Lately, since I have suspended novel reading for a time, I have had a chance to reread some of my favorite non-fiction books. I try to take time in the late evening, after prayers, to go over some of them. I find that often, I get so excited about the promises and the exciting things the Lord says that it is difficult to sleep. I nearly always drift off after a bit of mental wool gathering. And it is so worth it because what happens is that with prayers, my Bible, and these books which help to put it all together for me, I find that my attitude changes immensely.
Sometimes when I get busy, I rush through my quiet time and then attitudes that are less than the best come out. I love the scripture: "forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead..." Phil.3:13 NKJ. Most of my negativity comes from things that have happened in the past. It is so wonderful that I can forget these things and go on knowing that I have a fresh new day and a brand new life at every turn. I take the New Creation seriously. This is what gives me courage to go on. I know that the Bible says I am new and with His word behind me, I feel that way.
I just think it is so gracious of God to give us this opportunity at every moment. I even find myself, when thinking some negative thought, saying to myself, "no, I don't have to think that." I find a scripture somewhere in my memory band that is the total opposite and I quote that. This works great for relationships. I can just stop and remember a good quality about some person I was beginning to be annoyed by in my mind. And when I see that person, I am ready with love from above to share with them.
This process is something I have known about for sometime, but business gets in the way of my "thinking on these things." God's Kingdom waits. There just isn't time to rehash old junk. There's only time to love Him, help someone else, and get on with my life. Have a great day today. Nancy