~Fireside Alone Time~ By Rheannon

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~Fireside Alone Time~ By Rheannon

 

I just spent the last two days away at a lake camping with my husband.  It was beautiful.  This sweet Montana spot offered a glorious mountain lake that stretched far and wide, with water so clean and pure I could see what was beneath me.  The sand stretched for many yards under the clear water, giving the illusion that I was on an ocean getaway somewhere miles from home.

There wasn’t anyone else with us this time, just hubby and I.  To quote my song, “Off the Map Tonight,” there were “no cell phones; no street lights…up in a quiet little place where we can see the stars shine…” (Here’s a link for you to listen-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdhMIzCKXyM )

Just beautiful.  Other campers enjoyed the area as we did, from their own campsite, and exchanged pleasantries with us in the mornings.  We ran into some fun folks who shared their love of craw-fishing with us, and we caught lots and lots of the lake dwelling crustaceans. What a blast!

At night, we would sit by the fire Jeremy had made, eat snacks and talk about life.  It’s really interesting what things come up in conversation when there is no one else around.  Just you and your spouse, or you and your friend or cousin, one on one.  Stuff starts coming up that you may have felt for a while but hadn’t really shared up till that moment.

Jeremy and I covered some good ground on what had been weighing on our hearts and minds lately.  I learned things I didn’t know about him, and he about me.  Alone time, by the fire.  I had no idea how important that time would be for us.

Do you need alone time with your spouse or with your friend, or with God?  ( lol- I’m sure we always need it!)  You may be surprised at what comes up when you take yourself out of your normal day to day routine and just get alone in conversation.  Healing, prayer, laughter…

I would encourage you to do just that!  Have some alone time with God, but also, have some alone time with your spouse or a friend.  Carry each other’s burdens, help sort through the stuff…

Galations 6:2  “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” NIV

Mark 12:30 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. … ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” NIV (paraphrase)

~Rheannon

 

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