Something to Think About ~ Things Excellent and Worthy of Praise

Photo taken by my brother, Gary Stephens ~from Colorado Springs, CO

Photo taken by my brother, Gary Stephens ~ Colorado Springs, CO

If ever there were a picture of something excellent and praiseworthy, it is majestic mountains.  There is nothing much more beautiful than snow-covered hills against a brilliant blue sky.  In Colorado, where I lived for several years, scenes like the one above were commonplace.  God’s glory was daily on display.  It wasn’t hard to find excellence.

Although I understand the principle of keeping my mind fixed on things praiseworthy and excellent, I struggle by straying into:

frustration

distractions

bitterness

worry

doubt
fear

and the list goes on. 

Do any of you struggle, too?

God offers a better way, though.  What He proposes is not positive thinking, but instead excellent thinking.  When we focus on the glorious aspects about God and His creation, then add to that all the many blessings and promises He bestows, our minds need not fixate earthbound.  As the mountains tower above the valleys below, we can choose to place our thoughts on things heavenward.  We don’t have to get stuck in the boggy mire of problems and distractions below; we can look to the One who made heaven and earth.  We can think on things excellent and worthy of praise.

Instead of letting my imagination get away with me
I will think on ~

Things TrueIn order to prevent despondency
I will think on ~

Things NobleIn place of feeling resentful
I will think on ~

Things JustRather than dwell on all of my problems
I will think on ~

Things PureSo as not to worry unnecessarily
I will think on ~

Things lovelyTo avoid negativity
I will think on ~

Things of Good ReportTo eschew pride
I will think on ~

Things of VirtueTo resist ingratitude,
I will think on ~

Things praiseworthy

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8

Now, that is something to think about!

Sue Nash/ 2013

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32 thoughts on “Something to Think About ~ Things Excellent and Worthy of Praise

  1. Jane Bridges

    Amen and Amen!!! My preacher friend (Bro. Greg Hazelrig) posted about thoughts today too and I almost did too!! Neat how God does that through all of us these days!!!! Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed day!

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  2. Annette Hand

    Sue, I loved today’s post! I love the mountains and always think on “higher” things when I am in them!

    Sent from my iPad

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Absolutely. I am more of a beach person since I was raised in Florida, but the mountains really do cause us to lift up our eyes unto Him. Thanks and glad it was a blessing!

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  3. Teri Metts

    Sue, I’ve been reading your posts, but with young grandchildren underfoot for a week I haven’t had time to comment. The message of today’s post is one God has been bringing to my attention for three weeks now. I know when I faithfully obey this teaching, it always makes a difference in my outlook and attitude; problem is – I often struggle to focus on those more excellent things. Guess that’s why God keeps pointing me back to this scripture.

    By the way, re: yesterday’s post, Lead Me Beside Still Waters is the title of my next book, the southern novel I’m working on now. 🙂

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  4. vonhonnauldt

    Going to reblog this on nightlightblogdotcom. LOVE Garden of the God. Is that Pikes Peak in the background? Lived in Colorado off and on for about 47 years. It’s a terrible place to be “from”. Wish I as still there sometimes.

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Yes, this photo shows Pikes Peak, I believe. My brother took the photo. Colorado is so beautiful. We lived in the Denver area, but my husband was born in Durango, one of my favorite parts of the state. We ‘have’ to go back to CO every year to visit family. Ha! We love going! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Very difficult. I used a good deal of soul searching to match each ‘thing to think on’ with a companion negative one. That way I can remember to put it into practice easier. In fact, needed it today!!

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      1. Rene Yoshi

        I think it can sometimes help to consider the negative or antithetical view in order to gain a greater perspective and understanding. I really appreciate the time you took to ‘think on’ those things and put them down. Blessings to you!!

  5. bittygirl51

    It is a tall order, especially when “life’s circumstances” get in the way. I find it easier now that I am retired to keep my mind fixed on Him! During my working years, job frustrations, relationships frustrations, etc; were always “pulling me down”. A great scripture reference and one I meditate on often. Thanks for reminding us of what’s important in our daily life.

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      You are welcome, Debbie. Glad it was a blessing. BTW, I don’t know if you got my message in reply to your question about me doing a testimony, but was wondering if you have the link to the website Thanks

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