Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father come into the garden of our thought-life and fill it with whatever pleases Him. Father, our thoughts are so often like a garden grown wild with the weeds of worry. Take our burdens and struggles and cares from us. And fill us whatever pleases and delights you. Tend to our thoughts as a gardener Father. Prune from our minds what ought not be there. And put in and grow what is good. Fill our thoughts with beauty and truth and nobility and all other good things founded and grounded in your character and will. In the name of your son Jesus, by the Spirit tend to our thoughts today Father. Fill us according to your will.
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Your Morning Scripture: Philippians 4:8
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.
In the two verses before this, Paul is teaching the Philippians how to deal with anxiety and how to ask God to help us, not just with anxiety, but with all things. Especially in a world that both then and now seems to be drowning in darkness. We give up our burdens and struggles to God, trusting Him and thanking Him for helping us even as we are in the midst of asking Him. He promises then to take them from us and guard our hearts and minds with His peace.
But what then? If we are daily emptying our anxiety, our worries, our burdens, our struggles, and our cares to God, what is there left to dwell on? Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, anything excellent or praiseworthy.
How intentional are we about how we think? Do we plant the seeds of our daily thought life in the fertile morning soil of scripture? Do we water our thoughts with prayer? Our thought-life is a garden. Do we welcome God, the Great Gardener, in to do His work? Or have we locked the door and barred the gate? Or perhaps the door and gate are unlocked and left open so that anyone and anything can simply come and go?
What do we think about? Why? As we empty ourselves of all anxiety and worry and temptation to pretend like we have more control than we actually do, God calls us to fill ourselves with things that please and delight Him.
If we obey Him in this, if we accept His wonderful invitation to such deep blessings, we will have His approval and His shared joy. And our thought-life will be abundantly full and rich.
If we do not obey Him. If we allow our thoughts to grow unguarded by His Word and untended by His Spirit, then He will not approve of us. He will not share His joy with us. And our thought-life will be a miserable, barren wilderness.
The greatest of all gardeners calls out to us from the beyond the door, from beyond the gate. Will we welcome Him in and learn from Him as He tends to us? Or will we fill ourselves with whatever we think is best?