Loneliness

 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” John 16:32

 

Some advice I have heard (and given!) regarding loneliness:

Reach out!  Be the one to take the initiative.

You have to be a friend to have a friend.

Praise God that you have a child- you are never alone… even in the bathroom!

Don’t overbook.  Busyness fritters away friendships.  When someone is in need, you want them to think of calling you.

Realize that you cannot put too much stock in other humans; they will always let you down.  Jesus will not.

God really can be your bestie.  You won’t be able to share clothes, but at least you don’t need a phone to talk!

Learn to Abide in God.  He will take care of your every need; He will either send someone or do it Himself.

What does it look like to abide in Him?

Abide has been defined: to wait patiently for; to remain stable or fixed in a state; to continue in a place; to conform to.

Adam and Eve enjoyed conversations with God.  They were able to walk through the garden with God.  The better you get to know God, the more aware you are that He is ever present with you.  The idea of starting and stopping a prayer become obsolete.  If He is always with you, you can continually be talking to Him.  Just like the little one in your womb was with you no matter where you went, so too is the Spirit dwelling within.  Therefore, you truly can allow your spirit to be constantly communicating with Him.  Prayer is a conversation- therefore it is a two way street.  You can talk, but you can also listen.  Silence during prayer is okay, God is calling you to abide- wait patiently for His answer.  Rest is okay, it is God watching you remain still and stable in His presence.  Over time, abiding in Christ through the Holy Spirit living in you, you will start to conform to Christ.  Your words will be like His words, (therefore your prayers will be His prayers), your actions will look like His actions, (therefore you will be acting in His will), and your thoughts will be like His thoughts (ah, wouldn’t that be wonderful!).

Listen to the song “Not For a Moment (After All)” by Meredith Andrews


When you have felt alone, where was God?

When others have hurt you, what did God do?

Does God forget or forsake your friendship?

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Have you ever had a better friend than the Lord?  What more could you ask for?

Listen to what He has to say to you right now and jot down some notes.  Take your time, it belongs to Him anyhow.

Written by: Brooke Trumpower

 

 

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