Friday, July 1, 2011

The Best, Not The Worst


Do you remember my post from yesterday about my boys playing with their mattresses?  Well it happened again today.  Four times!  Along with quite a bit of whining, crying, demanding, and yelling.  It was quite a day.  I had to discipline the boys about four times as much as I do on a typical day.
It’s exhausting.  It’s frustrating.  
But at the end of the day this is what fills my mind.  
The joy and surprise on Matthew’s (age 2) face when the pillow pet he picked out online showed up on our doorstep.  
Caleb (11 months) playing and giggling for hours with brown packing paper.  
Josiah (age 4) placing his hand on my tummy and praying for me when I told him it hurt.  His simple prayer.  “Se sana esta pansita en el nombre de Jesus.”  (This tummy is healed in the name of Jesus.)  
These are the things I remember.  These are the moments I treasure.
I fill my mind with the true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious,the best, not the worst, the beautiful, not the ugly, things to praise, not things to curse.  It keeps me grateful.  It prevents me from becoming resentful.  It’s Biblical, and it works.

Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
Philippians 4:8


  1. I love that verse! Visiting for the first time through Beki's blog. I think it's wonderful you wrote about a not-so-great day. They always leave me feeling depleted and counting the good things that happened so that I don't loose it! :-)

  2. Amen! I think GOD gave Paul that message because it helps us to see Him clearer, in the midst of the worst...He is here. "Blessed are the pure in heart (by His Grace) for they will see GOD."

  3. This tummy is healed in the name of Jesus? Precious, precious boy. Sometimes it's hard to hold on to those sweet moments in the midst of the daily grind. Bless you for doing that today!

  4. Praying your tummy is healed!
    You will surely look back on this and remember it and laugh.
    They grow so fast. I remember challenging days.
    Your scripture is perfect for this time of challenge.
    Happy 4th of July