Encouragement for the lonely

Encouragement for the lonely.
Excerpts from “Abandoned”

When he walked out the door life was over. All her hopes and dreams, they left too. There was nothing left but a big empty house And a heart with hurts brand new. A heart when its broken makes a terrible sound. One God actually hears far above. Like thunder and lightning, a raging storm, as the heart is slowly drained of its love. When she hit her low, the enemy waited To whisper “it can all be done soon.”. He offered her comfort from all the pain if she would just quietly go to her doom.

Loneliness is a painful way of life. One that separates us from others, making us a target for the enemy. It happens slowly, so we don’t see it coming until it’s too late. And then we don’t know how to get rid of it because a wall has been erected between us and everyone else. At least, we see it as a wall, and that perception is truth to the lonely.  

King David certainly knew loneliness. As a young man he spent days and weeks at a time alone with his father’s sheep. He had no one to talk to or share his thoughts with. His brothers left him alone out in the countryside with no company except for the sheep he was to protect. What a lonely existence that must have been for the young man.

But, David knew something we should all take note of. He knew he was never alone. His God, the God of Jacob, was ever with him. David spent the lonely hours singing to his God. Talking to Him about the things that troubled him and thanking Him for all that God did for him repelled the loneliness that always threatened. God was his constant companion. Psalm 3:4 “I cried to the Lord with my  voice and He heard me from His holy hill.” David knew God was always listening for his voice. He had only to “cry out” and God was there with him reminding David that He was near.

Paul and Silas spent some lonely time as they traveled and preached of the Lord. One night, after being beaten and thrown into the deepest darkest part of the prison, they once again experienced separation from the world. But they knew what each one of us must come to know. The Lord is always there. So, they opened their mouths and began to sing to the Lord.  Acts 16:25 “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God,” And just like He did for David, God was listening and He made things happen.  

Release from loneliness is only a song away! God is listening to hear your voice. It is a sweet sound to His ears. Sing of His Glory. Sing of His Mercy. Sing of His unending love for you. You invite Him into your home, into your life, when you sing of your love for Him. You will never be lonely when He sits with you listening to your songs of love.

So, when life turns and all seems lost it’s a lie from the enemy’s lips. For with God you are never ever alone, just be patient, let God your world tip. The pain will still be something to bear, but remember that God has your hand. As He gently and lovingly guides your way, dries your tears and helps you withstand.

~ Deni

My Thoughts by Angie Vanek

The life that is empty will remain empty until you fill it with something that brings more than instant satisfaction, like turning to my friends will always be a failing, TEMPORARY solution. It’s easy for us to keep our eye on the hurt and disappointment that happens in life. Sometimes those fears and pains can become consuming and debilitating. Sometimes following God is harder than we expected or His way just doesn’t make sense. But the Lord says: “For as the heavens are higher than earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NKJV
It’s kind of hard not to get caught up in ourselves. It happens, and our God is so good, patient and gracious with us. Matthew 18:11 reassures us that Jesus has come for the broken hearted (“For the Son of Man has come to save that which is lost.” (Matthew 18:11 NKJV).

When we take our eyes, our heart and our mind off His word, our hearts become confused, lonely and scared, or even angry. The Bible even tells us that; “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” (James 3:6 NKJV) It can be difficult to turn around and seek Him, but the more you turn to Him, the more you will see Him working and the more understanding you will gain regarding where He is calling you. We weren’t meant to walk this journey alone and we certainly weren’t meant to try and lead it on our own efforts.

Jesus will ALWAYS be that fine line, the big line, the black, the white and the grey. He is the left and the right, the beginning and the end. He wants to be our EVERYTHING. He wants to be our all! Often the emotional disappointments we are wanting fulfilled are those same things God is desiring to hear from us. He wants to know our hopes and dreams, our joy and sadness, our hearts and our minds. He truly is a God who wants to be the center of our lives.

So, when you’re seeking ways to fill that void, that emptiness and any other emotion or physical gap…don’t forget God. So, when you’re seeking ways to fill that void, that emptiness and any other emotional or physical gap, don’t forget God is waiting, so grab your Bible! Have a God-chat, some prayer time or a God-surrendering fellowship with your brothers and sisters.

Angie