Friday, November 12, 2010

Alone?

I love to be out and about staying in contact with my family and friends. There is one thing I have come to discover about myself though,whenever I'm out and about too much, I start getting frazzled. My emotions become extreme over the issues of life.

That's when I need to reel myself in and spend some time alone, doing projects, writing, reading and time in prayer.

What has become a priority in my life is, to be more on top of allowing myself the alone time, I so desperately need to rejuvenitate before I become an emotional mess. As I'm learning to do this it creates more of a balance in all areas.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is, when Jesus calls the disciples to go off to the other side of the lake. He doesn't join them, but goes off by Himself and spends time in prayer. The disciples soon become in desperate need of Him because they are in the middle of a terrifying storm. Even though Jesus could see them "straining at the row",still, Jesus doesn't run right out and fix the storm and then go back to His prayer time. Since He doesn't go out until the fourth watch it appears He finishes His conversation with the Father and then heads out to help the disciples.

Oh, to be so close to the Father and realize how important those conversations with Him really are. When life is calling out, "do this," "do that," or "this needs to be done yesterday," and on and on, the time spent with Him calms the storms, the voices calling out to us.

It's a time to "cast our cares upon Him," to receive the "peace that passes all understanding through Jesus Christ our Lord". To ask for the wisdom He promises to give us if we ask. To be filled with the wonderful fruits that can only come from Him, love, peace, joy, understanding, longsuffering....

The calls of life can be so loud. The voice of the Father can calm them.

I guess in reality, I don't really ever spend time alone, because He promises to never leave us or forsake us. The times when I find myself without someone I can see, I know He is there with me.

4 comments:

Janalyn Voigt said...

I'm the same about alone time, Linda, and try not to let the Internet interfere with it either.

Nice blog.

Sharon Bernash Smith said...

So very true, my sister!

Kayla @EssentialU said...

Beautifully said and a good timely reminder. Thanks

AJ Lane said...

I just broke up with a man. We were dating for 10 months. I was really looking forward this winter season, snuggling with him on the couch while watching the rain and the snow through the window; such a wonderful season to be cozy. Now, well, I’m not going to have that.
Yesterday God reminded me that this time last year I had Him, and we had THE MOST wonderful times together; on my bed, warming my nose in His word, listening to my favorite CD series about living an extended lifestyle and writing on my laptop.
So I asked myself, which one do I want – moments of physical pleasure fallowed by a lifetime of regret and disappointment, or to live from GLORY to GLORY to GLORY……
Hmmm, not a tough conclusion, I’m happy to cuddle alone with Jesus!!