Part of the reason we are put down here is so we can learn to think for
ourselves. Yes pray for wisdom, even about specific things, but once that is
done, reason it out for yourself and the best course of action you can come up
with, .. go with it.Since you prayed for wisdom, trust that God
either will choose to, or will not choose to give you extra light and
intelligence and / or luck on the matter and regardless then go with what you
think best.Its counter productive to wait around for an answer from
God. God wants us to learn to think and reason and act and experience
consequences, good, bad and indifferent, it part of the growth process.
Call it 'listening for god' or whatever, but quiet time is important.
As an introspective, I appreciate time with my own thoughts, in low noise or no
noise situations. Usually these occur behind the wheel, maybe with some low
music adjacent to the rumble of a diesel engine, you can have time to reflect.
Eastern montana into north dakota is a great place to drive sometimes.
God's not choosing to withhold wisdom from me. If there is a god, hopefully
they're not that cruel. I just have to go out and find it.
@cjb – “Its counter productive to wait around for an answer from
God.”Not sure what centering prayer is but it doesn’t
sound like it’s a prayer of petition. If so, your criticism seems
I think the trick is how to shut off the barrage of thoughts pounding through
our brains. Car payments, mortgage payments, world news, kids, etc etc. Not an
There are a lot of different forces from astrology to the supernatural. I like
Mad Magazine Alfred E. Newman, "What Me Worry" on this one.
The Holy Ghost speaks very quietly, and His impressions are easy to miss or
ignore if tne entirety of my attention is outward, without any form of peace or
consistency ("silence" if you will).
Our minds create so much momentum (i.e. news, work, raising kids, mortgage,
insurance, health, drugs, crime, weather, war, money, sex, economy, and on and
on) that I for one can hardly turn my brain off when I want to.Over
time, it can lead to a list of things: depression, anxiety, high bp, heart
disease, and on and on.And the habit behind it all...is worry.
re: HutteriteI too am an introvert. The solitude on the drive out to
Wendover, outside of Mesquite to LV, or eastern OR are also good. Spending 15
minutes every day after I get home from sans a computer, phone, or TV is
I was not surprised by the message, which is basic Benedictine....what I found
astonishing was that Brother Mark is an Episcopalian Benedictine!! After all,
it was the Church of England which seized all Benedictine monasteries and
property and banished Benedictine monks from England.....This strikes me as
ersatz Benedictinism..........not authentic, but flattering......
Try a stint in the privacy of your own bathroom. Any personal time is valuable.
Go sit in a closet. You don't always need a drive to capture some quiet
time. The thing you have to commit to is to spend the time no matter where you