well, as many of you know i'm currently in iowa and my time here has been educational. it hasn't been easy, by any stretch of the imagination, but it has been good. about a week ago i was having a hard time. selling door to door, to me, is a very emotionally demanding job. but as i was thinking one day before we went out, philippians 4 has somethings to say about being anxious - which was exactly how i feel.
(6) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (7) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (8) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
it wasn't the 'don't be anxious' part that was groundbreaking, it was the understanding that all three of these verses are back-to-back. this is not a lofty observation, but rather a very simple one that until now i had never grasped. the way i understand these verses is that when i give my anxious heart over in prayer, i should replace those worrisome thoughts with the things in verse 8 (true, noble, right...) then the peace of God will guard my heart and mind.
on a lighter note, a girl i met at bible college and i have started dating. her name is jenna and she's great. you can find out more about her by visiting her blog. the link is jennaturner.blogspot.com
these are some of the many things that i have been thinking through recently. what has been on your mind? i'd be curious to know what's been happening in your life, so fill me in.