Think What is True

Always Express Positive Thoughts Scripture: Philippians 3: 8-9b “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these on these things—practice these things and the God of peace will be with you.” During modern times we are bombarded with tragic news, and scarcely do we hear news that is uplifting and encouraging. Though we are living in times like Jesus said would happen before He returns for His Bride, we need to hear some encouraging words. We hear of false ways to find peace and …

Think on Things Worthy of Praise

    Paul ended this admonishment by saying if anything worthy of praise, to think about these things. Many believers are prone to look for weaknesses and sins of their sisters and brothers and dwell on them. Have you ever seen any person about whom it was possible to say something positive? Perhaps that is because we like to nit pick and look for the negative rather than positive characteristics in others, or while in the midst of adversities fail to find something about which to praise God? I remember while enduring illnesses, living in a rehabilitation center, and then while restricted to an upstairs apartment, God continues …

Think and Live Commendable Lives

        Some parents don’t set worthy examples for their children to follow and expect them not to live as they do but as told to live. That is not a commendable way for parents to raise children. It isn’t always true, but most children imitate the lifestyle to which they are familiar. And it is admirable to have commendable thoughts, but those thoughts need to be put into daily living. I remember before becoming a parent, my desire was to be a perfect mother, but when faced with some challenges of motherhood, I was far from a perfect mother. Though God knows none of us will be perfect …

Believers Are to Be Just

  Scripture Reference: “Help us do what is just.”  Philippians 4: 8.  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” God is the epitome of justice! And during man’s life on earth, He sends rain on the just and unjust. And though we have heard that all people are created equal, is that true? What about a child born to parents addicted to drugs or alcohol living in the slums of some large city? Or of children born …

Believers Are To Live Honorable Lives

  To live honorable lives was the second qualification given by God and recorded by Paul in Philippians 4: 8.  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Before we can truly live an honorable life, perhaps we should define what it means for one to be honorable. According to one definition an honorable person is one who acts and does the right things, and tries to live up those high standards and principles. And telling the truth always in one way that honesty …

Believers Are to Be Pure and Lovely

“Philippians 4: 8.“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” I am aware the writer of this scripture said we are to think on these qualities, but I believe they are qualities that every believer should endeavor to cultivate in his or her life. These are a few of the many scriptures which instruct us to live pure lives: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5: 5 “Create in me …

The Power

The other day we were driving down the interstate and a uhaul truck passed us. That’s not unusual but what we saw next we had never seen before. It was pulling a Tesla. I don’t know why but I thought that was just a little odd. An average uhaul carrying a very unusual, quite expensive car. I took a picture of it. This morning I notice the words on the back of the truck – “15’ Super Mover”. Oh beloved, did you know? Have you heard? Because of Jesus, believers carry with them priceless cargo. Holy Spirit cannot be purchased …

The Light

We have a security light on Danny’s shop out back. It is probably the brightest security light I’ve ever seen. So bright in fact that when something trips the light our bedroom is flooded with light. At first it concerned me because I wondered what on earth was out there? It’s so bright you cannot see anything when you look out. Now I just know that when the light is tripped our place is flooded with light and that’s a real comfort. Oh beloved, whenever you need protection, God is the Light. Whenever you need to see into the darkness …

The Wind

My husband grew up riding his motorcycle in the wind. It is almost always blowing out in West Texas. So when we traveled out west and into New Mexico and Arizona, it was not a problem for him. Not so for me. It was crazy. We’d be so leaned over in the wind that when a semi passed us we seemed to shoot straight up and then back down as the wind returned when the truck went by. I had two choices – I had to lean with Danny into the wind or be completely miserable. Don’t ask how many …

The Cup

As I drink from one of our many coffee mugs this morning I see my now favorite cup. I picked it up and it had a ring of coffee dried inside it, so I chose one of our other ones. It says Happy Happy Happy. Somehow that word repeated three times makes me smile. I also smile that I gave Danny a gift cup this morning from many years ago – You Drive Me Wild. Oh beloved, God is speaking to our hearts this morning. It’s time to discard the bitter cup you have been languishing over. It’s time to …

The Mess

Early this week there was a huge spot on the floor in the office kitchen. We weren’t sure where it came from but I had an idea that something must have spilled in the cabinet below the sink. So we looked and sure enough a can of furniture polish had emptied its contents out on the floor because the sprayer was pushed as I closed the cabinet door the day before. Talk about a mess. We cleaned it up and now you can’t see there ever was a mess. Oh beloved, when God sees your mess He’s not horrified, He’s …

The Hope

We went to visit my aunt yesterday. She is so ready to go home from rehab. She was sure she was going home today. While we were there, she was convinced that surely tomorrow would be the day. After we left, I got the message that Thursday would be her day. She will be living, hoping and waiting for Thursday. Scripture comes to mind – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. I get it don’t you? Sometimes we can so focus on what’s going on around us that we …