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Silence & Solitude

by on March 13, 2011

What a great lesson on one of the lesser known, or understood Spiritual Disciplines today. Remember some of the key points that studied this morning and try to implement them in the week ahead.

  • “Minute retreats”
  • A goal of daily silence and solitude
  • Getting away
  • Special places

And also the story of Susanna Wesley, how she would  bring her apron up over her head and read her Bible and pray underneath it. This was a sign to her children that she was not to be bothered.

And finally the quote from A.W. Tozer that we didn’t get to read:

Retire from the world each day to some private spot, even if it be only the bedroom (for a while I retreated to the furnace room for want of a better place).  Stay in the secret place till the surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart and a sense of God’s presence envelops youListen for the inward Voice till you learn to recognize it.  Stop trying to compete with others.  Give yourself to God and then be what and who you are without regard to what others think.   Learn to pray inwardly every moment.  After a while you can do this even while you work…Read less, but more of what is important in your inner life.  Never let your mind remain scattered for very long.  Call home your roving thoughtsGaze on Christ with the eyes of your soul.  Practice spiritual concentration.  All the above is contingent upon a right relation to God through Christ and daily meditation on the Scriptures.  Lacking these, nothing will help us; granted these, the discipline recommended will go far to neutralize the evil effects of externalism and to make us acquainted with God and our own souls.


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