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In our over busy, digital, distracted world, the first challenge we face in silence and solitude is simply our lack of ability to slow down and focus. To “be ourselves with God,” we must first learn to center our mind and body.
The goal of week one is to first identify a time and place that works well for you to practice silence and solitude, set a modest goal, and then start with the basics: begin with a breathing prayer, and then just spend some time abiding.
It sounds easy, but, like all good things, it takes practice. So be patient with yourself and God, and enjoy the journey.
Suggested Ideas for Silence and Solitude:
1. Set aside as much time as you can to be alone with God. Go someplace quiet – a park, a library, the woods, etc. Turn off your phone and take with you only a journal and your Bible. Repeat as often as possible. Increase the time, as you can.
2. Commit your commute to God. Start by listening to a few worship songs, but then turn off the radio and listen to God. When you arrive where you are going, take a few minutes to recall your thoughts and feelings. Jot them down.
3. Turn off the television one half hour earlier than you normally would and use that time for quiet conversation with God.
4. Sit quietly outside for 15 minutes and ask yourself these three questions, taking time to really think about the answers. What do I see? What do I hear? What do I feel?
5. Take some time to find out what the Bible says about silence. About solitude.
6. Schedule your quiet time so that you’re not tempted to skip it.
For those in the process of identifying our attachment to our phones, check out this Revelation Wellness challenge.
Invitation to Silence and Solitude by Ruth Haley Barton
This book is an invitation to you to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life. It is an invitation to solitude and silence. The beauty of a true invitation is that we really do have a choice about embarking on this adventure. God extends the invitation, but he honors our freedom and will not push himself where he is not wanted. Instead, he waits for us to respond from the depths of our desire. Will you say yes?
Jesus and the Lonely Place: Silence and Solitude by John Mark Comer