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Focus On What Is Excellent And Praiseworthy

Peace, encourageSow & Gather - Tamera B.Comment

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.


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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I Am Dressed In Mercy

ColossionsSow & Gather - Tamera B.Comment

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patienceColossions 3:12 NLT

Each morning begins with the dreaded ritual of walking into my closet.  I peruse the options hanging before me.  Which one will I wear today?  Which one will hide the things I want to hide?  Which one will be the most comfortable?  What to wear, what to wear? 

Oh, that we would take the same care and concern with dressing our soul each day.

Did you know God already has the perfect outfit picked out for your heart?  This beautiful, miraculous clothing is one that makes us look oh so lovely, covers a multitude of imperfections, and brings incredible comfort to the soul. 

The first thing you put on is the love of God. You know, God chose you to walk with Him in love.  You dress yourself in the love of God by spending precious moments with Him as your day begins.  As you sit with Him, the first layer covers your soul -- tenderhearted mercy

Mercy is when we hold back consequences - possibly harsh - from someone even when they totally deserve the outcome of their actions.  Mercy towards other people is difficult, yet incredibly possible when we allow Jesus to guide us.  Through Jesus filling you with His Spirit you develop kindness, humility, gentleness and patience for those around you.

Amazing isn’t it?  God desires for us to clothe ourselves with these amazing traits as we prepare for our day.  Today is your day for looking beautiful, in the soul that is.  Sit at the feet of Jesus and get dressed for the day.

Dig Deeper |

Colossians 3:1-12

Action Item |


Have you been taking the time to dress your soul?  Make the decision today to choose time at the feet of Jesus.

Prayer |

Dear Jesus, fill me with your spirit today.  I desire to walk in your grace and mercy today.  I ask Jesus that you fill me with your Spirit so that my heart and soul can be clothed with mercy, patience, gentleness, humility and kindness.  Jesus, as I walk through this day, help me to be the hands and feet of you and love people towards you.  Amen.

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