The other day I read a blog post where the blogger openly told of her struggle with a negative attitude on that particular day.
Today was one of those days for me. I woke up and focused on the things needing to be painted, the well-worn furniture, having to dance around someone in our too small house…
And then my sour attitude began to set the tone for our home. If I’m steaming and stewing, my children seem to feel the undercurrent of my attitude and it sets off the domino effect of a home without peace.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (emphasis mine)
I must guard my thoughts and protect my heart from these things. I must think on what is lovely, what is pure, what is right, etc. These are the things that will bring me peace. I say this because if we continue to read Philippians 4:9, we see that we have been taught these things and we need to “practice these things”. The verse concludes with “and the God of peace will be with you”.
When I awoke today and realized that I had the choice to make this a lovely day or an ugly day by where I chose to focus my thoughts, I decided to seek out the lovely. That’s what these pictures are. They are pictures of the loveliness around my home. By focusing on the things that I find beautiful and lovely in my home, I was able to keep myself from dwelling on the imperfections in my home.
It’s not always easy to focus on the lovely. There are days that I just want to sit down and wallow in the injustices. And I will admit, that there are days I do just that. However, I know that if I choose to dwell on the lovely, peace will follow.