There Are So Many Sweet Things to Think About

A few thoughts by a housewife, written in 1932….

As I stood ironing yesterday, my mind began to dwell on little troubles, misunderstandings, the slight of a supposed friend, problems which were beyond my control. And as my mind clung to such thoughts, each trouble, or misunderstanding, or slight, seemed to grow and grow and become almost unbearable till I was very blue and even wept a few tears.

lilacs in bloom

Right there I turned about and placed the hot flat iron on the stove. These were not healthy thoughts for a woman to be thinking who is striving to be a wonderful wife and mother, with a sweet face and a true heart. My thoughts were dragging me down and in my mind huge storms were brewing.

a blue butterfly

Before any more ironing was done I placed my Bible before me open to Philippians 4:8, which verse I committed to memory as I worked. “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on those things.” It helped wonderfully. How many sweet things there are to think about!

5 Replies on “There Are So Many Sweet Things to Think About

  1. I love that verse because I believe it is like spiritual bullets! We can knock out those thoughts that are opposite of that. I love that you did just that. 🙂

  2. I find it easy to be distracted from those thoughts during the day. Now, in the middle of the night?!?! I think of every unresolved issue, irritating person, argument, etc! I’ve really had to work hard to train myself to NOT think of it. So, in my mind, I decorate things!! I’ll design dresses, remodel my kitchen, imagine how I would decorate my grandparents’ old 1940s bungalow….if I owned it now! And then, before I know it, it’s morning! I also talk to the Lord while I’m decorating, to ask him what he thinks….or if he has any ideas to beautify our current home.

    1. I read an article in the newspaper last week that said that the logic part of our brains is suppressed at night while the emotional part is increased. We didn’t need a scientific study to tell us that, did we?? lol

      1. Haha! No, it’s quite obvious to me in the middle of the night that Logical Debby has left the building.
        All that’s left is Debby Downer and her band, The Irrationals!!

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