As busy women, our lives can easily become overwhelming and over-programmed. From work to parenting to marriage to housekeeping to church to volunteering, we can get used to having our lives jam-packed with responsibilities and commitments. Though we long for time alone with God, when we actually get that time, we can flounder. What to do? How do we fill an hour with God? Or two? Or maybe even three?
This Today's Christian Woman download contains 12 different ideas and experiences you can use during a period of time you've set aside to be alone with God and focus on silence and solitude. Each idea can take from 10 to 20 minutes. So flip through these pages and zero in on the experiences that fit you best. If you've got just an hour, plan on doing about 4 experiences; or, alternately, you could take about half of a day to utilize all 12 ideas in this packet.
A collection of Bible-based articles and resources to use for yourself or with a group of other women.
Idea 1: Explore
Study what the Bible says about silence and solitude.
Idea 2: Read and Respond
Read an article about silence and solitude and respond with prayer.
Idea 3: Create
Fashion a visual focal point to help you center on God.
Idea 4: Journal
Use journal prompts to help you get real with yourself during this time alone with God.
Idea 5: Read & Respond
Read an article and take a moment to rest.
Idea 6: Pray
Ponder an ancient hymn and turn your heart toward God in wordless prayer.
Idea 7: Journal
Express the challenges you're experiencing in solitude and explore what they reveal about you.
Idea 8: Contemplate
Meditate on a psalm about quiet contentment.
Idea 9: Do
Do something childish to enjoy God's created world.
Idea 10: Pray
Use a cup and water to pray about loneliness and solitude.
Idea 11: Do
Enjoy exercise, a hobby, or a project with God.
Idea 12: Create
Make a simple piece of pottery as you invite God to form and shape you.
Total number of pages - 35 pages
Permission: Make up to 1,000 copies for use in your local church.