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April 30, 2012
 

Feast On These Things

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Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything.”  Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since, we humans are led by the thoughts of our heart and mind, which eventually become actions, it is imperative that we allow our mind to feast on proper thoughts.

Good. . . evil. . . good. . . evil. . . woe to those who call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). . . woe to the creature who convinced the innocent humans to partake of the chaos of good vs. evil (Genesis 3). . . the knowledge of good and evil. . . the choice between the two without the experience or wisdom to know the difference.

And yet, we continue to partake of the morsels of moral decay as we consider what is right in our own eyes, regardless of and in defiance of the wisdom of God.   [tweet this].

Good. . . evil. . . .good. . . evil. . . we are constantly barraged by thoughts that race through our heads, either for good or evil.  Just as when we crave junk food, but instead feast on fresh veggies, it is up to us to take the evil thoughts captive, and to feast on the good stuff:

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, think on these things.  Philippians 4:8

Today’s Marriage Challenge:  Purpose in your heart today to think only good thoughts toward your husband (honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praise worthy).  If your mind begins to dwell on evil thoughts, immediately exercise self-control and eliminate those thoughts, by replacing them with good thoughts.

You might be surprised how often your mind tends to feast on evil instead of good.  Practice fasting* those thoughts today!

*fasting refers to the principle of temporarily denying oneself the pleasure of something tangible (like food) in order to concentrate on something more valuable (like spiritual reflection and prayer).



About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!



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