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Detoxifying Your Soul

DetoxifyingYourSoulFinding a ‘place’

Simplicity is certainly a spiritual discipline that is lacking in this fast–paced, materialistic world. There’s always a lot going on, and many of us seem to be just a few steps from chaos or crisis.

We have so much stuff in our schedules, in our minds, and in our lives, it’s no wonder that so much gets lost.

Here are some interesting statistics about time spent retrieving lost items:

  • The average American spends one year of his or her life looking for lost or  misplaced items (US News and World Report).
  • On average, we spend six minutes looking for our keys in the morning (IKEA).
  • The typical office worker wastes 150 hours a year—almost an entire month—searching for lost information (Forbes ASAP).

Yes, we have too much stuff. And with all of that comes the likelihood of us misplacing some of it.

The same can be said about finding a place for our soul. If we do not find a sacred space for it, we risk losing it.  Finding a place for our soul takes both time and space.


It’s helpful to ask yourself, what is my most productive time of the day? If you’re a morning person, you should strive to be with God at the beginning of your day. If you’re a night owl, then your time with the Lord could happen just before bed. Chiseling out time during lunch or after school or after work can also be options.


Consider designating a space in your home (or elsewhere) that will become your dedicated sacred space.

  • A place to sit – that will help you center your thoughts on being with Him. “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning to Me and resting in Me you shall be saved; in quietness and in trusting confidence shall be your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15, AMP)
  • Light for the task – A reading light is a must for your time with Him. “By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back from living by your righteous order.”  (Psalm 119:105 MSG)
  • A necessary spot – Where is that spot to lay The Word, to place a pen, and to empty your hands and lap of all the things that will be needed for your time with Him? “A place for everything, everything in its place”  (Benjamin Franklin).
  • A place to gather resources – everything you’ll need for your time with God. This way, you don’t have to spend time hunting down the tools for your quiet time with Him. “This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful; in a word, more alive”  (Alice Waters).

Today, consider finding your place by establishing your sacred time and space. It’s all part of the process of detoxifying your soul.

part three of a five–part series
by Major Lauren Hodgson

To read other articles in this series, please click:

Part 1: Baby Steps

Part 2: Staying Focused

Part 4: Striving for Excellence

Part 5: Recycle Your Garbage

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