Make Up Your Mind Study Guide

I can’t do this. She doesn’t like me. No one cares. It all seems hopeless. The wilderness of our minds and life experiences can rob us of peace, hope and joy. We have been conditioned by a broken world to think thoughts that are self-defeating. Overwhelmed by so many negative thoughts, it can be difficult to know how to think differently. Transformation occurs when we align our thoughts with God’s thoughts by tapping into the power of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and the mind of Christ. You are invited on a road trip to discover biblical keys and learn to navigate the ten negative mindsets with our roadmap, God’s Word. With God’s help, you can:

• Understand how your belief system has been formed and the impact on your emotions and behaviors.

• Reset your mindset using biblical principles.

• Overcome the head game that leaves you feeling defeated.

In this 12-week small group study guide, a companion to the award-winning book, Make Up Your Mind, Denise Pass guides you through a weekly five-day study, examining how negative mindsets operate in Scripture and how you can be set free from them. Leaders can use the provided guides and links to videos for small groups. In her Counselor’s Corner, Michelle Nietert guides you through weekly Scripture meditations, helping shape your mindset to move toward the lasting calm you crave. 

By Denise Pass & Michelle Nietert

Make Up Your Mind


Every day we fight battle after battle in our mind—many times unaware of the real fight at hand and wind up defeated, as if we cannot win the battle of our own mind. It’s our own mind, but we can struggle to make it up. Negative mindsets limit our existence by keeping us bound in habits and attitudes unless we know how to break free of them. Our mindsets matter. Sadly, when people operate their lives caving to unhealthy mindsets, they live defeated lives lacking joy and peace stemming from negative thought patterns.

About the Author

Denise Pass

Denise Pass holds an MA in Biblical Exposition and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Exposition at Liberty University. The author of Make Up Your Mind, Shame Off You, and 31 Days to Hope Reinvented, Denise has also written songs that received radio play, including You Are Worthy, Seeing Deep EP, and songs from her album Praying For You. She has appeared in Focus on the Family, Charisma, Belief.net, ibelieve.com, The Upper Room, and other publications. Denise currently serves on the writing team for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ First 5 app and the writing team for the COMPEL blog. 

Denise is a national speaker and worship leader with her ministry, Seeing Deep Ministries, as well as the Family Ministries and Worship Arts Director at her church. Denise shares regularly to encourage women to overcome the battles of the mind with the word of God, heal shame, and find hope in God’s Word. Denise is passionate about cultivating a devotional life and stopping biblical illiteracy through her two podcasts, The Bible Tribe®, a daily Bible reading plan broadcast and podcast devotion with a published journal that studies the original biblical language, applying it to today’s context, and the weekly Seeing Deep podcast. Denise and her husband live near Fredericksburg, VA. A homeschool mom of her 5 children for 23 years, 4 recently graduated from college, and their youngest adoptive son is a senior in high school.

About the Author

Michelle Nietert

Michelle Nietert, M.A., as a previous minister to women, licensed professional counselor, and Christian Life Coach of over two decades, Michelle has been passionately inspiring women for over 25 years. She relates well to audiences of various ages as she juggles running a large counseling center in the DFW area, writing, hosting the Raising Mentally Healthy Kids podcast and speaking. Her energetic presentations are interactive, biblical and relevant to everyday life. 

In demand topics include Boundaries for Women, Six Biblical Approaches to a Mentally Healthy Woman, Five Ways to Live Loved, and Make Up Your Mind: Fighting the Lies that Keep You Stuck. As a long term marriage counselor, Michelle comfortably addresses topics regarding conflict, healthy communication and sexual issues for women. Holiday and tea party topics include Unwrapping the Gift of Hope and Creating a Loved Legacy. Women need to know they are loved by a God that is for them! Believing it is easier to train a girl than repair a woman, Michelle is the coauthor of an award-winning, best-selling book with Proverbs 31 writer and speaker Lynn Cowell titled Loved and Cherished:100 Devotions for Girls. She has been married to her husband Drew for almost two decades and joins her audiences in the parenting trenches raising two school aged children.

Other Books

Shame Off You

In a transparently honest style, Pass shares of her experience dealing with shame after learning that her former husband was a sexual offender. Having lived through the aftermath, she leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself that God is bigger than your pain, shame, mistakes, and limitations.

Hope Reinvented

Hope. An anchor for the soul, yet often hooked on temporal things. Continually on a quest for this yearning within us, our souls hunger for the moment our hopes are realized.  Explore the hope God has for you in this 31-Day devotional and find a new Hope Reinvented. God sees you and He has a hope for you that never fails.

Love and Cherished

So often, girls and women give in to the lies that how they look and how popular they are determines their worth. But as children of God, we can have the confidence that we are loved, protected, secure, whole, and valuable because God is our heavenly father.


Be careful how you think;

your life is shaped by your thoughts.

– Proverbs 4:23 (GNT)

Make Up Your Mind

Denise Pass & Michelle Nietert

In Make Up Your Mind, the reader will learn about the root behind common mental battles, focus in on ten key negative mindsets and learn how to overcome them as we adopt the mind of Christ. Each chapter includes a devotional application section and a “From the Couch” section featuring licensed counselor Michelle Nietert.

Readers of Make Up Your Mind will:

  • Solve the subconscious pain that shackles your soul.
  • Resolve to renew your mind and release common mindset struggles.
  • Dissolve discouragement and discover delight again.
  • Absolve ourselves from thoughts absorbed in self.

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