I have been hanging out in a hotel for almost two weeks now while my husband is in training. Being just the two of us has been wonderful. Our conversations have been deep and fruitful. We are working on a project right now (I will spill the beans about that in a future blog), and the time here, without any of the day to day distractions, has leant itself to much planning and actually getting some things accomplished. With that said, I have had enough. I am so ready to go home. I miss my little birds. I know that they aren’t little anymore, but they will always be my little birds. I miss my nest, and my daily routine of keeping my nest. I miss my two fur-babies, too.
For ten hours a day over the last two weeks (weekends excluded) I have been sitting in this hotel room, as I mentioned before. That is a lot of time on my hands. What I have learned about myself is that I can waste a day better than anybody else I know. Ha!
Let me tell you something that has been pressing on me though. With all that time to just think, I became very aware of the direction that my thinking went in. A couple of times I became sad because I was keeping my focus on something that I have no control over. A couple of times I became anxious, thinking about all the things that could go wrong with our project. Each time this stinking thinking occurred the Lord would gently nudge me to stop. I would then pace the hotel room praying out loud. People walking down the hall probably thought I was a nut. I don’t even care. It was healing balm for my soul.
Philippians 4:8 says,“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.”(ESV)
This is where my thinking is now; instead of being sad because I have no control over a situation, I am giving it to God and trusting Him with it; instead of being anxious about things that haven’t even happened I am focusing on the things that are happening, and I can see the blessing in how it is coming together like it is. When I began to align my thinking with what the Word tells me to think about I began to see the beauty in my life again.
We are surrounded by stinking thinking. It is on the t.v. in the news, episodes, and movies that we watch. It is in the books that we read and the music that we listen to. I see it in the tweets and the posts on Facebook.
What are you thinking about? Is it true? Is it honorable or just? Is is pure, lovely, or commendable? Is there any excellence in it? Is there anything worthy of praise in what you are thinking about? If the answer is no. Pray. And when you pray, use the Word of God as a model for your prayers. This has strengthened my prayer life tremendously.
Here is an example of a prayer that I wrote out the other day after the Lord nudged me to quit my stinking thinking. “I trust in you, Lord Jesus. I delight myself in you. Let the desires of my heart be to do your will. I commit my way to you, Jesus; I trust in you, that in my life you will act. You will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. I will be still before you and wait patiently for you; I will not fret.” This prayer was modeled after verses from Psalm 37:3-9. His word is powerful. Healing balm for my soul.
Remember what it says in Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”(ESV) We keep our hearts by guarding what we think on.
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (ESV)
By His Grace,