Some seek to fill a hole with no bottom.


They are convinced that they should fill their lives with


 more, more, more or attract more people and experiences


while totally ignoring their inner black hole...


their inner void... their inner emptiness.

There is a spiritual empty place, 


a yearning, a helplessness 


in the heart of each of us...


that only God can fill.

Some people cannot be alone.


They feel left out and fearful when they are alone.


They feel the need to fit in somewhere.


 As a result, they become emotionally attached to


people, things, and experiences.

One will only try in vain to fill


 the inner void in their heart and 


soul with everyone and 


everything around them. 


However, there is a vacuum... 


a void in the heart of every man 


which cannot be filled by any


 created thing.


This infinite abyss can only be filled


by God Himself.

A hole with no bottom.

Some people must always have others around them. 


This is the quality that makes them feel validated.  

They assume group-derived and group-dependent 


identities as they progress from scene to scene in


 social life.

For some... they are alive only in public.


Their identity is intrinsically associated with


all the arrivals and departures of social life.


 Their lives may be full of activities,


but they do not have any degree of understanding of


why they do these things.


Their lives have no overall purpose.


They have no clear idea of their own nature 


or identity, of who they really are.

Many people live their lives without ever reflecting


on life itself or its meaning for them.

The contemporary self seeks celebrity and connectivity


as a way of being seen by others and becoming known.


Their goal is to be recognized, visible and connected;


however, most still come up empty...


and remain untrue to themselves. 

More things, people, and experiences...


however attractive they seem,


cannot truly satisfy that inner longing.

 Some live exclusively in relation to others,


and what dissipates from their lives is...


solitude.

Imagine how life would be if we all put as 


much energy into developing a loving 


relationship with God and ourselves... as 


we do in our relationships with others.

Some people are naturally inclined


to spend time alone with themselves. 


While, others cringe at the thought. 

When our minds are busy and distracted


with things of the outside world,


 our state is one of continual questioning.


 It is one of response and reaction.


  Inner "noise" can be just as troublesome


as outside noise when it comes to having


quiet time with God.  

Preparing our hearts to hear from God


requires a focused effort. Noise, whether 


outside or inside, distracts us. 

Focus is always found 


at the feet of God.


"But Martha was distracted by her many tasks;


so she came to the Lord and asked,


‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all


the work by myself?


Tell her then to help me.' But the Lord answered her,


‘Martha, Martha, 


you are worried and distracted by many things;


there is need of only one thing.


Mary has chosen the better part,


which will not be taken away from her.'"


Luke 10: 40-42


The Lord gently rebuked Martha because


 she had forgotten what was important.

In order for God to speak to us, 


we need to be in His presence


listening for His voice.

Every day God wants relationship-building time 


with us, which means our highest priority must be...


time at His feet, in His presence.

Making time for daily devotion is critical to 


hearing God! A time of Devotion and Prayer


is something to be taken seriously... and


 requires time. 

The dictionary defines Devotion as “the fact 


or state of being ardently dedicated and loyal.”


Using that definition,we should seek to grow


 even more devoted to God than we are to


 anything or anyone else. 

When we are running around, doing things, 


talking all the time and never getting 


comfortable enough to be quiet in His 


presence, it is difficult to come into that 


relationship which God has called us


to be in.

Being alone can be a very positive state of 


being. Being alone is an opportunity... not a 


curse. Nothing much happens in the quiet 


zone, at least from the outsider's perspective.  


People in the quiet zone often say that they 


need a few days, or even longer, alone just 


to think - or pray or meditate.  


Without the old definitions of the world


and our accustomed activities to fall back on,


time in the quiet zone can create substantial


 introspection and heightened self-awareness. 

 We can only be ourselves if we are often by 


ourselves. Spending time alone allows us 


to delight ourselves in God. Out of this quiet 


time can emerge intuitions and insights which


 provide the recipe for new  beginnings. 



Alone time gives us an opportunity for


 reflection, contemplation and self-assessment.


In essence we get to know ourselves better. We 


come to know who we are and Whose we are.  

Solitude gives one time to examine the course of one's life,


to reacquaint oneself with the nature of one's inner self,


and to think of ways to have one's dreams come true.  

What most people can agree on is that


love blooms from within.

In the silence of the heart we are able to recognize 


the reservoir of rich love within. This quiet, timeless


 space creates a state where our being can become 


more expansive, and yet include the reservoir of


 that rich love within us. 

We can look within to find the treasure. As our 


awareness expands, we are able to tap into the


reservoir of our being and identify the rich love


that lies within.  We can, then, reclaim the love


that we thought was outside of ourselves.    

God has placed within us a vacuum


 that only He can fill.



Until God is there, 



nothing satisfies.

Solitude can bring us to a state of gentle peace.


The pure silence is a transforming peace in itself. 


  Solitude is a time that can be used for listening to God.


 "For God alone my soul


waits in silence."


-Psalm 62:1

Solitude is something we choose. From 


the outside, solitude and loneliness look


 a lot alike. Both are characterized by 


solitariness. But all resemblance ends at


 the surface. Solitude is a time for reflection


 and inner searching. 

  A few moments in quiet prayer...


can be all that we need for our day to be


 transformed from one of disorder to 


beauty and order.

Solitude is the state of being 


alone without being lonely.


 Solitude is a positive and constructive state 


of engagement with oneself.

 Solitude is desirable, it is a state of being alone


where we provide ourselves wonderful


and sufficient company. 

Jesus prayed for guidance


in places of quiet solitude.

We often look for external signs to guide us


into a beginning, but our inner attitudes toward 


life, our renewed self-knowledge and our intuition


are really the hallmarks of our new beginnings.

By relying on our inner voice to tell us where


 to go in life, we are likely to have more motivation


than if we were to depend on the expectations


provided to us by others. 


If we are enslaved with outside love, we are 


bound to live like an unexpected mishap. 


 Solitude is a state of being alone without 


being lonely and can lead to self-awareness. 


Seeking and enjoying solitude helps us to


take care of our souls.  


Quiet time allows us to do the things 


we want to do and the things we love, 


without any compromise.

Alone time allows us to exhale and relax.


It allows us to get a fresh perspective.  


Getting away from others can regenerate


the inner self. When we need to escape 


the world we can turn to solitude for help.


Some may say we are crazy, but solitude 


does not judge. Instead, solitude will sit 


and listen to all our thoughts and dreams.

 Time alone gives us the opportunity


to pray, listen, ponder and plan.

Alone time allows us to get to the heart


of what we really need and think as opposed 


to being told or influenced by others and their 


opinions.

 A few moments of absolute quiet is like


 a breath of fresh air. It gives us the 


opportunity to breathe in new life.

Quiet time involves an inner state of being...


as well as an outward condition.

 Jesus regularly took time to be alone 


with His Father in prayer.

Giving ourselves the ability to be alone


allows us to have a greater appreciation


for the time we spend with others. It is 


important to find some balance in this;


and once we do, we will enjoy our


 relationships even more.


 Being alone is one of the great treasures


 in life. Learning to accept solitude, allows


 us to truly be with someone else... and 


have it mean something. 


It is only through spending time getting


 to know ourselves that we can become


 whole. 

 If we follow Jesus' example...


if we can experience silence and aloneness 


without being overpowered by the urge to 


find distractions... then we can be free from


 culture in order to change culture in a 


powerful way... as Jesus did. 

We need quiet times because we need God.


God is the One who makes sense of life for us,


in times of crisis or calm.


  The next time you are finding it difficult


to get away from the noise and get alone with God,


remember who is standing in your way.


Then remember 


Who is greater!

In solitude, we withdraw from people, noise, cell phones,


e-mails and text messages... all the stimulation of life


to be with God.


We get away from all of the arenas in our lives, 


all of our roles, all of the people who are either 


cheering us on or telling us where we ought


 to do something differently. We get away 


from all of that to just be alone 


with God."

Everywhere we go, even in our own homes,


there is some kind of noise to distract us,


from telephones, to televisions, to traffic.


But making time for daily devotion is 


critical to hearing God!  


Only God can complete us.



May we allow God to lead us



so that we will not keep



searching for people, 



out there, to fill an inner 



void that only 




God can fill.


 

In solitude, I withdraw from people, noise, cell phones, beepers, pagers, faxes all the stimulation of life to be with God. I get away from all of the scaffolding in my life, all of my roles, all of the people who are either cheering me on or telling me where I ought to do something different. I get away from all of that to just be alone with God"to find out,
In solitude, I withdraw from people, noise, cell phones, beepers, pagers, faxes all the stimulation of life to be with God. I get away from all of the scaffolding in my life, all of my roles, all of the people who are either cheering me on or telling me where I ought to do something different. I get away from all of that to just be alone with God"to find out,
In solitude, I withdraw from people, noise, cell phones, beepers, pagers, faxes all the stimulation of life to be with God. I get away from all of the scaffolding in my life, all of my roles, all of the people who are either cheering me on or telling me where I ought to do something different. I get away from all of that to just be alone with God"to find out,

 Everywhere we go, even in our own homes,

there is some kind of noise to distract us,

from telephones to TV to traffic.

But making time for daily devotion

is critical to hearing God!  

 Everywhere we go, even in our own homes,

there is some kind of noise to distract us,

from telephones to TV to traffic.

But making time for daily devotion

is critical to hearing God!  

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