Friday, May 14, 2010

Dwelling

Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
dwell on these things.
I once read a quote by Amy Carmichael where she said that if you go to sleep on a pleasant thought, or thinking on God, you will wake up doing so. I decided to "try" it that night and found it true! When you fill your mind with the Lord and go to bed meditating on Him in your heart, He does wake you up full of thoughts of and praises for Him! It is very exciting and refreshing.

And is a lot nicer than what I've been doing a couple nights this last week: going to bed with so many worries and stresses on my heart, and waking up with a terrible headache one morning, and just distracted thoughts on other mornings. I need to remember the words on a plack (plaque?) I saw at an antique store yesterday; it said "Stress Less, Pray More." You know, we really do have a choice in how miserable we are, or how happy we are. People in the most miserable circumstances have been some of the most cheerful and most life-impacting people! (Take Eric Liddell at Weihsein, so far from his dear family and living under very difficult conditions!)

How we feel is often how we choose to feel. We can choose anger, fear, worry, depression, even stress. On the other hand, we can choose love, rest, joy... we can choose to obey God's Words to "cast our burden upon the Lord." Depression and stress are sometimes a result of bodily challenges (illness, etc.), but many times we choose them when we choose to disobey God's commands to come to Him and rest, His commands to dwell on what is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, admirable, reputable.

What are you dwelling on? Your circumstances? Someone's wrong actions towards you? The uncertainty of the future? The things you don't have? Or are you dwelling on God's love? His great mercy to us, who are so unworthy? His blessings? The love of family and friends? The things we do have that many don't? The promises and commands of Scripture?

Choose to dwell/think on things that fit in to Philippians 4:8 today. You will find that there is blessing for those who incline their hearts unto God's testimonies (Psalm 119:36) and delight themselves in the Lord (Psalm 37:4).

1 comment:

Bethany A. said...

Oh, I've found that too, that if I dwell on things of God at night, I wake up cheerful in the morning!!! Great post, Melanie!! Sooo encouraging. :)