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Everything Changes

The more messed up this world gets, the more God makes sense.

Quiet Strength

Wow, Facebook is an addiction. [Sigh.] Today, again, I have decided to deliberately break ties with the social media guru. There is so much more to life than scanning my news feed on Facebook. And if there is one thing I learned during my recent sabbatical, its that there are many things in life that just do not matter. Facebook being one of those things.

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:
...in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength...
Isaiah 30:15 | King James Version

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.
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