Keeping a Quiet Heart

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“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45

So, it behooves me to “keep a quiet heart,”bringing forth that which is good. I admit that I don’t always have a quiet heart. I can start off on the wrong foot first thing in the morning.  Thinking wrong thoughts that rob me of peace and joy before I even step out of bed.  I always have excuses for not being a “perky morning person”: “It takes me so long to wake up and get going. I am not a very ‘happy camper’ in the morning, so it’s better if I don’t speak to anyone first thing.” That’s my nature. However, God doesn’t really care about my natural state; He cares about my supernatural state.

“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

A quiet heart does not wake up fretful, worried, and stewing, or start the day trying to make her husband “do something”! “Trust Me,” the Lord says softly. A quiet heart is not consumed with worry and fear over circumstances. “Trust Me.” A quiet heart prays, believing. A quiet heart bathes itself in God’s Word and obeys. Most of what I need to be a Godly (a good) wife and mom, I already know. But, I must remember and do it, by God’s grace. If I am bending, about to break, under a weight of worry I was never intended to carry, that is not remembering and obeying. “Give that load to Me.” If I’m all “bent out of shape” over something I think my husband should do, that’s not remembering and obeying. I should never carry that load in the first place.  It’s God’s jurisdiction to move a husband to act, if action is truly needed. God will take care of it. Why is this lesson so hard for a wife to learn?  Fear, worry, lack of trust. “Trust Me.” We need to encourage ourselves and one another in the Lord. How often do we phone or text a friend with all our trials, pour out our “poor me” story on other people–or on our blog–when God wants us to come to Him with our trials, and encourage and edify one another.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage. Isaiah 41:6

Isaiah 41 is one of the places I go when my heart needs quieting. Verses 10-13:

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 12Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Proverbs 16:3 gives direction, but doesn’t it seem to be backwards?

“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

Don’t we think and then act?  So it seems that if we commit our thoughts to the Lord, our works will be established. But, that is not the case. God says that if we commit the “big picture” and all the “work” of raising our children, running our homes, homeschooling, our “things to do” list, being a Godly wife–the whole of our lives and everything we hope to accomplish–to Him, then He’ll establish our thoughts. And our hearts. Ahh. Deep breath. My responsibility is to trust and to commit all to Him.  He’ll take care of the rest. I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus. Trusting only Thee…and keeping a quiet heart. Linking up with the Homemaking Linkup at Raising Homemakers–Join me! www.wendygunn.net

 

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10 Replies to “Keeping a Quiet Heart”

  1. Just what I needed this morning! I had a very wise friend who once cut me off mid-sentence when I was pouring my frustrations out to her. She said, “Theresa, have you taken this to God before you called me?” I hadn’t and I’m sure she could tell. When I replied no, she said “then I don’t want to discuss this and I’ll call you later,” and hung up. I will never forget that. It took courage for her to do that and I am so thankful that she was obedient to say something. I was in shock – no one had ever said anything like that to me before and as a newer christian it was a lesson that I needed to learn. Don’t ever take anything to anyone else that you haven’t first taken to God. Often when I go to God first there is no need to go to anyone else and if I do go to someone else, after going to God first, then my motives and heart are to seek counsel not to vent.

    1. Wow, what words of wisdom: “Have you taken this to God before you called me? Then, I don’t want to discuss this and I’ll call you later!” I will now copy that and put it by my phone and on the fridge! I will take to heart these wise words in my own life, too. This person was a true Christian friend, and I want to be more like her. Thanks for sharing this today–you have been used of God in my life and all those who read this, Theresa! Love you, friend!

  2. So true. I have to admit that the part about calling or texting our friends with our tales of woe rather than going straight to God really caught me. I will confess that I do that more often than I should. Definitely something to think about.

    1. “Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.” (one of my favorite hymns)
      Wendy

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