A few thoughts from the recent past:
First, if you missed one or both parts of my double blog post last week, check out Overcoming Fear (about some lessons I've been learning about fear) and Opportunities to Help (some great young people we know in need of very small financial assistance with schooling).
Fourth, the title of this blog: "Let your mind dwell on these things..." I've been thinking about the verse Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." (ESV) I've also been thinking about the kinds of input I want my baby to have, and creating a home environment and thought patterns for children that will help to draw them close to God even from infancy. I've begun to realize that some of the things I allow to influence my own environment and thought life are dark, unpleasant or even just frivolous. If I allow my mind to dwell on these things, I realize that it has an effect on my mood, my attention, my energy, and most of all, my joy and peace. In fact this verse about the things we should meditate on is sandwiched between two verses about having peace and the God of peace being with us. That's the kind of home environment I want for my family, one of peace, so what influences will I allow in my home? Are the things I allow in my mind and in my home those of truth, honor, justice, purity, beauty and excellence? Is there any room for Spanish soap operas on that list?