I crave solitude. Time spent alone refreshing my spirit, my mind, and my body. Just saying the word fills me with a sense of quiet and calm!
Unfortunately solitude is fleeting in my life; maybe that's why I crave it. As the mom of four young children I am always in demand. As a home school mom I am always with my children. So solitude isn't something that "just happens" in my life; it's something I must intentionally schedule.
Meredith blogged about her practice of spending a day in solitude once a month here, here and here. Her goal, was to pray, read scripture, and focus on God in a location away from her normal distractions.
I think this is a wonderful idea!
I'm not saying we only spend time with God once a month. I mean having half a day, a whole day, or even overnight set aside to focus on something specific with God. Think of it as offering hospitality to yourself and God.
Will you join me in solitary hospitality? Maybe just this month. Maybe as a goal for this year.
Here's what you do:
- Leave a comment saying you're in for the challenge.
- Schedule a time on your calendar to leave your house and be alone. Aim for at least 3 hours of solitude.
- Decide where to go. Remember it should be fairly quiet, so Panera at lunch time is probably not a good idea. Try your public library, a fancy hotel lobby, or Barnes & Noble in the morning. Just check ahead of time if they have activities scheduled on your day.
- Prepare during the days leading up to your solitude appointment. Think about what you want to take with you: music, Bible, notebook, pen, other books, scripture memory cards. Also think about what you want to focus on during this time.
- Share your experience with us on your blog or on the follow-up post in a month.
I'm planning a solitary hospitality for Saturday, January 8. My local library has sound proof rooms that will work really well for this purpose. My goal is to really pray through what God desires for and from me in this new year (goals, activities, that kind of stuff).
Do you already practice solitary hospitality? If not, will you join me this month?
“Solitude is such a potential thing. We hear [a voice] in solitude , we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive [counsel and comfort], we get under no other condition . . .” - Amelia E. Barr