The Significance of Solitude

Man praying with the BibleI love the solitude and quietness of the morning. I can hear the noises of a quiet home in the morning. I hear the furnace come on occasionally. I can hear the fridge come on some as well. There is something special about my time of solitude in the morning. I like to start my time of solitude after I’ve shaved, showered and made a pot of coffee. I start each day with reading some from the Word of God. I believe the scriptures speak truth into my life every day.  I do not consider myself a theologian at all. I’m just a regular guy who loves God and loves His Word. I find such deep pockets of my faith and incredible clarity for my life when I spend time alone with the Lord in His Word.

I love the fact that Jesus modeled this. He would occasionally slip away from the “noise” of His ministry for times of solitude and prayer.  This well-known event in Jesus’ life occurred after a time of solitude and prayer. Check this out…

45 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home. 46 After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.

47 Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48 He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them,49 but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him.

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!” 51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. (Mark 6:45-51a NLT)

Solitude and prayer work together to help prepare my heart and mind for the day ahead. I must admit that some days are tougher than others. I can often look back on my morning time of solitude in the middle of a busy and hectic day. I believe that solitude and prayer anchor my soul to The Word of God. I believe that the Words of Scripture contain wisdom and insight that is timeless and powerful. I find words of healing here. I find words of hope. I find depth of insight. I believe solitude combined with scripture and prayer are two very valuable ingredients to a peace-filled life. In the midst of a noisy and chaotic world, I can find peace because of my time of solitude and prayer each morning.

I’ve not tried walking on water or “leaping tall buildings in a single bound”.  I just know that I’m a stronger Christian because of my time of solitude and prayer in the morning. It’s not because I’m special, I simply seeking the Lord to lead me as I live out my life. Solitude gives focus and clarity to my life and helps keep thing in proper perspective. I also think the simple discipline of starting my day with the Lord has been a huge game changer for many years. I only wish I had started this daily discipline many years ago. I’m thankful for the Lord’s Powerful Presence in my life as I sit with Him to begin each day.

Pressing On!


Simple Blog History


Man praying with the Bible
This Picture captures how I want to approach God’s Word – humbly listening, seeking, reading.

I looked back on the history of this blog that I mostly call “my journey” that is housed here at I began posting this blog/journal around 2009. I didn’t post things I had written right away. I started journaling about what I read in the Bible each morning. It really helped me to remember what He said throughout the day.  I don’t always understand the prompting of God’s Spirit, but I’ve learned to listen and tune in. I felt like He told me to share what He was saying to me with others.

This morning as I came across this chapter of Paul’s letter to the Corinth church, he describes how I often feel in my blog.  Check this out…

1When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mystery of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 CSB)

I do not consider myself a theologian or a deep thinker – I’m just a grown man (55 and counting) seeking to know God more fully each day that I live.

I do not consider myself a prolific writer – I simply put down here in digital form what God is saying to me each chapter I read. (I’m super thankful for “spell check” and Microsoft Word!)

I know me. I know my thoughts. I know my words. I know my actions – I am profoundly grateful for grace. I am humbled that the Lord continues to forgive my stupidity and recklessness. I am so thankful that Jesus came to earth to become the Ultimate and Final sacrifice needed for all sin – including mine. I pray that any words I write from my journey introduces others to Jesus. I can’t imagine navigating the struggles and suffering that come along in this life if I didn’t have Him with me.

My daily journey begins with a quick shower, fresh (often freshly ground) Columbia coffee. I just started reading through a relatively new translation of the Bible called Christian Standard Bible (CSB) I began to really love the Word of God again many years ago by reading “The Message” by Eugene Peterson – it is the Bible in today’s language. I still love hearing how he states certain passages. After I’m awake, I ask the Lord to speak to my through His Word and I read one chapter and simple let Him speak – some would call it meditation. It’s not super complicated. I highlight/underline anything in that chapter that speaks to me. I then write a few words about how that spoke to me. There are a few themes that occur in my journey: Grace, Love, Mercy, Presence, Power, Prayer….I could go on and on, but some of these reoccur.

I’m thankful that my blog has encouraged and even inspired others when they read. I’m a bit concerned that some use this as their spiritual devotion with the Lord – I hope He’s tugging on your heart to know Him more. I promise that this is not super hard or complicated. The Lord longs to meet with me and all His children. He loves fellowship with His kids much like I love connecting with my kids daily.  I believe the thing that changed my perspective and has drawn my heart to the Lord’s heart, is making this a daily practice. I am determined to follow the Lord with my whole heart. I don’t check email or anything before I listen to Him speak. If you are still reading this installment of my blog – I wish for you to know the Lord and hear Him speak. He has given me great clarity for my life journey.

If you have no idea where to start, pick up a copy of The Message and ready the Gospel of John and notice Jesus. I also love reading the Psalms in The Message too. I’m so thankful that I’m loved by God and that He and I talk regularly. I try to listen way more than I talk to Him. Please discover Him for yourself – let Him say what He wishes into your heart. I wish everyone who ever reads or stumble across my little blog sees Jesus. I want them to know the joy of knowing Him and living for Him above all else.

Pressing On!



Thoughtful little girlThis word means to consider something deeply, thoroughly & thoughtfully. I do probably ponder more things than I realize throughout my day. I probably wouldn’t use that exact word to describe my “pondering”.  I want to be a thorough thinker. I want to show patience and understanding and that often requires time to think thoroughly and process a lot of information. I want to continually ponder thoughts of God. I want to think about Him. I want to notice Him throughout my day. I want to be thoughtful of others. I want to be helpful in the right way to others.  I came across this word “ponder” in the my reading this morning. Check this out…

2 Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.

The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
    he ordained his covenant forever—
    holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:2-4, 7-10 NIV)

It’s almost too much to ponder when I try to wrap my head around all that the Lord has done and all that He’s doing in my life and in our world. He doesn’t need a rest or a vacation. He is always Present. He is always Protecting. He is always Patient. He is always Loving. He is always Faithful. He is always full of Grace. He is always so Kind. I want to ponder the unfathomable ways and characteristics of The Lord. I will never run out of ways to ponder Him. I am humbled that He wants to know me and walk with me through my regular everyday life. He cares when I hurt or I’m troubled.  I’m going to be pondering The Amazing God of Creation for the rest of my life!

Pressing On!


Morning Quiet Time

Man praying with the BibleI love the early morning. Sometimes I simply wake up and my mind goes in motion about things I need to work on or prepare for. I don’t like to start my day until I hear from the Lord and spend some time listening to Him speak to me. I’m not sure when I started doing this, but now it seems really strange if I’m out of town or out of pocket and can’t start my day listening to His Word. This morning I came across a passage in Isaiah that really affirmed my morning commitment. Check this out…

 4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
    who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on their God. (Isaiah 50:4,10 NIV)


I really try hard to listen to the Lord on everything and worry about nothing. That is easier said than done. When I catch myself worrying, I can usually recall a verse or passage that reassures me that He will lead me through the darkest night or the most confusing situation. He gives me wisdom and discernment that I can’t explain. He puts ideas in my head that are brilliant. He gives me compassion and keeps my heart shapeable. I respect the Lord from the depths of who I am and who He made me to be. I want the sum total of all I am to bring as much honor to Him as I can possibly muster up.

He loves it when I spend time with Him.

He loves it when I let Him lead my life.

He loves it when I love like Him.

He loves it when all of me points to Him.

He loves it when I’m quiet and I listen to Him.

He loves it when I’m teachable.

He loves it when I have the courage to walk in the way He’s leading.

His mercies are new each morning. He speaks into my heart each morning – sometimes simply and sometimes quite profoundly. I love hearing Him speak. I find rest and peace as I hang out with Him.

Pressing On!

Word Of God Still Speaks


"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path"
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

When I was around 14 years of age, I knew that I wanted to become a minister and serve in the church. I went to a little church in the country with about 60 people each week. The preacher there decided to help me prepare for ministry. He asked me to preach. He helped me prepare my first message. As I read the word this morning, I came across one of the passages of scripture from my first message. Check this out….

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV)


It is sometimes crazy to take a quick trip down memory lane. This trip was so different. I remember how I wanted to honor God with my life at such a young age. I remember how nervous I was for my first message. I remember also how I wandered from what I believed during my high school years. As I look into the Word today, I’m as convinced as ever that His Word is Truth and it’s most definitely a “road map” for life.  The Word of God equips me to be a follower of Jesus, a husband, a Dad, a friend and a REALTOR who serves others.  I love the song by Mercy Me called “Word of God Speak”. Check it out here.

I want His Word to speak into my heart every day.

Pressing On!