"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."
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV).
Over on Prayer for Freedom's website, the topic is purity. I'm going to steal that theme but not in the way that just raced through your teenage-boy head. When I read the word purity this morning, what popped into my heart was this question.
What is the purest thing I can focus my thoughts on? Not in the sense that I'm avoiding certain images, but rather that I want to actively choose what my mind dwells on today.
Only one answer to this question came to mind--God.
He is Holy and Righteous and Perfect. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is the One who began everything else.
When I don't know what to do next, which happens more often than I'd like you to believe, I turn away from myself and look to the Lord. For me, that takes the form of worship songs and praying scripture out loud.
Removing the focus off me and off my confusion somehow wipes away the smear that blurs my future and then suddenly I'll know what God has for me.
Turn your thoughts to the Lord today, and every day, and see what awesome things He wants to show you.
Father, give Alek an understanding of who You are in his life today. Speak words that he can understand that mean something deep and lasting in his heart. Meet him more than half-way and reach out so he gets what turning to You really entails. Forge a bond that is pure and right. A bond he can turn back to repeatedly, no matter how often he strays. Because he will stray. We all do. We're human. Thank you for understanding that.
Who are YOU praying for today?
Even Jesus prayed.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,
Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place,
where he prayed” (Mark 1:35 NIV).
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About Lori Freeland
Lori Freeland, a freelance writer from the Dallas area, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her other life, the one BK—before kids—she has worked as a social worker and a certified dyslexic reading tutor. Currently, she embraces her status as full-time homeschool mom to three awesome children. Her big dream? Becoming a Young Adult novelist, a goal she diligently pursues during the wee hours of the morning with help from a very large mug of coffee and occasionally some chocolate-covered peanuts. In addition to blogging and contributing regular inspirational articles to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Believe.com, she loves to mentor new writers and encourage people to share their life stories. As a member of the Cancer Mom club, she desires to connect with others in hopes of giving support to those struggling down the messy paths of life. You can find her hanging with the North Texas Christian Writers as a Critique Group Leader and Writing Coach or cheering on her writers on the Faith Team at The Christian Pulse where she recently took on the role of editor. She also loves to attend Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators meetings where she has begun a critique workshop for new writers. You can visit her website at LAFREELAND.COM.
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