Formerly The Brown Bungalow, this blog has changed names to reflect my new location in the deep South. We are leaving the Columbines for Magnolias; donating wooly socks to buy sandals; pouring out the hot beverages to sip iced tea; and building sand castles instead of snowmen.
Reading and quoting to myself verses of scripture from the Bible is a wonderful balm to my troubled mind as I hear of violent attacks increasing in our nation. Often when I wake in the mornings, my first thoughts are troubled. My mind muses over the daily news as I sleep, trying to make sense of it all.
The enemy of our soul would like nothing better than to bring us down in the arena of the mind so that we are too weakened to think straight and do what is wise.
There are many scripture verses we can and should use to combat the negativity bombarding us. Two in particular that have ministered to me in the last couple of days are these:
The name of the Lord is a strong tower.
The righteous run to it and are safe.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name.
When I run in my mind and spirit to the Lord as one would physically run to a tall stone tower to hide, in that mental action, peace comes over me.
When I speak to myself, essentially commanding all that is within my body to bless God, that means even the negative thoughts have to submit to Him. This mental exercise works well.
It looks like we are in a physical battle with all the violence that keeps erupting in our cities. We are. But even more so, we are in a spiritual battle that seeks to weaken our resolves to do what is right and holy.
Turning to scripture is my source of the sweet fragrance of peace and wisdom for these troubling times.