Tending the Garden

Growing Through God's Grace

For a Rainy Thursday in November

On the verge of being on time, I only had to comb through my hair, start the dishwasher, and lock the back door before taking the monkey to school and heading to work.

I should wear earrings today.

As I fumbled through my drawer looking for matching silver hoops, the familiar thoughts flooded my mind.

Ugh! I can never find the right earrings. If only I still had my old ones – the ones that were stolen during the break-in several years ago.

I found one that would have to do – I’ll find it’s match in a minute – and started poking at my ear, trying to find the hole that had started to close. It would take several attempts and some effort to get these in.

I don’t need this this morning. I was about to be on time.

And that’s when I heard it. The words, “a gentle and quiet spirit” came to mind and I immediately knew the verse. Or the gist of the verse. I’m not super memory girl after all. Wasn’t it from one of Peter’s letters?

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 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.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4 (emphasis mine)

A gentle and quiet spirit. That will not happen if I continue trying to push this earring into a too-tight hole or squeeze more things into my too-tight morning.

And it definitely won’t happen if I continue trying to squeeze more things into my already-packed life.

I’ve been struggling with my to-do list lately. I have many abilities but what are my responsibilities? What are the things God wants me to be doing right now, and what are the things He wants me to put on hold?

I don’t always know the answer to that. But I know that if the things I’m doing lead me away from a gentle and quiet spirit, they’re things I shouldn’t be doing.

Heavenly Father, Jehovah God, as we go through our day today, may we focus on what is important to you, and fulfill our responsibilities with a gentle and quiet spirit. In Your Son Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Have a gentle and quiet day, my friends! I intend to.

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