My one word for 2017 is QUIET. I will only shout it in my head. Capitalizing it for emphasis. I was led to this word in God’s Word on a morning this past week. People have talked about their “one word” in the blogging community, but I have never chosen a word. This year I’m going for it. I have a positive change that needs to happen in my life. Quiet. I need to pursue quiet to be with God. I need to shut my mouth and listen more. I need to hear God and hear others with open ears, open heart, open mind, and open being.
A few days ago I shared my favorite books of 2016. My bookshelf is not a shelf. My books lie scattered around my car, bathrooms, tables, purse, on my phone in pdf/Kindle forms, etc. Book shelves do exist in my home, but I only put the best ones on there. I give the other books away to the local library, my kids, or friends. This week I was trying to finish Breathing Eden by Jennifer J. Camp. It is SO good! I’ve been reading it for the last month or so. I’m not done. I didn’t finish in 2016. Oh well. To be continued. I’ve decided to use this book as a re-read so that I can journal through it with my Moms in Prayer girl friends.
This book is cool because it gives factual fiction stories from women replies for God in the author’s and Holy Spirit led way. It has prayers, it has scripture, it has rhetorical questions, and it has journal questions. I have pondered some but not all. I need to re-read this book in the quiet of 2017. The word I selected came whispered in the early dawn hours of the quiet stillness of our house. It is my “me time.” I’m a mom. I’m a wife. I’m a speech therapist part time. I’m a friend. I’m a sister. I’m a daughter. I wear “many hats.” I like them all, but my favorite time of day in the early morning quiet to read, reflect, etc. Happy dawn of a New Year to my readers. Whether you have read here for awhile or are brand new…welcome to 2017. Find some quiet today.
1 Peter 3:3-18
3 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord.You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
Suffering for Doing Good
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[a]
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”[c] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
You are Our Quiet.
Thank you for bringing quiet times into our lives.
Forgive me when I am not quiet, when I interrupt, and when I talk over people or do not fully listen.
Give me the courage, patience, and love to be more quiet this year with the intention to hear from You and others more.
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