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 thinks 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

LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN 

Have you ever been in a situation or had a problem that seemed to never end? Are you in one now? How do you handle times like those? Me, I use to worry and I’d try to find a way out. But, it never worked out right no matter how hard I tried, and sometimes I would just make things worse. Sometimes, I would have to go around that mountain (the problem) again and again because I wanted to do it my way.
Problems (storms) are going to come. But, it’s how you handle the storms that’s important. I think God looks not at our ability to wait for our storms to pass but how we act while they rage and we wait. 

We have all been through different storms – some of us are going through them now. We don’t go through them alone though, He is right there with us. I believe God wants us to grow through our storms. He doesn’t want us to become our storms or to become bitter and hardhearted. He has another plan for these times.

The Word says in Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

The Word also says in Philippians 4:6 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I have by no means mastered this yet. But as my relationship with my Father grows through prayer and being in His presence, so does my faith that He knows what is BEST for me. Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass, because they may or may not take a long time to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain – while the storms are raging.

Having the peace that passes ALL understanding is not going to be easy, but with God all things are possible.

Ruth