A “Gentle and Quiet Spirit” Exhibit

Hey, chicas! I thought we’d have a little fun today.

Meet Sammy and Melanie. They are two fictitious girls, but imagine they’re real, ‘kay? Because they could be.

Here’s what I want you to do. Read their bios, and let me know which one has a “gentle and quiet spirit.”

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a little background. This week on the blog, Erin’s challenged us to be “make-up free” for a week based on God’s beauty prescription in 1 Peter 3:3–4:

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it [your beauty] should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Let me know if you think Sammy or Melanie would win the award for a “gentle and quiet spirit,” and then come back tomorrow to hear which one took the prize, and to learn more about what this “gentle and quiet spirit” thing is all about. Oh—and I’d love to hear if you think you have this kind of spirit or not. Thanks for playing!

Exhibit A: Sammy is the oldest of seven kids—and the only girl! When she’s not at school, you’ll find her four-wheeling, riding horses, or fishing with her brothers. Once you meet her, you won’t forget her. She has fiery red hair, and when you say something funny, she throws her head back and laughs—only it comes out more like a snort! Her mom tells her to use her “inside voice,” but Sammy doesn’t seem to have one. She loves life, God, and people, and gives everything 100 percent.

Exhibit B: Melanie is a “sweet, quiet thing.” At least that’s how the older ladies at church describe her. She almost never talks (at least in public), but if you approach her, you might be rewarded with a smile.  She has a beautiful voice, but didn’t try out for choir because she was too afraid to sing in front of others. This seems to be a trend . . . her stomach hurts all the time, and her doctor thinks it’s because of anxiety. She’s most happy when she’s curled up on the sun porch with a big book by a dead pastor or theologian.

About Author

Paula Marsteller no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her two young sons and seeking to practice "radically ordinary hospitality." She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in Central New York. You can catch her writing on PaulaWrites.com.

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