When my children were small they needed a time-out on occasion. Time alone was a benefit—to cool down and think. Their time-out also gave me a chance to assess the situation and decide how to handle things.
These days, having time to think is a rare thing. Someone once said:
If Satan can’t make you bad, he will make you busy. [Tweet This]
Well, we ‘do busy’ very well in our culture and lack the time to power down. We are barely able to keep pace on the treadmill of life. Our actions become reactionary rather than calm and decisive.
Discover the Benefits of an Adult Time-Out
Taking a time-out can give us space to be intentional. Pressing pause in our hectic lives is a form of soul-care—a holistic slow-down. Taking a time-out can help us to assess, recharge and refocus before fatigue gets the better of us.
You may be thinking, “How in the world am I ever going to schedule time with the way my life is?”
You can do it. And, you can start out slow. So whether you take an hour in the bathtub, an afternoon by the lake, an overnight get away by yourself—the idea is to start somewhere. I can assure you that once you taste the quiet with God, you will hunger for more.
Pressing the Pause Button Can:
Refocus our priorities
Recharge our batteries
Renew our heart, mind and faith
Draw near to God’s heart and know His presence
Experience God’s love and grace
Pausing Gives God Permission to take the Reins [Tweet This]
Ideas for Making Your Time-Out Happen
Take a walk – Notice your surroundings and bring a camera to capture some of what you discover.
Choose a Bible verse to meditate on – What action words to you see? What is God saying to you? What else does this verse bring to mind about God’s character and faithfulness?
Take time to play – what does play look like to you? Is there something you used to enjoy that you haven’t done in awhile? Use modeling clay or coloring pages—or something that interests you. Notice how you feel while doing this activity. What have you missed by not taking time to play?
Talk to God about what’s going on in your world – so often we feel like we need to handle life on our own. But, God is there and ready to help.
I would love to hear your time-out ideas…
Do you hear Him calling you to pause? How can you take the first step in that direction today?
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