Soul Care: Practicing Solitude

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Who needs solitude? Everyone!

What is solitude? The definition of solitude is:

The state of being or living alone; seclusion: to enjoy one’s solitude.

Remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity the solitude of the mountains.

A lonely unfrequented place: a solitude in the mountains.

Simple steps to solitude:

-We must be intentional in practicing solitude by finding a quiet space or place.
-Invite God into your space asking Him to be with you. Breathe in deeply 2 or 3 times letting each breath out slowly.
-Take in your surroundings by noticing your setting, the sights, the sounds.
-Meditate on a favorite scripture that reminds you of God’s peace and serenity. One of my favorite scripture to meditate on is:

“Be still, and know that I am God”
-Psalm 46:10

You can practice solitude anywhere. Enhance your solitude by listening to meditation music on your iPod.

Give yourself 10 minutes and see how it feels. We are too plugged in not to practice solitude.

Give yourself the gift of seclusion and shut out the world. Your emotional and spiritual health depend on it.

His Daughter,
Melanie

Soul Care: How to be a Mary in a Martha World

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Is your soul weary? When you wake up in the morning do you immediately start to think about your to-do list for the day? I know that my eyes aren’t open for a minute before I want to reach for my phone to check messages, voicemail, email and whatever social media venue I’m connected with.

When I was a young mom I was being called by the morning pressures of the kids and their needs. As women, we can be easily pulled under by the under-toe of life’s to-do list.

One of the most influential teachings on soul care is found in Luke 10:38-42 at the home of Martha and Mary.

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village
where a woman named Martha opened her home o him. She had a sister
called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be
made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my
sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about
many things, but few things are needed or indeed only one and Mary has
chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

If you need further convincing that putting your soul care fist is the most important item on your to-do list then listen to how Jesus responds to Martha. I amazes me how Jesus states Martha’s name twice when He is addressing her. “Martha, Martha” he knew that she was so distracted by all the preparations that He needed to repeat her name to get her attention.

Jesus is telling Martha to tend to her soul before busying herself in chaotic preparations.

Martha was what I call “soul weary.” She was excited to have Jesus at her home for dinner, but was missing out on the joy of his presence and soul nurturing teaching. Mary not only listened to Jesus’ teaching but sat at His feet, relaxed and settled to have her soul nourished.

Soul care is not complicated.

You can start today with taking 10 minutes from your day to meditate on a scripture or ask God to renew your soul. Some days, multiple times in my days I simply breathe in deeply and ask Jesus to renew my soul and I drink in the presence of his life-giving water.

For some, it’s in the morning but for other’s it’s afternoon or evening. Don’t complicate quiet times of refreshing by setting rigid rules of when to meet with Jesus, just meet with Him.

In the next blog, I will continue my series on soul care and explore how God sees us as His children. Soul care requires that we have a healthy image of how God views us. If we think of Him as a distant father or a task-master looking to punish us, we will likely hide from His presence and forfeit the gift of life-giving soul care with our Father.

His Daughter,

Melanie