Day 20 // Whole

Read: Psalm 23:1-6, Philippians 4:4-9


Today, my mom and I went to lunch, just the two of us. We live in the same town and see each other often, but usually, our conversations are accompanied by the demands of my two-year-old and the laughs and screams of my older girls. So, for us to sit down and order a meal without being interrupted was such a treat.  While eating our salads, she confessed how proud she was that I shared my struggles through this prayer study. Then, she being mom, asked: “Aren’t you going to write about anything happy?”  

I laughed at her question and promised her that I would write about something happy. So, that’s what we are going to do on our almost last day. Sound good?

One of the most life-giving verses in all of Scripture is written by Paul to the church of Philippi. He wrote it as an encouragement for the church to stand firm in their faith even while experiencing struggles. Here’s what he had to say:

 
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
— Philippians 4:4-9
 

One of my favorite lines in this passage is to think on whatever is lovely. Here are items that are on my lovely list:

  • Lemons in wintertime
  • Newborn baby snuggles
  • Salty beach air
  • Country sunsets
  • Sweet goodnight kisses

When I think about these things, I’m able to look beyond the things that cause my heart to be anxious and am reminded that there is beauty in simplicity.

My lunch with my mom was a lovely gift to my day. Looking across the table at the woman who raised me, I saw someone who loves me in the deepest of ways. I might be grown, but I’m still her daughter. I’m so thankful to have a mom that just wants me to be happy. Spending time with her, I was reminded to rejoice.

Transforming our thoughts away from things untrue, impure, ugly, and unadmirable is a conscious decision but the reward of thinking positive is peace. Peace slows down the frantic pace of anxiety and allows our souls a steady and sure place to rest. Peace transforms our minds and gives us the gift of an undivided heart. God’s gift of peace is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable.

Think on these things.


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Christen Price

Christen Price is a creative mess. With her gentle yet passionate voice, Christen invites you to celebrate each day through pictures, podcasts, and printables. Her heart is for creating community and she invites you to visit her website and shop her first devotional, Practice Hospitality, at christenprice.com. Christen has served as the Women's Ministry Director at Covenant United Methodist Church and is a contributor to The M.O.M. Initiative. She and her husband Raleigh are the parents of three and live in the country just outside the Dothan city limits. For life between the posts, connect with her on Facebook or on Instagram @chris10price.