Faith Filled Family Magazine November 2016 - Page 31

Then as we age we now have that set of friends that we have had for years or we settle and stop trying to form new relationships. The friendships you may have are comfortable and conversations are about their grown children and grandchildren. Sometimes at this age we tend to not want to build new relationships. You may have to keep taking risks by joining a connect group or joining a community group that is not only people your age. It’s important to have people in your life who are both younger and older. You can encourage and learn from both. Live life by leaving this world empty. Pour everything you have in knowledge and wisdom into someone else’s life. It’s an assignment from God to teach the younger so find someone to invest into. This will cause you to lean into God for answers knowing you want to have a word in season for anyone who is weary. Let times of loneliness draw you into God’s presence to open doors of opportunity to be used by Him. RESERVATION FOR ONE Loneliness isn’t about being alone as much is it about feeling alone. If you are the person that has relationships but yet still struggle with the feelings of emptiness and loneliness then you must check to see if you have reserved a place for God. We have all been created to spend time with Him. There are places reserved in our hearts in which only God can sit. No other relationship can fill the seat with His name on the place card. Sometimes this loneliness can identify our need to have Him fill more space in your heart. If these feelings are overwhelming now it’s time to check and see if you are giving Him enough space. If you allow loneliness to push you towards Christ then only good can come from it. He longs to spend time with the one He has created, designed and formed to be like Him. prepared for your life. Revelation 3:20 NIV Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. David had bouts with loneliness but knew the answer was in the presence of Christ. He would run to his answer knowing God would bring him out. Hear Him today, open the door and let Him fill the voids in your life. He waits for you to sit at His table where He has everything Psalm 25:16-17 (ESV) Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Know today, you are not alone but you are loved and pursued by a God who desires to fill every feeling of loneliness.