Thursday, February 21, 2013

Where Does Loneliness Lead You?

It's another Faith Barista Jam and the prompt we've been given for today is the following:

How has loneliness been a part of your faith journey with Jesus?
 Ah loneliness.  Loneliness is a feeling I certainly don't long for.  In my futile attempts to change my state when I'm feeling lonely, I can easily reach for some instant gratification.  Come on; you know what I mean.  How do you handle lonely?

  • A huge scoop of ice cream when you've been determined to lose weight
  • Calling that person you know isn't a good influence but is so much fun
  • Spending hours on Facebook
  • Going shopping as you buy things you can't afford 
  • Crying
  • Escaping by sleeping or self-medicating
I'm sure you could add your personal favorite to this incomplete list.

I like to think that loneliness leads me to ...Jesus.

In the past, I've not always gone to Him first.  But I can confidently say He has never let me down.

When I run to Jesus in my loneliness:
  • He comforts me
  • He reminds me that He loves me
  • He is always there
  • He rejoices over me with singing (can you believe that?)
  • He reminds me that I am His child
  • He teaches me through His Word and His Spirit
  • He is my refuge in the storm
  • He reminds me that He is all powerful
  • He reminds me that He can make things happen
So I'm learning to run to Jesus FIRST in my loneliness.

Zephaniah 3:17 (59 kb)

I'm linking up with Bonnie of Faith Barista.

Blessings and love,

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Carol said...

Thank-you for sharing the verse from Zephaniah. Beautiful words to keep in mind as I begin my day.

Beth in NC said...

Oops! I missed that we were supposed to discuss loneliness. I pray I will always run to Him first when I am lonely.

He is so good to us Debbie!

Love and hugs,

Mia De Vries said...

Dearest Debbie
Where else can we go but to Him, the Comforter of our hearts, when we are lonely. Oh, the joy of always living in Him!!
Much love XX

Dianne said...

I love that you run to Jesus when you are lonely..........

He is the only answer in my humble opinion.

Nancy said...

I think our reactions to loneliness is much like a child....The more we grow in our faith the better decisions we make...At first we may try many of the things you mentioned but once we learn they don't fulfill we turn to our Father quicker and quicker when we are faced with loneliness or any other of life's issues.....

Your post today has caused me to ponder and that is always good....

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