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."
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?