Dear Precious friends,
On this Magnificent Monday, this start of a new week, the start of something new... how do we cultivate a heart of hopeful expectancy in a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams? We look for evidence of God’s goodness all around us. Like the gift of this new day, the birds that are singing to us outside, the life and breath God has given us to embrace a new day... knowing He still has us here because there is a purpose for us! .. We can write down the things we see. In due time, something both natural and supernatural will take place within us. We begin to notice God's splendor in His creation. We become God's children who look for and experiences the goodness of God wherever we go.
There’s a system in our brain that responds to our most consistent thoughts. Whatever thoughts we have on repeat, our brain scans our environment to find “evidence” to back up our beliefs, even if those beliefs are wrong. For example, if we rehearse thoughts of insecurity or self-contempt, or fear, our brain will be on high alert to find evidence to confirm your rehearsed thoughts. Thoughts create feelings, feelings create actions... What if our rehearsed thoughts were on God's truth. We have a great reminder of this in Phil 4:8 ... so when those thought start to mess around with our brains, what do we do?
We replace those thoughts with God's truth!
... that "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."
God's creation is such an amazing reminder of His promise to us that HIs mercies are new each morning.... This is related to the truth in Lamentations 3:23 Great is your faithfulness...
Lets look to this day with expectancy that something good is coming our way! On this new day, God pours out fresh mercies. Every morning, the heavens declare the glory of God. God will teach us great things today and He is giving us an amazing opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. How can we be used by the Lord today?
We are reminded that Because Jesus is always with us, we need not be shaken (see Psalm 16:8).
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So, we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Cor 4:16-18