Conntecting the Dots

Posts Tagged: Philippians 4:8

Why Our Morning Thoughts Matter

What are the first thoughts that come to mind when you wake up? Here’s a multiple-choice quiz: It’s morning again. My to-do list is a mile long; I don’t know where to begin. Good morning, Lord. Thank You for the gift of a new day.   Our thoughts shape our beliefs which in turn influence… [ read more ]

How our Thoughts Determine our Destiny

  Our thoughts determine our destiny. Seriously. Here’s how it works: The thoughts we habitually think shape our beliefs. Our beliefs influence our behaviors. And our behaviors determine our outcome or destiny.   I reflect on my life experiences and see how it’s proven true both negatively and positively. Take, for example, the summer of… [ read more ]

Choosing to Not Think About Negative Things

Oh, how easy it is to focus on negative stuff: We regurgitate conversations that irked us. We worry about the “what-ifs.” We get stuck in “if-only.” We anticipate the worst outcome rather than expect the best. And then we wonder why we lack joy and peace.   Earlier today a friend and I walked a… [ read more ]

"The Twilight Saga": What's the Big Deal?

It looks like yesterday’s release of the movie “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” will be a runaway success. What’s the big deal about teenage vampires? And how should we, as believers, respond to its content? I’m hardwired as a black-and-white thinker so I’ll respond to the latter question with another question: What does Scripture say about… [ read more ]