Loneliness

Do you ever feel lonely?

If you’re like me I am sure you do.  Allow me to ask you, what do you do when you feel lonely?  Do you try to stay busy with distractions so you don’t have to face your loneliness? Yep, I do that too and I’m pretty sure that is the wrong thing to do.

A friend of mine recently told me that she was trying something different when she feels lonely.  She tries to just sit with her loneliness instead of distracting herself with this or that.  I thought that was an interesting approach so that is what I am attempting to do today.

As I think of the word loneliness I remember what God says about the concept.  The first verse that popped into my head was part of a verse in Psalm 68.

Psalm 68:6a  God sets the lonely in families…

Family…

I used to think of family as a mom, dad and kids— but the older I get the more I redefine that word. Family doesn’t have to be by blood, adoption or marriage.  Family to me means people that love one another and are committed to shaping each others lives through time, attention and love.

That sounds hopeful I think.  Especially when you read Psalm 68:6a  “God sets the lonely in families…” God.  God who so loved the world he gave his one and only son to save us.  ALL of us.  I know I write about that a lot but it amazes me if I pause long enough to really consider what it means.

Pause.  Sit in your loneliness and consider the love that God shows to you. I know that if you look around you will see the family that God wants to place you in if you will allow it. Maybe it’s a neighbor with no one to talk to, a young mother that rarely leaves the house or an elderly person that merely wants someone to remember them.

Family doesn’t have to be blood and you don’t have to stay lonely if you accept the gifts that God wants to freely give to you.

Psalm 68:3-6

“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”

Fear

There sure is a lot of hate all around lately. It makes me feel afraid.  How do you feel these days? Angry, stressed, afraid  or all of the above?

I have been spending a lot less time on Facebook in recent days and more time in the Bible.  I find that the more I realize my need for a savior the more I find one. THE one.  Oh my goodness how we all need Him.

Please join me in the search for assurance.  Here are some great scriptures to help us find our way to Him.

Psalm 91:4-7

    He will cover you with his feathers,

    and under his wings you will find refuge;

    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

    You will not fear the terror of night,

    nor the arrow that flies by day,

    nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

    nor the plague that destroys at midday.

    A thousand may fall at your side,

    ten thousand at your right hand,

    but it will not come near you.
Here’s another…
Isaiah 41: 9-10 NIV

I took you from the ends of the earth,

    from its farthest corners I called you.

I said, ‘You are my servant’;

    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

So do not fear, for I am with you;

    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

God chose us, he does not reject us and he will help us.  He will hold us up.

That is good news.  I don’t know who reads these words I share but friends know that I am praying for you.  See you tomorrow.

-Kate

God is on your side

Dear Friends,

Today’s blog post is different than most.  I feel led to share this scripture from James without a lot of words to go along with it.

My message is simple.  God is on your side.

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.