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WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT “ME TIME”?

Melanie, Wesley, Leah, Christy, Marius & Joshua

If Jesus needed time away to reconnect with God, then so do we! Taking regular “me time” helps us to . . .

 

Bike Ride at sunset2 TS 93167366Relax and Enjoy the Moment

Riding my bike allows me to enjoy some alone time—just God and me and nature. These times challenge me physically and relax me mentally and spiritually. I am able to let go of distractions and to focus on the path ahead. When I reach my halfway point, I stop and talk to God about whatever is on my mind—or simply enjoy the moment.

—Melanie Craig

 


Listen to God

I have learned that when it’s time to talk with God, I need to unplug and to shut out all distractions. Otherwise, God’s voice can get lost in the noise. Often, I don’t say anything; I just sit and listen to what God has to say to me.

—Wesley Overhults

 

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Photo Credit: overgraeme via Compfight cc

Focus Our Heart and Mind

Last summer, I spent a month in Ireland, working with several mission teams. To have some time alone, I would get up early and take a walk. Wandering down country lanes, I gazed in awe at the beauty of God’s creation—the breathtaking landscape, the darling calves, the gorgeous flowers, the friendly farmers. My morning strolls provided the space I needed to focus my heart and mind on God.

—Leah Bryan, 20

 

Love Ourselves and Others

I’ve come to realize that my “me time” is not all about me. During these quiet times, God often helps me to see the real in-the-flesh me. It’s not always a pretty picture, but I am grateful that God loves and accepts me as I am and is willing to smooth out the rough edges of my life. Knowing I am loved frees me to love and accept others as God does.

—Christy Bailey

 

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Put Our Faith into Action

Spending time alone with God is imperative for people of faith. It offers us time and space to meditate upon God’s word and to reflect on life in general, especially upon our blessings. As we respond in gratitude, we become more aware of the needs of others and are moved to meet those needs.

—Marius Botha

 

Learn Something New

After regularly spending time with God over the years, I find myself becoming more “at one” with God. Being able to sense God’s presence gives me courage to step out of my comfort zone to try something new or to risk taking a stand for someone else. God has used “me time” to teach me many of the most valuable lessons I have ever learned.

—Joshua Huff, 18

 

DIG DEEPER

Schedule some “me time” today. Here’s one way to take a mini-retreat* with God.

  • Begin with prayer.
  • Ask God to be with you. Spend five minutes in silence.
  • Read a favorite passage of scripture. Read it several times. Spend some time in silence thinking about the passage.
  • Express your reflections in words or art, or talk about the scripture passage with another person.
  • Read the scripture again.
  • Take a short walk.
  • Write in your journal. How does God want you to apply the scripture to your life?
  • Say a prayer thanking God for your time together.

* Mini-retreat outline from Devo’Zine (September/October 2002). Copyright © 2002 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved.

 

 

—from >b>devozine (July/August 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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