Saturday, February 28, 2009

Philippians 4:8a ~ True

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to start off with some jokes I read at Readers Digest online .

With our Scripture for this week talking about thinking on things that are

good, I thought a few good clean jokes were in order.

My criteria for these is that they make me laugh out loud. Free Smileys

The first one, I had heard something similar, but I appreciated how they

expanded it!

Also...this joke reverberated, much to my horror,

of my morning today at 5:00 a.m....

We had been seeing "evidences" of something underneath our sink and

in our pantry...Free Smileys

My sweet husband set two traps late yesterday afternoon ~ out of sight, of course...

I go traipsing (don't you just love that word?) down our stairs this morning

to our kitchen....

I rounded the corner in the semi-dark and I heard a squeaking!!!!

I saw for a split second the trap on the OUTSIDE of our pantry....

It was NOT placed on the outside....

it was placed on the inside....

The pantry door was closed tightly.....

I yelled and screamed at the top of my lungs and

took the stairs two at a time, I think,

while waking my said sweet husband....

I think he thought someone was attacking me!!!!

I curled up in our bed in the fetal position and covered myself up with the

covers and said ~ "You kill it!" ~ UGH UGH UGH!!!

My hero did and I was able to stop breathing hard and my heart returned back

to its normal pitter pat after the "deed was done".....

Then...I had to RETURN to the kitchen....stepping very carefully and sweeping

the kitchen floor with my eyes at an accelerated pace....


Now on with the jokes....
Squirrels had overrun three churches in town. After much prayer, the elders of the first church determined that the animals were predestined to be there. Who were they to interfere with God's will, they reasoned. Soon, the squirrels multiplied.

The elders of the second church, deciding they could not harm any of God's creatures, humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

It was only the third church that succeeded in keeping the pests away. The elders baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.
Some neighbors of my grandparents' gave them a pumpkin pie as a holiday gift. As lovely as the gesture was, it was clear from the first bite that the pie tasted bad. It was so inedible that my grandmother had to throw it away. Ever gracious and tactful, she still felt obliged to send the neighbors a note. It read "Thank you very much for the pumpkin pie. Something like that doesn't last very long in our house."
Nancy was Catholic, but her fiancé, Chris, was not. Since my friends were planning to be married in the Catholic Church, Chris made sure to listen carefully throughout their prenuptial sessions. At one meeting the priest turned to Chris and told him, "Since you are not Catholic, we shall have the ceremony without Eucharist."

Later that day, Chris was noticeably upset, so Nancy asked what was wrong. "I don't understand," he said. "How can we have the ceremony without me?"

Did anyone notice that I added a little "a" after our Scripture verse?

hmmmmm.....I wonder what that could mean?

After praying about our next verse,

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things."

I want to take each focus of thought, separately.

This week, we are going to talk about "whatever is true".

But first I want to start with talking about our thought life.

The following is from,

the online Bible Commentary I use ALOT!!

(Their link is also found on my left sidebar under "links" ~ "Online Commentary".)


READ: Philippians 4:4-9

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, . . . meditate on these things. —Philippians 4:8
In some ways humans are inferior to animals. I have seen some incredibly strong men, but never one 'as strong as an ox'. Men can run 100 meters in under 10 seconds, but that doesn't begin to compare with the speed of a cheetah. There are people who have an uncanny sense of direction, but even they can't explain how migrating swallows can return unerringly to the same place year after year.

Yes, some animals are intelligent, but none of them can think as we can. No animal could ever have developed today's amazing society with all its medical and technological advances.

A human's unique ability to think enables him to have thoughts about God and eternity. The famous American poet Walt Whitman found this to be troubling. He said that he often envied the cattle that graze contentedly in a meadow, because they never worry or dwell on troublesome thoughts.

As Christians, we know that the ability to think is a God-given gift. But sad to say, we can misuse it by entertaining thoughts that are vulgar, foul, and mean. Paul told us to meditate on whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, praiseworthy, and of good report (Philippians 4:8).

Lord, help us to discipline our thoughts. —Herbert Vander Lugt

Of all God's creatures only man
Can worship, meditate, and plan;
The gift of thought sets him apart
To love the Lord with all his heart. —D. De Haan

Godly character is shaped by Godly thoughts."

**The Gift of Thought**

WOW ~ have you ever "thought" about that before?

It is a wonderful gift that God has given us.

To be able to be intelligent ~ the most intelligent creature that God made.

How do we use that gift?

What do we focus our thoughts on during the day?

I have been involved in a couple of weight-loss programs. (cough, cough ~ ahemmmmm)

One in particular, asks you to write down every thing you put in your mouth during the day.

What would our page in our journal look like if we carried it around for a day a jotted down

a one word description of what we are thinking about at that given time?

We may need more than one page in a journal or even more than one journal!!!

But, what would those one-word descriptions show us?

Our last 4 verses have been teaching us how to have peace,

how to have joy,

how to have contentment.

Another way to look at these 4 verses, is to say that it teaches you how to do

spiritual warfare

in times of trial and temptation.

  • Rejoice
  • Be Gentle
  • Don't Worry About Anything
  • Pray About Everything
  • Be Thankful
  • Think On True, Noble, Right, Pure, Lovely, Admirable, Excellent And Praiseworthy Things
Then you will have the peace of God which will guard your hearts and minds.

  • No Tormenting Thoughts
  • No Discontentment
  • No Nervousness
  • No Jitteryness
  • No Queasy Uneasyness

As Paul draws to the conclusion of his letter, in this verse he deals with the

greatest conflict that every believer encounters -

the battle for the control of our minds.

Proverbs 23:7

Solomon wrote that "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."

–(King James Version)

Do you want to know what a man or woman actually is?

Solomon has given us the "test". It is not what he or she says,

but what he or she thinks about!

Paul is not preaching the "Power of Positive Thinking",

but rather that the Christian's thought life should be focused on the

great truths of the Bible.

"Many things in this world are deceptive and illusory, promising what they can never perform, offering a specious (misleadingly attractive) peace and happiness which they can never supply. A man should always set his thoughts on the things which will not let him down." ~ Barclay

"Since as fallen creatures we are prone to Satan’s lies and deception, the only way we can know the truth and walk in it is to steep ourselves in God’s Word. We should know the Word so well that we automatically run everything we encounter through the grid of God’s Word. We live in a day that is geared toward emotions and strongly influenced by the supposed “virtue” of tolerance. Our culture assumes that love means being tolerant and accepting of everyone and everything, even if God’s Word plainly declares that something is an abomination. If you go with the flow, you will be carried far from God’s absolute standard of moral truth as revealed in His Word." ~ Steven Cole

Steep ~ "to soak food or tea in water so as to extract its flavor or to soften it."

We need to steep ourselves in God's Word.

In the final analysis whatever God says on any given subject is true! The unchanging God and His unchanging holy Word is the final test for truth!"

Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny!

Until next week,

Debbie G.

Resource ~

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Philippians 4:7

Hello Everyone!

It is ☂ here! How is in your "neck of the woods"?

But at least it is not ☃!

We really can't complain about our weather,

it has just been kinda ⇑ and ⇓ and sometimes...

➶ ➷ ➸ ↵ !!!

Sorry...I got carried away with a selection on my "Edit" tab

called "special characters"!

Thanks for your patience with my "playin' around"! ♡ ✟ ❉ ❀ ❆ «»

Before we get into our verse for the week,

I thought it was about time to again visit:

This week we might see a sneak peak into the reason for the

word "nut" in their name!

No offense intended!

15 Alternative Uses for Credit Cards

By DIY Maven

Has the economy prompted you to cancel a credit card or two even though you’re still getting those fake ones in the mail? Here’s 15 ways to make use of all of them that won’t cost you a thing. Actually, in some instances, they’ll even save you money.

  1. Open a spring latch lock. (Doesn’t work on a deadbolt, thankfully.)
  2. Ice scraper.
  3. Paint scraper.
  4. Aquarium glass scraper.
  5. Caulk edger, like one of these things.
  6. Shims for tight spaces.
  7. Guitar pick.
  8. Hard Cheese grater–use the embossing side and wash the card first!
  9. Paint guide for tight places.
  10. BookmarkFinger splint, using it to immobilize an adjacent finger or two–until you can get to a doctor, of course.
  11. Cake knife. (Seriously.)
  12. Weeder, to get in the cracks between paving stones and sidewalks.
  13. Straight edge. (Okay, a SMALL straight edge.)
  14. Pick-pocket diverter. Fill a cheap prop wallet with them–use the fake ones you get in the mail–and slip it into your back pocket.
  15. And finally my favorite..cut them up to use as mosaic tiles.

Compiled with the help of this, this, and this. Top image via.

You can take duct tape and wrap it several times around an old credit card

and then put it in your wallet.

Now you may ask...why in the world would I want to carry duct tape in my wallet?

Here you go....

From: (I'm being serious here.)

Travel Gear: 10 Reasons to Pack Duct Tape When You Travel

We're minimalists when it comes to specialized travel gear, but the one thing we never leave home without is a small roll of duct tape (also called duck tape). Here are some terrific uses you've probably never considered.

  1. Repair broken luggage or tape closed the area where a zipper has failed.
  2. Once you've left the US (and TSA) tamper proof your luggage by wrapping duct tape around it. While someone can still get into your luggage if they really need to, they'll probably skip yours and rifle through someone else's bag.
  3. Use colored duct tape, or a personal design to mark your suitcase for visibility
  4. In a hotel, close gaping blackout drapes
  5. Create an extra label for your suitcase by writing your name and address on some duct tape and sticking it inside.
  6. Seal over the drain in a hotel room sink so that you can wash laundry
  7. Babyproof a Hotel Room
  8. Entertain the kids: Use the tape to outline a hopscotch design or a race track for toy cars
  9. In case of fire, seal off door & air vents to keep smoke out. Some say that duct tape is more effective than damp towels, and it certainly works better to cover an air vent on the ceiling.
  10. First Aid: In a pinch, duct tape can be used to make band-aids (with some tissue or cotton), a finger splint (with two popsicle sticks), or to remove a splinter

You can buy mini-rolls of duct tape from a travel store, but it's easy and cheap to make your own.

Wrap the tape around a popsicle stick, short pencil, crayon or expired credit card.

What are your favorite uses for Duct Tape on the road? Let us know in the comments!


  1. mamabunny

    February 28, 2008 at 3:15 p.m.

    it also works well as a lint brush if you turn a bit sticky side out and form a loop that you put over your hand. we need to settle down and have our Bible Study!!

Philippians 4:7 ~

Available Translations and Versions for Philippians 4:7

Starting with the King James Version:

KJV - Phl 4:7 -
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

: - King James Version 1769 Info

NKJV - Phl 4:7 -
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

: - New King James Version © 1982 Thomas Nelson

NLT - Phl 4:7 -
If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

: - New Living Translation © 1996 Tyndale Charitable Trust

NIV - Phl 4:7 -
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

: - The Holy Bible, New International Version© 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society

ESV - Phl 4:7 -
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

: - English Standard Version © 2001 Crossway Bibles

NASB - Phl 4:7 -
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

: - New American Standard Bible © 1995 Lockman Foundation

RSV - Phl 4:7 -
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

: - Revised Standard Version © 1947, 1952.

ASV - Phl 4:7 -
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

: - American Standard Version 1901 Info

DBY - Phl 4:7 -
and the peace of God, which surpasses every understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts by Christ Jesus.

: - J.N.Darby Translation 1890 Info

WEB - Phl 4:7 -
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

: - Noah Webster Version 1833 Info

HNV - Phl 4:7 -
The shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Messiah Yeshua.

: - Hebrew Names Version 2000 Info

And one more, please ~

"Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life." >The Message Bible

"How do you know when God is at the center of your life?

When God is at the center, your worship.

When He is not,

you worry.

Worry is the warning light that God has been shoved to the sidelines.

The moment you put Him back at the center,

you will have peace again."

-The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

When we call on God from hearts that remain in Christ and His Word...

(Condition to be met)


God's peace will flood

our troubled souls.

✵This peace is an inner tranquility mediated (!) by the Holy Spirit.

(Romans 8: 15-16)

It involves a firm conviction that Jesus is near and that God's love

will be active in our lives for good.

(Isaiah 26:3
Romans 8:28, 32)

✵This peace will stand guard at the door of our hearts and minds,

when we lay our troubles before God in prayer,

preventing the cares and heartaches of life from upsetting our lives

and undermining our hope in Christ.

✵This peace will replace fear and worry, when they rear

their ugly heads again. Under the peace of God, we are safe

and we will rejoice in the Lord. (there's that word, again ~ JOY!)

Just knowing that Jesus came as the Prince of Peace,

Dove Holding Peace - Nancy Howe Prints - Holding Peace Art by Nancy Howe.

will not ensure that peace will automatically become the fabric of our lives.

To experience peace requires that we be united with Christ in an active faith.

The first step is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we do, we are justified (just as if we had never sinned) through faith

(Romans 3:21-28)

and so have peace with God.

(Romans 5:1)

Along with faith, we must walk in obedience to His commands in order

to live in peace.

To know God's peace, He has given us the Holy Spirit,

who begins to work His fruit in us – one portion of that fruit is peace.

(Galatians 5:22)

No God, No Peace
Know God, Know Peace

**Let peace rule in our hearts

**Let us seek peace and pursue it

**Let us do our best to live in peace with others

I want to leave you with this well-known blessing that our mentor

prayed over my husband and I just last night...

Numbers 6:24-26

"The Lord bless you and protect you;

the Lord make His face to shine on you,

and be gracious to you;

the Lord look with favor on you

and give you peace."


Until next week,

Debbie G.

Reference: Commentary from "Life in the Spirit Study Bible", formerly known as "Full Life Study Bible".

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Philippians 4:6

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to start out this post with a video from friends of ours

the Burchfield Brothers, Benji and John.

They are wonderfully talented instrumentalists.

My husband went to Olivet Nazarene University with Benji and

has enjoyed renewing their friendship since we all live in the

Nashville, TN area, now.

If you like their music you may go to their website at

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Please enjoy!

(Plz remember to turn off my Playlist in the left sidebar!)

Our Scripture for this week is....!

Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."

There are other versions of this verse, but this is the one I want to use this week.

In this world, today...this verse should be taped on our foreheads!!

(That would look strange, wouldn't it!!)

It seems as the years go by, there is more worry and more worry with

each passing decade.

But this is the end of the end times and the Bible says that everyone will

wanting peace and safety ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:3

Do we have any "worry warts" present here?

Does the following story ring a bell for you?

"The Most Reverend R.C. Trench, who was at one time the Protestant

Archbishop of Dublin, had a morbid fear of becoming paralyzed.

One evening at a party, the lady he sat next to at dinner heard him muttering

mournfully to himself, 'It's happened at insensibility of the right limb!'

'Your Grace,' said the lady, 'it may comfort you to learn that it is my leg

you are pinching!'"


But seriously, over 100 diseases have been directly attributed to worry!

An article that I just found is entitled:

"Chronic Worry Tied To Memory Problems"

hmmmmmmmm.....oh boy!!

Worry will not only take away your physical energy,

it will also rob the soul of its stamina as well.


Worry is the ultimate act of rebellion against the rule of God

in a believer's life.


Worry says that God is dead ~

and if He is alive...

then He is incapable of doing anything about my situation!!


Worry could be called the most popular pastime of the human race.

One elderly lady said, "I always feel bad when I feel good,

for I know that I'll feel bad after awhile!"

Can you relate?

When we worry, we have ceased to trust the Lord.

If worry is eating you alive and is destroying your physical

and spiritual life, the Apostle Paul wants to help you to defeat its power!

In this verse and the next two, the Bible sheds light
on how we are to handle our worry.

Worry comes from an Old English word meaning "to strangle"...

Now, of all of the old-timey derivatives...this one nails it!!

  • Worry will choke the life right out of you!
  • Worry is the interest paid on trouble before it falls due
  • Worry is the interest we pay on tomorrow's trouble
  • Worry pulls tomorrow's cloud over today's sunshine
  • Worry gives a small thing a big shadow
Why should Christians not worry?
  • God knows what you have faced, are facing and will face (Proverbs 15:3)
  • God cares about what you face in life (1 Peter 5:8)
  • God has promised to take care of you (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Years ago, in the pioneer days of aviation, a pilot was making a flight around the

world. After he had been gone for some two hours from his last landing field,

he heard a noise in his plane, which he recognized as the gnawing of a rat.

He realized that while his plane had been on the ground, a rat had gotten in.

For all he knew the rat could be gnawing though a vital cable or control of the

plane. It was a very serious situation. He was both concerned and worried.

At first, he did not know what to do. It was two hours back to the landing

field from which he had taken off and more than two hours to the next field

ahead. Then, he remembered that the rat is a rodent. It is not made for the

heights; it was made to live on the ground and under the ground. Therefore, the

pilot began to climb. He went up a thousand feet, then another thousand and

another until he was more than twenty thousand feet up. The gnawing ceased.

The rat was dead. He could not survive in the atmosphere of those heights.

More than two hours later the pilot brought the plane safely to the next landing

field and found the dead rat. Worry is like a rat in your heart and in your mind.

If left alone, it will gnaw at you until it destroys your life and until it steals away all

your joy, power and energy. But....But....the rodent of worry cannot live in the

secret place of the Most High!! It cannot breathe in an atmosphere that is steeped

with prayer and influenced by the Word of God!! Worry dies when we climb up to

the Lord through prayer and His Word!! What do you need to carry up to the

Lord in prayer?

but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."


When you worry, presumably, you are not is a situation where being thankful

is automatic or spontaneous!

You will have to do this deliberately!

Thanksgiving in times of trials, reflects 3 things:

  1. You are remembering God's supply in the past
  2. You are submitting to God's supreme power in the present
  3. Your are trusting in God's sufficiency for the future

You say ~ "Lord, I do NOT understand, but I submit to Your supreme power and

purpose in this situation. I trust You.

Let me go out on a limb here...

At some point in our Christian lives....

we are to give thanks for the trial.

Now...I know what you are thinking...

  1. How can I give thanks for my family member dying?
  2. How can I give thanks for losing my job?
  3. How can I give thanks for losing our financial investments?
  4. How can I give thanks for not being able to make our house payment?
  5. How can I give thanks for my spouse leaving me?
  6. How can I give thanks for my teenager's rebellion?
  7. How can I give thanks for my boss who is verbally harassing me?
  8. How can I give thanks for my spouse who is physically abusing me?
  9. How can I give thanks for a sick baby?
I know...I know...

Please allow me to say this with gentleness (last post)...

This is a process.

Once you have been through a fiery trial...

the next time (unfortunately there will be another)

you find yourself suddenly thrown into the fiery furnace,

you MAY BE able to:

  • lift your head a little higher
  • lift your hands a little higher in worship
  • lift your voice in praise
Remember one of my last posts where I said that we should be

Worshipers instead of Worriers...?


It would be GREAT if you can do this during your first trial!

But being human, we tend to build our faith slowly, sometimes.

We need to see how each time the Lord helped us.

We need to see how each time He brought us through.

You MAY even get to the point of the three Hebrew children in

Daniel 3. You may even want to STAY in the fiery furnace.


If you read this passage closely...

verse 25, the King says that they see FOUR men in the fire!!

One of those men had to be the Lord, in my humble opinion.

AND they were unbound!!!

They CHOSE to stay there to be close to the Lord!!!

Praise the Lord!!!

When they CAME OUT....

the only thing destroyed on them were their human bonds.....


They DID NOT even smell like smoke!!!

Do you know anyone who has been through a fiery trial and they

came out being bitter?

They came out smelling like the aftermath of a campfire....eckkkk....

The 3 Hebrew children came out BETTER not BITTER.

The only letter that changed there was the "I".....

God bless you as you are possibly walking through a trial today.

May you be able at some point in your life to be thankful for a trial,

because you KNOW that God will bring good out of it some way some how.


Debbie G.


"God's Word Concerning Your Worries ~ by Alan Carr
"The Answer... " ~ by Steven J. Cole

These were found at ~ Philippians 4:6-7

(See link on left sidebar for "Online Commentary")