Philippians 4:8 — “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any praise, think on these things.”
It seems like every time I turn around lately, I am being faced with the message of following truth. The last couple months have been very stretching and hard (I’m not even exactly sure why) and I’ve felt like an emotional roller coaster. Yet I am always being reminded lately that my feelings are not to dictate how I act. Facts first. THEN feelings!
When I’m worrying about something in the future, or or worrying about “what if’s” or “might’s,” I need to stop myself and think on things that are true and real right now. Today has enough trouble of its own! Worrying about tomorrow is pointless, because it spoils today and what I’m worrying about may not even happen, thus making it wasted energy! Don’t waste time daydreaming excessively (grow up, Lois!) about all kinds of random stuff (especially in class!) — focus on what is real and true and happening right now. Live with honesty — liars have to have good memories and that’s something I DON’T have at NBBI! Don’t listen to or participate in gossip — think on things of good report.
Yeah. I seem to be getting that verse and those ideas coming at me from all angles lately. I think God may be trying to make a point!
Tonight was funny. I am known (on my floor and in the whole dorm) for my love of this modern convenience called the phone! I think I’d pretty much die without it! Well, without it and the internet. I can survive without one if I have the other. But cut them both off and I’m cut off from home and I can’t survive long that way! Our phone was busy tonight, and then Raylee’s roommate came up and said, “Umm, you have a call downstairs.” OK, that’s normal. I went down and talked to Andrew for a while before he had to go to work. Near the end of our call, Daddy RA came looking for me, and laughed when she found me on the phone. “Umm, Lois? You have a phone call UPSTAIRS!” LOL! Now what?! Hope always teases that I need my own phone line here, but I think I need a phone with 2 lines and a hold button! Said a hurried good-bye, since he had to go anyway, and ran up the stairs. Arrived at the next call out of breath and laughing. Ahh…it’s a fun life!