Clean thinking

If you’re anything like me, you think a lot! About…everything! My husband would know this better than anyone else. He’s always told me not to think too much.
But…how can you not?
If I just had a conversation with you, chances are an hour later I’m still thinking about what you said and if I can manage to find a hidden meaning behind your words. 😉
We all have thoughts that plague us. I know I tend to find myself staring at the ceiling some nights; unable to fall asleep.
This week, I’m making a resolution to pray about everything that goes through my mind. I know there are some thoughts that will last for a second, and I probably won’t even remember thinking them. But my worries and my recurring thoughts; I will resolve to give them up to God. He cares for me and I have to believe that it will make a difference.
I guess you could call it food for thought!
Jesus had His thoughts focused on the Father’s will…

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. (John 4:34 NIV)

My resolution is to feed my mind with the things of God. My husband recently took to memorising Philippians 4:8…

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)

His way of doing that was to write it up on our mini blackboard…

I’ve noticed just a little before that verse, the apostle Paul encourages us to bring our prayers, petition and requests to God. Guys, we can’t think on the things of God when we’re too busy being anxious about other things.
So clear the junk and think on the truth! I’m sure our lives would be much more pleasant if we resolved to speak to Him more and think on Him more…after all… What is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy more than Jesus Christ Himself?

Resolution Sunday… Clear the junk, feed on good thoughts.



Finding it hard to pray?

20130822-111736.jpgEver had that niggling feeling? Like there’s something you need to do, but you don’t want to? I have this experience a lot. Especially in the car with the radio on. Sometimes it’s just background noise to help drown out the thought going through my head… “Pray”. It’s just a thought. But, I don’t know about you but it takes so much strength to turn that radio off and even more strength to start speaking to Him.

I struggle to pray sometimes. However, even when I do finally muster up the courage to pray, I ask for things that are spiritual only. Believe me…that’s not because I’m over spiritual! I get scared to pray for something that I can actually have evidence of. Just in case He doesn’t come through. I don’t ask for things that require a dead-line, so that I don’t get disappointed if He doesn’t answer. When I do ask for something tangible… I feel stupid for even asking in the first place.

I was reading Daniel 9 this morning and I only got up to verse 4 because something stood out to me and I couldn’t ignore it…

“Darius, son of Ahasuerus, born a Mede, became king over the land of Babylon. In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, was meditating on the Scriptures that gave, according to the Word of God to the prophet Jeremiah, the number of years that Jerusalem had to lie in ruins, namely, seventy. I turned to the Master God, asking for an answer—praying earnestly, fasting from meals, wearing rough penitential burlap, and kneeling in the ashes. I poured out my heart, baring my soul to God, my God: (Daniel 9:1-4 MSG)

If you didn’t get that…just read through it slowly. Honestly, this is crazy!
Daniel read the book of Jeremiah and when he understood from the text that the desolation of Jerusalem would last 70 years, he was filled with sorrow and he asked God for an answer.
Don’t you think that whatever is written in God’s word is pretty final? Set in stone? But even then, Daniel gets on his knees and prays to God.

Now that is faith! I wouldn’t even start…I’d feel stupid for even thinking I can talk to God about this. But what I’m starting to realise is ‘faith’ is based on God and God alone. It’s not on how good I’ve got things figured out. It comes down to how I see God and who I think He is.

When I was younger, there were some nights that I couldn’t sleep and I didn’t feel too well. In the middle of the night, I wouldn’t hesitate to go to my father and complain. I didn’t feel like I was being a burden, I didn’t feel like I was asking too much. I didn’t feel stupid! I was just being a daughter.

And when I opened his door and called to him… You know what his response was?

What is it, apple of my eye?

That was dad’s response every time. That’s my earthly father.

How much more?! I can’t even begin to explain. I’m not going to try. All I know is our God is loving and He cares for us.

Praying with ease comes when we get the right perception of God. He is loving, ready to give and shower us with good things. Things that are good for us.

So when your radio is on and you have a few moments out on the road…don’t be afraid to turn the radio off. Don’t be afraid to be His daughter or son…you are not a burden and you’re not asking too much. He waits for you to call on Him…He will answer…

What is it, apple of my eye?