Recently I have been reflecting on Colossians 3:12. The Message version says,
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.
In alternate translations quiet strength is expressed as meekness or gentleness, although I appreciate The Message's interpretation. Finding quiet strength has been my experience over the last 8 months.
When I was a kid I had a poster on my wall of a lion and lamb sitting together that read:
Isaiah 30:15 | King James Version...in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength...
I have become so aware of the importance of quiet time in my life - retreating to pray, like Jesus did [Mark 1:35] or simply sitting in silence to quiet my mind. My strength is renewed and I discover new insights related to my identity that gives a fresh, hopeful perspective on life, living and relationships.
I also find peace in the quiet - peace that guards my heart and keeps me mindful [Philippians 4:7].
And, today, that is where I find my strength.