Life is lived in the meanwhiles, the commonplace spaces between events (Faith Feedings. p.32 ). In this season of life my own words are at my doorstep. In the meanwhile, my mother’s health and wellbeing is in decline. In the meanwhile, hospice has entered our home. In the meanwhile, evidence of the Lord’s presence and grace is mounting in our lives.
Therefore, I practice a Quiet Soul. I say practice because quietness is unnatural for me. A Quiet Soul is the fruit of trust in my Heavenly Father. It is a satisfying and restful wash of His compassion and faithfulness. In Psalm 131: 2 King David likened a quiet soul to a weaned child with its mother.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
What is your present meanwhile? I exhort you to practice childlike quietness in your present situation. Purpose to say like David: like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Lamentatios 3:22-24 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. I say to myself,’The Lord is my portion; I will wait for him.’
OPP: (opportunity for action) The best way to teach your children to Practice a Quiet Soul is by example. Speak God as faithful and sovereign in your own life. As I young mother, I found Psalm 46:10 helpful in my efforts to rest in the Lord. Be still and know that I am God; I pray that this will be a Stop Striving and Start Thriving meanwhile season of your life.