It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, June 20, 2005

Week 2 Day 6-Summer Bible Study

I lose my center. I feel dispersed, scattered, in pieces. I must have time alone in which to mull over any encounter and to extract its juice, its essence, to understand what has really happened to me as a consequence of it.
May Sarton

As we empty ourselves we have more space in our life for what is truly of value. This space fees us to receive the truths that arise from our deeper selves. Solitude refreshes our awareness of God and of ourselves.

Solitude is not always comfortable and comforting. Sometimes we come face to face with parts of ourselves that we try to avoid or ignore because they hurt or challenge us too greatly.

As we mature on the spiritual path, all our moods and modes are accepted as they are. our solitude helps us to be with God. Give yourself to solitude - God awaits you there.

Scripture: Matthew 6:5-6

But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your God who is in secret.

I really struggle with solitude because it is what I have too much of. I don't have to shut the door -- no one else is here. True I do have more time to spend praying and studying the Word. I really never thought of this solitude as a blessing of time to spend with the Lord before. My quiet time will be more appreciated in the future. I suppose I've been brought to this space in my life because I needed it and God always has a plan...

Today I will carry my solitude time into the rest of my day. (How true)
I will receive each part of the day from God
'On Ya' - ma

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