Thursday, October 16, 2014

Philippians 4:8 in Action

So, here it is... halfway through my #write31day challenge and I only have a couple more phrases left in my signature verse, Philippians 4:8. 

I'm thinking to myself, "How are you going to make this stretch out for 15 more days?"

Sometimes I tend to overcomplicate thinking.

So this morning I'm pondering just what I want to get out of this challenge. 

Some people are participating to help them provide clarity on a topic.

Others are participating because they are contemplating writing a book, and this is their springboard.

Some are participating because they want to increase and expand their blog audience, and that is a definite plus.  I'm part of a group on facebook where we visit each other's blogs and comment, and I've been introduced to some awesome topics that I never would have thought about.

But me?

It's really about the writing.

Writing helps me clear my head.

And ultimately, it's about the finished product... not the words or this blog or who comes and reads (even though all that is great).

The finished product is me...

And I'm nowhere close to finished.

These Philippians 4:8 words remind me of Jesus.  He was true and noble and right and pure and lovely and admirable.

And we are to act like Him... the best we can... looking to Him,  the Author and Perfector of our faith. 

"By their fruit you shall know them."

If I'm focusing on the true and noble and right and pure and lovely and admirable, my actions will begin to reflect these. 

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

The heart reflects the man. 

The Lord looks on the heart.

My actions should reflect His; the greatest of these being love.  And as I reflect on the true and noble and right and pure and lovely and admirable, my heart will reflect these.  My words will be kinder.  I'll demonstrate those good fruits, the fruit of the Spirit.

And He is faithful to finish what He started.. this, Christ in me, the hope of glory...

His grace is sufficient to perform this completed work.  Amen and amen.


  1. Your lovely words are woven with some of my favorite Scriptures. Thank you, Lauren. I'm so glad you're taking part in this challenge!

  2. I like your take on this month a lot! I write to clear my head as well. Visiting from #wrtie31days

  3. Oh yes! I love this. I had just commented that His Grace is Sufficient, and then hopped here to see it the title of your blog! I love little God touches like that. :)

    Writing helps me clear my head too. For me it is really like breathing! I wrote a million words on my blog today to say the same thing you said with few. I love it! We reflect the things we think on. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. I am so thankful that God meets us where we are, not that we have to be perfect. Thank you for sharing, this is a beautiful post and such a good reminder.

  5. His grace is sufficient! Amen!

  6. I love this! I've gone through a gamut of motivations during the last 16 days but it's true, it comes down to the writing. Thanks for reminding me what should truly be the foundation of those words and the heart that pens them.

  7. Writing helps me clear my head and think things through, too. I've found that lessons like this aren't won once and for all - they take continual coming back to and being reminded of them. I'm so thankful for His patience and grace.

  8. I think there are so many directions you could take this. I hope you will continue in the series even if you don't do it word for word from the verse. I have really been enjoying it, and I am glad you are receiving something through your writing as well.

  9. Isn't it incredible how much we process when we write? And then the fact that God uses us to bless others with those words astounds me! Perhaps think about how you can branch out when you have used your verses up? No matter how it works out, I know that you are glorifying God with the words He has given you so don't get discouraged, my friend!

  10. Writing helps me to get in touch with my feelings and to remember all that God has done and is doing in my life. Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew!