I’m not a person who likes quiet. When I went through my divorce the fear of quiet caused me to start a few bad habits. I learned to fall asleep with the TV on. I never wanted to stay home alone so I kept too busy. I let the kids fall asleep in bed with me. And I always had some sort of noise going on in the house. I am sure there are many more and I wish I would have learned to embrace my time alone better.

 

Sometimes God gives us quiet to get our attention. There are a lot of things we can learn from the quiet. It is a great opportunity to cry out to God and learn to lean on Him. It gives us time to journal. Picking up a great book can open help flourish hope in tomorrow. Time alone fosters strength of character. There is alot we can learn from embracing our time alone instead of running from it.

 

I remember one night when it was very, very late and I had the TV on to keep me company. When all of a sudden the electricity went off. There was no storm. There was no logical reason why everything went completely dark and quiet. I have often wondered if that was God trying to get my attention. At that moment I had a decision to make. Was I going to allow the quiet to paralyze me or would I see this as an opportunity to lean on God and trust Him for my safety and comfort?

 

In Deuteronomy 31:6-8 it says, “Be strong and courageous. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you, he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” When you are lonely and looking for comfort do you seek the One who brings real peace or do you reach out to your friends, fill your schedule or seek comfort in others?

 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2nd Timothy 1:7.

 

Choices you make today will affect your future. Take a deep breath and embrace your loneliness.

 

Fighting along with you,

Krista Smith

 

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