Thursday, August 18, 2011
In Quiet's Classroom
It has now been a few weeks since God brought the idea of a quiet heart to my mind. So, how has it changed me? What is different?
I have noticed a change in our home - and in me for the good. One of my goals was to increase the amount of time I spend in God's Word. Not just letting my morning quiet time be sufficient for the day, but meeting with Him during afternoon Quiet Time and sometimes in the evening as well.
Oh, how He has multiplied my time for choosing to spend it this way. I can't remember when I've gotten so much accomplished and more than that - when my attitude and heart have been this peaceful in the accomplishing.
This multiplying of time has been a blessing to me, to the tone of our home, and to encouraging me to spend more time with my Lord. It has also helped me to have time to serve others. One night I started dinner a little earlier for no obvious reason - and a friend called after dinner to talk. I was able to offer to come help her because we were done early with dinner and clean up plus my homekeeping for the day.
It has been so good for my soul to have a tidier and more orderly home. I've actually had time to read, to work ahead on other things, to do some deeper cleaning and do a better job with my chores.
I'm not saying any of this to brag. Quite the contrary, I say it very humbly because I know that it is not me at all - it is purely God's grace that is allowing this change. I've known that I was not using my time as efficiently as I could have. And, this is part of what I have asked God to work on in me.
Some things that have helped me in addition to spending more time with God and His Word are:
* I've been exercising. My Mom introduced me to this Walk By Faith DVD and it has been such a blessing to me. I feel better, have more energy and truly enjoy doing the two mile work out. I can't recommend it enough.
* I'm less stressed. It is true that a tidier nest around me creates a more peaceful inside.
* Diligence. Just purposing to work hard, do a good job in my home and quiet my heart has made a difference.
* Turning to the right things. Ok, this is a painful confession - but when I've been really overwhelmed or stressed in the past I've turned to the computer. Not for anything specific, but I'd read or browse - generally just waste time. Now, I'm turning to God and investing in my heart instead. Wow - what a difference.
I've gotten back to my main goal of being on the computer for shorter times but also while my children are sleeping or in bed resting. I check my e-mail quickly in the morning and at lunch and then after they go to bed. And, I've been writing posts for this place on the weekends or evening and working in advance to allow a bit more freedom.
I still fail. I still try to revert to my natural human sinful tendencies - but I'm praying for God's help to continue developing these new habits and qualities. I want to have the "inner beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in God's sight." (1 Peter 3:4)
Photos: a new flower arrangement I made for our living room.