Friday, January 05, 2018

Finding Things To Do Instead

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."   ... Ephesians 4:29


We'll stay below 5 degrees F. today and Saturday. Outside my windows stands a frozen, quiet world, but you know? I'm ok. Better than, really.

Who'd have thought that the Bible was right about watching our words and our attitudes? After last Summer's thought-I'd-die humidity, I'm celebrating my returned happy energy rather than complaining about all that white ice out there. And instead of moaning that Neighbor Mike can't shovel for us due to working the graveyard shift, I remind myself that at least, now, I won't so closely resemble a walrus by Winter's end.  😉

Frankly, I'd rather have a peaceful brain, so any peace-crunching-habits must go. Nobody ever experienced consistent mind-calming hours by complaining about weather, neighbors, grammatical errors, mega churches, comment box meanies, worship songs, politics or --.

Uh, no. 

So I'll crave hour-by-hour peace and do what it takes to keep it. (Well, to spread it, also. One must have peace before she can fling it around.)

And one must discover ways to fill what's been let go so--to avoid complaining--I'm reading:


--and feeding birds and the wild rabbits camping below the feeder. And watching vintage tv series on Hulu (gee, Hulu's ripe with those!). I'm dreaming about hiking back to The Coffee Shop after they reopen next week, overhauling my dollhouse and taking pictures and--after creating that photo book--maybe I'll look into self-publishing bits of this blog. (Hey! Calm down and nobody, I mean nobody, hold your breath.)  😳

And so it goes. Another frigid Winter with its shattered records and the challenges to keep my mind on God's goodness rather than all the icy snowflakes He shakes-shakes down upon us who live here in snow country.

After all, He is good all the time and that's enough to keep anyone's mind consistently at peace.

Oh! And if you missed it the first time around, here's my post about how complaining changes our brains (yikes!).


"Do all things without grumbling or questioning  ... "   ... Philippians 2:14

Peace. It can be a combination of what one has and of what one has let go.


Oh! And I had to laugh at these horses who plainly showed their opinion of snow.  (Wait until the video appears. Do not click the green start button! That's for something else.)  😉



Betsy said...

Ha! I laughed out loud at the video of the horses! I would run back to the barn too, just as fast as my legs would take me.
I'm trying to remain peaceful too in the midst of so much yuck in the world. We're flying to the Midwest tomorrow, may I ask for prayers? Not so much for the flight, but for all of the flu germs and sickness that will be swimming around on those airplanes. I think I'm becoming a germiphobe, (is that a word or spelled right?), in my old age. I hibernate inside my house during the worst of it. But I'm so excited to see our girls that I'm willing to risk it.
Five days into the year and I'm on track with my Bible reading and prayer time. Whoo-hoo! :-)
Have a lovely weekend.

Debi @ Tuesdays Child said...

I love the horse video - they look like me when I go out. lol

Have a nice weekend!