Some of you might consider this quiet time or something like that, but it is an important part of our daily practice.
In the new testament, we see Jesus finding time to get away from the business of life in many places. For example:
Yet the news about him spread all the more,
so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
God in human flesh…
The one who created EVERYTHING…
He needed time to get away from the chaos of life and recenter himself.
So, I bet if He needed to get away, we need to as well.
It is something that helps us disconnect from the hectic nature of our society and reconnect with the divine. Culture tries to pull us into 100 different directions like work, social media, television and more. But this is a time set aside for you to recenter yourself with God and remind yourself of who you are in His eyes.
So where do you start?
It can be overwhelming sometimes when we are trying to do new things or reestablish practices in our lives. But, it’s not as complicated as we imagine it to be. You don’t need to go out and buy a devotional that is targeted towards a certain subject or one that will get you through all 365 days of the year. You don’t have to have some special prayer that has to be prayed in a special order.
All you need to do is be quiet and present.
But what does that look like?
I can’t tell you what silence and solitude look like for you specifically, but I can tell you what I do to daily recenter myself with God and maybe it will help you as well or spark some new ideas for yourself.
- I make sure that every day it’s at the same time and location. It makes the moment something different than just Zoning out, I know that when I come to this place it is time for me and God to reconnect.
- I spend the first 5-10 minutes just breathing. Eyes closed and focusing on my breath. Letting all distractions go by pushing every thought about work, life and anything else to the side. (Don’t become frustrated if this feels impossible. I still battle with fighting all of my thoughts, but it is a fight worth having.)
- Once you are centered just ask God something simple like, What would you love me to do today? or Who do I need to reach out to today?
- Then thank him for the life you have been given.
It is much more simple than we make it out to be.
From there you can dig into the scriptures or pray even longer. But, if you are struggling to gain traction on any time with God, I urge you to start here. It has been life changing for me and cannot stress enough about spending that time in the silence with God.
So this week, try something new. Carve out 5-10 mins of your day to spend with God in the silence.
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