What to do when you Feel Alone

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I will never leave you nor forsake you

Hebrews 13:5


Feeling alone? It’s possible to be alone, but not be lonely. However, many of us struggle with being alone. We feel segmented and distant from our communities of couples and families.

Being alone isn’t just about the lack of engagement and connection with others—it’s about finding the meaning and purpose of our lives. It’s possible to be surrounded by family and friends and yet still feel alone. As believers in Jesus Christ, what can we do when we feel A.L.O.N.E.:

A – Anticipate temptation to rise when you are at a low point.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
If we prepare for the temptation of filling our loneliness with the wrong thing, we are better prepared to deal with it. God will give us a way out if we look to Him first before anything or anyone else.

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L – Listen to the leading of the Spirit for direction.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.” (Psalm 32:8-9)
God is speaking in our alone times if we are willing to hear Him. Sometimes we need to silence the other voices of people, Internet, TV shows, etc. so we can truly focus and receive His word.

O – Open up your mind to explore opportunities that interest you.
“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.” (Ecclesiastes 5:18)
Sometimes we lock ourselves into a mindset of what we can’t do instead of focusing on the things we can accomplish. The season of aloneness can be a great time to explore a new hobby or interest that we’ve always meant to do.

N – Never forget God’s promise to never leave nor forsake you.
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
God always keeps His promises and He is always with us whether we know it or not. It’s our responsibility to trust Him in faith that He will follow through on each and every promise.

E – Engage family and friends with fellowship outside of social media or email.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
There’s time to be alone and there’s time to be with others. As we have opportunity, we can fellowship with others by extending invitations instead of waiting for others to come to us.

Prayer

Dear Lord, Help me to trust in Your word to never leave nor forsake me whether I sense Your presence or not. I know You are with me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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