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Is Solitude a Priority?

It’s important for us as ministry leaders to regularly trade life’s noise for God’s still, small voice to recharge and be restored.

What priority do you place on pressing pause on the day-to-day and getting away for a time of solitude with God? What about for your staff or volunteers?

The Chapel, a multi-site church in the burbs of Chicago sees the value in doing this and requires their staff to take one paid “Solitude Day” every month. What a great idea.

Senior Pastor, Scott Chapman, says, “Talking to God about our lives and listening to his voice is the spiritual equivalent of breathing. We exhale when we pour out our hearts to him and inhale when we allow him to share his heart with us.”

In Psalm 51:10,12-13 (HCSB) David pleads, “God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit. Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways, and sinners will return to You.”

This verse always comes to mind when we get away and seek God.

It’s easy to to forget the joy, the fire, and the enthusiasm we had when making the decision to follow Christ. However, the more time we spend with Him, the more we’re reminded of our initial response when we devoted our lives to Him, the joy of our salvation. And the more He opens our eyes to those around us who are hurting or do not have a relationship with Christ.

We encourage you to point out several dates on a calendar today, and make plans now to get away from the hum of your laptop, text message chimes, and email notifications. Instead, reset, re-focus, and restore with God.

Guard that time and get creative—find a park, hike up to an overlook, book an inexpensive hotel room, go for a long drive, or even find an organized retreat.

We’re encouraged by the passion The SoulCare Project has for offering leaders the opportunity to step out of the busyness of life and find a place of rest and solitude. They provide retreats where leaders have an opportunity to set aside their hectic lives to listen for and hear God's voice through stillness.

If we are to be a kingdom-focused group of servants, intentional solitude time with God has to take priority.

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