Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Philippians 4:4-9 (the message)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:4-9 (nasb)
Today, in going to my quiet time, I had an interesting experience. Frankly, my life is anything but quiet right now. Even as we speak my two little girls are squealing with all the fun that “after bathtime” brings – right outside my office door. Even inside my own head there is plenty of noise, from my ongoing “Don’t forget this” and “I’ve got to remember that” to all the major life events that are going on for our family in the next few months that I, as the mom, seem to be in charge of preparing everyone for. There is no quiet here right now. Or frankly ever.
And I think that’s what keeps happening to me. I keep trying to gain quiet. I started my prayer asking for God to calm my mind and quiet my heart so that I could truly listen. And I thought, heck, if I wait for that to listen to God, I’ll never get started. (I’m not saying that God can’t calm my mind and heart because I have experienced that many times. I’m just saying I can’t keep using that as an excuse to not listen.)
Where I am right now is stressed and in the midst of total chaos. I’m running around a bit like a chicken with my head cut off, due to me being sick last week and the kiddos being sick all weekend. It’s always something though, right? So, instead I begged God to come meet me where I am right this very moment. To come find me in my chaos and help me keep afloat.
In reading today’s little lesson from Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be, it’s funny how these little “coinkidinks” happen. Here in the prayer section, it says,
Today I choose, by faith, not to be anxious about anything. Instead, I’m presenting it all to you and trusting you to work all things together for my good. . . Holy Spirit, teach me how to recognize and remain in the peace of God, even when my circumstances are anything but peaceful.
Here are few other quotes that jumped out at me:
Capable women don’t complain. They take action to change the situation or have enough faith to accept the things they cannot change.
Of course, the Bible said it first: “A joyful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:33(esv)”
As I’ve been focusing on my mouth a lot lately, I’ve started to realize how my words are affecting others. and also how my mouth affects my own thoughts and mind. I know it’s new age-y to push the “speak it into being” philosophy, but I do believe that words have true power. I’m coming grips with how that power defines us, and how it also seems to travel down generations (my mother’s words to me and mine to my children). This takes that concept just a bit further, in that it’s not just our words that have power, but our thoughts themselves.
A huge step in the journey to becoming the women God wants us to be –capable, dignified, virtuous, women, is learning to discipline our minds to focus on what’s right rather than what’s wrong. . . . reprogramming our mind with the truth of God’s word. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:1)