Alone. . .

I’ve spent five of the last seven nights in a hotel by myself. In all that time, I have yet to turn on the TV. It’s not that the rooms don’t have them – I’ve been in lovely hotels. I’ve just been too busy to turn it on. Someone asked me today, “What in the world do you do at night?” I told them that they’d be surprised how much you can get done, when you’re not tied to the TV. It’s just that by the time I write a blog, do my daily Bible writing, grade exams for my World English Institute students, and check my Facebook page and email – it’s time to call Steve and then, go to bed!

I learned that I’m a lot less stressed if I don’t watch the news – who knew? I’m also able to go to sleep earlier and rest longer. I’ve spent more time in prayer and meditation. I’ve gone down the rows and prayed for all the ladies in my Ladies’ Bible Class. I’ve prayed for the elders and deacons of our congregation individually, along with their good wives. I’ve prayed for our mission works. I like to read a scripture and then. . . well, sleep on it! You’d be surprised at what insights you can gain. I’m also reading a book – one of those real ones with paper pages!

I know that some people don’t like it to be quiet. They’ve got a television in every room – often all on at the same time! But, you can learn a lot about yourself when it’s just you in the room, and you know what? I found out that I like myself. I’m so thankful for the my families – both physical and spiritual. I know that Jesus often went to the mountains when He wanted to be alone. But, you don’t have to go that far – just leave the TV off one night and who knows what opportunities may arise! God Bless, Courtney

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