Living A Simple Life #89 (Quietness)

Have you chosen quietness today? With little ones in my home, my physical surroundings are rarely quiet. But I can still choose to quiet my soul before my Lord, allowing Him to strengthen and renew me. (And He is graciously faithful to remind me of this fact when I forget!) 

It is easy to slip into such a busyness of life- even doing worthwhile pursuits- that we begin to take control of our lives into our own hands. Do we dare to shun the Creator and Lord of our souls?

A busy mama juggling squirmy little ones, feeding a growing family, ministering to her husband and guests, and managing other household cares can be especially distracted. She may begin to think “I need to do it all,” and berate herself or become discouraged when she does not meet her own expectations in herself.

But she has chosen to begin seeking her own will, instead of the Lord’s. The daily tasks will certainly not disappear, but approaching them with a right heart- a quiet heart- is imperative.

As I quiet my heart before the Lord, I can seek His will for my life. If I am focused on myself (and my accomplishments or failures) I completely miss seeing God’s power is made perfect in my weaknesses.

I am frequently surprised by His answers. Often, I will sense that I need to relinquish a goal/desire, to allow God to send my focus in a new direction. Other times, He will give me further equipping and inspiration that I could not have developed on my own. There are also times when He encourages me to humbly ask for help/support from friends and family, instead of trying to “do it all.” 

(I highly recommend finding a mentor or discipleship partner to walk with you, especially during busy/challenging seasons. Having someone to encourage and edify you during this season will be incredibly valuable. If you are desiring to develop a mentoring relationship, I recommend reading Becoming a Titus 2 Woman. It is a great resource for potential mentors to become equipped with a biblical perspective on approaching life’s daily tasks with a right heart.)

Choosing quietness is a daily pursuit, a challenging, refining goal of relying upon my Lord’s saving grace, and renewing power. He is daily working out my story, molding and shaping me, and equipping me in my marriage, my parenting, my homemaking, my hospitality, and my ministry.

Let us not flee from the One we love the most. Wait for Him to speak to your heart, dear one. Seek our Father’s compassionate arms, despite the turmoil that may surround you, and allow Him to guide you as you go through your day… with a simple quietness in your soul.

15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.

16 You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
Therefore your pursuers will be swift!

17 A thousand will flee
at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
you will all flee away,
till you are left
like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
like a banner on a hill.”

18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
he rises to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
(Isaiah 30:15-18)

Have you chosen quietness today? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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2 comments to Living A Simple Life #89 (Quietness)

  • Love this post… it’s exactly what I’ve been reflecting on the last couple weeks/months. My plans may be “good” but not if they are distracting me from the Lord! I notice how quickly my spirit becomes aggravated or stressed when I don’t measure up to my goals, but that’s not the purpose of it all. I really have to quiet myself before the Lord and seek HIM even if all I’m doing is sweeping. :) I’m loving your blog!!

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  • Thank you so much for this post!! I’m learning the same thing right now, and it’s nice to know others have been there (and to know that as I walk through each step, God is right there next to me on the journey).

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