1. Scout out an area ahead of time. Picking a place to spend time outdoors before hand can save tons of traipsing time. It need not be too far from your home, but privacy is a key element. By a creek, on top of a roof, in a tree stand, in a grove, or on a bench with a view. All of these and more would do.
2. Prepare the place. Likely, you will be spending 30-60 minutes outside before sun-up or after sundown. Preparation could include cutting down limbs to open a view, building a simple bench, arranging some rocks, making a small fire pit, or cutting a trail.
3. Bring the right gear. Good gear includes a headlamp, carrying bag for your Bible, hymnal, and water bottle, and walking stick. The walking stick can serve as a mental safety for wild animals. You will likely never use it, but at least you feel like you could defend yourself if necessary.
4. Wear proper clothing. Dress appropriately for the weather. In the winter I bundle up with all the cold weather accessories. In the summer, one might be tempted to wear shorts, but I would discourage this. I find that the mosquitoes hover around my legs. Pants serve as a protective layer. Also, good walking or hiking shoes should be chosen.
5. Go early in the morning or after sunset. Why does this matter you might ask? Most of the world is still at this time. Furthermore, talk about evocative with the night sky fading while the sun rises with birds singing as the dew falls or steam rises. What about when the sun fades, rest touches the soul, and stars are in full bloom as a few light petals streak across the sky? Trust me. Overcoming any fears will be worth the effort.
6. Meditate on and recite Scripture. Meditating on new Scripture and talk through it with God. Recite Bible verses that you have already memorized. What better literary fodder could be found to fill the hours of stillness? None. Enjoy this sweet time with your Creator and be amazed by the Holy Writ connections that will be made.
7. Sing familiar songs. Music lightens the load and brings voice to the emotions that so often remain uncovered. Lift your chords in praise and be filled with great courage and bright hope for the day. I often imagine that Jesus did His devotions just this way.
What tips would you share? Any questions about how this might apply to you in your unique context? I’d love to read your comments below. Thanks for sharing in advance.
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