Philippians 4:8-9 should be my life verses for sure! This post is a sequel to one I wrote back in July, Listening to the Rain and Things to Think on. Evidently, it's a recurring problem for me. It is, and that's what makes me so thankful for God's Word!
My “What If” book is always writing itself. When I start reading it and believing, anxiously takes over my weary soul. That's when I run right back to this verse firmly planted in my mind! I recite it over and over in my mind, mostly at night when I cannot sleep. It seems that's the time when anxiety haunt me most, like monsters under the bed. I'm so thankful for the truth and comfort of God’s Word!!!
"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. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9
So when I'm lying there awake at night, desperately trying to sleep I repeat the verse in my head and I ask myself this question. "Is this [whatever anxious thought has flooded my mind] true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellence, worthy of praise?" If not, why am I wasting my time thinking about it?
If you have an anxious child this is an excellent verse to have them memorize. Write it on the walls of their room. Send them off to the first day of school with a note and this scripture. Tell us your story and what this verse means to you.
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