How are you doing, really?

How are you doing, really?

Psalm 62:1-2

David waits in silence before the Lord.

Psalm 62:3-4

David is honest about his pain.

“We like our busyness, we like our chaos, because it distracts us from ourselves.”
– Mike Cosper

Psalm 62:5-7

David is aware of his temptation to control the situation.

“Dangerous tired is a condition of the soul that is volatile and portends the risk of great destruction. It is a chronic fatigue accumulating over months and months without taking time for proper rest.”
– Ruth Haley Barton

Silence and Solitude

“Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life…We do not take the spiritual life serious if we do not set aside some time to be with God and listen to him.
– Henry Nouwen

Luke 5:16
Matthew 14:13

Silence & Solitude: Intentional time in the quiet to be alone with ourselves and God.

“To enter into silence and solitude is to take the spiritual life seriously. It is to take seriously our need to quiet the noise of our life, to cease the constant striving of human effort, to pull away from our absorption in human relationships for a time in order to give God our undivided attention.”
– Ruth Haley Barton

The Practice of Silence and Solitude
1. Find a sacred space & time
2. Eliminate Distractions
3. Practice, Practice, Practice

“The terror of silence will tempt us away from the quiet. We will long for email, to-do lists, a sink full of dishes, the unread messages and notifications on our phones – anything can turn our attention away from the quietly simmering something that makes solitude troubling.”
– Mike Cosper

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