Noise is all around us and increasing as time passes. It is distracting, affects our mental health, and makes it hard to hear God. What about you?

  • What kind of noise do you have in your life?
  • Do you ever surround yourself with noise intentionally? Why?
  • Does all the noise in your life make it harder to hear God?
  • When was a time that you heard God clearly?
  • Does silence make you uncomfortable? If so, why?
  • What could you do to eliminate some of the noise in your life that keeps you from hearing God?

Silence & Solitude

How to:

  1. Identify a sacred space.
    1. Quiet
    2. Comfortable
  2. Begin with a modest goal.
  3. Settle into a comfortable yet alert position in your body.
  4. Ask God to give you a simple prayer that expresses your openness and desire for God.
  5. Close your time in silence with a prayer of gratitude of God’s presence with you.
  6. Resist the urge to judge yourself or your experiences in silence.

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1 Ruth Barton, “Beyond Words: An Invitation To Silence And Solitude,” Conversations: A Forum For Authentic Transformation, vol. 5:2 (2007): 11.