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De-Cluttering our Minds

I recently joined a couple of Facebook groups.
I need to find different ways to keep busy.
I am in self isolation.
I am not sick.
I am just in one of the more vulnerable categories…senior citizen!
One group is called Tips to organize and declutter home and life and the other is Marie Kondo – let’s tidy up! It is amazing how many people struggle with clutter.
From the posts that I am reading a lot of people are spending this time of self-isolation cleaning, sorting and decluttering drawers, pantries, cupboards and rooms in their homes or apartments. I have been reorganizing kitchen and bureau drawers.
But a thought came to me this morning. What about decluttering our minds?
Listening to too much of the news can be depressing during the current situation that we are living through. I certainly believe we should be following the Government recommendations of washing hands, staying at home, and physical distancing. We need to be concerned about our health and the health of others.
But we have never been through something like this before and I am wondering how this is affecting our thoughts?
The Bible has a lot to say on that subject. I encourage you to check out those scriptures yourself but here is my favourite one.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Ps. Jamie in his online message on Sunday spoke about how Jesus has left us His peace.
John 14:27 (NIV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
He went on to say that His peace is beyond human understanding.
Philippians 4:6-9
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
The words that keep jumping off the page to me in these verses are putting into practice…then the God of peace will be with you.
The Bible says in James 1:22:
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
Our thoughts affect us in so many different ways. Positive and negative.
What have you been thinking about today? What thoughts are you putting in practice? Do you need to declutter?
In Isaiah 26:3 we read:
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

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