Where is the love?
Whether you are single, engaged, married, divorced or widowed, we all have a different perspective when Valentine's Day comes around. Many look with anticipation, hoping to be asked "the big question" and offered a commitment of a lifetime of love.
Some remember a Valentine's Day long ago with memories that bring a smile. For others, it is a day to remember a loved one that is no longer with us. But for others, it is another day praying for that special someone to walk into their life.
No matter what your circumstance, we all can agree that we all long for a special love. Without that special love by our side, we may deal with some level loneliness. Being lonely, for some, can be a challenge. It all comes down to how we deal with it. Being a woman of faith does not protect us from sometimes feeling alone, but it does protect us from being lonely. A bit confused?
We all will face the storms of life, and often we will take a real spiritual or emotional beaten. Just like a delicate leaf, blowing in the wind, we will feel like we are crumbling and cracking under the pressure of our circumstances.
But take heart, even King David spoke of his own loneliness and longing for companionship.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. Psalm 91:15
As I look back over my life at the times when I felt as if I was that leaf, blowing in the wind, I remember this prayer:
"Lord, I need to feel Your presence. I need to feel Your comforting arms around me. I know that I cannot fall deeper than Your loving hand can reach. I need to remember that You are at my right hand. You have promised that You are here with me now. In this, I will find comfort."
At those times I may have been alone, crying, or in pain, but I knew He was there with me.
To this day, when I am under pressure or feeling alone, I always look to my right...
I smile, and say "thank You!"
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of Your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:8
When we unlock our heart and ask Jesus to come in...we are never alone. Never.
Our past mistakes and moral failures are no longer a concern. Oh, how He desires us to experience His great love! Oh, how He loves each of us.
Over time, our trust and confidence in Him grows and grows. His greatest joy is to spend time with us. He delights in us growing closer to Him as we read the Bible and surround ourselves with other like-minded women of faith.
Here is where I find my true Love! Here in the safety of His Word and the assurance of His hand. Whether I am surrounded by loved one's or silently alone in my room, He is there with me. Here is the Love.
I am wrapped with the sweet aroma of His presence...and it is more fragrant than a room filled with roses. I am filled with contentment within because I know I am HIS. This Love will keep His promise to always be by my side.
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