Philippians 4:8

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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

Dear Jesus,

Paul was in prison and being falsely accused when he wrote this little verse that shares one of the secrets to having peace of mind.  We are to think about good, positive, noble and godly, things.  That gives me permission to take a vacation from dwelling on the negative, disappointing stuff.  I like that.  I will force myself to stop dwelling on the ways I have been disappointed or hurt.  I'm going to think about friends and family that love and support me.  If I spend more time counting my blessings I won't have time to count to the setbacks.  I know problems are but they don't have to be the only thing in my heart.  I can crowd them out with admirable moments that need more attention anyways.  I'll start with your cross and how you laid it all out for me.  I'll add thoughts about heaven that awaits me.  Hey, this is going to be a good day.


Pastor Don Patterson

One cannot horde too many blessings in their memories.