You'd never invite a thief into your house. So why would you allow thoughts that steal your joy to make themselves at home in your mind?
There truly are no idle thoughts. Thoughts are as seeds planted, and when we dwell upon them, they take root, and become stronger as we reinforce them with the words that we speak, and the resulting actions that we take. Consider fully the thoughts that you entertain and focus on that which gives you cause for thanksgiving and gratitude. When those thoughts are consciously and repeatedly given place, it will result in an abundant harvest of peace and joy. Try it, if only for a day, and measure the difference that it makes, not only in your own attitude and well-being, but also of those around you and with whom you associate.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
~Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)~
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ...
~2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (KJV)~
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.
~Philippians 4:6-8 (NKJV)~
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