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Where’s My Mind?

One of my favorite passages is Philippians 4:4-7.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Unfortunately, I frequently neglect to move on to verses eight and nine.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

You see, I love to draw on my beloved Philippians 4 passage when I’m in the middle of a struggle and tempted to worry or stress. It is a go-to message that has soothed my heart during more crises than I can begin to count.

But, when I move on to the next two verses, I realize that this passage is not just about the times of crisis. This passage is also about every day life. And every day life is where I falter.

In the routine times, the normal times, the mundane times, and the everyday times, I tend to grow restless. I crave something. I want action. I don’t want to settle in to the normal routine of waking up, having a “quiet time,” exercising, doing chores, homeschooling, working, writing, going to bed, and then starting it all over again. Yes, in the crazy moments I do long for days like that, but when those days come I seem to grow tired of them quickly.

In short, I am not at peace.

This morning I took a deep breath and prayed, “Lord, I just want to be at peace in the normalcy of this day.”

His response? A convicting verse.

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:2-4

Actually, although I am an NASB kind of gal, I always seem to remember this verse in the NKJV, for some reason.

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:2-4

A mind stayed on Him.

A steadfast mind.

Dwell on these things.

Practice these things.

OUCH.

I lack peace because I lack discipline of the mind. I let my mind drift in all sorts of directions. Not necessarily bad directions, mind you. Nothing sinful. But definitely distracting.

Long before I was born, God made a way for me to live through both crisis and mundanity in perfect peace. Every day. Every moment. Without fail. He laid it out before me in perfection. I simply must discipline my mind to remain fixed on Him in perfect trust.

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I am a homeschooling preacher's wife and content editor for the Well Planned Gal. But, I also love to write just for the fun of it. I also process best through writing, and my thoughts tend to flow from things I learn through the Bible, interacting with my family, and moving through life in general. Thanks for joining me in my not quite ordinary journey.

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