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Monday, 09 February 2009

You can picture it, right?   The teen angst, haughty eyed disregard for authority.




It’s what I think – sometimes even speak – when, for me, this conversation is over.




There’s a lot of message packed into that one word response:  “I’m not listening to you,” “Your opinion means nothing to me,” “You’re not worth my time.”




A home schooling mom of ‘tweens and teens once told me how, in her house, they had turned the “whatever” response into a cue to shift their focus from the negative to something positive by memorizing Philippians 4:8:


Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, fix your mind on these things.


It's amazing how much stronger, wiser and more peaceful you become by simply shifting your thinking. 


Try it!  The next time the world has you down or you’re irritable, angry; just feeling disagreeable, think.



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