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Chasing Quiet: Day 30 “Bearing Fruit”

Tis the season for “making a list and checking it twice.”
As we start to navigate through the holiday hustle and bustle, maybe it would help us maintain our focus on the gift of Jesus if we filter our actions on whether they will bear fruit for God’s kingdom. Do we need to double-check our intentions as we dive into the holly-strewn path of the holiday?

– As we launch into advent activities with our kids, are we interacting in ways that are gentle and kind?

– As we contribute to charity, are we being generous and truly giving from the goodness of our hearts?

– When we decorate our homes, are we discovering joy and looking forward to opening our homes to others during this season?decorating the tree

– As we shop for loved ones, can we maintain self-control and avoid the “one for him, one for me” slippery slope?

– When we are standing in long checkout lines, are we demonstrating patience? (you may prefer the term “long-suffering” when the checker puts on her blinking light for manager assistance)

– Despite all the extra activities, are we being faithful in our quiet time  in God’s presence to unlock the peace of His Spirit?

– Perhaps most of all, are we living out of love as we anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ birth?

Day 30 of #31daysofquiet

Isaiah 32:17

The ESV version of today’s verse states that “righteousness abides in the fruitful field. And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” (Isaiah 32: 16b-17)

The term “righteousness” sounds a bit stuffy and somewhat of a lofty expectation:

Righteousness = the quality of being morally right or justifiable

Maybe if “check our list twice” to review our attitudes and intentions, we lean closer to what is “right and just?”
If we are striving to live out the Fruits of the Spirit in our families and communities, then perhaps we can experience peace with one another.

Isaiah 32:17For me, a collective feeling of peace does quiet my soul and reinforce the trust I have in God to provide what we need for today: His presence in our present.

Now, that is our true gift this season.

 

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