Keeping a Calm and Quiet Heart: a Homeschool Mom’s Devotion
One of the many blessings I received from writing one of our high school courses, World History I, was reading through the entire Bible again, as the Bible is one of our primary references for the first two units of the course. Just what I needed to reinforce the need to keep a calm and quiet heart!
My reading plan directed me to read the books in chronological order, with a psalm at the end of each day’s reading. Finishing with a psalm every day gave me a chance to cycle through the psalms a number of times. I loved it!
I have continued the habit of ending my morning Bible reading with a psalm, and in my quiet time recently I was encouraged — I hope you will be encouraged, too.
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things too great and marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child with its mother.
Psalm 131: 1-2
What a beautiful picture of a calm and quiet heart.
…no worries about all the undone things I see around me
.…no worries about a loved one who will soon be with Jesus
….no worries about another loved one who doesn’t know Jesus
Your Worries Might be Different than mine…
... not getting enough sleep because of the baby
…the eight year old who still can’t read, the middle schooler who won’t write, or the high schooler who just isn’t getting algebra
…month left at the end of the money, as usual
…not knowing whether your kids are learning
…not sure you are doing “enough” in your schooling
I’m praying for you and for me. That we would just be content to know we are safe and secure in the arms of Jesus, and be reassured that He is Sovereign, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. Despite our worries.
Pray with me…
Oh Lord, help us to calm and quiet our minds and our hearts. Remind us that this is how you want us to live, able to step back from the circumstances of our lives, especially those we don’t understand and have no ability to control … and choose to be calm, relaxed, peaceful and as reliant upon You as a baby in her mother’s arms, not wanting for or worrying about anything… just content to be held.
What worries would you add to the list? Do you have difficulties stepping back, as I do, and keeping a calm and quiet heart in the middle of difficult circumstances? How do you get back on track?
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