Throughout the day, my mind is always at work. I’m constantly thinking about something. The Lord has blessed homemakers with a busy life, full of ample opportunities to bless others with our service.
My day always begins with my thoughts. How my day goes largely is dependent on this. If I keep my mind on the things of God, then I face any issues throughout the day with much more grace. Otherwise, I’m likely to not act like I should.
I love this short passage from “A Virtuous Woman” by Ruth Mast.
“We reveal how we think as we relate to others. We cannot keep our thoughts hidden, because we are what we think. ‘For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he’ (Proverbs 23:7). Is our thinking profitable to us? The Bible tells us how to think in a godly way, which will benefit us and our families, our church friends, and the world.
‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true…honest…just…pure…lovely…of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things’ (Philippians 4:8). The Lord gave us this guideline because He knows our human tendencies. We hear gossip and read the newspaper. Our children bring home stories of misconduct at school. Our minds build cases against our best friends, or we misinterpret our husbands’ remarks. We can wreck our lives by letting our minds follow their natural bent.”
Wow! I most definitely do not want to wreck havoc on my loved ones by allowing my mind to wander out of control. Self-control is hard. We gain self-control by keeping our minds concentrated on Christ, our families, and the day at hand.
I’ve tried a little “experiment” the last few weeks. I have purposefully focused on the things of God during almost all of my waking hours, and boy, what a difference it has made. If I begin to feel discouraged, I stop, and read a chapter in my Bible. I have not concentrated on the things of the Lord quite so “radically” before, and it has made a tremendous difference in my attitude.
The joy and blessing of serving our families starts in our heart and thoughts. Recognizing this is the first step to truly changing our thinking for the good.
As homemakers, we are given the example of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Mary had a heart to sit at the feet of Jesus, and Martha had a heart to serve. While Mary’s attitude was the better of the two, as homemakers, we should do both everyday, shouldn’t we? I sometimes wonder of their thought life, and how wonderful it would have been to have met Jesus!
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Be blessed, sisters!