Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Reflecting on Silence & Solitude

At the end of our Silence and Solitude we took some time to share about our experience of praying for three straight hours. Today I was reading over some of the "nuggets" from that time and want to share them with you. Sonia's post last week along with these quotes should encourage you not only to join us next time an opportunity like this is presented, but just in the power of prayer in general! You don't need an organized time like this to just stop and meet with your Father. Write down some areas, people, struggles, questions, passions, etc. that have been on your heart and just go for it! You'll be surprised where this time will take you and for how long.

“God answered questions during the first 30 minutes. I loved the version of the first verse. I answered each question it asked. I learned that I need to stop doing it my way.” 

“‘Live Freely’ stood out to me. I am so blessed to have great girls surrounded around me.”

“I loved the time in the room by yourself. It covered a lot of ground for me. It was a time of repentance and a time to lay down my pride. Also, I took that time to thank God for my family and friends. I loved the washing of the feet too! So humbling to have adult ladies in my life do that for me.”

“The first prayer time was good for me. I loved breaking down that verse and what it looks like in my own life. God takes the burden, I have to follow and stay true to Him.” 

“I loved the first prayer time. I went into our Sunday School room and I was trying to see all the things that I am thankful for in my life. I sat by the window and looked at my favorite tree. The tree had blown away from a recent storm. It just reminded me that God still owns it. God owns it all and even in the midst of chaos. This reminded me of my  own life and how much brokenness there is in it. The tree is never going to look the same- but it will be ok. Now the tree has a testimony.”

“I learned not to turn on a light where there is already light. I am not going to the dark places where I am called. I need to step it up.”

“I find myself putting my trust in other things or other people, not God. The 15 questions really challenged me. All I could do was sing the sweet hymn, “In Christ Alone”. God really challenged me with the question, “Are you putting your WHOLE trust in me or other things?” This was a great, refreshing, and challenging time spent with Lord that I needed so desperately.”

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on 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 live freely and lightly."
Matthew 11:28-30, MSG
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