Excerpt taken from Pause for Pastors.You can purchase your copy HERE or on Amazon.


One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all (Luke 6:12–19).


What suggestions can you offer yourself about solitude? What suggestions can you offer yourself about community? Write a list of five things keeping you from pursuing solitude and community. Follow up with a list of steps to improve both of those disciplines.


Choose to spend time alone. Imagine Jesus beside you. Journal the conversation you have with Him. Imagine several friends walking up to engage in that dialogue. Picture Jesus smiling at you, then at your friends. Who do you hope arrives? Journal what the conversation might be like.