Verse of the Day


"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


Today's Devotional Thought

September 06, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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Think About Those Things

This week was the first week of school for my kids. My older two were less than excited to be going back to school. By my youngest was over the moon excited about starting school on Tuesday. You see, she started kindergarten this week and in her words, "I have just been waiting my whole life for this."

Cute.

It has been a good week. Getting up early and getting three little people out the door in an orderly and quick way has been less painful than I expected. Homework time has been almost enjoyable. And, everyone seems to be adjusting really well.

And, for the first time in 13 years, I don't have anyone home with me.

To be honest, I was looking forward to all of the things that I would get done during the day. I couldn't wait to get to all the projects and writing and cleaning that I never seem to have time for.

But, as much as I was looking forward to that, I also was sad that I no longer had a little sidekick at home. And I missed my baby something awful when she got on that bus Tuesday.

I was really happy and really sad all at the same time.

Isn't this just like life?

It seems like life is a concurrent struggle of good and bad, happy and sad moments. In fact, it seems that in any given life event, there can be the simultaneous existence of happy and sad elements.

So, do you know what I have decided?

{And please forgive the simplicity of this, but it hit me fresh yesterday and maybe it will you too.}

I'm just going to focus on the good.

I was walking into Starbuck's yesterday to do a little reading and I noticed a 4 year old with her mom. I longingly looked at the young girl and her mom and in my heart felt that pang of hurt that that season of my life is over. But, at the same time, the Lord brought to mind what I was going to do at the time: studying His Word to be able to teach on Sunday while sitting in a local coffee shop {something I couldn't do if my little ones were still at home}. He also brought to mind how happy my little girl is and how much she runs to the bus and off the bus each day with such excitement. She is so cute as she tells me about her day and shows off her new skills of name-writing and number matching.

And as much as I miss my little sidekick, my heart also sings as I watch her grow and learn and enjoy it.

As I ordered my latte and sat at my table in Starbuck's, my heart pondered the concurrent sadness and happiness that I have about ending an era in my life where I have little ones at home. And, the Lord brought a familiar verse to mind.

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).

In this new season, where things are simultaneously sad and joyful, exciting and scary, good and bad, I am reminded to focus on the good and lovely parts of it. Life is always going to be a concoction of varying emotions, experiences, and states, so we must commit ourselves to focusing on the good, the lovely, and right.

So friends, I encourage you to do the same. Today, as you face life's concoctions of good and bad, commit yourself to focusing on the good. Oh sweet friends, in the words of Paul, think about those things!


Memorize this verse today:

"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



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