Whatever is lovely…

As I am looking to find a verse with the word, LOVELY, in the bible, I am not really sure that is the way to go,because the same word in English, at times in the bible has different meanings.

So, using my Greek dictionary of the new testament, The Complete Word Study New Testament by: Spiros Zodhiates Th.D, it states that LOVELY from Philippians 4:8 means “friendly towards” and/or “acceptable”.

 

So, the way I see this is thinking about what is friendly and/or acceptable:

examples:

1. Smiling at a baby when they look at you.

2. Holding the door for someone

3. Listening to someone’s story about a trip they went on

4. Going out for coffee with a friend

5. Being genuine.

 

On a side note, as I continue to think of examples, my mind goes to Romans 12:9-21. Here, Apostle Paul, lays out the marks of a Christian.  I wonder what other examples can be added to this list using Romans 12 as an example?

 

 

Philippians 4:8&9 project

Philippians 4:8 & 9 “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. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me- practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

 

“So, what’s the project, Rosie?” some of you may be asking… Well, it’s quite simple, really. Starting today, jot down something that is TRUE, and then the next day, jot down something that is JUST, and so on until you have an example for each word proceeding the “whatever is …” phrases.

In the meantime, while this is taking place, the promise of God’s peace will be with you.

Oh, how beautiful is that!

Ok…I’ll begin: “whatever is TRUE”: When I was a little girl, around 12years old, I began to learn how to play the piano. I am still playing to this date.

A Christian’s highest goal: 1 Corinthians: 10:31

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

My mom shared with me what Gabby said on TV after winning the individual gold metal in gymnastics for USA. (paraphrased: ” I give glory to God, and for that I am blessed.”)

How can we glorify God today? 

…He gave me breath this morning…

…He allowed me to think about Romans 1:17 in a fresher, newer way this afternoon…

…bananas, peanut butter, and carrots as a mid afternoon snack is very yummy…

….fill in the blank……

 

 

It’s been a while…I’m still here:)

I’ve not bogged for quite some time. I haven’t had much time, first and foremost, but mostly, I haven’t been motivated much to write.

But,…I wanted to mention today how thankful and well-cared for I am by our Heavenly Father because of Jesus Christ. I say this with all sobriety and with a clear conscience before God, that I am thankful for His goodness and unfailing kindness and mercy towards me each and everyday of my life. Psalm 23 has been my chapter of meditation most days, along with the Lord’s Prayer,,…especially the part, “Your Kingdom come…”

There IS much joy in the process, at times, at moments unexpected, joy unspeakable from God our Heavenly Father, as we suffer and/or deny ourselves. He continues to supply all my needs. I AM NOT forgotten,…not one day. He has and is so gracious to me, and I want to surrender more and more to Him, in my devotion to Him. I love Jesus Christ. I also love undesirable things. BUT, Jesus is great than all my sin…all of it….worry, doubt, unbelief, anxiety, perspiration, jealousy, envy, strife, and the list goes on…there is nothing too great or above what Jesus has conquered and finished by His sacrifice of Himself on the cross. Romans 8: 37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Jesus has pouring out so much love and mercy on me these days…and I pray He allows me breathe, and stamina, and however many days to honor Him and love Him first, and through that love to gladly submit and surrender to Him.