Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Gentle and Quiet Spirit

"Is is weak to have a gentle and quiet spirit?  No.  It is a woman of strength who keeps a gentle spirit in the face of harshness and rebuke.  It is a strong woman who keeps an even temper when she feels overwhelmed and angry."  Nancy Campbell

These words are convicting.  I never would have matched gentle and quiet with strength and strong.  But whenever we can master our emotions and feelings, we become stronger. 

Ken and I walk everyday.  I use to dread it, because I knew he would tell me something I did or said wrong.  I tend to blurt things out without thinking.  I hated being corrected in any way. 

Learning to accept criticism and correction is something we need to learn to do.  It does not come naturally, but we learn a lot if we can accept it willingly.

Keeping an even temper when you feel overwhelmed and angry doesn't come naturally either.  It takes determination and effort but remember, we do our part and God will do his part. 

So being quiet and gentle doesn't mean you rarely talk and don't get excited and animated.  It just means you learn to be content in all situations...Accepting whatever comes your way graciously.

Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of fine clothing,  but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.  (I Peter 2:3,4)

P.S.  My kitten has nothing whatsoever to do with this post.   I just thought you would like to see how adorable he was yesterday sitting in a basket he will outgrow soon!  Actually, he does have a gentle and quiet spirit  :).

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