Posted by: Susan Gaddis | July 23, 2009

Thinkin’ Time

Avalon in her secret place

Thinkin’ time is a lost art. Our culture is so busy that solitude and silence often equal boredom. Folks just don’t know what to do with themselves unless they are working, talking or being entertained.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community.”

My ability to be a contributing force in my family and faith community depends on times of quiet introspection and processing my life before the Lord. Who I am becoming is really hammered out in the stillness, not in the noise.

I am a person who needs huge doses of silence and reflection. Without it I become a crabby woman–successful on my job as far as getting tasks accomplished, but a failure at doing things in a life giving manner.

My altar consists of a cup of coffee, my couch, the early morning sunrise, and a huge picture window. It is there that I do my thinking before the Lord; where we hash over the attitudes that need adjusting and the actions that need repentance.

Granddaughter Avalon uses the underside of her tree fort. Someday the tree will be too difficult to climb and the bark too rough to lean against. But I hope her heart has learned the value of building an altar where she can think in solitude and silence.

Where do you go for thinkin’ time?



  1. Cute little girl!

  2. You’re right, Mary, she is cute!! 🙂

  3. I have a special place in my bedroom. A gliding rocker where my Bible and notebook wait for me. The chair sits near a window to let the sun in, and a CD player is ready in case I want to worship with music.

    More often than I want to admit, the chair is empty…the Bible, waiting.

    Vulnerability is hard.

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