Strength is Born in Solitude


While the media review highlights (and some not-so-high lights) from 2014, listing the TEN Best . . . and TEN Worst of this and that, we’re reminded of some good things, but also of a few things we’d rather forget—beheadings, lost airliners, and the Ebola scare, to name a few.

But because we like to bring mostly good news to readers of, we’ve decided to reprise four of our personal favorite posts from our own 2014 blog—one each week during the month of January.   If you missed any of these the first time around, here’s your chance to be inspired.  And if you caught it the first time around, we hope you’ll enjoy it all over again.

Because the New Year brings both reminiscing about the previous year and anticipating some new beginnings, we hope you’ll find fresh hope and encouragement from these posts.

Meanwhile, we wish you the very best of God’s blessings during the year ahead.

From the City Cousin and the Country Cousin





         I know, I know . . . lots of January mags and blogs are telling us to shape up—declutter, lose weight, get on that treadmill, set some goals!  

         But our message is a little different:  RELAX!

         As an alternative to that barrage of performance-based messages, we’re inviting you to savor the moment.  Cultivate an appreciation for solitude.

         So to help you do that, we’re devoting this month to reprising four of our favorite posts from 2014.


         Whether your beverage of choice is chai tea, a macchiatto, or a tall glass of ice water, take a deep breath, a soothing sip, and inhale a few moments of quietness . . . 


So here it is, the secret to (lasting) happiness:


Strength is Born in Solitude

(Reprised from our February 21, 2014 blog)

In a world where speed and productivity are prized, and busyness is a way of life, solitude has become a rare commodity.  But strength is found, not in busyness and noise, but in quietness.

Are you weary and exhausted?  Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).”

In order to cultivate a personal relationship with God (and what a stunning invitation he offers us!), it’s going to take some quiet time alone.

  1. S. Lewis says, “God can’t give us happiness and peace apart from himself . . . because it is just not there.”

We were made for God, and in the end, nothing less will satisfy us without Him.  We are all thirsty and empty, and He alone fills the hungry void.

“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things (Psalm 107:6).”

Look for a quiet place today, even if you can only spare five minutes.

You’ll be glad you did.

Mary Z.


And what a great way to start the New Year!