have i mentioned before that i once worked at a christian bookstore? that's what i name as the cause for my owning the amount of books and bibles that i do. that job was the first work i had as a newly converted almost nineteen year old. i was starving for knowing jesus for real. part of the job was knowing about what we sold. books, studies, varying scripture translations...so i read. all the time. and i still read as much as i can, whenever i can. now you know.
earlier this afternoon i was reading books with elijah, and then we sort of wandered our own ways. he found a big book on the pink panther, and i pulled my little black new living translation bible from the same shelf. normally i read scripture from the english standard version. but i often find it so helpful to the actual digestion of what i read to read in multiple translations, and even something like the message. flipping through the fragile pages, i landed in philippians chapter 4 and a saw few notes. words i'd heard in a sermon probably, and scrawled into the margins, who knows when. but it doesn't matter when i wrote them, the words were so good for me right now. don't you love the way the lord makes things circle back to you later in life? i thought it may encourage someone else, so here's what i found today:
philippians 4:4-9 nlt
always be full of joy in the lord. i say it again—rejoice! let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. remember, the lord is coming soon. don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. tell god what you need, and thank him for all he has done. then you will experience god’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. his peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in christ jesus. and now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. then the god of peace will be with you.
prayer and thanks crush anxiety
rejoice! be thankful!
how is my mind? what is occupying my thoughts?
battle is won or lost in my mind - take responsibility there.
pray ephesians 4:29-32
fix my thoughts-settle my mind on christ
stand firm in the faith
seek christ's mind in my relationships
serve the lord-i am created for this!!
show the world spirit of forbearance-peace with others
pray-give all concerns to god-god grants peace
do as christ would do- live in him
praying for grace this week, for the lord to guide me in my thoughts. to draw me into fellowship with him in every part of my days. he will help me remember to pray, help me to rejoice when i don't feel like it, and help me to choose gratitude and accept his peace.
what have you read this weekend that encouraged you?