I’m amazed that our Bible study topic is based on Joyce Meyer’s book, The Mind Connection, and “Walk in the Word” on Christian radio is following the life of Jacob and how his thinking impacted his actions.
Pastor James Mac Donald is discussing strongholds of the mind, very interesting. If Joyce Meyer will speak about that remains to be seen. We’re only on chapter five. She continually refers the reader to the Bible and to God as our main focus to maintain equilibrium and joy in the ups and downs we face in this world.
She’s right. It’s just that in the thick of things, I’m used to reacting how I’ve always reacted. It takes a re-training of perceptions and responses, which they both say doesn’t happen overnight.
I’m glad they say that so I’m not overwhelmed with guilt. “Why am I not getting this, like, immediately?!!”, I might be tempted to say and feel deep in my inner person.
I took 3 x 5 cards and wrote some quotes from Joyce Meyer’s book for my tiny filing system. These were on focus. Somehow focus came up more than once today. I also quoted two sections of Scripture from Ecclesiastes from a chapter that Joyce recommended. I didn’t choose her reference, but a little farther down the chapter.
King David’s son, Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, and he was known for incredible wisdom. Here are some of his thoughts at the latter part of his life.
Ecc 5:18 (KJV) Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
Ecc 5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
Ecc 5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.
The New King James Version of the Bible in verse 5:20 says, “For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.”
Ecc 7:5 (KJV) It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
So, as I did dishes today, because of Joyce’s book, I decided to pay attention to what I liked about doing dishes. It’s cold today and it was incredibly windy. I noticed that as I washed in the warm water, my hands stopped feeling like ice. Nice.
My husband told a lady that if you have dishes to wash, you must have food to eat, and that was a reason to be thankful. She tells me that she quotes him, often.
So, I hope you are enjoying your life, no matter where you’re at, no matter where you live, no matter what your circumstances. I hope you can find something to celebrate.
I’m thinking, “This is not my home, I’m only traveling through before all of eternity.”