Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Solitude. Who me?


SOLITUDE

1981-January 25-JOURNAL ENTRY~ Arrived at the Crosier House for a monthly retreat. I’ve been taking one since our study in Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. It’s a struggle to leave home in the evening and tonight is no exception. Yet once I get away, it’s always worth it. Solitude is not a luxury, it is a necessity!!!

Foster writes, “Four times a year withdraw for three to four hours for the purpose of reorienting your life goals. Find a quiet place (away from your daily distractions). What do you want to have accomplished one year from now? Be willing to dream, to stretch. Keep a journal record of what comes to you.”

2007-November 15-REFLECTION~ There are times when God is very silent. . . .such times mean patient obedience and keeping busy with the task at hand. Active waiting! At other times He speaks, almost with thunder and repeats His message over and over. Not in a voice, like a man, but an inner assurance. Confirmation comes by the Word of God, counsel of trusted friends and last of all, outward circumstances. An inner peace follows, which allows us to move through doors as He opens them.

Jesus often spent alone time with the Father. In solitude, He prayed and sought the Father’s will. From there He went out to gather the results of prayer. John records these words of our Lord, “I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” (John 8:28-29)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Phil- May our Lord bless and prosper your work.