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May 4, 2013

Away From it All

Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the quiet of the mountains by the water stream pictured here. It was a place of tranquility and beauty. The only sounds were those of the babbling water, the deer rustling in the woods and the birds singing songs of majestic praise. The sense of peace was almost overwhelming, as though God himself was present there in the stillness of it all. This place still holds a special place in my heart and soul and was a vast contrast from my primary home in the bustling city. I grew so accustomed to the quiet times there, that even now I require time away from it all to just sit with God and listen to His still quiet voice. 

We are told through the scriptures, Jesus himself took time away from the chaos of life to pray. He would retreat from his disciples and all of the crowds, to solitary and lonely places, to be with his Father. That is an amazing point to consider! If the Son of Man needed time away to pray, how much more must you and I need it? 

Still, you may find it is nearly impossible to head away to a mountain side, a babbling brook or a beautiful seaside to spend time with God. You may need to meet up with God in the early morning or late at night in a quiet corner of your house, while driving in your car or yes, in the quiet privacy of your shower. No matter the place, make getting away and being with God a priority. When you do, you will find that everything else in your life flows smoother and that you are filled up to overflowing with joy.

Yet Jesus himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed. Luke 5:14


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