Simple Thoughts Devotions

Ken Kirkley

Simple, short, practical, devotional thoughts to challenge and encourage in your Christian walk. read less
Religion & SpiritualityReligion & Spirituality


Jan 16 2024
Shush“I shush my mind, because your mind can ruin you if you let it.” Before We Were YoursSo much truth in this statement! There are times I have to “shush” my own mind.I am currently reading the book “Before We Were Yours.” It is a fictional account of a historic event. From the 1920’s until about 1950 The Tennessee Children’s Home was involved in kidnapping and selling children to the highest bidders for adoption. The book describes in pretty graphic detail the abuse that took place within  this Home once the children arrived there. They were nearly starved, beaten, locked in dark closets, and abused emotionally among many other ways of abuse.In this story I ran across the statement, “I shush my mind, because your mind can ruin you if you let it.” This quote is from one of the young girls who endured the agony and torture of this place. This statement immediately resonated with me. Not because I endured nor do I endure what she did, but because I know that my own mind has to be “shushed” at times.If I’m not careful I will allow thoughts and worries to flood my mind that serve no beneficial purpose. If anything, they pull down and fill me with anxiety. These thoughts come from out of the clear blue for no known reason. I am weighed down by them.I”m a pretty early riser each day even in retirement. Part of the reason is that my mind often kicks into overdrive in the early morning hours. It will find problems that don’t exist for me to fret over. It will dredge up the past that cannot be changed. It will lie to me about a little problem being a big problem. Anxiety and dread overtake me. If I stay in bed it only gets worse.Once I’m up with a cup of coffee, some alone time, and devotion time, my mind relaxes and returns to “normal.” In a sense when I get up I’m telling my mind to “shush.”I’m sure that many of you have to also tell your mind to “shush” at some point of the day. The mind is a powerful thing and it can lead us down many dark paths if we allow it. As that begins to happen just tell it to “shush!” Take a deep breath. Remember that God is greater than all that the mind can conjure up. Ask God to renew your mind one thought at a time.And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…  Romans 12:2