Making the Most of Alone Moments

Quite the difference in being alone versus being lonely, isn’t there?   With a family of six children and one on the way, I can honestly say I’m rarely lonely and rarely alone. 🙂  When I make a mistake or forget something, my husband often jokes and says I’m in timeout.  My response: Please? Can I please be in time out?  Go to my room with no interruptions?

I love what Luci Swindoll explains in her Women of Faith devotional this week.  Essentially:

“When I’m alone, I process life’s experiences, think through choices, replenish my energy, and face myself without other distractions. Sometimes that’s pleasant; sometimes it’s not. But it’s never without value.”

Women of Faith asks if we dread solitude or revel in it.  I would have to say that I’m one that revels in it, but only to be recharged and renewed in order to begin serving again.  If I had more alone time, I wonder if the grateful attitude would be present in the same respect?

So if you’re crazy busy like our household, just a couple quick suggestions to make the most of your alone moments:

1. Just breathe.  This is  NOT easy for me.  But two or three minutes and my thought processes are much improved! (Or I’m asleep… 🙂 )

2. Read a minute devotional!  Two books I recommend for this: Minute Meditations for Busy Moms or Jesus Calling.  Both are so direct and challenging; I keep them on my nightstand.

3. Recite your favorite verses.  God’s word does not return void!  Isaiah 55:11 “…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

4. Be specific in a prayer of thankfulness. Give details! In everything give thanks.

Nothing scientific here, folks.

But just a reminder to myself, if no one else, that a few moments of being alone can reap great dividends when the time is dedicated to Him.

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4 Comments

  1. Terri Roush says:

    Enjoyed your devotional today. Recently had the opportunity to spend an entire day with God. Was refreshing and revealing to me. Your blog is awesome. God Bless.

    1. Thanks so much, Terri! Thanks for reading and for the encouragement. God bless you.

  2. Hi Rachel,
    Stopping over from Women of Faith!
    I too am a busy mom and love your advice here! Although you really have your hands full with 6!
    You are the second person I have heard speak great things about Jesus Calling in the last 3 days…maybe Jesus is calling me to read that book?
    Hope you have a good day and can find some happy moments of solitude!
    ~Alicia
    “Congo, Here we Come!”

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hopped over to your blog for a minute…love reading your adoption story! God Bless.

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