Monday, August 18, 2008

High Tech Bible Study

I really enjoyed my bible study today! I decided to do something different. Instead of sitting down with my bible, I used to read from and pulled up my word processing program to take notes as I read. I would read a little and when a thought or question popped in my head I would switch over to my document and type away. Typing is faster for me that writing and I don't have to worry with paper. I really enjoyed studying this way. It really helped me develop my thoughts and meditate on what God was showing me.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Giving Attention To My Thoughts

Writing gets my thoughts going. So many thoughts swirl around in my head begging for an audience or at least some time to be pondered over but slip away as the next pushes its way to the front. This is a cycle that continues when I refuse to give my attention to something. You see, I read somewhere that attention means "setting my mind to whatever I'm about." That means choosing one thought above the others, saying one better or more important than the rest. I dare not choose one thought over another! Yet that is just what I am asked to do by my Lord. God tells me through the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:3,5b "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh... we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." I must capture each thought and decide if it is worthy of being thought and if it will help me obey Christ. Philippians 4:8 says I am to meditate on whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and/or praiseworthy. So, here is my checklist! Many times though after filtering out thoughts that will not help me to obey there are still many thoughts fitting that checklist still whirring through my head. What can I do? I can ask God to guide me in choosing which thought to give attention to at the moment. James 1:5 says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." So, I will be doing more asking for wisdom to chose which thought receives my full attention. After all, when I seek God above all else I receive His peace. He wants that for me! Already it is as if I hear him telling my thoughts, "Peace! Be still!" So, I"m off to think on my thoughts one by one as God lines them up!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Fun Things

Fun things I did this week:

Tuesday - buried legs and feet in the sand at the park with Allen and Charlie

Wednesday - taught kindergarten Bible class

Thursday - spent time with friends planning for GRACE

Friday - played in the sprinkler, made a "waterslide" for the boys, watched Benjamin's first performance in a play (He did great!! He smiled and sang and knew all his motions!), and got ice cream with the family, saw a beautiful sunset

Saturday - spent the whole day with my family except when I napped