Why Living Quietly Will Make You Praise God

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Daily Reading:  Psalms 81 GW; Jeremiah 7-8 GW; 1 Thessalonians 4 GW

Quiet life is a good life.

Every year, I choose a word to guide the days.  Selah, meaning stop and rest, is my word this year.  After finishing graduate school last December, I had no idea what I was going to do next.   Reading my devotional one day, God impressed upon me the word.  For the first time in my life, instead of rushing into the next chapter, I paused, allowing God to do the leading.

As this year began to unfold, I found rest difficult.  But as I submitted to God, my spirit began to calm, and my prayers began to change.  I realized a quiet life is a good life.   Friends struggling with illnesses, loss, and financial struggles help me appreciate what we have.  Trouble always comes; when life is uneventful, enjoy the peace.  Thank God for your blessings.

Each day when my husband comes home from work, I praise God.  Writing this the day before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I’m very aware, some people don’t.  Those who went to work that day had no idea what was about to happen.  We take life for granted until something occurs to remind us of its fragility.

Appreciate the mundane.

Routine can make you lose track of time.  Monday after Monday begins the same way.  But when the world gets turned upside down, you wish the routine back.  Every sandwich you make for packed lunches,  every piece of laundry you fold and floor you sweep, praise God.  Thank Him that your day is typical.

Quiet lives are a gift from God.  Appreciating normal is something we rarely do, thinking we’re missing out on something exciting.  You’re not.  Nothing is more precious than having good health, a roof over your head, and food on the table.  These things are gifts from God that come in the form of a quiet life.  Praise God for them.


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Lord, thank You for our quiet lives.  Forgive us for craving excitement instead of showing gratitude for what we have.  Today, help us take stock of our lives.  As we think about the typical routines, we engage in each day, help us praise You for them.  Remind us; a quiet life is a gift from above, one that we should cherish.  IJNIP. Amen

Question for reflection

How does your quiet life make you thankful?

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