I have had a busy week and how grateful I am just for that ~ the ability to be busy. With these knees it is soo hard sometimes to have a busy day with many things that need to be accomplished, and no idea just how far I might get before these knees just can’t do anymore. I have been keeping a list of thanks on my sidebar this month and it has turned into a real blessing in and of itself. To set your mind on the good things, the positive thing, the things of God is a Biblical principle that we can count on. These verses in Philippians have just always been my very favorite.
Phil 4:8 – 9 Finally, brethren whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, meditate on these things.
And here comes the promise
The things which you have leaned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
So much of the Christian walk comes down to the mind. Romans 12:2 speaks of the essential place of being transformed by the renewing of your mind, and 2 Corinthians 10:5 speaks of the importance of casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. What we “choose” to meditate on matters very much. What Paul describes here in these verses is a very practical way to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Paul had the integrity to present himself as an example of all of these things to the Philippians. He really could say, “follow me as I follow Jesus.” If the Philippians did as Paul had instructed, not only would they have had the peace of God, but the God of peace would have also been with them. It is of course very true for us as well. I have honestly found that when I find myself getting down or overwhelmed or feeling like I just can’t make it, I need only to fix my mind on and meditate on God and His many, many blessings, and my spirits are lifted and His peace will wash over my heart and spirit. There are just some things that are true, or are Biblical principles that just can’t be gotten away from NO MATTER WHAT and this is one of them. I don’t know about you but I praise God for this. My emotions can be all over the place, but by meditating on God and His peace, and His goodness, and His mercy and His grace, and His many different blessings as well, my mind can be renewed bringing with it His peace which transcends all understanding. Just doesn’t get any better.
Next week is of course Thanksgiving and it really has always been my favorite holiday. And not just because I love the gathering of family and friends over a very yummy meal, (which I certainly do of course!) but because it does cause me to focus on the goodness of God and the many things He has blessed me with over the year. It makes my heart fill with His joy, and His peace, and makes what I tell my grandchildren every chance I get so very true…”A thankful heart IS a happy heart.”
Today, Friday Nov. 19th is my grand niece’s very first birthday. What a joy and delight she is to all of us, but especially to her parents and my sister Diane and her husband. We will help celebrate her birthday on Sunday and how I am looking forward to that. Happy birthday sweet Miss Priscilla Jane and may the Lord bless you, and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you, now and always…
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Count your blessings instead of your crosses; Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean; Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. Count your health instead of your wealth; Count on God instead of yourself..