"If someone could see the inside of your soul, the pathways of your thoughts, the flow of your worship, the landscape of your thoughts and attitudes, what would it look like? Would it hold beauty or ugliness?
A beautiful soul is cultivated and crafted over time by the elements that surround it and that pour into its inner chamber. One lives and pours out words, behavior, attitudes, goodness or evil from what is dwelling inside it’s borders.
In the same way that if one fills a pitcher with lemonade, and lemonade pours forth, so one must be careful to fill one’s soul with all that is beautiful, true, lovely".
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. Phil. 4:8
I love these thoughts! This is taken from a devotional I've been reading called itakejoy.com. If you get a chance, look at it. The writer provides such wonderful insight. I have gained so much from reading it.
Lance and I briefly talked about New Year's resolutions last night. I'm not big on them, as they usually don't change much of anything. Instead, we want to take a different approach. What is God putting on our hearts for the year? What ways can we fill our hearts and souls with good things? What do we need to stop doing? And, not just each of us individually, but together, how can we bring goodness to our children? What books will we read to them? What ways can we specifically help their souls grow in beauty this year?
There are things that God is already bringing to my mind and I can't wait to have some time alone to really think about how we will grow this year. Have you taken time to think about it yet? I encourage you to make time alone to think about how God is directing you. A new year beginning could mean a wonderful change for you this year.