Friday, July 22, 2011

Quiet

I'm reminded over and over again of a sweet and simple domestic life in days gone by.

1 Thessalonians 4:11a, "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life."

Quiet

Just say that word to yourself and feel yourself relax and your heart begin to quiet.

Could that mean some of the same ideas as small? Yes - it resonates with me as a similar feel and idea.

Visiting in Colorado - I was struck with the pace - so many are in a hurry, walking and driving and talking faster than me. And, it unsettles me - to be in the faster pace. And, then driving up to the mountains to visit a friend and her home feeling quieter, simpler, slower.

I'm in a nearly completely quiet room at Glen Eyrie right now (when writing this) - I can hear the tick of the clock and the gentle drip of rain.

How would it change my life if quietness of heart was a priority?

Even just the word: quiet falls and rests gently on my soul. It finds a welcome there and feels so right there.

Isaiah 30:15 - quietness and trust will be my strength
1 Kings 19:11-13 - a gentle whisper
Psalm 46:10 - be still

Quietness does not fight or push back.

Quietness is a blessing.

Quiet is restoring.

Quiet is spiritually necessary.

A quiet heart and spirit feels more at peace, more orderly, not chaotic.

Quietness brings strength.

When we are quiet, we can hear better.

Quietness shows humility, restraint and a teachable-ness.

Quietness blesses me, my home, my life - noise and chaos take away.

You know what I mean by quiet, right? It doesn't mean I expect my children to be quiet all the time - it is a state of heart. A quiet place spiritually that longs for Him and to be filled with Him.

Quietly finishing this week of reflecting - more to come in the days ahead as I am learning and quieting my heart. Won't you quiet your heart this moment and join me?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

God's been teaching me about quietness in my heart lately through Solitude. Thank you for the post: ) ChristyS.

Treasures Evermore said...

Oh how I needed this post this morning...thank you!!!!

donna rae said...

A good word for our hurried and harried lives... thank you for this lovely reflection!

Debra said...

Thanks for the posts this week. I loved today's especially. I want my home to feel like your friend's-would you ever do a post on what you saw or what she did to make her home feel quieter & slower? I just wonder what it is that makes that happen. I try and some days I think I do a really good job -others not as much.

Thanks again. Have great weekend!

Lee said...

I feel the same way when I go to my mom's. She lives in the mountains and the quiet I "feel" (even in my heart) is completely different there. I'm still trying to figure out how to bring that into my real life.

Sarah said...

I really understand your desire to have a quiet heart, spirit. God's been teaching me something similar when I've been studying the passage from 1 Peter 3:3-4. I wrote a post about it because I feel it's so important for Christian women. I'm really enjoying your series!

Lisa said...

Wow Monica... that is the third time this week that the Lord has showed me that verse!! I wanted to glean more so I read over commentaries, but just wasn't pulling out as much as I wanted on that verse. Your blog post was wonderful and JUST what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing how God ministered to your heart through that verse.

Also, I love the new photo of you on your blog!!! It's absolutely a darling picture of you. Thank you for all of your biblical encouragement!!!

NHizName said...

Wonderful! With a daycare in my home Monday - Friday, it is a treat if I ever have quiet here!
:-) But I do know what you're saying about it being more about our hearts and spirits. I also have been seeking that quietness and asking God to direct me to a quieter pace of life. Thanks for this post!