And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. — Matthew 14:23
Adapted from the resource Wake Up to the Word Devotional – by Joyce Meyer
Solitude is the state or quality of being alone or remote from others.
One of the things we need more of in our society is solitude. We live in a noisy, high-pressure, busy world, where more is expected of most of us than we can possibly do.
The world more than likely won’t change, but we can. One of the main things that combats and offsets stress is solitude or quiet.
I absolutely love quiet times! I have discovered that even five minutes of quiet and solitude can restore my soul to a restful place and relieve stress. It gives me time to actually breathe deeply and do nothing.
If you’re not used to quiet times, you may have to build up an ability to be quiet. If it is difficult for you, then start with a few minutes three or four times a day, and gradually increase your comfort level.
Solitude offers a great chance to rest and refresh your soul and spirit. You’ll be glad you learned to value this time.
Prayer Starter: Father, help me to take times away from the busyness of my day. Please remind me to plan moments of solitude when You can restore my mind, emotions, body and spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.