Hey girl, hey! There are only 3 days left this month! This is absolutely wild! Want to know something else? Look at what I read this morning and remember the blog post I made yesterday. Girlfriend, when I tell you the Lord is gathering His kids, I mean all the way! Now, you have to keep reading, though, to see what I’m talking about.
9 But as touching brotherly love by need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves bare taught of God to love one another. 10 And indeed dye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; 11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, KJV
This is one phrase I hate; I mean, I despise it! If anyone tells me to be quiet, I’m prepared to go awf! Or, at least, I used to be ready. Yet, the Lord is showing me this is how His daughters live. We live in quiet, feminine strength. It doesn’t take me being loud, boisterous, or disrespectful–honestly, you know you can relate, too–for the dice to roll in my favor. Nope. It just means I am to make it my aim to be reserved. As my parents would say, “Know how to hold it and know how to fold it.”
In my post from yesterday, I shared about doing hard things. Yes, the Lord has equipped us to do “men’s tasks,” but He doesn’t want us to lose our feminine graces nor the correct posture for it. This daily blogging has encouraged me to shut up a little more. Not just my mouth, but also the racing thoughts that tried to have the preeminence in me.
Doing Your Own Business
Gone are the days where it seems acceptable to mind everyone’s business but our own. How’s that working for you? I’ll let you know–it’s not working well at all. I’ve been guilty of the same. But it’s time to keep our hands on the plow since the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Yes, we’re busy wives and mamas, but we don’t get a free pass to check out and serve everyone but God.
Part of my business is writing. I’ve felt rusty with it. So I’m stretching, with you all, because I’ve made it my life goal to honor and uphold God’s assignment on my life with the expertise and leadership of Holy Spirit.
Work With Your Own Hands
Sometimes it takes the grueling down and dirty to accomplish great things. For example, as I prepare to start a garden (I know it’s late in the season, but I have a plan), I’m going to have to get down and feel that soil. I may even smell it, so I can understand what it takes to have good ground for the health and life of my plants. When I get back up, my knees and hands may be soiled 🤣 but I’ll understand how it works because I worked it.
It’s the same way with faith. Do we have to get down and dirty and study to show ourselves approved for the next blog post? No. Live video? No. Praise of people? Heck no! We study to show ourselves approved to God, knowing that as we intimately abide in Him, He abides in us.
In this abiding, we won’t look for others to praise or follow us. No, we’ll combine the parallel worlds together, so when it’s all said and done, we get to hear from the Lord, “Well done”!
Being quiet comes at a great price, but the reward is the blessings of living a Christ-like life. Do me a favor and comment below some of your takeaways. I’d love to see how God is moving you towards stillness.