Cultivate Quiet.

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A Quiet Life…

Isn’t that what we all want? Just a little peace and quiet. I longed for it when I was raising my children. Days were long and nights were short. If I could write a letter to my younger self I’d tell her she’s going to make it, that it’s not going to turn out how she thinks, and everyone will survive. I’d remind her to trust, trust, and keep on trusting and for the love – stop trying to figure it all out! I’d tell her to listen more, speak less, work hard, be patient, forgive, love unconditionally, and so much more.

The last 5 years or so of my life have been spent working these things out. Poring over Scripture, seeking His perspective on how to live. I had to build space into my daily life to cultivate quiet. Starting with letting go of formulas that have hung over my head for years. Somewhere along the line I’d convinced myself that being a good mother and wife meant that I’d have a clean house. Check. Well-behaved children. Check. Three meals a day. Check. Look presentable for my man. Check… you get the idea. ALL good things to want, but not ALWAYS attainable ALL the time! I cluttered my mind and motives with unrealistic expectations, focusing on the outward when what was needed was inward.

~ Create in Me pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.                                     {Psalm 51:10}

I believe the key to living a quiet life is a quiet mind. 

 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God– this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will. {Romans 12:1}

I was sacrificing myself at the altar of perfectionism more than I was offering myself to God. As a result I had no peace, in fact I found myself wanting to give people a piece of my mind! Thinking I knew what was best. I’m thankful for the patient love of the Father. Even when I was an angry- insecure woman, He was full of mercy. 

It’s easy to get caught up in keeping up. It’ll consume your thoughts and leave no room for peace and quiet. Take a deep breath and start somewhere. The mind is  beautiful and complex . It can be life-giving or death-leading.

  ~ This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. {Deuteronomy 30:19-20}

Make it your ambition…

1.Cultivate Quiet. Create space for quiet in your home, work place, or even your vehicle. A couple of years ago I put a cozy chair, a small side table with a stack of my most treasured devotionals, and a cute lamp in a corner of our bedroom. It is one of my favorite spots. I often sit there throughout the week to reset.

2. Read Scripture. The most effective way to keep your mind at rest is to renew it with The Living Word.

3. Pray.  Try to avoid only praying for yourself. Praying for others is an act of humility. We have to be careful that our prayers aren’t just another opportunity for complaining.

4. Practice Peace. Challenge yourself to go beyond your natural instincts to give your “piece of mind” and practice self-control.

5. Find a rhythm of rest. We live in a busy world. We have to be intentional about slowing down and getting the proper rest. My husband and I have built in a sabbath every Sunday evening. I cannot express to you how valuable this time is.

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