Thinking On the Lovely — 17 Comments

  1. Good Morning Janis,

    Thank you so much for sharing this. How I relate to it. I will come back later to read again. I always worry too much and I am apt to panic. I know what you are saying about concentrating on something good. Lovely encouraging scriptures.

    Beautiful picture too.

    God Bless – Nita

  2. Worrying is time wasted and can eventually damage even your own health. It is one of the least productive activities we can do, but it is also one of the hardest things not to do! When I look to God, come face to face with Him and trust in His guidance, I can break free and receive His help. When I keep my eyes focused on God, I realize I truly have nothing to worry about. I feel safe! 🙂

    Isn’t it awesome when we hear His voice calming us and redirecting our thoughts? 🙂

    Great post!
    Blessings and hugs,

  3. I used to be a terrible worrier but as the years went by the Lord taught me to rely so much on Him. I won’t say that I still don’t worry – it’s hard not to at times but those are the times when I pray and ask the Lord to take that burden off me……… and He gives me peace.

  4. Janis,
    You speak truth with these words in this lovely post. How much more satisfied and content would we be if we just lived out what Paul tells us in Philippians. I know I so often take the difficult road in life because I allow worry to steal my joy.
    Praying you are enjoying a wonderful Sabbath rest today.

  5. The Bible says it so simply, do not be anxious about anything… But sometimes it is so hard not to. Great story.

  6. I remember the first time I really noticed this part of John 14:27 in the amplified version:
    [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
    It comes back often now when I start to fret or worry.
    Your photo is divine!

  7. Found your blog at Scripture and a Snapshot..and I’m so glad! So inspirational!

    I love the music playing also. It really calmed my spirit as I am very nervous about a situation at church….important meeting tonight.

    I’ll be back more often. I’m your newest follower 🙂

  8. what vibrant colors!

    and i love verse 9. “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

  9. Isn’t the peace of God amazing? It really does pass all understanding. I love these verses from Philippians. Thanks, Janis, for sharing your heart.

  10. Janis, I loved this one so much. You know how I share that *anxious spirit* – and the way you described what a worried mind does was so right on. It’s exactly what I do. I love what the Lord said to you. So many times, people have said to me, “Just relax.” That really doesn’t work. But, that’s a whole different thing than the Lord telling us to re-focus. I can’t stop thinking, but I can change what I think about, huh?!

    Don’t you love how He provides the antidote to worry? First, PRAY. And then, FIX your thoughts. Both involve a willful change of direction. Both involve choice.

    I WILL pray about it all – and I will FIX (not just consider) my thoughts on the things of the Lord.

    My worries may not dissipate immediately (however, I love how you were shown that they indeed can!) – but, in turning to the Lord, His thoughts can counteract the lies of the enemy that get my adrenaline going.

    Thanks, Janis – this was really one that I could identify with.

    GOD BLESS! xoxo

  11. Beautiful thoughts. This is good advice for all of us. I know it is for me. There is so much loveliness in this world that it should not be hard to do. The picture is more than lovely. It is beautiful.
    Blessings and beautiful thoughts,

  12. Oh, how I can relate. I have found rather than fighting those anxious feelings or trying to whip myself into shape, just handing them over to the Prince of Peace and begin focusing on Him. He is so Faithful.

  13. What a wonderful picture and a wonderful message to go with it! I found your blog via scripture and a snapshot. Have a wonderful day!

  14. What a thought provoking post with a stunning photo! I am so like you, developed the bad habit of not “immediately” turning off the worry, fear and other negative thoughts. Like you, I have found looking at nature brings the reality of HIS love, care, protection so close. I believe that one cannot truly SEE nature and hold on to worry. I love the way you composed this post. Have been in NC on vac during Oct. The entire month of Nov is showcasing random moments of our trip. You are cordially invited to stop over at WILDFLOWERSANDCOUNTRYROADS.COM whenever you get the chance. Blessings