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer, Blessing and Curses by Derek Prince and Who Switched off my Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf, I became increasingly aware of my thoughts and how much they were impacting my life.
I am convinced that negative thinking could have ruined my life.
Our thinking brings on anxiety and depressions. It impacts our physical health and our relationships. What we think about ourselves in turn affects the choices we make. I personally struggled with thinking patterns rooted in false guilt and confused this with the leading of the Holy Spirit, which caused me a lot of mental anguish. Low self esteem was another battle for me, I knew what the Bible said about who I was in Christ but I didn't know how to apply it to my life.
I had heard it preached that taking care of our physical body is part of being a good steward of the temple of the Holy Spirit (which is our body)
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
In the same way I am learning to honor God with my mind and emotions, so that my inner man is a temple in which the Holy Spirit is pleased to dwell.
As Christians we have the mind of Christ
1 Corinthians 2:15-16 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
When I read those verses I think “what is the mind of Christ?” “What did Christ think about?” He thought about the will of His Father. Also He thought about what was true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and excellent (Philippians 4:8-9)
My tendency used to be that I would read these verses in Philippians and feel guilty for all the ways I was not thinking pure thoughts. I would mentally beat myself up for not being a better Christian. This was not God’s intent. His desire is for me to work with Him, through the study of His Word, through the Holy Spirit inside me and through a moment by moment choice to engage in the battle for my mind.
As a new person in Christ after salvation He wants me to work with Him to learn to choose healthy thoughts.
I used to think I was a victim of my past, because my father died when I was young and I moved so many times and so many other things I thought I had these fears and insecurities built into me that I couldn't do anything about.
Science is now discovering more and more the neuroplasticity of the brain. We can learn to change our thinking, govern our feelings and overcome our automatic reactions. This is according to the Biblical mandate to renew our minds.
Over the past 10 years I have been in passion pursuit of renewing my mind because I have seen what it has done to change my spiritual life, my thought life, my confidence in business and my ability to be a wife and mom.
Renewing your mind is not a nebulous task. It has real results and it can change your life!
I encourage you to think of it in the same way as educating yourself concerning care for your physical body. In the same way will you join me in educating and caring for your mind?
What I write on this blog stems only from what I have read and studied. Under the resources page I share some of the books that have helped me along the way. I also have a Diploma in Christian Life Coaching through Light University and am continuing to take classes.
I would love to have you join me in the fight to renew your mind.
Together we can fight the good fight of faith so that Christ is glorified in our words and thoughts and actions.
Learn with me to overcome negative thought patterns and renew your mind according to the principles of Scripture.