Who are you listening to? In His Word 7-6-2020

Who are you listening to? In His Word
Normally I do not listen to the news. That may sound foolish to you but to me it is a way to cut out reason to worry, or stress or even complain about the way things are in the world we live in today. I pay attention to when someone mentions an issue going on and I look up only need to know things. Given that, lately while on a trip I found myself viewing the news on a regular digest. My host was up on every detail and this is because the television was on first thing in the morning so that they could see traffic and weather but also the side notes of where not to drive for the day.
I found myself following things going on near by that would put fear, or frustration in my heart! I tried praying for the people in the danger zone and such but even still I knew it was too much for me to handle. Hearing about bad news is like listening to the wrong person. I can recall back when the towers fell, when wars were fought over seas, and other such tragic events in my lifetime that drew me in like an addiction. It could overwhelm me!

I had to discipline myself and even went as far as muting the television (as I was told not to turn it off) and sitting outside to read and write a few times. I took walks to pray, and I found pleasant shows to watch in the meantime. 

 l found things that lifted my spirit up, worship songs, old t.v. shows that spoke about God as someone important in their lives. I looked at the good things and thought on those.It made such a big difference in my days as I did.

I felt free, I had energy to work out, to walk around the neighborhood and to speak good things with my friends and family as I visited them.

We have a choice to listen to the good things or listen to the bad. We can become fearful or we can walk in peace, walk in the Spirit and walk in love. I choose the latter three! I feel full of joy today!

“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. Job5;17

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,  or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:1-6

What have I learned through all of this? I can choose to worry that we will never be what the people call “normal” again. I can choose to be afraid to go out to the store for fear I will contact someone who has a germ. Or I can choose to trust God to take care of me and that if I follow after Him, if I continue to obey those in authority as long as it is in what is good. I can also read in the Word, and fill my heart and mind with wisdom from Himself, and not focus on the world, not get caught up in it’s cares.  I can focus instead and listen to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit that leads me on a path through the Word of God and guides my steps while He protects me from harm.

Happy the one who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding! Her profit is better than profit in silver, and better than gold is her revenue; Proverbs 3:13-14
Let’s choose wisdom today! Let us not be afraid but trust our God is with us and will protect us as we do the right things. Stay healthy, stay in safe proximity to possibly bad situations, and stay in the Word each day to find peace, hope, and joy! In Jesus’ name!
Heavenly Father, thank you for peace, hope, and love! Thank you for comfort and joy! Thank you for keeping us safe as we are obedient to You…in Jesus’ name, amen.
Suggested reading: Psalm 1:1-6, Psalm 101:1-8, Psalm 139: 1-24 and ,Psalm 91:1-16