Five Minute Friday

Lonely

On friday’s, we write for  five short minutes without editing and gussying the page. We spill what rises to the surface and share it, bravely with others, and we encourage. We give virtual high fives and hugs and pats on the back, sometimes, we gather in prayer too, for the broken stories, the wounded stories that sneak out when we weren’t expecting. This is Five Minute Friday, this is how we roll.

Also? I’m writing this before having my morning coffee.

Lonely

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God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Psalm 68:6 NIV

This is all I keep thinking about as that word, lonely, runs circle in my mind.
God provides. He provides families for orphans, and food for the hungry, water for the parched and rest for the weary.

In harder seasons, it’s easy to forget this. In lonelier seasons, I’ve been known to deny these truths, to believe more in the empty than the fullness of God.

But these days, as I spend less time immersed in the chatter of the online world, and more time alone, I am finding this fullness to be the mysterious miracle of following closer after Jesus.

I thought stepping our of the constant running conversations would leave me lonely.

Instead, I’m fuller than I’ve ever been.

God sets the lonely in families, that’s the NIV translation, but the Esv uses the word home instead of family. God sets the sole (the direct translation of the greek word, lonely) in a home.

I don’t believe this means a literal home, with walls and windows and locking doors–

As we are in Him, we are home. I am never truly lonely, as long as I dwell in Christ.

God is home for the lonely.

He is the dwelling place for the hungry hearts of this world.

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Lonely

  1. I completely agree. During seasons of loneliness, I’ve tried a lot of things, had pity parties, scrambled to join every thing I thought would make me feel whole…but the only thing that has ever worked is Jesus. He’s the only one who truly fills me up. It sounds so simple and yet I’m so slow get it, even still. And home? What a comforting word!! That totally encompasses that feeling, that fullness. You know your words are a blessing, right? Love you. <3

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  2. keltrinswife

    Well, for no coffee, it is great! I am so glad that you don’t feel lonely since stepping back from online world. I miss seeing you woman. Be blessed:)

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  3. Mel

    Beautiful…in Him we are home. Words to hold close…thank you for the reminder of Who truly fills us up. 🙂 Blessings and happy weekend to you!

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  4. Shelly Miller

    Yes, this is true. I’ve known gut wrenching loneliness and the outcome has been sinking into him until I see his purposes clearly in it. That is the gift for the lonely, intimacy with God. Lot of love to you Kris, our heart is lovely here in your words.

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  5. Yes…yes…I think when we feel lonely in this world ….if we press into Him…we truly find our Home…and when we are Home we are never lonely…I too am in a pulled away place …I now love it so much…I have to hold it loosely so if He calls me into a more “chattering ” place…I will go…go into the quiet ….go into the noise…may it not matter as long as I am in Him!!!! Blessing and grace my friend

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  6. Yes yes yes, Kris 🙂 Such beauty, and before your coffee?!? 🙂 Perhaps I need to take a break from the online world to become full in Him again. Thanks for the nudge…

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  7. Alia_Joy

    I love my solitude so much because that’s where I find that filling time with God. As an introvert, I have never equated solitude with loneliness. More often than not, I’m lonely on the periphery of things when I’m trying to jump in and feel I just can’t fit or belong. As I’ve gotten older, I realized that I love and value community but without solitude, I’ve nothing to share. Love these thoughts, because I totally relate to pulling back.

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  8. Kathy Schwanke

    I agree. I feel lonely when life is too loud because I revert to ‘performance for acceptance’ and people then feel demanding. I must keep the rhythm of solitude in the morning…soaking in the love of Jesus and filling up. Then it is not I who lives, but he through me and He guides me through life’s demands with His wisdom and grace. Making space for hearing His voice to oversee all the others. I think that is what it is.

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  9. Fiona

    ugh this truth – is soooo good! I love looking at what the original words mean. Gives so much more depth and meaning. Thank you so much.

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  10. Amy

    So often He is calling me to a season of loneliness but I don’t always listen. Thank you for reminding me that with Him I am never alone

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  11. Lindsey Brackett

    So lovely, Kris. I’m thinking I need to do a better job of seeking Him out and reveling in being lonely for God.

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