I committed to cultivating a quiet heart (and tone of voice) this year… boy, has that gotten me off to a challenging start in 2015!
I’m pulling something out of the archives for you today, since I haven’t had time to write any new content this week. (Read: This is our first week of homeschooling after Christmas break!)
I chose this “old” post from 2008- “Is Your Heart Ripple Free?”- because it is a helpful reminder for me as I seek to stay the course on this mid-week morning. And yes, obviously I have been working on this trait for quite some time!
Whatever your struggle is today, remember that His mercies are new for you every morning. Be blessed!
I love peaceful things.
Orange-and-purple sunsets over a quiet meadow,
a black night sky studded with stars,
wistful morning contemplations over a cup of hot tea,
a long afternoon nap…
If it were possible, I would live my life entirely unencumbered from any noise or busyness that would interrupt a peaceful state of mind.
Unfortunately, that is not always practical; or maybe, in this season of life, it is NEVER practical!
To be honest, I can be my own worst enemy in keeping the tranquility of my heart.
It’s all too easy to get out of sorts when the dishes aren’t done, or the laundry piles up, or children track mud on freshly cleaned floors, or the house seems too small or too drafty or too disorganized, or the yard needs mowed, or a hundred other “hindrances” to an otherwise peaceful mind.
While I often blame circumstances and situations for a lack of contentment, most of the time my perspective and response is at fault. I create many a ripple in the waters of my own home (and heart) by allowing a complaining, negative, or critical spirit to take root.
Shashwhy, from *Handprints on the Wall, recently shared an insightful post on this topic. She says:
“A while back I read in a commentary that ‘quiet’ in this verse [I Peter 3:4] means ‘tranquil’, like a glassy pond with no ripples…undisturbed.
“The commentator also noted that this is a disposition that is not easily disturbed and does not create disturbances. So basically, this is a calm confidence in the Lord. The kind of quietness of soul can only come about when you are trusting in God’s sovereignty over your life and over the world.
“It is quietness toward troubles and always gentle toward others…not harsh or abrasive.”
Peace – that was the other name for home.”
I am so inspired and convicted to take an inward look at my heart, and the attitudes incubating there!
A few questions for my day: