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What Is On Your Mind?

       I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word, I hope.  Psalm 130:5. This
verse brings a promise, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm
46:10a.
       Our mind is constantly thinking and
moving from one thing to another. While growing up, the silence was the last thing
on my mind.
        It
took a long while, but I finally found joy in silence. I no longer can quote
Festus Hagin.
     Finally,
I realize what Mother meant when she asked if I enjoyed the silence. If it doesn’t
tell my age, she once asked me to, “Turn down Frank Sinatra!”
Finally, brothers, whatever is true,
whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything
worthy of praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:8.
Then I look at the ‘picture box’ and
realize that the programs I watched do not follow this verse. I placed a chair
in front of the television and fasted from constantly watching TV.  Soon I
relish the quiet and begin thinking more about what God teaches.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is
he.
 
Proverbs 23:7a. KJV. There is a connection between the mind and the actions of
a man.
How
often I think about the Fruit of the Spirit and read the list of the gifts that
set us apart from the world.   But the fruit of the Spirit
is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there
is no law.  And those who belong to Christ
Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 
Galatians
5:22-24. I read the list over and over and pray to fill my heart and
mind. 
        
For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in
You. 
Psalm 33:21-22.
        
When troubles come or anxiety appears in our mind, does Hope melt away? 
Recently I heard this quote, “Being stuck in a snowdrift is simply a
state of mind
.” This person lives in an area where being stuck in a
snowdrift is common. It can bring on anxiety before leaving the house. Yet,
being stuck in a snowdrift is a temporary difficulty creating a ‘what if’
in our minds.
        
Anxiety can grow to a thinking-state of emergency.  “Therefore, do not
be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient
for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 6:34.
        
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these
is love.
I Corinthians 13:13. How can this be? Do not be conformed to
this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you
may discern what is the will of God, what is good, and acceptable, and perfect.

Romans 12:2.  
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has
come.
2
Corinthians 5:17. We always like something new, and in Christ Jesus, we have
the promise of forgiveness of sin, from the One who knew no sin.  In Him, we
become the righteousness of God. We become new from the inside out through
Christ Jesus. And our lives have a new purpose and constant renewal. 
        
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never
come to an end; they are new every morning; great
is Your faithfulness.
  Lamentations 3:22-23.  It is His Love that
provides this newness, beyond any continual newness we will ever find in the
world.
        
One day, I received word, from another state my Dad had another heart
attack.  I prepared to go immediately. I called my husband to let him know
my plans. In his calm manner, he gently said, “He’ll be OK, either way.” 
        
 I never realized such grand assurance is ours when we accept Christ
Jesus.  It is a gift of peace for those who are left behind.
        
God loves us deeply, and He sent His Son to teach us to love and care for
others.  Jesus became our sacrifice and offered his life for the forgiveness
of our sins on the cross.
As we live our story on earth, and our
journey is almost complete, we will go home.  My mother wrote about her
home-coming before she died and wrote this:
         The journey has been long! 
         I’m almost home with vehicle worn out and Spent
through use.                   Although my energy is low, my heart is full. 
         My
body aches, but why complain. 
         God’s richest blessings have been mine, This
far. 
         In retrospect, I see how He designed my pilgrim journey on 
             This
orb, called Earth. 
         A few more weary miles and I’ll be Home.

                                                      Anna
Daisy Siemens 1996




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