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Loneliness comes in all shapes and forms, it doesn’t care who you are or how weak or strong you are emotionally when the deep feeling of loneliness hits you.

For some loneliness comes because of certain life events, such as the loss of a partner or family member. That’s not the case for everyone though, as for some loneliness is something they live with on a daily basis, and not necessarily because they are actually alone – it may be they feel as is no-one truly understands them, or that they don’t fit in – all of which can cause deep feelings of loneliness.

If you’re lucky enough never to have experienced true loneliness, you will not know how difficult it can be to cope with. When loneliness takes over, we can build a protective wall around ourself, to try and stop those around us from seeing how we really feel.

Loneliness is real. Just because someone is always surrounded by lots of people, doesn’t mean they don’t experience loneliness. In fact I’d go as far as saying, one of the worst places to be when you suffer from loneliness is actually in a crowd.

So look out for those who exhibit signs of loneliness, because they need you – they need you just to reach out to them, and maybe give them a hug to reassure them you are always there for them.

Reassurance

Posted: May 17, 2019 in depression, faith, life, music, quotes, religion, stress, trust
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At the start of every day, isn’t it reassuring to know that, no matter what each day may bring, God is with us and will take care of everything that may stress or worry us.

It’s definitely worth reminding ourselves of this at the start of each day, because we’re human, and so can be easy to forget God has everything under his control.

 

When there seems no hope at all, remember, there is God!

God can calm every storm, rid us of all fears, give us hope for the future, and love us always. There is no-one else who can give us all those things, so there is no reason not to have faith in God.

If you’ve ever felt as if your life feels hopeless and you feel all alone, you’ll understand just how low life can feel at times. I’ve been there, and I felt so isolated, so alone – It felt like everyone else’s lives were going so well, and that I wasn’t part of anyone’s plans, no-one seemed to care how I felt.

It felt as if even God had deserted me as I couldn’t pray, and found God wasn’t fixing everything the way I wanted. The reality was, it was me who deserted God because I stopped praying, I stopped believing God was there or even cared about me. How wrong was I!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Even although I knew this verse in the bible, and I believed in God, I doubted God at a time when I needed Him most. The good news is, even when we desert God, He never deserts us!

And I’ve been down the other road
Where fear and doubt
They take control
And I won’t go there anymore

I got through that time of feeling hopeless, and I believe I got through it because God was with me. Yes, I suffered, yes I was scared, but God was with me. Somewhere deep inside me my faith kept me going even when I didn’t realise it. Without my faith, without God who knows how my life would have turned out when I hit rock bottom.

Without God there is no hope, but with Him we have the promise of eternal life!

I’m sure we’ve all faced situations or circumstances when we’ve felt as if there’s no way you can get through it. But here we are, we’re still here, so we must have made it through those difficult times. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a struggle or that we didn’t wish we didn’t need to face those things, it simply means we had  the strength to make it through those times.

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes
And make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you’re stronger
Stronger than you know

When we put our trust firmly in God, he will give us the strength we need to get through anything.

Always remember, you are stronger than you could ever imagine when God is supporting you. So trust Him, and he will give you the strength you need, always.

Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Never alone

Posted: April 11, 2019 in depression, life, love, music, religion, stress, trust, words
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Have you noticed how some people in your life seems to go missing when you’re going through a difficult time? It’s true that you really do find out who your friends are when you’re struggling. So it is not a surprise that no matter what you’re going through, God stays with you always.

Even when you feel alone, scared or just struggling to face life, God is there with you, and will never leave you alone.

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear
I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, Why?, I talked about how we all have times when we question God. We question Him when we feel we face problem and problem, or when we feel we can’t face any further difficulties in our life.

I know if you wanted to you could wave your hand
Spare me this heartache and change your plan
And I know when he said that you could take my pain away
But even if you don’t I pray

But even when we’re struggling with difficult times in our life, I found putting them to one side, even just for a few minutes at a time, and offering help and support to others who are also struggling.

So when you feel you want relief from your troubles remember it does help you when you help others.

Help me want the healer more than the healing
Help me want the savior more than the saving
Help me want the giver more than the giving
Oh help me want you Jesus more than anything

Why?

Posted: April 7, 2019 in belief, bible, depression, faith, life, music, religion, stress, words
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How many times have you asked, “Why do these things have to happen?”

You’re not the first person, not will you be the last one to ask those questions of God.

Habakkuk 1:2-4 (Good News Translation)

O Lord, how long must I call for help before you listen, before you save us from violence? Why do you make me see such trouble? How can you stand to look on such wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are all around me, and there is fighting and quarrelling everywhere. The law is weak and useless, and justice is never done. Evil people get the better of the righteous, and so justice is perverted.

The world can be a terrible place at times, but the don’t blame that on God, it’s man who has the free will to do whatever he wants, and it’s those acts/actions that make this world a terrible place.

Giving your life to God, doesn’t mean you become immune to bad things happening to you. Instead it means that when you go through tough times, God will be your strength and guide to get you through those difficult times.

How many times have you heard someone say they are “taking one day at a time”? This statement is often used when someone is going through a difficult time, either health or life issues, and is said to indicate that the person is just trying to get through and survive the coming day.

God has planned out our lives before we take our first breath, so even when we take one day at a time, we can still follow his plan for us. God is with us through every situation and circumstance we find ourselves in. But if we put our trust in Him, he will guide us through each day, supporting and guiding us.

So take one day at a time when you need to, but take it with God.

Negative thoughts may try to convince you that God will never rescue you. Prayer rinses these plaguing doubts from your mind. As you cry out to God, He answers you. He shields you with His presence.  ~ Women Who Move Mountains by Sue Detweiler

Negativity and negative thoughts can be one of the worst things you ave to cope with, especially when the negativity comes from within you. So if your life is filled with self-doubt, pray. If your life is filled with negative thoughts, pray.

In other words, pray, as prayer is the one thing that can bring you the positivity that only God’s presence can bring to your life. God alone can shield you and help fill your mind with all things good. So go on, don’t doubt God, instead trust Him.