Week 5: What is Praiseworthy?

We’re halfway through! It hasn’t been easy, but I’m taking more breaks than I would be if I hadn’t created a plan. Here’s a recap:

Week 1

  • Bible verse– “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
  • Meditation-ish concept– Commit to “being still” for one minute every hour. Commit to “being still” for 15 minutes twice a day.

Week 2

  • Bible verse– “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • Meditation-ish concept– Observe your thoughts and do not try to evaluate them or assign meaning to them. They are less important than you think.

Week 3

  • Bible verse– “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” Psalm 145:8
  • Meditation-ish concept– Whatever happens – and I truly mean whatever – DON’T BE MEAN TO YOURSELF!

Week 4

  • Bible verse – “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7
  • Meditation-ish concept – Deep breathing involves slow inhalation through the nose and slow exhalation through the mouth. Try doing this several times a day while meditating on the verse above.

And now for Week 5:

  • Bible verse – “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.” Philippians 4:8
  • Meditation-ish concept – Every time you take a break, focus on your five senses. You are bound to find sights, sounds (and even smells) that are excellent or praiseworthy, and this is a good opportunity to praise God for everything he has made, and how he has made you able to experience such things – especially small things that you usually overlook.
  • Why – Whenever I get annoyed with work and life, it helps to remember all of the ways I am blessed. This includes simple things such as my eyesight and hearing.

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