Three Important S’s in Spiritual Formation

I am tired and exasperated today, and for no good reason. I was up until 2 a.m. So, I was tired and of course Iliana woke up earlier than I would’ve if I were childless. But I wouldn’t trade her for anything. And she is sick. So it was hard for me to be awake. We watched a few cartoons and played.

I have been slow in realizing how important sleep is for my spiritual formation. If I don’t sleep, I am grouchy and tired…not the wife, or mother, or worker, or friend, or follower of Jesus I should be. The best thing I can do for myself, my family, and those around me is to sleep. Get enough sleep. That means I have to train myself to go to bed early. I need a lot of help. God help me! I need solitude, silence, and sleep.

Last week on retreat I had lots of solitude and silence, this week very little. May the Lord give me grace to be disciplined that I might receive more grace! Solitude, silence, and sleep are very important if we are to grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…if we are to live well…to live like Jesus would live if he were we.

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