Whatever things are LOVELY…meditate on these things.

One of the worst habits I’ve gotten into lately is to check my e-mail constantly throughout the day. I’ve discovered I’m more eager to hear from a friend than I am to hear from God.

So I’ve decided to add another healthy habit! For this one, I’m putting a business card holder right next to my computer. In it, I’m collecting a bunch of blank business cards that I write my favorite, encouraging Scriptures on. Each day as I meet alone with God for one hour, I’m writing down favorite Bible verses on these blank business cards that really speak to my heart. Then I put these cards in the holder next to my computer. (If you’d rather just put your Bible next to your computer each day, that works great, too!)

First of all, I want to use self-control to only answer the e-mails I need to throughout the day. Since I’m a writer and am working with editors and publishers on projects, sometimes I need to keep connected throughout the day with them. If you work on your computer, you know what I mean. Sure, I’m answering these e-mails, but the healthy habit I want to incorporate is to reach for one of those Scripture cards and read a verse from the Bible before I respond to those e-mails. Already, this has given me such a different heart-attitude about various situations I’m facing through the day with my work.

For the other e-mails–I’m seriously working on answering them only once or twice a day and not all day long. Why? Because I really do NOT need to keep my thoughts focused on what’s happening all throughout the day in the lives of everyone around me. I DO need to stay focused on God’s purposes for me each day and this includes reading Scriptures all throughout the day and being more eager to hear from God than I am to check my e-mail.

Healthy Habit #5: Take control of my e-mails and keep Scripture cards (or the Bible) next to the computer so I read God’s Word throughout the day more than I check my e-mails.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever thing are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.

-Philippians 4:8, NKJV

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