Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Still Quiet

At the end of December, when I decided to make January a quiet month on this blog, posting a photo each day and few words, I did a crazy thing. I sat down and wrote out a list of projects to do to fill the days and weeks with productivity. I organized the list by week and color coded the to-do's.

Not very quiet. And, this month, I needed to be quiet.

At the end of the month, I have checked three things off that list, most of the first week's tasks, but only one thing from the rest of the list.

What have I learned? Being quiet is not always about being silent. Rather than being silent, there is quiet strength and energy in being still. I took the time to step back, rest, and take more time with the sons here at home than with the stuff.

"He leads me beside still waters."
Psalm 23: 2
A cross stitch our daughter made for me - it hangs on our office wall
Still waters, not agitated.
John Henry Jowett, in My Daily Meditation, says, 
"...contemplation determines character."
"Love is the lens through which I discern the secret things of God."
I pulled out Keep a Quiet Heart, by Elisabeth Elliot, to read as my devotional. Because the quality, the quiet of our days is determined by how we think, where our hearts are focused, and by the lens through which we view life.

In my planner, instead of a heavy to-do list, I copied a list of "quiet" synonyms from the Thesaurus. Besides the obvious, familiar definitions, I found: restful, untroubled, unruffled, composed, steady, unexciteable, imperturbable, contented, mellow, subdued...

I have much to learn.

I'm afraid I am more like the storm front moving in, a frown across the sky.

I can learn to be quiet like the steady, gentle, drifting snowflakes. Or, I can be quiet in the middle of a rowdy rambunctious wrestling match of happy brothers. Or, I can be quiet in the middle of a day when things are not going the way I want and the frustration level rises. Again, I have much to learn, with a quiet smile. More ideas to share tomorrow.

Still quiet.


  1. I have that same devotional and will have to pull it out again! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my photo and verse. :)

  2. I needed to read this today. Thank you. I have a quiet voice - still a voice it is - and I am not necessarily quiet when I should be in the midst of life's trials.
    Your thesaurus puts the icing on the cake of your message for me.
    And what a lovely bright blue cross stitch your daughter made for Psalm 23. I'm partial to handiwork.
    Karen A.