You may be wondering how in the world to fit solitude and silence into your busy life.
First of all, we may have to say “no” to some things. It might be as simple as keeping the TV or computer off and refusing to answer the phone one night a week.
Or, if like me, you are over-scheduled, you may have to say no to some good area of service to gain the necessary time in God’s presence.
I find time for solitude when I am doing dishes and am looking out of my kitchen window. I ask God to make clear what He wants me to know.
Sometimes, I’m convicted of sin, gain direction for my life, or find peace from fear.
Other times my mind just wanders. But I know I am in God’s presence and that he has my attention if he wants to say something.
If you have young children at home, finding solitude and silence is tough! Maybe your spouse or a friend would be willing to watch them for an hour while you sit in a park, take a walk, or sit in a quiet place.
God will not always immediately speak to you.
Most often when I’m in times of solitude and silence, I don’t hear anything. But it’s worth taking the time to do that so that he has my attention if he needs it.
Resting in His Presence is so restorative!
This is important to keep in mind. When you come to him, say something like,
“God, I just want to be in your presence because I love you. Tell me anything you want me to know; I’m listening. But if there isn’t anything I need to know right now, just help me to enjoy being with You.”
“When you pray, go into your room. Close the door and pray to your Father, who can’t be seen. He will reward you. Your Father sees what is done secretly,” Matthew 6:6.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.