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Fix My Thoughts

Father, it has surely been a busy day – busy at home this morning and then busy at work from mid-afternoon through the evening. Thank you for being in my thoughts. Thank you for being by my side through it all. May I continue to strive each day to live a life that is pleasing in Your eyes. Amen

Philippians 4:8-9 (<<click here)

Lord, how appropriate this passage is today. Our world is so full of distractions. Sometimes they are innocent enough, but they take time that is designated for other more important things (Facebook!) Sometimes they play on our weaknesses and lure us into things that are detrimental to our relationship with You. Sometimes these things are subtle, a harmless show – then a commercial pops up and that seed is planted in our mind. Sometimes our own minds truck down the path of destruction. A brief thought pricks our mind and we dwell on it, we mull it over…and look at it…examining it from different angles. You send warning flares up and we turn our backs. Before you know it we are up to our necks in trouble. So how do we avoid this oft repeated scenario? We’re “fixing our thoughts” in the wrong direction.

Through Paul, You tell us in the passage to “fix our thoughts on what is true…admirable.” We are to “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” What goes in is what’s going to come out. We can’t expect to put garbage in and to get purity out. A nice clean glass of pure water can be ruined with just a pinch of dirt. Help us not to soil our hearts.

Then also we are called to “fix our thoughts on” good stuff but if we don’t put it into action how are we the better for it? Just as sin can flutter thru our mind and if we reject it and don’t act upon it – we’re good. But if we play with it and act on it – we get hurt.

Just as sin impacts us this way Paul’s list can impact us, as well – or not. Good can flutter thru our mind and if we reject it and don’t act upon it – we either hurt ourselves or others by not running with what positive and encouraging things could have come out of our actions.

It is much more, “it” being our fellowship with You and the outcome of that relationship, it is much more than good thoughts. Action is a requirement. Long-term impact in our lives and in the lives of others depends on us acting on Your guidance and direction, as a result of filling our hearts and minds with what “is true and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” When we “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” and put those things into practice” then that’s when You, Lord, “the God of peace will be with [us].” And again it’s a “peace that passes understanding.” Thank You, Lord, for Your love and patience as we learn to follow You.

June 3rd, 2015, Wed, 7:11 am

Hot and Cold

Oh my goodness, Father, this is a rough morning! I just can’t seem to get going.  Enable me to listen to what I need to hear today. I am worn and weary but Your word is alive and vibrant. Stir my heart!

James 1:5-8 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read through this passage I truly believe that faith is not so much the issue for me as are the distractions around me. My faith does not waver but my mind seems to. My heart tells me and I am a firm believer in the absolute fact that You can do absolutely anything “…nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Sin is anything that keeps me from You. When I am trying to interact with You and everything else pops in my brain and keeps me from listening and focusing… I’m not sure that’s sin – unless it becomes a habit and I start avoiding time with You.

Today’s Puritan prayer is mine as well, “Show me what sins hide thee from me and eclipse that love…” I know our relationship has a variable that is up and down, hot and cold, alert and half awake… and it’s definitely not You. It’s me! Many times I am in sync but often, I am out of step. I am determined to not give up! Our relationship is of the utmost importance to me! Help me, Lord, through rough patches. Help me to forge my way through…even when I am the problem.

August 4th, Thurs, 7:44 am

Fix My Eyes

Father, thank You for the many blessings You have bestowed upon me. I am grateful for family and friends, for the freedoms I have, for the faith that sustains me through all the ups and downs of life. Thank You, for the work You have done in my life…

Hebrews 12:2 (<<click here)

The only way we can “run…the race that is set before us…” v.1 is by “fixing our eyes” as the NASB* puts it. When we “keep our eyes” on You, Lord, when we “fix our eyes on” You, that is when we succeed in our Christian walk.

Thinking on this reminds me of a character from Disney/Pixar’s movie “Up”. His name is Dug, a golden retriever who can talk.  He is lovable but easily distracted. In any conversation, even in mid-sentence, his attention can be distracted and he will call out “Squirrel!”

Lord, I am just too easily distracted. It’s one thing if it happens in our time together each morning but it is another thing all together when I’m trying to run the race. Distractions can be disastrous! I can end up where I never intended, off the straight and narrow and stuck in the mire of a debilitating situation.

I cannot count the number of times that I have been steadily, faithfully following You and a little distraction slows me down enough that sin then trips me up. It sure wasn’t my initial intent but it can be where I end up.

Help me, Lord, to fix my eyes on You. It’s the only way for me to “run with endurance the race God has set before” me.

May 31st, Tues, 6:24 am

*New American Standard Bible

Fix My Thoughts

 

I’m sorry it’s taken me a bit to get to this point this morning. Sometimes doing other things interjects random thoughts in my mind as I go through our time together, Father. Help me to focus on You and to glean from our time together what You need me to know.

Philippians 4:8-9 (<<click here)

Lord, how appropriate this passage is today. Our world is so full of distractions. Sometimes they are innocent enough, but they take time that is designated for other more important things (Facebook!) Sometimes they play on our weaknesses and lure us into things that are detrimental to our relationship with You. Sometimes these things are subtle, a harmless show – then a commercial pops up and that seed is planted in our mind. Sometimes our own minds truck down the path of destruction. A brief thought pricks our mind and we dwell on it, we mull it over…and look at it…examining it from different angles. You send warning flares up and we turn our backs. Before you know it we are up to our necks in trouble. So how do we avoid this oft repeated scenario? We’re “fixing our thoughts” in the wrong direction.

Through Paul You tell us in the passage to “fix our thoughts on what is true…admirable.” We are to “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” What goes in is what’s going to come out. We can’t expect to put garbage in and to get purity out. A nice clean glass of pure water can be ruined with just a pinch of dirt. Help us not to soil our hearts.

Then also we are called to “fix our thoughts on” good stuff but if we don’t put it in to action how are we the better for it? Just as sin can flutter thru our mind and if we reject it and don’t act upon it – we’re good. But if we play with it and act on it – we get hurt.

Just as sin impacts us this way Paul’s list can impact us, as well – or not. Good can flutter thru our mind and if we reject it and don’t act upon it – we either hurt ourselves or others by not running with what positive and encouraging things could have come out of our actions.

It is much more, it being our fellowship with You and the outcome of that relationship, it is much more than good thoughts. Action is a requirement. Long term impact in our lives and in the lives of others depends on us acting on Your guidance and direction, as a result of filling our hearts and minds with what “is true and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” When we “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” and put those things “into practice” then that’s when You, Lord, “the God of peace will be with [us].” And again it’s a “peace that passes understanding.” Thank You, Lord for Your love and patience as we learn to follow You.

June 3rd, Wed, 7:11 am