When is the last time you sat in silence listening to or for God’s voice? No phones, kids, husband, work, housework, books, tv, computer, pets and music in the background. If you take longer than five minutes to think about the answer, you are in dire need for stillness, solitude and silent time with our Lord.
I just finished my quarterly social media break. A respite warranted from the daily barrage of unwanted and/or unneeded information, pictures, videos and words ingested through my eyes and ears. Stress, anxiety and overwhelm started to be my daily companions – undesired visitors.
Now I’m refreshed, renewed and energized. My spirit and soul are replenished by daily stillness, solitude and quiet time in God’s Word. God’s peace fills my heart.
We live in a culture of busyness. Many children are enrolled in tons of activities throughout the week not experiencing the value of boredom. Smart phones and computers offer countless bits of information and entertainment that easily overwhelms our minds. The availability of games, videos, podcasts, blog posts and other items can cause anxiety of decision.
No one is immune. As adults we can govern ourselves and step away from this constant chatter. It is imperative to take breaks from this busyness, for our sanity, spiritual growth, personal relationships and to listen to Gods voice. Lifestyle changes to lessen the busyness may be in order.
Our spiritual growth; our relationship with Jesus is our own responsibility. Transformation and closeness with Jesus come from spending time with Him, reading, meditating and hearing His Word. This intimacy begins in stillness, solitude and quiet time.
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 NLT
“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:2 NLT
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” James 4:8a
8 steps to solitude, stillness and silent time with God
Is silence, solitude and stillness with God a part of your day? I love to hear how it impacts your life.
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Christina Leeman MPH, writer and health educator, emboldens women to be the She Who Honors God with her all - body, thoughts, words, actions.
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