Today a sweet friend of mine, Patti, will be sharing with us. We met in 2003 on a mission trip to Honduras. I know you’ll be encouraged by her words today!
Like your typical mom, I am one who tries to teach my children how to maintain a some what healthy habit of keeping their rooms clean and free of clutter. As I am sure you know, this is an everyday commitment. I work out of the home, so I have a very limited amount of time through the week in my house. Work, church, family time…it gets busy! So with that, as I am trying to teach my children the good rules of ” put things where they go, not where you lay it down and leave it ” I have to also follow my own rules, right? Well it seems as much of a challenge for me to follow my own rules as it is for a 14, 11, 9 and 4 year old to do! But with all things, we do our best and it takes effort to be successful.
As I have grown in my relationship with Jesus, He has shown me that not only do we have an obligation to take care of the things He has blesses us with, like picking up our dirty clothes off of the floor or keeping the kitchen counter and dining room table free of mail & magazines; we also need to keep our minds and thoughts free of clutter and our “dirty laundry” as well.
There are so many negative thoughts that the enemy attempts to put in our minds, and in our path to distract us from our Lord. It is everywhere you turn, therefore it too takes a daily commitment to keeping our minds pure and on Jesus. No different than taking care of all the wonderful things He has given us, it is also our obligation to make and effort to think on good things, doing this keeps us close to the Father and has ours hearts prepared to hear Him when he speaks and the Holy Spirit when He leads us.
In Paul’s letters to the Philippians, he tells them where their minds should be to help them with their Christian walk…he tells them exactly what they should “think on” and the same is true for us today:
” And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:7-8
~TRUE – JUST – GOOD REPORT – HAVE VIRTUE – GIVE GOD PRAISE~
How amazing is God’s Word that He give us direction to help us in ALL things!
Keep the clutter out of your minds, think on the good things of our Lord!
Patti Hendricks lives in Saltillo, MS and is 32 years old. She’s a wife, mother, and step-mom. Patti and her family are members at Cross Pointe Ministries, in Tupelo, MS. Pattie and her husband, Scott, have the opportunity to help teach a Wednesday night class, Connection Pointe, at Cross Pointe Ministries. She writes Holy Spirit inspired poems, songs, devotional messages, and spoken Word spirituals. Enjoying her time writing, she is looking forward to what the Lord has for her and her family in 2015. In all things, she is committed to continuing in the Lord’s work and growing His Kingdom through her example, witness, and the words the Holy Spirit puts in her heart.