Experiencing God’s Nearness when you feel Alone

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Experiencing God’s Nearness when you feel alone

Loneliness. A word many people do not like to confront.

1) Maybe you are stay at home mom, who once had a successful professional career, and now you only talk to your kids each day and not your peers. You feel alone.

2) Maybe you’ve been married for many years, and you started losing the companionship you once had with your husband. All you two say is good morning, goodnight, and what’s for dinner? You feel alone.

3) Maybe your children have left the home, and you are an empty nester, waiting for the holidays to arrive so you can see them again. You feel alone.

4) Maybe you’ve become a widow, earlier than expected, and you don’t know how to pass your time without your spouse. You feel alone.

5) Maybe you are a single woman, anticipating a young man to cross your path at the bus stop one day. You feel alone.

6) Maybe you are a college student, trying to figure out where you belong on your campus community. You feel alone.

 

I know many women experiencing one or more of the above. They have plenty of reasons to feel alone.

There has been many times in my life too which I have felt alone. You may be in the same boat as me if you live the Christian community. You attend church every Sunday, you go to bible studies during the week, you go to seminars and bible conferences and you arrive with a big smile on your face. You have no trouble socializing, you are there saying hi and bye to everyone, but you still feel alone.

Why do our hearts feel empty, though we have plenty?

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How do we react to the feelings of loneliness?

This is a topic I have been discussing with my closest friends. People do not like to talk about it, and in the Christian community, women just place a veil over the word. To avoid the subject we live lavishly, we surround ourselves with friends, we have lots of kids, we have a year’s worth of errands to do in a day, we schedule and plan out each minute. But our hearts still feel lonely.

Or some women decided to retreat from all activities, functions, and even church, believing “no one will even notice I wasn’t there.”

The devil has a great part to play in this lonely feeling. He wants us to feel incomplete, and not satisfied with the friendships we have, with the children we care for, with the husband we made vows to. He wants to distract our hearts to fill it with worldly things other than God’s word. He wants us to feel not understood, not worthy, not fulfilled.

I want you to remember you are not alone.. Christ promises us in Mathew 28:20 “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Let that promise always resound within you.

Take a look at Deuteronomy 31:8 in the NLT and ESV translations:

I can experience Gods nearness through these simple statements:

 

He will personally go ahead of me.

He will be with me.

He will not fail me.

He will not abandon me.

He will not leave me.

He will not forsake me.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (NLT)

It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”(ESV)

And do not forget what Psalms 23 verse 4 taught us when we were younger;

Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me. (NLT)

For You are with me. (ESV)

You walk by my side. (the MSG)
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.

And to the widows and orphans Psalm 68:2 says: Father to the fatherless, defender of widows–this is God, whose dwelling is holy. (NLT)

I pray God’s word assures you that in your loneliest moments, you are NOT alone. For each and every situation you are in, have the hope, that God is NEAR!
Take time each day to draw close to Him. Do not substitute the things of this world to make you feel complete. Remember He is with you always, even to the end of the age.

Here is a beautiful song by Tauren Wells to remind you to choose to say

I am not alone! (click here for song lyrics)

 

 

 

 

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10 Responses

  1. Such a great reminder that our feelings of loneliness are a sign that all our needs will not be met on this planet, but the source of true satisfaction lies with the One who made us and knows our hearts!

  2. Sue, thank you so much for pointing us to the Lord! So amazing that He is really with us. I agree that feelings of loneliness are often not confronted. They creep up on us at different stages of life. It’s good to know the Lord is with us and never changes.

  3. Thank you so much for writing about this. I too have had period in my life where I felt so alone. You are so right, when we have God, He is close and we are not alone. It’s hard not to believe our feelings and to trust this promise that God gives us.

  4. Thank you for this post. My mom recently passed away and this was a good reminder

  5. Sue,
    Such an important topic. The enemy does target us, trying to lead us to believe we are alone. Because when we are alone (or believe we are alone) we do not live boldly or fully in our passion and strength. We sink into fear, isolation, and/or depression. Thank you for reminding us we are never alone and God’s Word PROMISES that! He is there. Before us, after us and on every side! Love this, my friend!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  6. This is so beautiful! As the mom of a two week old, I can certainly feel alone sometimes, but God is so near. ❤ (And I love that song!)

  7. Amen! God will comfort us when we feel completely alone, He is there! And I LOVE that song by Tauren Wells. It’s been my jam for a few weeks!

  8. I have had seasons of life when I felt alone especially as you describe in the church circles. Often when I find myself feeling lonely it is because I haven’t been communing with my Heavenly Father – not necessarily that I haven’t been going through the motions but just that I have allowed my heart to be cluttered with the pressures of life and I need to realign my heart with His to know afresh who I am in Him

  9. A great reminder that we are never really alone, no matter what our emotion are telling us. As a woman who is basically homebound because of several chronic illnesses, it’s easy for me to feel overwhelmed by loneliness, so this was a good reminder. I especially love the graphic 5 Verses to help you overcome loneliness.

  10. Yes, I often feel that way, since moving to the middle of Cali when most of my childhood friends are 3000 miles away, and college friends are scattered over the globe. He has become my dearest friend, and while it would be nice to have a girlfriend to chat with over coffee once in a while, I make-do without. I just keep telling myself that I’ll have like-minded, lovely friends for all of eternity…this will be over in a heartbeat. It doesn’t change the fact that He’s got me here in this season for some purpose, if only to draw closer to Him. Thank you, Sue, for sharing at the #warriorlinkup !

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