The Thought Filter 12.05.16

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT)

As women, we can make up the craziest stories in our head over something so small.  Just one thought can thrust us over the edge into another universe and before we know it, we are dead set positive on something completely untrue. Has this ever happened to you? It happens to me ALL. THE. TIME. Especially in my marriage — if my husband doesn’t text me right back, I have the tendency to go into an oblivion and think the worst situation has happened. Which then causes me to worry myself sick to the point where I can’t even function until I get ahold of him. Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this.

That’s when the Holy Spirit gently reminds me of this scripture. I like to call it my Jesus Filter. Every time you have a crazy thought (everyone’s got a little crazy in them!), ask yourself, “Is this true, right, pure or excellent?” If your answer is no, take that thought captive! Give it to the Lord. Sometimes I literally picture myself laying the thought down at His feet.  And if you find that thought creeping back in, give it to Him again! And again.

Paul uses the word “practice”. I think he wanted us to know that this way of thinking isn’t going to come naturally. We are going to fail, but that’s what “practice” is all about.  If you are practicing a sport, an instrument or any type of hobby, you are going to make mistakes. Practicing the disciple of controlling your thoughts is no different. You will mess up,  but we are reminded in 2 Corinthians 12:9, His grace is enough. He is made strong in our weakness. We just have to call on Him.

Giving your thoughts to our Father is worth the extra effort because that’s how we are filled with His sweet, sweet peace. It takes practice but with the help of the Holy Spirit, you’ve got this. Just don’t give up.


There are 5 comments

By Katie Tye | December 5, 2016 at 7:30 am

Hi Kandyce!
Wow, I really needed to hear this today. Thank you for being so open and honest!
Love all of these posts!

By Kandyce Cudjo | December 5, 2016 at 9:11 am

Thank you so much, Katie! It means so much.

By Jana Stookey | December 5, 2016 at 11:57 am

Just so you know, you are not alone! My mind does this all the time. Lovin’ your posts.

By April Webb-Billings | December 13, 2016 at 10:54 am


Your words are so moving and inspirational to me. Right now I have been going through some battles in my life. I had took a long break from IG. I happened to get back on to stalk my and saw your IG page and blog. I feel like the Lord used this situation with my children for me to find you.

You are doing amazing work here. Please don’t stop.

By Kandyce Cudjo | December 13, 2016 at 12:05 pm

April! God is good, he knows what we need just when we need it. Lifting you and your situations up in pray as I type this. God knows exactly where you are and you are not alone. He promises us that He never leaves us or forsakes us. Satan tries to convince us that God has forgotten about us during our times of need and when we can’t “feel” Him. But that’s when we hold tight to His promises. Through our trials, we become stronger. God’s got you, sister. Don’t give up.

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