Thinking and Abiding

I know that things only happen once, in a certain way,
and never happens just that way, again.
I know that this moment, this day, will never come again.

Yet, i have realized that it’s not so much having my mind
in the “present” that matters, as much as having my mind
in the “pleasant.”

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 

That is the verse many people pay attention to.
However, it’s the following ones that i want you to read.

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, 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 or heard from me,
or seen in me—put it into practice.
And the God of peace will be with you.

It is just that, if i my mind is working well, when i am in a pleasant
place, i seem to take-in the present and where i am,
and not go, so much, to other places or times with my mind. 
yet, if i do not like where i am, in the present, i end up trying to
avoid it with my mind, by being in another place or time in thought,
or maybe even shutting-down my thoughts or feelings,
which can be dangerous when done too much.

So, i believe it’s actually more healthy to abide in the Love of
God, and humble our self before Him, waiting on the Lord and
being grateful for what we have been given.  And thinking those
“trusting in God” kinds of thoughts that have a way of sometimes
putting one in that pleasant place, acceptance, and maybe even
bringing a small grin and a sigh.

Then one is more apt to be doing more positive and creative
things, in the Spirit.  Things that work more to the good and to
reveal the Glory of God.

~
verse from Philippians 4.

9 thoughts on “Thinking and Abiding

  1. Some of my favorite verses. I have that first part painted in my laundry room (a place I tend not to rejoice very often). i like the way you point out this is a deliberate thing we can do, nancy.

  2. You've given me much to think about and I'll be reading this post of yours several more times at least.All that resting in pj's and reading, got you thinking deeply friend. Thanks for sharing what came to you–you always graciously open a door for me.:)

  3. I came on this verse as a new Christian and it was a turning point I think. It was a miracle to me that here was a verse that comforted my anxiousness. It did then and it does now. It's my touchstone life verse. This post was like a hug Nancy. Thank you.

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