December 28 – Stay Positive

Over this week, I’m going to post short devotions just to keep in touch. With all the busyness over Christmas and the coming New Year, I decided to just keep them simple. This week I’m going to post some of my favourite verses and songs with a brief explanation about why they mean something special to me. I encourage you to reply with some of your own and why you like whatever you chose.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, 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 (NASB)

This was the first verse I wrote in the back of my Bible when I was a teenager – the first time I wanted to record something that meant a lot to me. Back then, at my church, writing in your Bible was something very important, something that you only did to show key verses. Writing in your Bible was almost a ‘holy event’.

I had a wonderful Sunday School teacher during my teens – Mrs. Grant who owned a jewellery store with her husband. She was likely 50 or more since her children were grown and gone. However, as teen girls, we thought she was amazing since she always looked gorgeous and dressed so elegantly. But more than that, in her very quiet way, she really reinforced how important it was for us as young Christian women to be all that God created us to be, and not to settle for something less.

I remember discussing Philippians 4: 8 in our class, and deciding that I wanted that verse to guide my life. I wanted to go after things that were uplifting and excellent, so when I got home I wrote that verse in my Bible on a blank page at the back. Over the years, I have often returned to that verse when I’ve gotten bogged down with negative thinking and wasting time with frivolous stuff.

Now, during the pandemic lockdown, that verse strikes home again. It’s so easy to get depressed with all the confusing, frightening news, and with being so isolated. There is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines beginning to arrive, but one can also be worried thinking we won’t get the vaccine personally for several months. Perhaps we should copy that verse on a piece of paper and stick it on our frig or bathroom mirror, or in our car. We need to focus on the good things, the wonderful things God has done for us. That verse keeps our focus in the right place.

Your favourite verse???

Our song for today is Hosanna (Praise is Rising) by Paul Baloche

11 Replies to “December 28 – Stay Positive”

  1. Audrey, this too is one of my favorite verses because that stinking thinking can so easily pop in our heads so I tick off these 7 things on my fingers, whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good & worthy of praise, think on them & it immediately centers me on godly thinking.

  2. Hi Audrey my verse 1st Corthians 10- 13
    No temptation has seized you except what is common to man & God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyound what you can bear,but when you are tempted he will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

  3. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6.
    Being an anxious person , this verse is my daily prayer. It calms me when my mind races. It gives me peace when things around me are far from peaceful.
    The song that I like to listen to is Lean on Me…and I do..♥

  4. Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This verse has become special to me after hearing my Mother recite it while laying in a hospital bed after breaking her second hip 3 days before Christmas last year. Even when she is knocked down; she will recite this verse and it has helped me to stay focussed in these uncertain times! God bless, Dar

  5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your path.
    Proverbs 3:5,6
    My life verse from my 1st Bible study, years ago. Keeps me grounded.

  6. Also one of my favourite verses. Thank you for reminding us that what we think about is a choice. We can allow the negative to hold us captive or redirect our thinking to the things Paul talks about in Philippians. This shapes us. Proverbs 23:7 NASB “For as he thinks within himself, so he is”.

  7. Whenever I wanted to walk away from God because life was hard – death, betrayal, rejection, harassment, overwhelming sadness – this verse (68) always brought me back to my senses and my knees. John 6:67,68 Amplified. So Jesus said to the twelve (disciples) ( and I hear Him saying it with love and sadness), “ You do not want to leave too, do you?” Simon Peter answered, “ Lord, to whom shall we go? You (alone) have the words of eternal life ( you are our only hope). “
    We already have the answer to everything we face in this life – Jesus!

  8. I accepted the Lord at a Christian camp as a teenager. The first Bible verse I memorized and understood was John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

  9. When I became a Christian at the age of 25, I kept hearing God speak to me with the verse from Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
    I have had many challenges in life and everytime I feel like giving up hope, God speaks this to me.

  10. I once ran into a man in a shop with a tattoo that said Phil 4:13 and when I asked him what it was he said kinda rudely “look it up”
    So I did and it is one of my favourites.

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