It might sound odd, but you’re truly not alone in your feelings. So many young ladies struggle just like you.
Throughout Scripture we read about how the righteous were often called into loneliness–Noah’s family (1 Peter 3:20), Abraham (Isaiah 51:2), Paul in Arabia (Galatians 1:16-19), and John on the Isle of Patmos (the book of Revelation). Yet they all had the greatest gift–Yahweh.
I was blessed to grow up in an amazing family, but I still struggled with loneliness.
I had a few friends, but never a friend that I could relate to. I was always the odd one who didn’t do things like other people. I remember as a child sitting on the end of our playground slide crying because I didn’t have a friend. It hurts to be lonely, but Yahweh used my loneliness to bring me closer to him. As soon as I let Yahweh gain control of my life, it was amazing how He worked. He placed people in my life that made a positive impact.
I still struggle with loneliness.
Just recently I walked into a room with about forty young people around my age and felt ever so lonely. No one understood what path I had chosen in life. I went to the back of the room and sat in the corner feeling alone. Finally I resolved within myself to talk to the girl next to me. She wasn’t kind, and she ignored me. I felt even more alone. It was there in that moment that I had to make a decision–to consider this the worse day of my life or a day to remember. I chose the latter. Although the loneliness remained, I made the best of the situation and smiled.
In our loneliness we can come closer to our Creator than ever, and prayer is one of those places where we can talk to Him like a friend.
It’s important to remember that Jesus is the best friend we could ever have. We can come to Him in prayer and pour out our hearts, knowing that He not only listens, but has the exact answer that we seek. Recently a friend of mine reminded me of this verse in Jeremiah: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (29:13). Yahweh loves each of His children and has a plan for them. Remember to call upon Him and He will answer and show you great and mighty things that you do not understand now (Jeremiah 33:3).
Here are some prayer prompts for drawing closer to our Best Friend during these lonely seasons.
With a police officer in my family, praying for these public servants is something dear to my heart.
With all the conflict between police officers and citizens that has been raging through our nation, the point of this post and these prayer prompts is not to take sides, but to fall on our knees in prayer for this nation and our police officers.
Yahweh cares about every soul in this country, no matter their race, gender, age, or religion (Acts 10:34-35). His desire is that all people (police officers and citizens), come to know Him and walk in His ways (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
May we see a spiritual revival sweeping this nation, calling it back to the Word of God, and placing our hope in Him again.
Please join me in prayer for the physical and spiritual protection of our police officers.
Each of us fail to measure up to the idealistic Proverbs 31 woman.
But there are two ways to deal with this reality:
1) shrug it off, and keep living our lives the same way we always have;
2) seek the Father on our knees, asking Him to show us how we should live.
Striving to live like a Proverbs 31 woman will look different for each one of us (as we all have different personalities, talents, families, cultures, etc.). And yet there is unity in the fact that a woman who fears Yahweh is the one who is giving of her time, effort, finances, and emotions to see the Kingdom of God draw nearer to this broken earth.
Let’s be women who fear Yahweh.
Let’s get on our knees in prayer.
And then let’s rise up in action.
This printable can easily be used as a two week prayer guide.
As you pray each point, allow the heavenly Father to speak to your heart, showing you how to become the woman that He has called you to be to make a difference in this world for His glory.
Living like our Savior in a world that is tarnished by sin is not easy.
Ever since the day that we were born, we have been sinners, and we will never cease to sin until the day that we die. Sin is something that it is hard for some people to recognize and admit. And we all have secret sins that we would prefer no one knew about. Sometimes our sin may not be a bad deed, but it may be neglecting something that we know we should do (James 4:17). But in order to become more like Christ and to grow in our relationship with Him, we have to address the problem of sin. We have to pray about sin on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.It’s important to remember that Jesus knows our hearts, and that we can come to Him in prayer even about our deepest, darkest secrets.
Here are some prayer prompts that I have put together to encourage us as we confess and forsake our sins and find mercy (Proverbs 28:13):
As you pray through the points, remember to humble yourself and to come before the throne of the King of Kings in a broken spirit. Be ready to give yourself to the Lord again. Pray and feel the power of forgiveness as you “cast your cares upon the LORD” (Psalm 55:22).
What are some Bible verses that encourage you to avoid sin?