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ACTIVITY: How would you spend time in the desert?

This week we hear about Jesus deciding what he wants and doesn't want after spending 40 days alone with himself in the desert. Have you ever spent an extended period of time alone, just thinking or imagining about things you would like to do in the future? This week, we are going to do a 'desert time' activity. One day this week set aside a chunk of time, whether it be 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or an entire hour, to go outside as a family, either in your yard or at a local park, and spend some 'desert time' out in nature, wondering, thinking, and imagining. Use the time to wander off to different parts of the yard or park, just noticing things in nature, the colors, the smells, the sounds, and letting your mind wander. See what hopes, dreams, desires, and wants arise in your 'desert time.' When you allotted time is up come back together and share what you experienced. What dreams and wants came to mind? If you want, take some time to draw a picture of something you saw, or of something you imagined?

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