A Month of Solitude

Small groups for my church have ended for the year. Besides Sunday, my week will be pretty quiet.

Before you feel sorry for me, it’s not going to be a pity party. I’m not going to sit around singing the “all by myself” song with a tub of ice cream. Sometimes solicitude is liberating. This is my moment to connect with God.

I’m probably taking this phase in my life for granted. When I’m a wife and mother – my time will no longer revolve around me. I wanted to share a few things I will be doing to take full advantage of this month of solitude.

  • Reading. I picked up the book “Uncommon” By Carey Scott. I have no idea what I’m getting myself into but the outside of the book looked nice. If you have heard of this book please let me know.
  • Writing out my prayers. Usually I just say my prayers out loud. Call it weird but I feel like when I whisper my prayers they are more sacred. Suddenly I realize, I don’t even remember what I’ve prayed for half the time. Writing it down will help me keep track of everything so I won’t be angry at God for something he already did.
  • Hitting the gym. My aunt called about a month ago and said “you are too skinny – you need to eat!” Now that I can fill out my jeans – I’m going to the gym to keep it all together. This is my temple and I want it to be spectacular for myself and my future spouse.
  • Keeping up with the girls. Just because we don’t meet every week – doesn’t mean we can’t be friends. I enjoyed everyone from my college ministry group. Because I value them, I will certainly keep in touch.
  • Keep up my morning routine: As follows
    • 700 club
    • Billy Graham sermon
    • The Bible Project YouTube channel
    • Any other thing I want to throw in the mix.
  • This takes up 2 hours of my time – but I feel like I can conquer anything when I start my day off right. Don’t feel bad if you don’t do this – do what works for you.

I hope this inspired you and I want to leave you with the bible scripture on my new journal I just bought:

11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and I will restore your fortunes[c] and gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “I will restore you to the place from which I deported you.”

Jeremiah 29:11-14



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