gentleness is golden

A mini-series for when your soul is searching for the rare beauty of gentle strength and a kind presence.

1. golden

The introduction and first installment in my mini-series on gentleness. 

It is a quality which eludes definition. It is to be felt rather than described. Gentleness is, so to speak, an “expression” on the face of love, the power of which may be realised in a moment, but the characteristics of which can with difficulty be transferred to the canvas.
— T. Campbell Finlayson

2. a little lightness for your soul

The 2nd installment. Discover the parallels between gentleness and gold, and read about the way lightness lifts a heavy heart.

Yes; even if there were nothing else to testify to the gentleness of God, the flowers would bear their silent witness.
— T. Campbell Finlayson, The Divine Gentleness

3. a poem & prayer for the month of april 

The 3rd installment. A sweet poem and prayer on finding shelter and welcoming honesty.

I found a little chapel
cornered in a cliff
tucked into trees.
It overlooks a meadow
of golden flowers and honeybees.
— Melissa Hirshburg

4. a gentle presence; 3 golden rules

The 4th installment. Discover 3 ways to offer a gentle presence to others. 

Gold jewelry is not made with pure gold alone. It is an alloy; a combination of metals. This helps it serve it’s purpose as jewelry better. When combined with other metals, it is strengthened while still keeping it’s loveliness.

Which brings me back to this post; gentleness is strengthened when combined with the offering of our simple presence to others.
— Melissa Hirshburg
 

5. fOOL'S GOLD; WHEN WISDOM IS LEFT OUT

Let us weave wisdom and gentleness together.
Let it be tested, tried, and true; like pure gold.
Because gentleness without wisdom
may become enabling.
And wisdom without gentleness
may not be receivable.
— Melissa Hirshburg

6. beautiful golden threads

Gentleness offers beauty, even if that beauty comes from a simple shift in perspective. A simple slant towards the sun, catching the light.

Something beautiful,
Something good,
All my confusion He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
but He made something beautiful out of my life.

7. a gentle guide

This is the last post in my mini-series on gentleness, Golden. Today I will share ways we can guide others without being too controlling or too intimidating.

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he enables me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
my arm can bend a bow of bronze.
You give me your shield of victory,
and you stoop down to make me great.
— Psalms 18:33-35