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Think On These Things

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Feb 11

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Today I am once again participating in my friend Cheryl’s simplifying journey.  A couple of weeks ago I asked the Lord how to participate in the journey to simplify and still stay on track with the message that is the heart of my blog.  I understood Him to say “simplify the message”.    I find that I often complicate things too much, and really do need to keep things simple.

There is a passage in the Bible that has become such an important part of my life.  It is Philippians 4:8 and it says “Finally, brothers, 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.” (NIV)

This verse in Philippians is pretty straightforward about how we should be conducting our thought life.  I am challenged by this verse on a regular basis.

As someone who has found freedom from sex and pornography addiction, I find it very necessary to be disciplined in my thought life.

Anyone who desires freedom from addiction must be disciplined in their thought life.

Anyone who desires to live a life pleasing to our Father must be disciplined in their thought life.

Anyone who desires to live a focused life with positive outcomes must be disciplined in their thought life.

Our thoughts determine how we act.

That is pretty simple.

Linking up with Cheryl for her Saturday Simplify series:

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12 Responses to “Think On These Things”

  1. Amy Sullivan

    Bounced over from Cheryl’s.

    I tend to complicate things too. I’m always looking for a way to make it all work, and in the end, it “all” usually ends up a mess!

    • Tammy

      Thank you for stopping by, Amy! I appreciate the visit. I do love this word, “simplicity” and realize I need to live more in that realm.

  2. Admin

    Thank you for stopping by, Amy! I appreciate the visit. I do love this word, “simplicity” and realize I need to live more in that realm.

  3. Cheryl Smith

    “Our thoughts determine how we act.” Exactly! What could be more simple, and freeing?

    • Tammy

      Thanks for your comment, Cheryl. Yes, I agree that there is freedom in the realization of this and in the walking it out. There is good reason why we should not allow our thoughts to go unchecked without boundaries. I love how our Father God always has the best plan in mind!

      This word “simplify” that is one of your words for 2011 is something I am benefitting from as well!! Thank you!!

  4. Admin

    Thanks for your comment, Cheryl. Yes, I agree that there is freedom in the realization of this and in the walking it out. There is good reason why we should not allow our thoughts to go unchecked without boundaries. I love how our Father God always has the best plan in mind!

    This word “simplify” that is one of your words for 2011 is something I am benefitting from as well!! Thank you!!

  5. Hazel I Moon

    My mother used to tell me, What so ever a person thinks in his heart, so is he. You are correct in saying our thought life is very important. Sometimes we tend to keep too busy in order to keep our mind occupied. I find myself humming a tune and this occupies my mind and also brings me peace. Your verse from Phillipians is well chosen. It is one of my favorites.

    • Tammy

      Thanks for stopping by Hazel. Your mother had a good saying! It comes from Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks within himself, so he is…” NASB. I like your idea of humming a tune! Blessings to you!

  6. Admin

    Thanks for stopping by Hazel. Your mother had a good saying! It comes from Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks within himself, so he is…” NASB. I like your idea of humming a tune! Blessings to you!

  7. Crystal

    I too have found freedom from addiction and am trying to discipline my thought life. I find myself reading the word more and it means more to me now. I also listen to music alot more to keep my mind occupied.

    • Tammy

      I rejoice with you Crystal in your victory! Yes, reading the Word is huge in this area of having a disciplined mind, I totally agree. Also as it says in Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” and we do much of that “renewing of your mind” through intaking the Word of God. Are you a music lover too? Music with positive lyrics can really be uplifting! I totally agree!

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