Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Feeling Grouchy (Word-Filled Wednesdays)

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.

Sometimes my thoughts dwell in the garbage can of life.  They are negative, dishonest, clouded, ugly and well . . . grouchy.  And because my thoughts are living in the garbage can, my attitude and my words reek as well. 

I think it was Joyce Meyer in Battlefield of the Mind who said, "Think about what you're thinking about."  In other words, be aware of what's going on in your mind.  Don't welcome every thought in unbidden to take up residence and trash the place. 

Instead, "take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ," we're advised in 2 Corinthians 10:5.   It's a great cleansing agent.

Fill up with His Word.  You'll smell better to Him . . . and feel cleaner too.

(Oh, and thanks to Oscar for his June 1st birthday inspiration and his trash-loving ways.  Grin.)



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33 comments:

hip chick said...

This was one of the very first verses that "jumped out at me" in the bible. It made me think...hmm, maybe there is something interesting in this book. And, of course I have been hooked ever since.

Monica Fernaays said...

Thank you, what a way to begin my day! Somedays it's hard to go to work and be with people who are always negative, but I think this will help!! Have a great day! Thanks again!

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I should have remembered this last night when I was in the middle of a print job and ran out of ink so had to make a special trip to OfficeMax. Then after I replaced the ink cartridge, the color was off so I had to clean the nozzles and something else which ate up a lot of ink and took me a long time to figure out how to do it. Very frustrating and not how I planned to spend my evening.

lori said...

This is FANTASTIC girl!! Seriously oh my goodness...It's funny, it's not usually my words that get me in trouble it's my thoughts that BECOME my words...the grouchy ones...

Love Oscar! I've learned (and always still learning) that when I truly submit and ask the Lord to use me then I can't get "grouchy" when the plans don't go my way..or when He puts me in situations with those I'd rather not be around...
submission, perfect submission sans the grouchies...

This just HIT home!

loved it!
lori

Karen said...

How awesome! What a creative way to get this message across...loved it!

Daughter of the KING said...

Perfect reminder of the power of both our words and thoughts.

Carrie said...

This was one of the first verses I memorized as an adult. I like to think of it as a filter - if my thoughts don't line up with all of the criteria, I have to chunk them!

After reading one of Elizabeth George's books, I realized that, for me, so often it's the first one that gets me, "Whatever things are true ... " "What ifs" and "If onlys" are not reality, so they don't make the cut! ;)

Have a great day, GG!

Charissa Steyn said...

Stinkin thinkin... gets me into trouble all the time! Thank you for this reminder today from the Word- that my every thought should glorify my King!

Susan said...

You are soooooooooo cute!!! Loved this and oh boy can I identify!!

Loved it, and thanks so much for stopping by.

Have a super blessed WFW♥

Maggie S said...

Thank you so much for these words... I may never be able to post again. That happens to me with every word in the Word about our words(and thoughts).

Amydeanne said...

oh I love it! I think I should print this out lol my 7 yearold would appreciate the humor in it!

skoots1mom said...

LOVE this encouragement ;)
thanks for sharing

marnie said...

Something we've been talking about in our house the last few days. It's too easy in the chaos of life to let unbidden thoughts wander around in me...I need to choke them out with purposeful meditation on the excellent and praiseworthy. May the Author of such dwell in our thoughts as well as our hearts.

Michele said...

Thanks for the encouragement!! Having a God consciousness throughout my entire day definitely helps my attitude. P.S. Love the picture of Oscar!

Kaye said...

AWESOME! :) Do you see the HUGE smile on my face over this adorable picture and these wonderful and inspirational Bible verses! I'm definitely showing this one to my sweet grandkids, too! They'll love it! Thank you :)

Claudia said...

I love the pic - it underlines perfectly what you are writing.
And I love the movie - we call it "Sesamstrasse" in Germany

Vicki said...

You have mama Joyce and a muppet in the same blog post. This makes me like you even more than I already did. Have a happy week!

Cathy said...

I love that verse. You did not sound grouchy when you were singing in your comment today. :) Blessings ~

AllyJo said...

This was so helpful. I always need to be reminded to take captive every thought.

Denise said...

Very inspiring.

Bear said...

A very fun picture mixed with a right-on-target devotional. Neat combo that gave me both a major smile, and a serious thought. Thanks!

Julie said...

How ironic....I have been meditating/focusing on this scripture all day, 2 Cor 10:5. Lately, I have been obsessing over some things, and this scripture has reminded me that nothing can be bigger than God.
You can't begin to imagine how touched I am to see that others have struggles similar to me.
God bless my friend :O)

One Love Mama said...

God is good :) Trying to stay away from negativity & not sweat the small stuff. Happy WW!

Wanda said...

Love your creativeness in presenting this verse and devotion. I think I need to do more thinking about what I'm thinking. I've always looked at that verse in this same way but after reading Primal by Mark Patterson, I see it also has a positive spin. We're responsible take captive even those God thoughts as well. Thanks for sharing!

Missie said...

I am going to put this on my desktop...because I need a daily reminder!

Monica Fernaays said...

I commented on this post this morning first thing, and I have carried it with my through the day! But it means more to me even now after reading some rather negative forums this evening! Thank you again, for posting this!
Blessings, Monica

Natalie said...

Fantastic! So wonderfully written and oh so true!! Love that you used Oscar in honor of his birthday!!!

Natalie at Mommy on Fire
http://www.mommyonfire.com

S.I.F. said...

My thoughts have been in the garbage today for sure... I needed this lady, so thank you!

Lisa said...

That is such a great verse! We studied this verse in our ladies Bible study on "Loving God with All Your Mind."

Arizona Mamma said...

Thank you for giving me something so great to take away tonight! I love that "think about what you are thinking about." I will do my best to implement that from now on.

Amy in Peru said...

oh yeah. good reminder.

thank you.

amy in peru

GlowinGirl said...

Monica, how awesome that you thought about that all day! I love hearing that. :)

pathfromtheheadtotheheart said...

So precious and so true! I think I may quite possibly picture myself as Oscar the Grouch the next time I have a bad attitude...which will then remind me of your post! Love this!

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