Established Thoughts

Well, we are in the middle of our second week of homeschool and things are going well. I still have things that need to be organized, but that will come with time.

We’ve added a complication to our new school year, a move/don’t move situation. As usual, I’m analyzing it too much.

Today, our Lord reminded me that life with Him is simple, not complex; that Jesus came to give us an abundant life, not a complicated one. He used a simple newsletter from Jeannie Fulbright* to focus me on Him and not our situation.

I hope her insight and encouragement also blesses you.

Uncomplicating Christianity

“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3

It often seems the Christian life is a battle waged in our thought life. At least mine is. I find myself plagued with thoughts such as, “Is my heart right? What are my motives in this activity? Am I in God’s will? Are we on the right track? Is this God’s plan for us? What does God want for my children? Am I where I’m supposed to be spiritually? Is my sin hindering my walk and ruining our potential?” On and on the thoughts go, each and every day. I find myself fighting against fear and discouragement as I seek God’s perfect will for me and my children.

Yet, I believe the verse quoted above can unravel this destructive pattern of thinking.

I love how the Amplified Bible renders it:

“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

What a wonderful answer to all that grappling of mind! Instead of sitting around thinking, thinking, thinking, if I simply commit my works, my plans, my children, my day, my moments and every choice completely unto God, HE will establish my thoughts ~ He will guide, lead and conform my thoughts to His will. Then, all shall work out according to His perfect plan!

I can turn off the continual stream of questioning thoughts and worries by making a decision each moment ~ especially those moments that I’m in doubt ~ to give it all over to Him.

Sometimes I’m tempted to make the Christian life so much more complicated than it should be. Then God reminds me to commit my works to Him ~ as an act of my will ~ then He’ll do the rest.

LORD, I commit all these things unto you. I place them in Your hands. I will not fear, or struggle or be anxious. I choose to simply, right now, trust it all to YOU. I give it to you and believe that You are going to establish my thoughts and my plans; and they will succeed by Your standards of success.

*Jeannie Fulbright is the author of Apologia’s Young Explorer Series: Exploring Creation with Astronomy, Botany, Zoology 1, 2 &3, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. Visit her website to read articles on homeschooling or to join her newsletter:

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