Even though the last Monday in March went by quickly, it paused to evoke a bit of moodiness. Probably due to the anti-climactic effects of it being the day after my birthday, combined with the realization I’m 57 and only 3 years from 60. Wow, WHERE did the years go??
So here are the belated devotional thoughts for March 30th. And remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day at my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“One of the many sources of sorrow is loneliness. Some who suffer most from loneliness, which is a form of grief, are the shy or extremely timid; those who feel misunderstood; the divorced and unmarried; the widowed; the elderly…the list goes on and on. Loneliness can manifest as an inner ache, a vacuum, or a craving for affection. Its side effects include feelings of emptiness, uselessness, or purposelessness.
God has promised to be with you always and to never leave or forsake you. Ask Him to reveal His precious Presence to you. Also, ask Him for what I call ‘divine connections’ — right friends who will be real friends that God Himself has chosen for you.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“Many marriages could be saved from divorce or disappointment if a woman would take the initiative to begin comforting and complimenting her husband. The husband also has the same responsibility, but if he is not doing it, I encourage you to be willing to step out and be the first to make a move in the right direction for your marriage.
A spiritually mature woman will be the first to do what is right even if nobody else is doing so. A wise, understanding, and prudent wife is a gift form the Lord (see Proverbs 19:14 and Proverbs 31).
I believe if you take the first steps of obedience, then God will also deal with your husband and you will see positive changes in him. I also believe it will increase your own level of confidence. When we compliment others, we begin to see ourselves in a better light also.
Pray: Lord, help me to be the one who takes the initiative to encourage and compliment and comfort. In all my relationships, may I be the first to give, whether or not I receive the same back. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- I used to be a far more social, outgoing person when I worked “out there” instead of working from home. Now that I’ve been at this freelance life for several years, I feel as if I’ve become a “hermit” –and having only one car, which my husband uses for transportation to work 10-hour days, exacerbates that issue of feeling stranded and lonely.
I have to say I’m very thankful for social media, especially Facebook, because it allows me to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as participate in various interest groups–including blogging groups!
-2- This is sometimes a hard thing to do, especially if you feel like your spouse or partner doesn’t make any efforts to be comforting, encouraging, and supportive. It’s easy to get caught up in self-pity and whining about “why should I be the one to be nice if he/she isn’t?” Yet…I have experienced the positive fruit of implementing this plan!
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you suffer from loneliness or feel useless or without purpose?
If you have a spouse or partner, or even a close friend–do you struggle with the idea of being the one to initiate positive behaviors toward that person, especially if you are not getting the same consideration in return?