By Reverend Sherri L. Board, M.A.

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor

As we begin this new year together, I want to share with you something that I do when I find negative thoughts creeping into my mind. I keep a copy of Philippians 4:8 tucked in my pocket, taped to my computer screen, and typed into the notes app on my cell phone, anywhere that I can easily access it and that it can access me! I replace any discouraging thoughts with:

“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.” (LASB)

It takes what I call The Three P’s of positive thinking, practice, patience, and perseverance, before the negative thoughts give way to positive ones. Practice praying Philippians 4:8. Be patient with yourself. Persevere until you notice the negative thoughts giving way.

I wish you God’s peace.