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"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable— if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think on these things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.…" Philippians 4:7-9

Seek peace over your thought life. Parenting can naturally bring so much anxiety - especially during a pandemic. Foster care, kinship care and adoption can magnify that stress. We can mentally bury ourselves in all the "what if's" about the future, if we are really "called," if God is big enough to stand in the gap for all the areas we feel insecure about - remote learning, working from home, being positive and present even when we are with our families ALL. THE. TIME. This paralyzation of the mind can lead to fear. God is bigger than ALL our "what if's."

What if we focused on the truth of who God is and that He makes all things good for those who love him? What if we thought of ourselves in a way that is honorable and pure and unexaggerated? What if we thought of others in a way that is lovely and admirable? What if we disciplined our thoughts to think of praiseworthy things?

This is not about putting our heads in the sand and ignoring current issues. It's about choosing to look for the good and not stopping at fear and anxiety. If we do this we will have "peace that surpasses all understanding."

Reposted from Sept. 2, 2020

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