About 3 weeks ago I was able to go on a silent retreat for the weekend. No computer, no phone, no music, no talking, no distractions. I was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery, slow down, rest, relax, think, and focus on God. It was really nice. I had lots of time to read my bible, seek God, listen to Him, think, journal and pray. I thought about my relationship with God. I thought about our family and all the things that we do to teach our children about God and I realized that we don't really teach them about the benefits of solitude: going outside to solitary places to pray. When I returned home I discussed this idea with Creg and we decided to incorporate a time of solitude into our schedule. Last Sunday was our first organized attempt as a family. We all met in the living room and discussed what it meant to "be still and know that I am God." We told the kids to find a quiet place outside, think about God, take a notebook and pencil and draw something they saw that God had created. They had to sit still and be quiet until they heard the bell (about 30 minutes later). Creg found a place by the river to read his bible while I sat by the river, enjoyed the scenery, and journaled. At the end of our time we came back to the house and discussed our experiences. It was good. If Jesus went often to lonely places and prayed, we need to do the same.