Do you struggle with loneliness? Here are 3 ways to ease loneliness.
I hate to feel lonely. Unfortunately, after the unexpected loss of my husband and best friend, loneliness has been my constant companion. There is not a day when I don’t struggle with loneliness. Even when I am surrounded by people, sometimes I feel this piercing pain of loneliness coupled with thoughts that nobody really understands and cares about me.
Have you felt the same way too?
In my daily struggle with loneliness, I have learned 3 ways how to ease my loneliness that I want to share with you.
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#1Tap into God’s Presence
The most important step in easing our loneliness as believers is to remember that God’s presence is constantly with us and in us by the indwelling Holy Spirit. This truth is the most powerful weapon in our battle with loneliness. It means that we may feel lonely, but we are never truly alone.
So the question is, how can we tap into God’s presence? How can Jesus truly become our companion, comforter, and best friend? The answer is simple: the more time we spent intentionally with Him, the more He can ease our loneliness. In fact, our loneliness is the perfect opportunity for us to draw closer to Him and develop an intimate relationship.Our loneliness is the perfect opportunity for us to draw closer to God and develop an intimate relationship. #loneliness #encouragement #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
We tap into God’s presence when we engage ourselves in prayer, Bible study, worship, and praise. We need to learn to become open and transparent with Him sharing everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly; our thoughts, concerns are feelings. During our days, we can have ongoing conversations aiming not only to share but also to tune our spiritual ears to hear from God. He is talking to us and longs to reveal His heart to us.
The more we involve God in our daily lives, the more we sense His presence and can receive His gifts like strength, joy, peace, and comfort.
Encouraging Bible Verses about God’s Presence
Here are some encouraging Bible verses about God’s presence. Reading, learning, and meditating on them can help us a lot in our struggle with loneliness.
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7)
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15)
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
I have prepared a printable of these encouraging verses to help you ease loneliness. Click on the image to download it.
#2 Spend Time with the People in Your Circle
The second way we can ease loneliness is when we spend time with people in our circle. I have learned to use every opportunity to be among people. This means I intentionally plan time with my friends and relatives, and colleagues. But I also have contact and communication with acquaintances, neighbors, and people I meet in my daily activities. Sometimes, a conversation on the street or in the gym, or in the grocery store can be very refreshing and helpful and leave us with a smile.
If we don’t have a large circle of friends and family, we can try to be proactive and look for new possibilities and connections. As believers, we are part of God’s family and, in this sense, we are never alone. It is a good idea to deepen our fellowship with a few people from our local community, perhaps people who also struggle with loneliness and look for companionship.
Let’s not forget also our social media contacts. The online community can be a great support in times when we feel especially lonely.
#3 Involve Yourself in Meaningful and Pleasant Activities
Another way to ease loneliness is to engage ourselves with meaningful and pleasant activities. When we do something we love that gives us pleasure and adds meaning and purpose to our days, the loneliness recedes. For me, such activity is writing and everything around writing and blogging. When I concentrate on something that I enjoy and that gives me meaning and purpose, time flies by and I don’t feel the heaviness of loneliness.
It is good to explore the possibility of starting a hobby or learning something new in a course like dancing, cooking, painting, or something else. There are so many possibilities that can fill our free time when we feel especially lonely.
Loneliness Is Painful but There Are Remedies
Friend, I know loneliness is extremely painful, but there are ways we can meet it head-on and get relief. Let’s hold tightly to the truth that we are truly never alone and even if we don’t have a single person around us, we always have Jesus as our constant companion, guide, and best friend. We need to learn to walk with Him and do life together with Him.
More Encouragement To Help You Deal with Loneliness
If you need more resources to encourage and comfort you in your loneliness and to help you tap into God’s presence, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.
Lonely People: Biblical Lessons on Understanding and Overcoming Loneliness (Living Lessons from God’s Word) by Warren W. Wiersbe
Finding God in My Loneliness by Lydia Brownback
Beyond Loneliness : The gift of God’s friendship by Trevor Hudson
Wait with Me: Meeting God in Loneliness by Jason Gaboury
Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot
The Shattering of Loneliness: On Christian Remembrance by Erik Varden
Find Your People: Building Deep Community in a Lonely World by Jennie Allen
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