Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Feeling Lonely?

No one who knew Linda could see it. She always had a smile on her face and hands and feet that kept busy with her home, family, and volunteer work. But there was a loneliness deep within that no social gathering or crowded shopping mall could relieve.
Sound familiar? Do you ever have those moments?
Loneliness is a mood not a permanent situation. It is a snapshot of the moment.
It is normal.
You are normal.
This kind of loneliness comes from a lack of connecting on a deeper level with those around us. It is a longing to get past the superficial and penetrate the soul.
A sure fire remedy to get reconnected is to get outside of  oneself and do something for someone else. Jesus said, “This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love.” John 15:12 
But when that pendulum swings the other way, be careful. Sometimes in our quest for happiness we seek to fill every moment in our lives with something. 

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Sometimes God might be using quiet moments alone to speak to us.
Even in our loneliness, we are never alone.
Right now, you are not alone.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dust Collectors

It’s time to clean out the clutter I have collected all year to make way for more clutter we will receive during the giving season. I find it odd that I will be throwing away or giving away those items that, at some point in time, I thought were so important or I paid good money for! When I was newly married my plan was to get a diamond anniversary ring for my fifth wedding anniversary. Five years went by, then ten, and twenty. At some point along the way that ring became very unimportant to me. The treasures I find dear to me now are no longer trinkets. They have been replaced with relationships and memories.
While Jesus walked this earth, the treasures He held as important were people and matters of the heart, loving one another.
I ask myself this question; What really fills me up with peace, joy, and contentment? Is it items that collect dust or the sound of laughter in my home? Is it the very home I live in or the sound of my husbands whistling, the touch of a soft hand?
All the trinkets we can collect while here on earth can take time away from all the treasures we should be storing up in heaven.
I think I will start with my closet.....

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:18-20