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Put into practice | Nikki Metzger
S~ Whatever you have learned or received or heard from, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9 (NIV)
O~ Paul just told the church a lot of great things – then he says to put it into practice. What is in charge of taking a brilliant plan and making it work in my life? Me!!! I have to put Paul’s words into practice.
A~ I just got done with a hurtful conversation and am overwhelmed at the negative feelings that flood my thoughts. This person really doesn’t care, maybe our friendship isn’t real, why are they so selfish?
In this chapter of Philippians, verse 6, Paul says to not be anxious about anything, but in thankfulness pray to God. And to think about what is good and true and noble and pure. I’m going to take Paul’s words and put them into practice.
P~ Father, thank You! Thank You for this relationship. You are so good and this friendship is truly a gift. My feelings are hurt. Please help me to forgive their words and action so they next time that I see them or talk to them, bitterness doesn’t take root in me. Father, please let me see this relationship through the eyes of eternity! In Jesus’ Name I pray!
Reboot My Mind | Deanna George
S~ I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 (NIV)
O~ In all circumstances, search and find God’s peace. God is with me through the good and the bad. Accept the moment/season for what it is: a time to learn, a time to develop my trust, and an opportunity to strengthen my faith in God. In each moment, know God is enough to bring me through.
A~ Being content during struggles can be so hard. It literally takes an act of God to reboot my mind to stop dwelling on the situation. Paul got it. He learned to be content. How? He focused on what he should DO and not on what he felt he should have. (Study notes from NIV Life Application Study Bible) He kept his focus on God ~ Not on his disappointments, fears, frustrations, and doubts. He chose what to think on, act on, and believe. Does that take effort? Yes! Is it easy? No! Is contentment better than stress and frustration? Yes! It is worth the effort and energy to focus on God and all the good I do have in my life. Focusing my attention on God in ALL situations will bring contentment.
P~ Lord Jesus, I desire contentment during the storm. It’s easy for me when life is good. I struggle to keep my mind focused on you when fear, doubt, and pain try to run over my emotions. I need help to reclaim my thoughts. I need help to be okay when I don’t feel okay. I know I can do that with your help. Teach me to change my thought process, so that I may focus on you and not on what I feel should happen in my circumstances, in my relationships, or in my kid’s lives. Thank you for reminding me that it’s good to be content even when my world is not postcard perfect.
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