You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. (1 Pet. 3:4 NLT)
…You are [Sarah’s] daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. (1 Pet. 3:6 NIV)
Courage. Inner strength.
A quiet spirit + courage and strength = quiet strength.
I have a model for such and I have looked, studied, and pondered on the few passages that were written about her life: Mary.
Mary, the woman who bravely faced the angel Gabriel who stands in the presence of God and who was sent to bring her a most important message about the grand design of God’s salvation. She took in carefully every word that was spoken to her by the messenger of God, and had only one question, a valid question on how the process of conception would be carried out. Just one question and after that, she humbly, willingly, wholeheartedly, accepted God’s will.
She did not react in panic nor peppered the angel with questions because of fears and misgivings. She had that quiet spirit to assimilate the enormity of such a noble assignment by God. She showed inner courage and strength as she embraced it and began to face an entirely different life from then on – a journey she had no idea of how it would affect her, break her, change her. She did not fret about the future – what would people say? Wouldn’t her reputation be in jeopardy?
She had nothing of these. Instead, she trusted God with quiet strength. A strength that emanates from knowing God and walking humbly and closely with Him.
She did not dwell in fear even for a moment, but rejoiced and gave glory to God, lifting up her praises. She knew of the blessedness of a life totally-abandoned to God.
And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:18-19)
Even when the shepherds came and paid homage to the Savior King, and the three wise men traveled from the East and came to worship, bringing precious gifts, Mary had retained a quiet spirit and courage, silently treasuring those things in her heart.
To be a woman of quiet strength in the face of challenges and trials – unperturbed [synonyms: calm, collected, composed, placid, serene, tranquil, unagitated, undisturbed, unflustered, unflurried, unstirred, unvexed, unworried] – is my fervent prayer always.
Friends, are there things in your life now that try to overwhelm you, things that bring disquiet? How do you face such times? I would love for you to share your heart. As for me, I have learned to run to the Lord and take refuge in Him, for He is my strong tower, my sanctuary from the storms of life. He is the One who gives me strength at any time, in any and every season.
May God’s wonderful blessings be upon you today.
This post is linked to Time-warp Wife, Domestically Divine, Women Living Well, Women in the Word Wednesday, Raising Homemakers, Walk With Him Wednesday, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Brag on God Friday, Spiritual Sundays, Sharing His Beauty