devotions

Loneliness vs Solitude

July 19, 2017

no one likes loneliness
it sounds like what it is
none are happy there
none are happy where
no friend comes
but solitude
beautiful solitude
it’s a place
of sweet solace
you go there by choice
to hear yourself think
enjoy your own thoughts
and appreciate who you are
visit there often friend
live there even when
in a crowded room
your place
of solitude
“Cure my loneliness Lord or I’m moving back home,” I told God one day in prayer. Amazing how I thought I could actually give Him an ultimatum. The loneliness I felt seemed unbearable. I was missing my friends terribly while living in a new city. While some are scared of bats, some are terrified of snakes, or maybe heights, my deepest fear was being left alone. Having to go alone. Endure trials alone. And so it goes with living by faith, you are challenged to face every one of your fears. Whatever you fear you can’t do, God will show you that you can. I wanted friendship, so He gave me a season of solitude. He gave me something no one can ever take away from meโ€”a friendship with myself.
Friends come and go, but you will always have youโ€”every second and every minute. You have yourself through every trial and every triumph. And since you are with yourself all of the time, you might as well learn how to enjoy your company. In solitude, you learn to accept yourself as God does, forgive yourself, challenge yourself, love yourself and comfort yourself. You learn how to encourage yourself when you’re down. How to tell yourself to get up and try again. How to be honest with yourself. How to keep yourself humble when you are on top. You learn all of the qualities of being a good friend. The greatest friend to others is the one that’s the greatest friend to themselves. And until someone can treat you better than you treat your solitude, they don’t deserve you.
When God brings you into a season of solitude, He has a plan to enrich you so that you can enrich others. He does an amazing work inside you to prepare you for the great work He will do outside of you.
Prayer: Thank You Father God. I trust Your plan. I trust Your seasons for my life. And even in solitude, You know what’s best for me. Enrich me Father. Teach me. Bless me. Add so much value to my life that I will have something to contribute that will bless others. Be glorified in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Isaiah 41:10)

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12 Comments

  • Reply Treacie Gill Knox July 19, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Thank you dear God for speaking directly to my heart, soul, and mind today. Thank you for calming me and erasing all of my fears. Thank you for letting me know I don’t have to face these test alone. I bless your name for saving me from failure for hearing and answering my prayers.

  • Reply R.J July 19, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Thank you for the morning devotions enrich me Father teach me your words in your blessing for my future ahead order my steps for the uplifting of your glory in your enrich for my life and Jesus name Amen

  • Reply Jasmine July 19, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Until someone can treat you better than your solitude they don’t deserve you. The greatest friend to others is the one that’s the greatest friend to themselves. Amen

  • Reply Jasmine July 19, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Thank you keisha for these wonderful encouraging words

  • Reply Kathy July 19, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Love this today. I aleays enjoyed being by myself even though I grew up with a big family. Christ is enough for me. Thank you so much! Blessings.

  • Reply Diane July 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Thank you for your words they have encourage me. Y

    • Reply Natalie July 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

      I am blown away by this post! I’m sitting here like wow! Long story short I am fasting because I have come to the end of myself. I literally don’t know what to do regarding a job, my broken heart and whether or not to move back to my hometown where I would not be ” alone”. Bingo! Thank you sister. I knew God had me here for a reason but it’s been 2 years ( the hardest 2 years of my life I must say). So I’m like “ok God, maybe I heard you wrong, maybe I was supposed to move back when my husband divorced me?” He has revealed this has nothing to do with my ex but with the condition of my heart. So I’ve been here in solitude, just like you wrote about. He’s drawing me closer to Him. Just this morning he gave me Psalm 51. He creating in me a clean, pure heart so I may live a righteous life for His glory. I’ve read it before, many times but today…. it is right where I am at. The Lord knows I truely want to live for him and the Kingdom and he has stripped me of everything worldly because He Loves me. These devotions have been such an encouragement. Thank you sister… God Bless You and the work of your hands!

    • Reply Louise Josiah July 19, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thank you Father God for blessing and encouraging me, that in my state of solitude I have hope, joy and peace and that I can learn so much from you. Thank you for your plans for my life in Jesus Name, Amen!

  • Reply wanda williams July 19, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Thank you God for this word today, Thank you for solitude. Order my steps and show me the way, Thank God I am not lonely, i know how to be by myself just me and GOD, i LOVE IT. Thank you Father In Jesus Name Amen ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™

  • Reply Diana July 19, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I love this, it is exactly where I am in life and I love it and I love God for placing me here, someone told me you really love yourself but not in a negative or proud way, all I could say was Praise the Lord!!!!

  • Reply Beatrice torres July 20, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Thank you Lord for you know why you have me in solitude and I know you are preparing me thank you may the glory be all yours amen

  • Reply Teresiah August 7, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I am so grateful that in my time of solitude,Jehovah God is with me!!Halleluyah glory to God

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