A Quiet And Peaceable Life

We expose ourselves to an abundance of information every day. Who hasn't watched the news or read through their Twitter feed or Facebook page and just wished they could shut it all off? There's so much going on in our lives and the lives of those around us that Our brains become this big melting pot of stuff, making it difficult to focus on any one thing or thought.

Satan's voice rushes us, pushes us and confuses us. He uses the circumstances of the day to keep us off balance and looking over our shoulder. And he's very busy at it.

But as Christian women, we're called to find the quiet, look for peace and rest in the tranquility that a relationship with God provides.

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Peter 3:4

Peter writes here that while we may expose ourselves to the noise and bustle of daily living, we need to find that special time to cultivate a quiet spirit. This way things around us can be whizzing by, but it is still well with our soul.

So where do we start? With Bible study and prayer, as simple as that may sound.

... but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more. And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

If we go beyond our own business, keeping our own flesh in check and renewing our minds daily, we stumble into the trap of mental clutter. There are many things to think about, and worry about, but these great disturbances can be battled by focusing on your own walk toward a quiet spirit.

Getting a constant stream of news may be informative, but it also creates a sense of panic and mental overload when we're bombarded 24-7. By studying God's Word for His instructions on peace and rest, we're tuning out the chatter and using His own words to fight those battles for us.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

I've often heard that we could make monumental changes in our lives if we prayed about something as much as we talked about it and worried about it. Paul tells Timothy how important it is to pray for all men, especially the leaders of the city and nation. Those in authority often have a direct impact on the lives we lead, and their choices ultimately affect everyone around them. If someone ever needed our prayers, wouldn't it be our nation and world leaders?

On a smaller scale, prayer also focuses us as we pray, reminding us of the needs around us and the people who need the Lord's help, guidance and protection. If we're entrenched in the noise of the world, we miss out on the prayers that are needed for those closest to us. Then we're useless as a tool for God's kingdom.

The hectic pace of life and the immediate access to information around the globe can create a disquiet in our hearts, but only if we let it. I pray that we will slow down this week and seek the peace and quiet that only God can provide. I know my heart needs it - how about yours?

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