Even though spring officially started in March, only now are signs appearing. The weather is warmer, the flowers are blooming, and when I ask friends, “How are you?” they increasingly respond, “Busy!” With spring sports in full swing, and end of the school year music concerts, dance recitals, and award ceremonies, event calendars quickly fill up.
When life enters these busy seasons, the daily hustle often pushes out God’s peace. Our lives become more about our to-do list than our God, leading to exhaustion, impatientness, and fragile nerves. In other words, the hustle unsettles our spirit, and events intended to be enjoyable, end up being stressful.
This should not surprise us, after all the Bible says “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5 NKJV).
Meekness means having a quiet and gentle spirit, which we receive by trusting God and submitting to His ways. But a quiet and gentle spirit doesn’t come naturally to us, especially during busy seasons. As Matthew Henry says:
“To study the art of quietness is to take pains with ourselves, to work upon our own hearts the principles, rules, and laws of meekness; and to furnish ourselves with such considerations as tend to the quieting of the spirit in the midst of the greatest provocations.”
Notice, it is not impossible to maintain a quiet and gentle spirit, but it does take work.
For the month of May, let’s focus on fostering a quiet and gentle spirit, even in the midst of our busyness. I invite you to join us for our May Bible reading | writing challenge: A Quiet and Gentle Spirit.
You can download and print the Quiet and Gentle Spirit Bible reading Challenge here
I look forward to studying the art of quietness with you this month. Enjoy!
Kira Bridges is pursuing joy by seeking the life God intended for us. She blogs at Joy Pursued, sharing lessons learned and resources to help women draw close to God and experience His joy. Living in the sunny part of Oregon with her husband, daughter, and two dogs; Kira believes living with joy is a lifelong journey and would love for you to join her. You can hang out with her on Facebook, and Instagram.