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Focus On What Is Excellent And Praiseworthy

Peace, encourageSow & Gather - Tamera B.Comment
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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. Philippians 4:8 NIV

Does your mind wander?  Do your thoughts cause you anxiety, worry, irritation or even pain?  Is your mind in a state of confusion or absorbed with the circumstances of life?   

Often, I let my thoughts get carried away and I have to stop and force myself to think on Jesus.  I begin to think on the command in Philippians 4:8 and ponder what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and praiseworthy.  Okay, Lord!  Your precious words from the Bible are true and King Jesus on His throne is noble.  The laws given to us in your word and through men are right.   A precious newborn baby is pure and the first colorful flower of spring is lovely.  A preacher teaching your words and actions is admirable and the love between husband and wife is excellent

I have to pause in my day and take my thoughts captive. For a time my mind will be at rest. When I pause and "think about such things," God is training my mind to look for His beauty in the world and in my mind. 

Finally, I praise the Lord!  Let every breath I have praise God for He is praiseworthy.

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Dig Deeper |

2 Corinthians 10:5; Colossians 3:2

Action Item |

What is your focus?  What thoughts consume you or cause anxiety, worry, irritation or pain?  Ask God to show you the steps you can take to focus your mind on Him and His ways.

Prayer |

Jesus, I must confess my mind is always spinning and not focused on you and your ways.  Help me to train my thoughts to contemplate what is good and worthy.  Keep me in your Word as that helps control my thoughts. Thank you for your help.  Amen.

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Be Still Before The Lord

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Be still and know that I am God . . . . Psalm 46:10 NIV

When something is troubling me or I am worried or anxious, I can’t sit still.  I need to pace back and forth or start cleaning out a closet or drawer.  I just need to DO something, anything.  I wonder if instead of pacing and moving around if I could just sit and be still for a moment? 

What if the feeling of restlessness is actually God calling me to spend time with Him?  Just to stop for a moment in the midst of all the noise and activity so that I could hear the whisper of God telling my soul, “be still and know that I am God.”  Not simply to think, wonder, or wish, but to KNOW:  God is God, and He is in control!

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The definition of know is “to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty; to have established or fixed in the mind or memory.”  Is God’s word so fixed in my mind that I know it to be truth?  If it is, what does His word say to do when I am anxious?  1 Peter 5:7 says “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”  God knew that you and I would have anxious times, and He tells us what we can do. 

But HOW do we do it?  What does that mean “cast all your anxiety on Him?”  He is not physically here.  It means to bring our burdens, cares, and concerns to Jesus in prayer.  Talk to Him about it, tell Him what’s on our heart, what’s bothering you…and then, LEAVE it with Him.  Every time you start to worry or get anxious, go straight to Jesus and talk to Him again. 

The second part of 1 Peter 5:7 says “for He cares for you.”  That means that Jesus literally cares about your concerns.  He WANTS us to come to Him so that He can quiet us in our soul.  He tells us “I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28.  It is when we are still and spending time with Jesus that we find His joy and peace.  Once we have been with Him in prayer and in His word, even though the situation that caused us to be anxious hasn’t changed, the way we look at it will. 

Dig Deeper |

Read Psalm 37:7, Psalm 62:5, Psalm 91:1-16, Exodus 14:14, Isaiah 32:17, and Isaiah 41:10-13 for more encouragement.

Action Item |

Ask the Lord to help you identify what is causing your anxiety and give it to the Lord in prayer. 

Prayer |

Lord, when I am worried or anxious guide me to rest in You.  Help me to draw so close to You that I can hear you whisper;  “Be still my child and know that I am God.”  Let me know Your peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

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Welcome To Sow & Gather - Time for Transition

Peace, Philippians, MatthewSow & Gather - Tamera B.2 Comments
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Change makes me anxious. What will happen next? Will the change be good? Why is there so much to do? Change is good! That's what I tell myself.

Does August really mean the end of Summer? (Hard to believe as it is 105 degrees outside as I write this post). August always signals change for me. Even when I was out of school and had no kids I still bought school supplies. There's just something about a new notebook, multi-colored pens and the waxy smell of a fresh box of crayons to smooth out any rough edges of transition.

Even if you don't have kiddos heading back to school, you'll wake up one morning and wonder why the school zone lights are blinking and your commute increased fifteen minutes.  You might even start to experience a little frustration or anxiety - because of the change.

Join us at Sow & Gather for the next few weeks for encouragement, stillness and contentment as we all begin the transition to a new season in our lives. Your first dose starts below.

I’ll Get There When I Get There

I am not saying this because I am in need; I have learned to be content in all circumstances. Philippians 4:10 NIV

If the plane doesn’t take off in forty minutes I miss my speaking presentation – the one for a high-profile, national organization. Yeah, that one. God is teaching me about waiting. I know God is good and sovereign and in control.  It's the stress on me and the stress on the folks planning the conference.  “Lord, I pray for their peace, too.”  Waiting is hard on all of us.

I feel like my whole life has been about waiting. When will I be tall enough to ride the ride? When can I drive? When can I date? When can I get married? When will I get to this point or that point in my career? Always waiting for the next thing to happen.

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Every time I need to be on time and I'm running late, I tell myself, "I will get there when I get there." You know what? I need to apply that phrase to my whole life.  "I'll get there when I get there."  The world calls that "living in the moment."

It goes back to the Apostle Paul being content in all situations. Jesus taking time to stop when the woman touched his garment. It's realizing we need to just breathe. That's hard for me. God does not want us to be stagnant. He wants us to experience growth in all areas of our lives. For me it's finding the balance between constantly pressing forward to the next great thing and being still enough in my soul and mind to hear God's voice as He directs my footsteps.

At last, the plane is taking off. I trust "I will get there, when I get there."

Dig Deeper |

Matthew 9: 20-22; Philippians 4:10-13

Action Item |

Take a moment just to breathe deep and relax.  Ask God to identify an area of your life where you need to be content and enjoy the moment.  Or, maybe God has called you to action and you're scared to take the next step.

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to slow down and hear your voice. I know you want a conversation with me. Make me aware of your creation and allow me to soak it all in.  Help me to take a deep breath and have every confidence that I will get there when I get there.

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