By: Rebecca HollowayYour husband has stood beside countless bedsides as dear saints have gone home to glory. You have taken food to those who are sick or have had surgery. You have thrown countless baby showers and wedding showers. Your minister husband and you have prayed with many who have serious family needs or are burdened with life's hardships. You have sent cards and texts when someone needed encouragement. You both have cried with those who wept tears of extreme sorrow or pain.
In ministry, one of our jobs is to be present when someone in our congregation is in need. And often, we receive the blessing from it even when it's a hard situation. We know we have been right where we were supposed to be, doing exactly what God has called us to.
I hope that by this fourth week of examining and discussing the emotion of loneliness that we have established that it is NOT a state of being, but rather loneliness is a state of mind. I can be alone and not feel lonely or I could be in a room full of people and yet feel completely alone. Something interesting to me is the fact that fellowship is much the same way. I can be in a room full of people and have no fellowship or I could be completely alone and yet feel as though I am full of fellowship. Why is it that this is true? Why is it that our circumstances sometimes seem to not make much of a difference in our states of emotion? Well, for me, if I am honest with myself, you, and with God (always a good idea to be honest with Him) I realize that the majority of the...
By: Jodi Aiken
Have you ever felt lonely? I imagine everyone has felt this way at some point in their lives.Sometimes the feeling is short lived, and other times it is a lengthy battle. I know I am losing when I hear the Enemy whispering lies and I begin wondering if there may be truth in them.
To be honest, I struggle with loneliness more than I care to admit.
Lies such as:
* Your friends have forgotten about you.
* You are not needed.
* Protect your heart, and keep others at a distance.
* No one else feels the loneliness you do.
* You are all alone.
Has the Enemy whispered similar lies to you?
When we are in a state of loneliness, the suffocation of it can prevent us from fighting. We fall limp at the feet of the Enemy hoping for a glimmer of light from God to strengthen us.
During one of my battles of loneliness, I went before the Lord and...