Saturday, May 5, 2012

Praiseworthy Thoughts

Dear God,

There is an image of motherhood that is somewhat idealistic but not exactly realistic ---  That very image shows me a perfect lady, always smiling and cheerful, helpful, and never speaks harshly, so full of wisdom, patience, and grace.  I think it sounds too wonderful, and at the same time, too good to be true.  Thing is, I know You want moms like me to have those character traits.  But I also guess moms like me would likely be that kind of mom if we only concentrated on pure thoughts.

I am aware that most of the time I get to focus on negative, ugly thoughts...  And sometimes still, my thoughts are clouded by impatience, envy, anger, or even resentment!  I know this is all wrong.  So please Father, help me focus on You alone.  Fill my heart and mind with pure, loving thoughts.  Amen.

Finally, brothers and sisters, 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

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