Lovers spend time alone; same with Disciples. It’s their priority to find Get Alone time with God. Here’s Moses’ heart: If you’re pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. (Exodus 33.13 NIV). Mary too: Mary... sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. ... “[Jesus:] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10.39b, 42b NLT)
Journaling, using a Bible and notebook to connect with God is a great way to practice Get Alone time. In this hyperactive culture, journaling helps a Disciple slow down, process life, evaluate feelings, chart spiritual growth and work through relationships. The simplest way to journal is, what God said to me and what I said to God.
What God said to me: as you read a Bible passage, ask what God is communicating personally to you. It may be a decision to decide, or a habit to change. An apology to make. A friend to encourage. It may be his encouragement to you, perhaps his correction. Write it down.
What I said to God: write your response, composing your prayer like a letter, Dear Father...
What to write? expressions of love to him (worship); things you’re thankful for; something to clean up in your life; questions like I don’t know what to do, Lord... and Lord, I don’t understand this passage... and much more.
4R: Read... Record... Reflect... Respond. And perhaps, some days later, Review.
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