Redeeming Loneliness means we can turn our lonely hearts over to God but then also reach out with our hands to find others to connect with.
- When you feel like not sharing your hurts with others, choose to text that friend and ask for prayer instead.
- When you are in a crowded mall, smile at the person standing in line.
- When you find yourself sitting alone on a Friday night, seek out an authentic Christian community.
- When isolation sets in, pick up God’s word and speak truth into your heart.
- When someone else walks out of your life, remember God sits beside you even now.
- When the betrayal runs too deep and you wonder who you can trust, let God see your tears and cry out to Him for comfort.
- When the past is filled with regret, cling to the promise of God’s forgiveness.
- When the physical pain is too much to bear, open up and share with someone safe.
When I was younger I had a hard time making friends. I was shy, quiet, and very self-conscious. My mom was constantly telling me to “be more friendly.” I just couldn’t do it. In college I didn’t make many friends either. I had one or two people I liked and hung around them most of the four years.
I regret it. If you are like me, community can be hard. But even it is – the benefits FAR out way the possible fears. I’ve had my heart hurt plenty of times with friends. Almost ten years ago I was hurt by two childhood friends. It was a tough lesson, and it took me years to open up again. But when I did, I found myself even more loved and even more connected than before.
Bible study became the number one way for me to connect with other women. It was my favorite day of the month (we would meet twice a month). The importance of our friendship was not just based on common life experience, but our friendship was initially based on God and the study of His word.
We can meet God on our own, and I’m all for Bible reading and praying each day. The best thing I’ve found is the way the Word of God opens up as I study it with others. Many years have passed since I first opened my home to a group of women to study the Bible. Whether you are doing the teaching or not, hosting a Bible study can be daunting. That’s why I created this FREE resource on how to host (and lead) your own Bible study. You can get it for free here.
Download the free reading plan (NEW!) on Loneliness here.