“…that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
My word for February is “On.” (to find out more about my word for the month, look above at God Appointments – Chocolaty Choices article). What do you think of when someone says “on”?
– Turn on the light
– Turn on the radio
– Supper is cooking on the stove
– Workable, energized
– You’re on! (a challenge)
– On to bigger and better things
– It’s always greener “on” the other side
– The best words after a power outage: “Power’s on!”
– On Friday we are going to the basketball game
Taking on new habits to replace poor discarded ones can be exciting! This morning I woke up early, brainstorming about what I need to “put on.”
Putting On New Habits
I started with facing my need to be more organized in my homemaking. Thankfully there is a terrific resource already out there for people like me: http://www.flylady.net/. Along with great cleaning tips, I found a great article that gave me a quick recipe for keeping your hair shiny … it involves apple cider vinegar – check it out!
Putting On New Attitudes
You know what? I’ve realized this week that I talk negatively to myself all the time! That’s got to stop! With God’s strength I can accomplish what He wants me to do, and I don’t need to beat myself up all the time. I need to sift all thoughts through Philippians 4:8 …
“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.”
One of the best books I’ve read about the mind is by Dr. Caroline Leaf – The Gift In You. In a clear biblical manner, Dr. Leaf describes from a medical point of view how it really is possible to renew your mind. Very encouraging.
Putting On Creativity
I’m custom designing a personal notebook with a sheet for every week. Some things I need to include on my list are:
– Calorie intake
– Exercise log
– Daily diary
– Grocery list
– To do list
– Bible verse of the day
That’s just the beginning! I’m praying as I go along, and God is giving me wisdom and creative ideas that are best for my family. I know He can do the same for you. Praying for you today!
P.S. Here is one of my favorite passages about putting off/on …
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
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