Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Food For Thought

                                     
I was reading a book today and one of the chapter titles was, "Our Thoughts Create Our World".....
Another favorite quote of mine involving this topic is...."Food for thought"....and we all have heard someone say, "We are what we think" ~   So, what ARE our thoughts focusing on?

I think Maxine may have something here.  Don't believe everything you think!  We can't always control our thoughts, but we can control how we respond to them, or whether we accept them as real or not.  Do we believe everything that pops into our head?  Do we dwell on the negative words that fills our heads at times?  Oh, it is so easy to see the glass as half empty.  It is so easy to believe the worst about a situation, someone, or ourselves.  It is so easy to turn a thought into a hurricane in our head!

The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8, "And now 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."    

Certainly, God knew that it would not be easy to tame our thoughts, and He has provided the encouragement and instruction we need to help us.  Next time negative or worrisome thoughts start a hurricane in your brain, take a deep breath, turn your focus on His living Word, and just breathe in everything that is pure and lovely.  And remember ~ don't believe everything you think!          

10 comments:

Pamela said...

I was quoting that verse to myself just this week. I think the devil knows the more tired we get, the harder it is to tame our thoughts. I've learned over the years to stop and quote. Satan hates Scripture!

Maxine always seems to know!

Pamela

Elaine said...

Oh Renee, I like that! And you are so very right about not always being able to control our thoughts, but we can control what we do about them....

Thanks for the gentle reminder and the verse.

Blessings,
Elaine

Meli n Pat said...

So good! Thank you for that recurring theme in a fun, fresh perspective!

Mildred said...

A wonderful post Renee. Wishing you a very good day.

Jan Lyn said...

I think God had you write this for me, Renee! I just love that "don't believe everything you think". How true.
Well, the past 2 weeks, along with forcing myself to bed earlier to get more sleep, I am back to my daily scripture cards on fear and worry. I've had to rewrite most of them, they got so tattered a few years back. Prayer and keeping the living word in our heads and our hearts does help.

Oh, and I do wear cotton jumpers as well and actually prefer them as they do not bind on the waist. I have been blessed with 7 pounds since winter-an answer to prayer.
Praying for you too.

Jan Lyn

Renee said...

Hi Pam
I am learning to quote scripture outloud when feeling stressed and worn out from health issues...you are os right, Satan hates that...
I agree, Maxine seems to have the right answers at times.

Renee said...

Hi Elaine
You are welcome...glad it was of help.

Renee said...

You are very welcome Meli

Renee said...

Hi Mildred...thanks for coming by!

Renee said...

Hi Jan Lyn
I like the idea of jumpers not binding the waist too..especially with a hiatal hernia on board.
Am thinking of orderng one, although I am not crazy about the gathered waist.
Glad you liked the post and it is so true..quoting scriptures is a good way to dissolve the worries.