Journal Entry ~ 12/15/18

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  - Psalm 1:1-2

In our day to day struggles, and in our deepest tragedies, we are told in this verse that we can find peace in the chaos when we meditate on His Word. 

We all meditate all day long on something...the question is, what do you choose to meditate on?  Your fears, your trials, difficult people in your life, your financial struggles, your lost children...they all consume so much of our thinking. God tells us here how to over come out anxieties and despair - we are to meditate on Him. 

We choose what we think about, and if we want to be happy, we have to capture our negative self-talk, and choose to replace it with His Word....and we can only do that if we have His Word stored in our hearts. 

Through my deepest, darkest struggles, He has shown me how to redirect my thoughts to Him when I struggle to stop the negative thoughts, and I have found such peace. One of the greatest teachings I’ve received has been the instruction that there are only two times when we are to pick up our anxious thoughts: when we are with Him in prayer or meditating on His Word, or when we are with fellow believers. We are never to pick up those scary thoughts when we are are alone. 

Far too often, we spend the most time on our anxious thoughts when we are alone.  When we do this, our thoughts run away with us and we slip out of our rational minds, racing down rabbit holes of the unknown. Capture those thoughts, and make them obedient to Christ. Refuse to dwell on your anxious thoughts when you are alone. When they come,get into His Word or get with a fellow believer.  Taking this approach has restored peace to my soul more times than I can count. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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