Sunday Stillness – What is Solitude?
That’s what I have found in the past week – a peace – a lack of myself and my desire to control. I have left it all behind in order to find my place with Jesus.
Where did I find it?
In the quiet moments – few and far between – but there. It is possible to find that quietness.
Knowing that before I start anything, I seek the quietness of my soul. Don’t start anything until I refresh my soul.
Reading Psalm 30
I understand now that when I use self-reliance, I am NOT relying on God. Praising God for being my reliance. Praising Him for standing by my side.
“I” do get in the way of my relationship with God. (Tweet this)
So I am trying to let go. Relax and listen to Him. Rest in between my “doings”.
I cried out to God
He lifted me from the depths
Placed me on His Rock
(Janis Cox – haiku, 2015, based on Psalm 30)
Grabs hold of my soul
Deep within myself
(Janis Cox, mirror poem, based on Psalm 30)
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This was a timely reminder for me, Janis! With 6 kids, homeschooling, and just life I can get lost in my day and start to give God the leftovers instead of the first fruit. I will be seeking stillness and quiet amongst this crazy life this week. Thank you!
Our flesh is surely our biggest hindrance Janis. You spoke wonderful words…quiet time is so important with our God. ♥
I’m learning to let go of control and let him – and, yes – there is peace as long as I stop trying to take it back. I’m teaching Haiku this week to college students – teaching them to control their words:)
Beautiful haiku, Janis. 🙂
Starting to do more poetry. I like short phrases – it makes me think more clearly.
I’m so glad you got to spend some time on vacation, Janis. We all need those times to pull away, but also, as you’ve said here–seeking solitude with the Lord in each day. It’s vital to our sanity and sense of Christ’s peace. Thanks for the linkup, my friend!
Yes – vital to our sanity and peace.. for sure.
Thanks so much for hosting!
You are most welcome Debbie,
Great post, Janis! That intimate time with THE LORD is so vital. Always a blessing to visit with you. I love your heart! Peace and many blessings to you, Love! 🙂
You are very encouraging. I need to make time with the Lord for sure.
You are most welcome, Love! 🙂
Janis, this is right where I am these days too. I want that place. Some moments, even some days, God seems to pick me up and place me in it when I am still enough for Him to hold. As Michele, above, said, sometimes, that moment comes in places I would not have expected it. But I am grateful.
I am still looking to find the stillness – I am finding more quiet – but still have to still my soul. Grateful for this faith-filled group that keeps my grounded.
Yes, Janis, I am thankful for solitude even in the midst of my days surrounded by family. A few minutes alone in the car or pushing a lawn mower can become a “sanctuary.”
Blessings on your Sunday!
Yes when our lives get busy I do forget to stop. But even when I have my own time I forget to stop.
Finding that quietness… So important. Thanks Janis.
I find that my hubby and I are pretty quiet – there is lots of time for quiet – but I fill it up and forget to stop.