Sunday, October 31, 2010

Knowing You're Not Alone

Knowing You’re Not Alone
Psalm 25:16-18 “Turn to me and have mercy on me, because I am lonely and hurting. My troubles have grown larger; free me from my problems. Look at my suffering and troubles, and take away all my sins.

So Close to You but Far From Others
Psalm 25:16-18 “Turn to me and have mercy on me, because I am lonely and hurting. My troubles have grown larger; free me from my problems. Look at my suffering and troubles, and take away all my sins.”
Lord, loneliness is an empty place
An empty waste land with not a smiling face
There are so many days when I feel so alone
So many days when no place feels like home
Lord, how do I change—this feeling that I have
No one seems to understand me I am always accused of being bad
A misfit, a freak, or some other wrong description
No one knows me all they see are my addictions
The things that I do just get me the attention that I want
Yes I will talk loud, make jokes I don’t care if I am caught
I am accused of not caring and not really listening
But what they don’t see is my relationships are missing
I hang with people who don’t really know me
How could I know so many people and still be so lonely
God, this doesn’t make any sense why are things this way?
Is loneliness something that I should feel each day?
Lord, I don’t know what to say can You lead me to someone who is true
So loneliness isn’t a place that I become used to         Will Gilmer

   I.        Loneliness Is Normal
Everybody feels lonely at times. It’s normal and natural. Sometimes we want to be alone, but nobody wants to feel or think that they are alone.
Does anyone here ever feel lonely?
Complete the following sentences:
I’m most lonely when…
I wouldn’t get so lonely if I could just…
 II.        Loneliness Is More Than Being Alone
Did you know that you can be lonely in a crowd of people—loneliness is more than just being alone.
We all visit, work or attend places where there are many people; write down where you feel the loneliest and if you can why you feel lonely in this place.
A friend’s house:
Which one of the places listed above make you feel like an outsider or outcast?

III.        People Usually Feel Lonely for Three Reasons
1)   They don’t feel valued. Feeling lonely often comes when we feel like we don’t matter to someone or a group of people. Do you ever feel like you are not important to anyone?

2)   They believe their life has no purpose. There are many people who feel lonely when they believe or think that there life doesn’t have a purpose. Have you ever believed or felt like your life or life in general is pointless?

3)   They believe no one cares for or about them. Loneliness can be a result of believing that no cares or cares for you the way you want them to. Name three people who care about you and write down how they show they care about you.

God Values You Because He Made You
Psalm 139:14, 17 I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well… God, your thoughts are precious to me. They are so many!

  • Sometimes it's easy to forget that God made/created us; we live in a world where the voices we hear, even our own, dominate this truth. Knowing that God's thoughts are precious towards us can get us through some rough periods in life. Meditate on this truth and pray for God to connect you with people who will value God's creativity in you. 
God Knows What My Life Will Be
Psalm 139:15, 16  You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother's body. When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.
  • It is nice to have a plan for life; to know what you want or are going to be when you grow up. What happens when you don't know? Do you feel awkward? Envy those who seem to know where they are going and are taking steps to get there? Or do you trust the God who knows what your life will be? God has your life planned; draw near to Him and He will reveal it to you as you grow closer to Him.
God Will Support You With…
Psalm 27:10 If my father and mother leave me, the Lordwill take me in.
  •  There are times when we believe the people closest to us don't care about us; only God and the people you are in relationships with know if that is true. God wants you to know that if that is true, He will bring you into His family and care for you. He will love you in a way that only He can. Pray, ask God to heal your heart; cry out to Him and let Him know your pain. He will not ignore you; He understands your heart and any hurt that has been done to you.
  People Who Care
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help. If two lie down together, they will be warm, but a person alone will not be warm. An enemy might defeat one person, but two people together can defend themselves; a rope that is woven of three strings is hard to break.
  • One of the best things about being in a relationship with God is the connections you will make; God does not play favorites or want to keep people isolated from each other. He has designed us to be in relationships with each other so that we can share in His love and the love of those He has made. Pray that God will bring people into your life that will help you to see the beauty of who He is and why He has made you; God truly cares for you and He doesn't want you to feel alone.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Who do you say that He is?

So for my day job I teach middle school Bible at a Christian school.  I have these question boxes in my room that kids are allowed to put questions in about anything.  We have had some really great discussions based on some of the questions.  Yesterday someone put a question in the box that said, "Is Jesus really the Saviour?"  It got me thinking about how we need to be ready "in and out of season" to give a "defense for our faith".  I am prayerfully looking forward to that class today as we will dig in and let the scriptures speak for themselves!  My question that I pose to everyone is this.  If someone asked you today if Jesus is really the Saviour would you be able to answer confidently and back it up with scripture?  Here are a few scriptures to help: Genesis 3:15; Romans 3:23, 5:6-11;  Matthew 16:13-17, 26:36-56, 27:27-56, 28:1-10; Ephesians 2:1-10; Colossians 1:13-22; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 12:2; I John 1:1-4.  I hope this gets you going and blesses your day!

Grace and Peace

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Just a short thought for you all.  Do your friends make you better spiritually, socially, and emotionally?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

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