When I am washing the dishes, folding laundry, making beds, changing diapers, cooking meals, whatever it may be; it seems like my head is usually running with thoughts that are consumed with whatever I am doing in that moment or whatever I need to do next. Many times, there is not even space for my own thoughts, because little voices are filling my ears.
But the Bible says this...
“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” Philippians 4:8
But that's hard with all of those loud distractions, right? Sometimes our brains can feel like they are on complete mommy-overload.
I need it though. I need the good thoughts and the noble things to be playing over and over in my head. I am not talking about just self-talk or positive thinking here. I am talking about truly tapping into what the Lord says. About thinking on those things…those pure and lovely things.
But how, with the distractions I mentioned above, can we do that in the day to day? How can we quiet everything and “think about such things”?
Peace. He is the Prince of it, remember? And if He is with us all the time, then we have Peace with us all the time. It is a matter of tapping into our friendship with the Holy Spirit and inviting Him, Peace, into what we are doing.
And peace doesn’t always mean the absence of something negative or distracting. It may just mean inviting the One who IS peace to be with us. Asking His presence to be felt while we wash the dishes. Seeking His presence to guide us as we discipline our kids.
It’s when we realize that we are able to live with Him by our side constantly, even in the midst of “chaos,” that we can think more easily on the things He says. And when our minds can slip more easily to the lovely things rather than the overwhelming things, it actually creates more and more space in our head for His presence. It’s a good cycle that is created.
And the mommy-overload? That can’t happen as easily when our minds are filled with peace. Praying peace for you today, friends. Praying that you remember He is peace and He is with you always.