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“When I am at the bay during a clear night, I feel at peace. The lapping waves and clear sky meet with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel going all the way to the eastern shore makes a picture that I can keep looking at for what seems to be forever. I grew up on that beach and wouldn’t mind staying by it for a long time to come. It is both peaceful and beautiful which offers a serenity I haven’t found anywhere else.” – Chris


 

 

 

Even something as simple as driving can be a good time spent with God.  I love driving, I think it is relaxing and you get so much time to think and pray.  And prayer can be done anytime, anywhere!

“For me, driving around with no destination at all is what it’s all about. Just the adventure and sense of freedom is what I enjoy the most. Doing it with someone else is always fun, but when you do it by yourself, especially on a deserted road with no one around, it really helps to clear your mind and escape from everything. You could even call it my antidrug.” – Jeremy

Sometimes really hearing God can be a hard thing to do.  We can go through life everyday thinking that we are listening, but are we really?  Are we really letting God work in us or are we making the decisions that we think God would make.  That’s something to stop and ask ourselves everyday.

I have started a stage of life where I no longer have things set out in front of me.  School was a main focus for so many years and now it is over and time to become an adult now, right?  Time to ask God what the next step is.  It seemed that trusting God was easier then.  Maybe that is because I was planning what I thought He wanted for me instead of letting Him show me.  It is absolutely crucial that we really learn to hear God’s voice.  There are so many voices that drown Him out.  So many times we hear things that we think are good advice, they must be from God!  It is so important to, even then, go to God in prayer and ask Him, “God is this you?”  And He will show you.

I was convinced that I knew what the next step for me was, but decided I would rest and let God show me more.  It turns out that He showed me so much more.  More than anything I would have expected.  Something so different but so much more.  He showed me my heart.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

After all, why are we anxious?  What is the rush in life?  God knows the desires of our hearts and he will reveal all in His perfect time.  We just need to learn how to listen.

Find a place, away from all the noise and the rush of life.  Maybe God will meet you there.  He met me here:

There is something about being out in God’s creation that is so therapeutic.  God speaks to everyone in a different way.  There is no wrong place and no wrong time!

“Climbing is basically my biggest stress relief. Lately I’ve had to spend more time studying and so to maintain my sanity I go in to the wall and climb for an hour or so. It really helps me to clear my mind of everything that has been going on so I can go back and study some more, which in turn causes me to climb more. I also like climbing because its gives me a great way to workout without actually knowing I’m working out, because climbing feels more like I’m doing something for fun then going into the gym just to workout.” – Stanton

 

Climbing or any physical activity really is awesome stress relief.  I’m a big climber as well and I used to go every night after class.  I would go in with worries about classes, things that professors said or just stress from a hectic day and come out refreshed.  Climbing is one of those sports that takes a lot of determination and problem solving, but in a good way!  It’s fun to tackle a route that you thought you could never do.  It brings a great sense of accomplishment and is just plain fun!

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