50 Days of Hope: Day 42: Keep practising

‘Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.’ Philippians 4 v 8 and 9 

Yesterday I wrote about needing to let things go and trust God. It’s been just over 24 hours since I wrote that post and I have been trying to uncurl my fingers. It is so difficult, but I’ve found that not gripping quite so tightly onto those jagged shards has come as a little bit of a relief. I didn’t think I could do it. I expected to fail. And yet I’ve found that I can – with God’s help and the encouragement of others, I can.

As I talked to my child this morning about getting control of his anger, I talked to him about exercising the muscles of restraint, in order that they would grow stronger, so that it would become easier and not harder to control his temper.

I was really speaking to myself. I need to practise trusting God each day, intentionally, until I grow stronger, and it all feels like less of an effort.

I have learned so much this year, from the bible, from friends, from fellow writers, from God himself, and now I need to work hard at putting it into practice. The ending of a year feels like the right time to pull away from the things I want to leave behind. As the verse says, to think about the best, not the worst; the beautiful not the ugly.

I want the chance to be worked by God into his excellent harmonies. Are you with me?

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