Nancy Moser

Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty inspirational novels. Her genres include contemporary stories including John 3:16 and Time Lottery, and historical novels of real women-of-history including Just Jane (Jane Austen) and Washington's Lady (Martha Washington). Her newest historical novels are Masquerade and An Unlikely Suitor. Nancy and her husband Mark live in the Midwest. She’s earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She gives Sister Circle Seminars around the country, helping women identify their gifts as they celebrate their sisterhood. She is a fan of anything antique—humans included. Find out more at and and her historical blog:


Cleansing the Mind

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
                                                                              Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

You know it’s hot outside when you hurry from your car to the house to avoid the summer heat. It’s reminiscent of winter, when howling winds and sub-zero temperatures make “outside” a place to traverse rather than linger.

This has been one brutal summer. Weeks of 100-plus degree temps tested the mettle of humans and nature alike. Our maple trees decided they’d had enough and let their leaves change from green to red to dead in a matter of days. I don’t do summer, which should mean that I’d be smart enough to move to some state that will oblige my temperature preferences. Yet I stay in the Midwest because family is here. They’re worth the sacrifice of hot days.

But on this particular summer morning, I was suffering another kind of heat wave—a scorching of the mind. I was in the midst of a particularly difficult situation where a good resolution seemed as unlikely as snow in August. Just as I don’t do summer, I don’t do conflict. My first instinct is not to fight, but to flee, to escape within. There in my mind, heated by the conflict I didn’t want to face, doubt, fear, and confusion grew like weeds in the sun.

Just the night before I’d told my husband I’d been having strong thoughts about giving up. Giving in. Instead of just hiding from conflict and problems, I would avoid them by hiding away in some corner of my life where trials and struggles couldn’t find me. Surely such a place existed.

But as the morning light revealed the problem was still with me, I felt the need to seek God’s help. I’d already surrendered the problem to Him. That wasn’t the issue. What was the issue—what I hadn’t even realized was the issue—was my mind and my thoughts. At God’s nudging, I pulled out a book I hadn’t opened since December. When I began to read Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver, I knew it was not a coincidence that the chapter I’d opened to was “Mind Control.”

It was written for me. For during the latest crisis I'd given my usual fallback feelings free rein; weariness, doubt, and confusion were in control. And those feelings were fuel to Satan. In my weakened state, the evil one magnified each one, making me want to give up and totally withdraw from life. I’d unwittingly been a pawn in his spiritual game!

It was time to tell him Enough! and surrender not just the problem to God, but also surrender my thoughts, my emotions, and my mind to Christ Jesus. I took comfort in 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Weakness? I had bushels of that! But God could take it—all of it—and by His power make me strong again.

Through this act of surrender, I realized God was there for me and would help me feel confident, strong, capable, and worthy again. “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feel on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along” (Ps. 40:2 NLT).

And as my mind cooled from its destructive heat, outside my window the clouds opened up and the rain poured! I watched in awe as God cleansed the earth and replenished it with the moisture of His grace. His thunder was an affirmation that I too was cleansed and made new. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (51:10 NIV, emphasis mine).

And so today, as summer wanes and a new season of life begins, I urge you to take a look at whatever is bothering you, whatever is heating up your thoughts. Don’t hide, don’t wallow in self-doubt—don’t wallow in self at all. But give your mind to the Lord and hide in Him. “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:2–3).

Unfortunately, there is not a corner of our lives where we can hide from conflict and problems. Trials and struggles will find us. But the good news is God is there, waiting for us, eager to help: “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:27–28a).


Nancy Moser