This quote spoke to me as a mother:
“The spirit that is kept gentle under provocation will speak more affectively in favor of the truth then will any argument, however forcible.” Desire of Ages p353
Have you ever found yourself arguing with a toddler? Maybe a 7 year old? Or a teenager perhaps… I will admit, I can affirm the first two and yet even in the midst of such conversations, I KNEW there was a better option! So how does a busy homeschooling mother (or father) exude gentleness under provocation? Today I want to share the joy I find in challenging myself day-by-day, with much prayer, to be a gentle mother.
“The consistent life, the patient forbearance, the spirit unruffled under provocation, is always the most conclusive argument and the most solemn appeal.” Mind Character Personality vol. 2 p755
Does the mother hen in you ever find her feathers ruffled after a chaotic morning at home or a longer than planned afternoon of errands with every one in tow? Does anyone else have toddlers that seem to wilt when errands run long?
“The servants of Christ are not to act out the dictates of the natural heart. They need to have close communion with God, lest, under provocation, self rise up, and they pour forth a torrent of words that are unbefitting, that are not as dew or the still showers that refresh the withering plants.” Desire of Ages p353
It goes on to explain that these are Satan’s methods, but the harsh storm of words that may come from an inpatient mother can be calmed by our Heavenly Father’s perfect peace. Such a storm can be stopped before it even begins. It gave us the solution right at the beginning of the quote, we must draw nearer to our Savior. So I propose a very simple plan for more Joy and less SELF. I got the idea from working with my oldest son on his penmanship. He writes out a verse each week, sometimes as much as one a day. Now I too am challenging myself to also write out a verse every morning. I have written them on sticky notes to keep on my daily planner, as well as in a 3 x 5 spiral notebook that I carry in my purse. It can be written anywhere as a reminder of His Word in our lives throughout the day.
My oldest son and I just finished a topical study on the “Word”. What a powerful resource we have at our fingertips to overcome every sin in our lives and experience true joy moment by moment amidst both the storms and calmer waters.
So that’s my secret. A verse a day. Write it out. Look at it again. Read it aloud and share it with your children maybe over a meal, or again while waiting for your oil to be changed. You will be so impressed by such a simple task and the Power behind it, to be “gentle under provocation”.