I am SO excited to have 9th grader, Sonia Heming as this week's Guest Blogger! Sonia took advantage of our High School Girls Silence & Solitude opportunity last weekend and was so sweet and willing to share her experience here with you! I honestly couldn't have expressed the day better! Thank you, Sonia!! :)
"Whenever I first heard about Silence & Solitude, I already knew I didn’t, and probably wasn’t going to go to it. It didn’t seem like my cup of tea. I’m glad Ms. Suzanne asked me to sign up or else I would’ve missed out on a life changing experience. At first I was extremely nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. My first thought about it was kinda terrifying for me. For some reason I thought we would have to be praying in front of the group of girls. Which I get really nervous praying in front of people, and it is not my strong point…at all. I eventually got over that fear because I knew that my friend, Sara Riggle, was going with me and she was nervous as well.
Right off the bat, we discussed what we were going to be doing. We were not going to be praying in front of each other! The first thing we did was get our feet washed by all of the leaders, which was VERY humbling. The next thing on the To Do list was for each of us to find a quiet room by ourselves so we could talk out loud to the Lord. In those rooms we read the verse: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out of religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to love freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30). That was probably my favorite part of the day. After that we basically had 5 rooms we had to go in based on sight, smell, salt & light, and missions. Those rooms were really, really cool. I really felt closer to God. In the 5th room there were many things to look at and read. In their, there were many things to think about, pray about, and ask God to reveal to you. One of the things that I read that stood out to me was: “How are you being an example of Christ to your siblings & schoolmates? Are there ways you can change? Ask God to reveal these to you. (Titus 2:7)
If I ever got another opportunity to do that again, I would most definitely go! I would invite lots of people to come with me as well. It would be very selfish of me to not share the experience I had at Silence & Solitude with my friends. Everybody should have a chance to go to something like that and just have time to be alone with God in quietness. God deserves that from you."
See more pictures from this day on our FBC Girls Ministry Facebook Page!