Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Whatever is pure, lovely and true

Seeking shelter from the rain. 

"What danger is there if you don't think of any?" Thoreau

I have been pondering this for days.  I am working my way, slowly, through Walden and I came upon this.  He was speaking of those who worry.  Worry about sickness, worry about others...what ever we may think of that is not right now.

If we don't think on those things, we can change our thinking to "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure and whatever is lovely." Phil. 4:8

Think about that for a moment. I have.  What ever my mind is on, what ever future worry or future conversation, or whatever is not right now...is a worry.  And I am missing what is happening right now.

Thoreau's writings on being present to what is going on right now, the sun rays through the trees, the visitor that happens to drop by.  He is present in that moment.

As my journey to listening to Him and "balance" continues, I am learning to be in this moment.  To be mindful of my thoughts and to practice or choose to think on those things that are pure, lovely and true.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Very good post. Something I am praying about, as I've been a worrier my whole life. NOT GOOD! So much time and life wasted. But God is good and He is my strength when I am weak.

Thank you for these encouraging words ~ FlowerLady

Sandra @ Thistle Cove Farm said...

I'm in agreement with Rainey even as I'm worrying...about the harsh weather headed my way, about the generator working properly (because I'm the one who changed out the battery and not sure, yet, if it's going to work), about life after my husband's death...Three steps forward and, today, I took a nap.

Denise :) said...

This is one of my most favorite verses. :)

Traditional Simplicity said...

You ladies inspire me! Thanks FlowerLady, I needed that reminder that He is my strength when I am weak.

Sandra, I love your solution...when all else fails, take a nap (then have tea!)

Hi Denise! I love when Scripture can life our hearts. I'm glad I could share with you.