Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Philippians 4:6-9, Such a Great Reminder

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God will transcend all understanding, will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally brothers, 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.  Whatever you have learned or received from me, or seen in me - put into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you."  Philippians 4: 6-9 I love this verse.  It has really helped me through stressful moments and transitions in my life.  When I was teaching, I kept this verse taped to my computer.  Whenever the days seemed to be too much, I would read over it.  I would use it as a "check list" to refocus my attention and gain perspective. Yesterday morning at Bible study, we discussed this verse.  It is so important as women (and especially mothers) that we remain focused on what is truly important.  We are currently studying, "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer.  I highly recommend it.  It is a quick read and addresses many of the strongholds we have as women, wives, and mothers.  Joyce Meyer reminds us that God never intended for our mind to be constantly overloaded.  We will not be able to hear what God is trying to reveal to us if our mind is busy and constantly thinking, over analyzing, etc. etc.  We are only a third of the way through the book but it has already been a huge eye opener. Philippians 4: 6-9 is a great part of scripture to memorize.  It really can be used as a check list.  If what is consuming your mind does not fit into this scripture then it needs to be removed from your priorities.  As mothers and wives, we have too much on our plates to also deal with things that are not true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy.  I know it seems so black and white, cut and dry but it really can and should be that way.  God does not want us to worry and fret over things we cannot control or that are not healthy for ourselves or our families. Since I think of this scripture as a check list, I thought it would be fun (and helpful) to make a printable.  Feel free to print your own copy. After clicking (click here to print), you will be sent to a Google Doc page.  From there select "file", then select "download".  The image will download to your computer and then you can print from there.
(The gray background should not print.  This is a 5X7 printable.)

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