Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Calm is Strength!

I was trying to explain my feelings expecting understanding but got the whole back and forth that is misunderstanding and miscommunication.  A vicious cycle, so I decided to back off and put my feelings aside which I did, with a miserable attitude.


Later while having a quiet time I was mentally explaining to God and myself that my problem was having the expectation in the first place, to have my feelings heard and understood!  I concluded that in future I would not have any expectations, that I would keep quiet and leave my feelings in God's hands!  I explained to God and myself further that I was not moving from a place of optimism to a place of defeat, but rather to a place of realism!  I was choosing reality over La La Land!  And thus I left it in God's hands (very [un]graciously).

I continued with my quiet time.  And then....

Even though I left my 'issue' in God's hands with a defeatist realistic attitude He immediately answered:

This is an excerpt from the book "God Calling"
"All agitation is destructive of good.  All calm is constructive of good, and at the same time destructive of evil.  When man wants evil destroyed so often he rushes to action.  It is wrong.  First be still and know that I am God.  Then act only as I tell you.  Always calm with God.  Calm is trust in action.  Only trust, perfect trust can keep one calm.  Never be afraid of any circumstances or difficulties that help you to cultivate this calm."
And the scripture with it:
Isaiah 30 v 15(b):  In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

INSERT LIGHTENING HERE!!!!

Tracy - Be quiet, it is a strength! and...
          - have confidence in Me to deal with your feelings!

HELLO!!!

Yes, I got it!  I will strive in future to optimistically keep quiet, it is a strength, in the confidence that Christ will work in my circumstance, He will hear and understand my feelings without me having made a hash of trying to make someone understand!

I pray this is the encouragement to you that it is to me!
God bless
Tracy

You can find the book God Calling in its entirety HERE!

38 comments:

  1. Wow - big work with you and God with this one. Isn't it incredible that He works so hard with us. And the rewards are always so incredible. Sometimes it takes us time to see them but so worth the wait.

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    1. Hi Noeline - I am a work in progress all the time :)
      God bless

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  2. "Calm is trust in action" I like that!

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    1. Hi Eileen - when considering that being quiet is strength, kinda makes me want to keep quiet :)
      God bless

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  3. I have learned first hand, that although I need to be heard and understood, the person with whom I am talking just is not in a place to understand or even listen to our thoughts and feelings. It is good that God is ALWAYS able to hear and understand us.

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    1. Hi Pam - such a great point. I need to remember that next time I am in a situation where I am not being heard. They may not be ready to listen.
      God bless

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  4. This is good. Calm is good! GOD is always there for us to give us HIS strength...we just need to rely on HIM and not us. Not so easy sometimes.

    Have a blessed day friend and thank you for your prayers. I seem to need a lot of them lately. Praying for you also.

    Chelle

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    1. Hi Chelle - calm is good, seems I am constantly in non-calm gear. Time to gear down to calm, it is strength after all!
      God bless

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  5. Awesome, I love the message, but also the "insert lightening here" speaks to me and shines on my moment too.

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    1. Hi Stefanieeeeee - I've been missing you
      God bless my friend
      Tracy

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  6. I like the lightning part :^) God does that to me too! Great post! Patsy

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    1. Hi Patsy - I also love those lightening bolt moments. You can't fail to take notice :)
      God bless

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  7. Oh, my goodness, Tracy...this is totally God speaking to me today. I woke up anxious and agitated about a relationship over which I have no control...one that I've tried and prayed about for years. And I had it on my mind to do something in my own power about it...oh, how many times I've taken that route. But as I prayed God led me to the story of David and Goliath and especially David's proclamation that it was the Name of God that killed Goliath, not his human efforts. I calmed down, but reading this a few hours later has really helped confirm what God was saying. Thanks for being faithful to write this. So many things you wrote and so many things in the God Calling portion are totally what I needed to hear. Bless you, Gail

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    1. Hi Gail - I love it when we need to hear from the Lord and speaks so directly to us through a post, a comment, an event. So glad to have encouraged you today.
      God bless

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  8. God calling is such a fantastic book. My sister bought my first copy for me years ago. When my Dad was dying of pancreatic-liver cancer I would read to him from it.

    God is so good and so faithful. If you have time to read my post I was so like you in regards to my kids - freaking out, being controlling, etc... God brought me to my knees - a good place to be when we are completely agitated. Great post, very thought provoking.

    Have a fabulous day with the Lord!

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    1. Hi Ms Kathleen - over the years I have been through God calling a few times and it never fails to surprise me. I will be hopping over to read your post shortly.
      God bless

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  9. I needed to hear this. I will be getting that book. Thanks for sharing. Have a good day!

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    1. Hi Shari - it is an amazing book. And they are cheap too!
      God bless friend
      Tracy

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  10. A good reminder to be quiet and listen. I've been working on this more and more, shutting off music while I drive and learning to listen in prayer. Thanks for the reminder

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    1. Hi Brenda - great point! To be quiet before the Lord, to hear!
      God bless

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  11. Be still. Why is that so hard? In the stillness of this moment I want to rest in the stillness of Him and let Him fight for me.

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    1. Hi Shannon - Amen. When we do that we give God room to work in our circumstances.
      God bless Shannon

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  12. Quiet? Perhaps NOT. It depends who is there and what you entend to say. There is a time to Speak OUT and say what is on your mind. If it is your husband, please be quiet until God gives you the green light to gently say a sentence or two. Then be still and wait.

    If your children are in danger or are being bullied, ask God what to say when you decide to speak out.

    If something is NOT right at your church, you may need to speak to your leaders. Often not good to speak in front of the entire church. I have seen destruction when a friend of mine a church member decided to correct one of the members face to face. They left the church in a huff and the situation was not helped.
    I know I have not endorced being quiet, and certainly there are times when you must be still. But there are also times to speak out just allow God to show you when.

    There are times I must sleep on it, and the next morning I will have direction.

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    1. Hi Hazel - you are so right, there are times when one needs to speak out, especially as directed by the Lord. We need to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves either. I think I was more posting about keeping quiet and being calm in relationship instead of defending one's position or trying to force another to see or understand your viewpoint. I have no problems with talking up... its the keeping quiet that I need to practice and trust God to speak into the heart of the other person or mine for that matter. But as you say, there are definitely times when one should not be quiet. God bless sweet lady
      Tracy

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  13. Love that Tracy! Releasing our expectations allows for freedom, healing, and open communication. I have so much more to learn on this, but I so appreciate the reminder!!

    Hugs and blessings to you, sweet ((((((Tracy)))))!

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    1. Hi Lisa - our expectation, if in the Lord, will never be disappointed. God bless precious Lisa
      Tracy
      (((((((((((((Lisa))))))))))))

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  14. I like that "Calm is trust in action" sentence. Now to practice it!

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    1. Yep, me too Esther Joy
      God bless

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  15. Oh, Tracy, I have done this so many times, I cannot tell you! Thank you so much for this word. I need to learn to put my expectations in the Lord and not in man. I have suffered many immature hurts because of this!!! Time for me to grow up!!
    You are a blessing!
    ~Erin

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    1. Hi Erin - ahh, thank you you are so sweet. i appreciate your lovely words more than you will ever know. Immature hurts, so true
      God bless

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  16. What a beautiful way to start my day...with the reminder that great strength lies in silence. I am so blessed by your posts. Marie

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    1. Hi Marie - yes so true. Great strength in silence. thank you Marie, I appreciate that.
      God bless

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  17. I really need to get that book! Thanks for the reminder to wait on Him and the quote on calm.

    Blessings,
    Alida

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    1. Hi Alida - it is a purchase you will never regret
      God bless

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  18. This fits in so well with what I have been studying all week! I've been reading about Abraham this week...I love how Abraham so calmly let Lot choose where to live when the time came to part ways. God had already promised Abraham the land; however, Abraham chose to let it happen in God's time and be at peace with whatever Lot chose. Great post!

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  19. Thank you for your clear blog. I can really do something with it in my daily life

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  20. So difficult to still self, quiet soul, & cling to Him....instead of emotions alone. Easier the older we get...but still hard. Like you, praying for His grace to work through the frustrations of life. And the stillness to silence my soul and remember His supremacy in it all. Blessings dear friend. ~ jen

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  21. Calm is trust in action... So true.

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