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lonely spaces can be lovely spaces.

Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

 

yes i know its the semantics. 

when we often think of the word lonely we think of aloneness, brokenness, lack, sorrow.

but what if it is our perception that defines whether a space is lonely or lovely in our lives.

what if we turned that time when we’re finding ourselves relationally into time when we draw closer to God?

just as Jesus did.

what if we viewed the season as a time of growth and an opportunity to pray and read and say yes to God?

 

God is with us.  Jesus is with us.

always.

 

i think when we draw into the loveliness of God’s presence and find our security in Him then He is able to sustain us and fill our lives.

time and time again it says in psalms – YOU are my portion.  You fill me.  You satisfy me.  In YOU in find my security.

Psalm 16:5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

Psalm 145:16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 142:5 I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.

 

and the good news is God’s promise : Psalm 68:6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

lonely spaces can become lovely spaces

 

but not to dismiss lonely feelings and lonely situations – please hear my heart here – loneliness is one of the worst feelings in the world!  when i was growing up we moved heaps, i was always the new girl.  a new school, a new uniform, a new set of people to know.  loneliness was my reality.  loneliness eroded how i felt about myself.  it ebbed away my sense of security.  that loneliness that makes you feel unwanted and unseen – thats not lovely. 

it wasnt until i became a christian that that lonely space was filled.  and my experience of loneliness makes me step out to those that are new around me, to create friendships and intentional connections.  i don’t want people to live lonely for any longer than they need to.  it stretches my boarders to invite new people into my life.  i learned from loneliness.  

 

ps i thought this post was fabulous by lisa jo : when you wonder why everyone else seems to have friends 

#FiveMinuteFriday free write time! <—click to tweet this!

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog and thought it sounded fun!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready?

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