think on the lovely

August 22, 2014  - By Gretchen Saffles

“For as a man thinks within himself, so he is…” ~Proverbs 23:7

I used to believe I was a princess living in a magical fairy tale. As a child, my days were filled with make-believe games that my Prince was searching for me to rescue me from my despair (which was no despair at all!). The reason I thought I was a princess is because my parents told me I was one. I watched every Disney fairytale move there was and memorized every word. My mind was constantly filled with princess dreams and it affected how I saw myself.

Lately, the Lord has been bringing me back to this kind of thinking. What am I filling my mind with each day? What takes residence in my thoughts? As Matthew 6:21 says, where is my treasure? For far too long, I have talked about longing to fill my mind with Scripture instead of the latest instagram posts, but the action steps haven’t been there. Sisters, I want my mind to be filled with truth, with the lovely things of God and not the fleeting things of this world. Do you long for this as well? If so, join me in memorizing the Word.

Let’s fill our minds with the truth and the with the glorious, life-giving Words of the Bible. Instead of flipping to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook when we pick up our phones, let’s open the Word (or Scripture notecards) and think on the lovely things of God. Philippians 4:8 says:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.”

What if we censored what went into our minds with this criteria: true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Our hours spent would look radically different. But I am ready for this change. I am ready to be fully saturated in God’s Word throughout the day and not just the morning. I am ready to get warmed by the “fires of meditation” (read this incredible Desiring God post!). Because, guess what? Philippians 4:8 holds a promise for us in verse 9:

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Peace. We are promised the peace of God. I long that for that. And God is ready to give it. Let’s think on the lovely, together! If you are with me, comment below with your email and the verses you are going to start memorizing! I am going to start memorizing Psalm 84, Matthew 6, and Colossians 3. Let’s hold each other accountable to fill our hearts and minds with the lovely, life-giving Words of God. What if we really did this? I believe our worlds and our lives would be drastically different- for the glory of God and the spread of the Gospel.

Let’s do this.

your sister,


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  1. Nichole says:

    I just recently found your blog & it is such a blessing! I think this is such a wonderful idea. To focus on lovely things instead of the envy social media can sometimes bring. I’m going to begin with Psalm 18:30-36 :)My email is!
    Thank you for your encouragement, I am so happy I found your page!

  2. Carolina Bobo says:

    Thank you for doing this Gretchen! This has been on my heart too, but honestly I haven’t been the most proactive about it. I’m joining in with you and I’m starting with Psalm 27 and Psalm 34. Thank you for the accountability!

  3. Katy says:

    Isaiah 26:3 and 2 Corinthians 10:5

  4. Christy says:

    I will be working on Psalm 86.
    I just love your heart and I’m so thankful to have found your blog!


  5. Shakira says:

    I love this blog post, because I was actually thinking about what was meditation and how to go about it. I’m thinking about memorizing Isaiah 26:3-4, Psalm 107:8-9, John 15:5, Philippians 4:6-8. My email is

  6. Bethany Dietz says:

    Gretch, this is so encouraging and inspiring! Thank you for your loving words. I will aspire to actually memorize Psalm 84 too! Then I’ll find some more 🙂

  7. alex says:

    Hi! I was wondering where your Give me Jesus journal went? I was hoping to purchase one but I can’t find it. ):

    • gretchensaffles says:

      Hey Alex!
      The pre-order for the new journal is now up!! YAY! It will ship next week! Use the coupon code GIVEMEJESUS to receive 10% off. 🙂 Can’t wait for you to get one!

  8. I love this idea. A few weeks ago I started following along on IG & love finding other women with like minds & hearts. I’m working on psalm 84. ~brit

  9. Alondra says:

    This is very encouraging! Thank you so much I really needed this I’m going to start memorizing Phillippians 4:8-9 and Psalm 51

  10. Sarah says:

    Hi Gretchen! Your journal and blog has blessed me so much. I 100% believe God is working through you to bless other women. We are all on social media and it is so refreshing to come across your posts. Thank you for doing what you doing and letting God speak through you.I currently am memorizing Psalm 23!

  11. Bonita Rose says:

    Focusing on the Psalms. Always a pick me up.. every single time. xo

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