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Mission Statement: Quiet Spirit writes for those who seek a closer relationship with God.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Discovery about Being Humble

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“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, the will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

            Did you catch the idea of this passage? We are to humble ourselves before we pray. These are God’s words.

            As children, our parents taught us to ask for what we wanted not demand that they produce it. The message is clear when we look at a scripture from the New Testament:

            “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. . . .” (Matthew 6:33) I like the word “seek”; it is an active verb and denotes work done by someone. Several years ago, when I lost something precious to me, I would almost move anything in my way to find it.
            Jesus tells us to look for the kingdom before we look for anything else. Sometimes my humanity gets in the way. I have had times where it is easy to look to Jesus first. Then other times when the stress of the situation seems to cause me to be frightened and I react in a way that shames me. However, Jesus does forgive us when we have these moments of humanity.
            One time I had lost a dinner ring that had my son’s birthstone in it. This was something I treasured. I had a persistent thought to look on a shelf in our closet. What I found was an antique clock that my grandmother had given me when I was about 12 years old. Grandma had passed away a few years earlier. Due to circumstances, I realized I had not mourned her passing. That evening, I cried like a baby. That old clock hangs on our living room wall. It has not worked for several decades but it was something that graced the wall when she was a child. A while later I did find that ring. I believe God had to humble me before He would grant me the return of my ring.    

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: Lavish Grace by Kathy Howard


Subtitle: Poured Out, Poured Through, and Overflowing.

            Kathy Howard has piqued my interest in grace. Several years ago, I chose that word for my ‘word of the year’, a word to study and to focus on. Since I did this Bible study, I will be more aware of the grace of God in my surroundings and in my life.

            Mrs. Howard gives her readers an extensive study to learn about lavish grace. Her Bible study consists of nine weekly lessons, with four sections per lesson. These nine lessons fall into three sections-Graces Poured Out, Grace Poured Through, and Grace Overflowing. She combines scripture passages with stories illustrating grace in each of these nine weekly studies. At the beginning of each lesson, she includes a ‘Grace Note’, giving us reminders of how grace can work in our lives.

            I look forward to doing more of Mrs. Howard’s Bible studies. I recommend this study to any woman who wants to learn of God’s grace in the life of Paul and in our lives today.

            I received this book free from New Hope Publishers through the Book Club Network. All they asked of me was that I give an honest, unbiased review.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Humility Comes From Wisdom

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“Who is wise and understanding among you?
Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done
in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
James 3:13 (NIV)
            James, the earthly half-brother of Jesus, speaks words of truth and wisdom. He gives us a guideline by which we should live. We should live our lives carefully before others. There is a saying that tells me why we should live our lives in this way. The reason is that we may be the only Bible another person reads.

            We are to set examples to our children and those of younger generations, to our neighbors, to our neighbors, and to those with whom we do business.
            I had to get into see my doctor this morning. They had an emergency with one of their patients. While I was waiting my turn, two security guards walked into the waiting room. I had not seen anything like this in my life (excuse the cliché.) The medical assistant told me they had a problem. My doctor peeked in and told me they had an emergency. All I could do was listen and feel thankful that the office personnel was able to handle the circumstances. I did not worry about my safety. The staff seemed to have the situation under control. I praise God for the wisdom He gave those who work there and the calmness of spirit He gave me.

            I admit I sometimes fall short in this phase of my Christian walk. How do you do in this area?