think on the lovely

July 29, 2015  - By Gretchen Saffles

 Today's post was written last August! It was so fitting for our Scripture today. Let's think on the lovely things of God!

Today’s post was written last August! It was so fitting for our Scripture today. Let’s think on the lovely things of God!

Reading: Philippians 4:8-9

Be Still And Know:

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

Drink Deep From The Well:

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.

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  1. 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. 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. Isaiah 26:3 and 2 Corinthians 10:5

  4. says:

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


  5. 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. 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. says:

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

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

  12. says:

    This is just wanted to needed today! I am going to work on memorizing Psalm 84

  13. I just had a conversation with someone about the use of electronics in replace for scriptural reading and growing wiser in that sense last night. He didn’t understand why I deleted Instagram and all other social media from my phone when it isn’t inherently bad, but only bad when misused. I don’t even want that temptation of misuse there. It was a bit of a conflict, unnecissary indeed, but this post gives me hope.
    I’m going to start to memorize Galatians 2:19-21 and Philippians 1:20-24

  14. Max bought me the Be Still and Know study and I think I’m going to start diving into that this next week! I’m looking forward to it!
    Thank you for the challenge to be filling our hearts and minds with the lovely things of God! Last year around this time, I stopped watching all regular TV shows that I used to be hooked on because of the filth it was filling my heart with. I’ve seen great things happen by finding my entertainment in lovely places instead!

  15. Maggie says:

    Love this post and challenge. The desiring God link was such a wonderful read and really made me understand what meditation should be in my life. Thank you for sharing. My verses are: Colossians 2:6-7, Colossians 3:15-17, and Psalm 119:11-16. 🙂

  16. Mare says:

    In doing this and the journal my only question is do you do the check list everyday?

  17. Rhonda says:

    Just found this and love your encouragement!

  18. Rhonda says:

    Love this post and the encouragement it brings…just found it a decade after it was posted! God is good. ❤️

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