Solitude Day 17 - Be Still and Know...God's Word Brings Me Joy

    04.25.18 | by Joe Dascenzo

    Warm Up
    Appreciation is proven to help you in many ways. Your happiness, energy level, health, resilience, relationships, and attitude all positively increase as you appreciate the things, people and experiences you value most. Did you read that too fast? We’re not just talking about giving thanks or being grateful. Nope. We’re talking about taking time to think through the big picture of your life and the situations you find yourself in. As you consider the bigger picture, the value of certain things is going to go up. When you appreciate something, it means you have increased the value of it. It goes beyond gratitude. Creating a habit of appreciation is a huge way for God to speak to you and for you to see His blessings in your life and for you to tap into the joy He offers to you. Let’s get to it!

    Round 1
    Write down how you would feel if you found yourself in the following situations:

    1. The recipient of a massive reward.
    2. Sitting on top of a mountain of pure gold.
    3. Winning the privilege of eating your favorite food as much as you want without gaining or any negative side effects.

    Round 2
    Re-read all of Psalm 19. Underline or highlight what stands out to you in verses 10-13.

    Round 3
    Sit quietly for 10 minutes and write down 10 things you appreciate and why. Take your time and if you need more than 10 minutes, give yourself the margin to go deep.

    Round 4
    Pray: “God, help me see the blessings in my life that You have brought about. As I become more aware, fuel my soul with joy that comes directly from You and Your word. Your word is a reward, it’s like gold to me. Remind me of this often so I develop an appetite for spending consistent time with You and reading Your word. I’m trying to develop appreciation for the blessings in my life. May I never forget where those blessings come from."

    Burn Out
    Set a timer for 12 hours from now. When that timer goes off, think back over the last 12 hours and write down 10 more things you appreciate and why. Challenge someone else to do the same thing.