I have a confession to make.
I love being in family.
I love family in all its quirks, black sheep, & uniqueness through the ups & downs of living life in close quarters.
I have found over the years that when I have been the loneliest, I have not been keeping in close touch with family.
God sets the lonely in families.
Or my translation:
And much as I love my earthly family, and the family I have made through friendship & church, I have discovered those aren’t the most important family connections for me to avoid loneliness. You can still feel lonely in a crowd of people who love you. Which I know first hand.
Because I have a tendency to feel like the black sheep, and want to hide when I don’t feel like I fit. I am not gifted like many of my family members, and have felt on the outside looking in for more time than I care to admit….which is one of the number one contributors to my feeling lonely.
When loneliness swirls about me like a fog, I need to press in and draw close to my heavenly family, for:
My Father reminds me who I am to Him… chosen.
Jesus anchors me in the family…. beloved.
Holy Spirit guides me along the journey… pursued.
Together they want me, mold me, cleanse me, shape me, heal me, laugh with me, cry with me, comfort me and make me the best me I can be when i spend time in their Presence.
I am not a black sheep in God’s family…for all His sheep have been made white through the blood of the Lamb.
I can be myself, as God designed, when I am in His Presence.
I have found that sharing my words through writing, worshipping in song & silence, and spending time sinking into the Word, I draw closer to my Family, and somehow I also feel closer to my earthly family.
When we know we are loved, we are better able to offer love to those around us, especially the ones who know us the best – warts, quirks & all!
I want to thank you, reader, for sharing this, my 501st post to my blog!
To celebrate, please let me know if one of the below would interest you to read about by Feb 13th, and as a thanks offering back to you all, I will post about the most requested one on Feb 14th!
1. The Father’s Love
2. Psalm 139
3. The Prodigal Son
4. Psalm 23