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Solace In Solitude




I've discovered something interesting while spending time in solitude. There's solace ~ comfort, rest and peace ~ in being alone. When I am alone I tend to get philosophical about life. So, here are some of my thoughts. Life is what we make of it ~ aside from things beyond our control. We can fret and worry about an unknown future ~ or we can choose to trust the one who holds our future in His hands. I have decided to trust my unknown future to God.

Many today are desperately lonely. Maybe their hearts are really longing for God? Does He let us be lonely so we won’t be satisfied with lesser things ~ lonely until our hearts are only satisfied in Him? Is that how God gets our attention? Does He strip away things of this life that distract us from Him? Does our solace in solitude come from surrendering to Him?

If our solitude ~ our alone, empty spaces ~ sometimes lonely places ~ are filled with God ~ with His love ~ with His power ~ with His enabling ~ does that banish loneliness?

Sometimes when we are alone we can become afraid ~ it can seem we are abandoned by God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even when we don’t sense His presence ~ as Francis Schaeffer said, “He is there and He is not silent.”Jesus promised, “Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you. I am with you always, even to the end of the world."

I didn't choose to be alone. Will I be alone for the rest of my life? I don’t know. God knows. I am letting Him decide. He who spoke the stars into existence and calls them by name ~ who holds the universe together by the word of His power ~ can certainly hold my fragile life ~ and yours ~ together. We can trust Him. Even when the road is uncertain ~ maybe the view is desolate ~ maybe it's hard to see the way ~ He is there ~ leading and guiding us ~ if we let Him.

Can we find solace in solitude? Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the solitary in families.” If we belong to God we are part of His eternal family. When we feel lonely, we need to remember there is only One who can meet our needs. There is only One who offers rest, solace, peace, comfort, and consolation ~ now and forever.

So, when you feel alone ~ overcome by life ~ rest in the knowledge God is near. He loves you. Trust Him. Talk to Him. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5,6 Please leave a comment ~ I'd love to hear your thoughts. (Scroll down to find comments). Please leave your name. Blessings, Beloved of God.





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Something I have struggled with, just being quiet and still, learning to just be, not always do. Thank you Rena.

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Yes Father!

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Guest
Dec 07, 2022

Hi Rena, there was a time I lived in a lovely little cocoon up in the mountains not to far above where you are. It was a time and place of great solitude where I got into the daily habit of reading the Bible as a newcomer to Faith. On a chilling December morning exactly a year ago, a terrible chimney fire destroyed the charming cabin where I dwelled. Looking back, I can see our Heavenly Father pulling me out of there to bring me into community and make my life more fulfilling. Along the painful change He revealed Himself in a loving way, always there ready to assist, comfort and provide at every corner. In the process I discovered…

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Rena Groot
Rena Groot
Dec 10, 2022
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Thank you, Bernie, for your encouraging comment. I am so glad God pulled you out of the life you lived in a cocoon into the life He wanted for you. It is soooo comforting to know we are never alone and our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Blessings.

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Dec 03, 2022

I very seldom find myself in solitude, but when I do it is wonderful. I used to spend time in my garden, working and talking/listening to God speak to me, now I spend time in my studio either listening to soft music or in silence with my thoughts. This is a time of reflection for me, such a great time to work through any issue I may have. Thank you for this today. Maureen W

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Rena Groot
Rena Groot
Dec 10, 2022
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Maureen, thank you for your comment. I pray as you spend time being creative in your studio you will sense God's Presence and peace surrounding and enveloping you.

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Dec 03, 2022

Sometimes "alone" is a physical thing and sometimes it's psychological, but it never has to be in the spiritual sense. He is always at our right hand and is, therefore, our strength. Meditating on those kind of scriptures (His promises) keeps Him close. I'm an empty nester now and I am mostly alone in the physical sense, but I know I am never alone, for He is with me.

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Rena Groot
Rena Groot
Dec 03, 2022
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I wish you had signed your name so I don’t just have to call you Guest#34b7. I am so thankful you know you are never alone. May God💖 surround you and enfold you with His love and mercy. 🥰

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Guest
Dec 03, 2022

This is certainly timely and encouraging! Thank you!

Evelyn

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Rena Groot
Rena Groot
Dec 03, 2022
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Thanks Evelyn, your comment is encouraging. Blessings. 🥰

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