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Several weeks ago, I had this uncontrollable urge to withdrawal. To, somehow, leave the noise and toxicity of the world behind and become a recluse.

To have silence. To stop all of the chatter, and to make it cease.
So, what did I do? I posted on Facebook. “Going offline for a day or three... beginning now.”

I’m surprised I didn’t take it further, and create a cute graphic for my Instagram account using the Canva app... maybe something consisting of a cup of coffee and my pajama legs with some of those cute socks with pandas on them from Target. You know the ones...

(And if I’m telling the truth here, my mind takes me to a place of wondering what socks Jesus would have chosen to wear... and would He have posted them on social media for all to see?!!?! These are the things I consider. HA!)

Taking time out for yourself is not an adverse thing. It;s actually quite good.

Becoming hermatized in your own surroundings, being present with those around you, or even taking a full-on sabbatical, and leaving everyone to their own devices for a few days, and concentrating on ​finding the quiet​.

Oh, the quiet... you know it, right? Remember the quiet? The silence... the total lack of sound invading your senses like Jesus invades your soul?!!?! ​That’s it! That’s what I was missing! His voice.

The sound of my Savior in my ear, nudging me... prompting me... communicating with me. The chatter of the world had become so very loud over the past months the sound of my sweet Jesus was becoming a faint lull. A whisper I was straining to hear, but couldn’t.

Something had to change.

So, all of Facebook knew that I was going offline. Good. They knew. They knew I needed a retreat. A sacred place where I could lay my head and just listen. A private place where I could go and just be...

not having to live life via internet. Unplugged. Oh, good gravy... unplugged! What would I do with myself?!!?!

My withdrawal did last for approximately three days. Maybe four. I needed an opportunity to be solitary... alone... by myself. Just me and my Jesus.

So, where did I go? My bed. Yep. That’s my secret. I camped out in my room in my bed...​ just being for three days.

This was not a depression thing; nor was it a cry for attention. It was simply my way of gaining some much needed access to ​renewal​.

I spent time in prayer, in the Word, and in communion with my Heavenly Father. It was great... ​I could actually HEAR Him.​ No phone No internet. No games. I could hear what the Lord had to say to me.

When seeking direction always, always take time to be still and listen after asking for clear, and divine guidance. If you don’t, there’s really no need in even asking.

Those three days were enough time to make some decisions. To create some plans that could, and would (God willing) transform my life.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father. We come to you today with bold humility. Knowing that you are a good, good God, who wants nothing more than to see His children accomplish what you have put them here to do... and that is to tell of Your goodness. Lord, we thank you, that we can have One-on-One time with You. That You allow us to hear from You,

We thank you, Lord, for do-overs... for opportunities to recreate what we need in our lives that will allow us to draw nearer to You. We ask God, that You continue to prompt us when You feel we have gone astray, or are wandering a path that is not that of Your choosing. We oryt that You gently guide ust to a time and place where we can come to You... alone... without distraction or disturbance, and grant us the opportunity to be still before You.

We long to take in the substance of Who You are, and ask, Gracious and Merciful Father, that You allow us to sit within the thickness of Your presence until the time comes that You are confident that we have heard Your voice. Father... we pray all of this and so much more... in the Mighty, Powerful, Precious name of Jesus.

Amen and amen.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you,​[​a]​but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. ~Romans 12:2 (TPT)


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