Out of your loneliness I am creating community for others. ~God
God whispered those words on my heart about a month ago and they will forever be embedded in my mind.
Those 10 simple words are God inviting me to live my purpose here, in this space.
Early motherhood was very challenging for me. I had a very anxious and uncomfortable baby that demanded much of my emotional and physical energy. I felt so alone.
Throw 2 more kids and homeschooling into the picture and the loneliness hit with full force. I felt shut off even more from the “real” world. My world now revolves around my school days and my kids (which I absolutely love). It leaves little time for relationships that aren’t real and life-giving.
I need friends who are honest, who admit their lives are messy and offer grace if my life or beliefs don’t align with theirs completely.
A sign of a true friend is that they aren’t afraid to let me see their messy house – and they don’t apologize for it. On the flip side, I don’t feel like I have to clean my house when they are coming over either (I don’t think I’ll ever completely break this habit though- I still frantically at least clean my kitchen no matter who is coming!).
There is a deep longing inside of each of us for others to just get us. So completely know us. Friends to love us for who we are. Friends who aren’t afraid to call us out when they see us veering off the path.
I want this space to be a an encouragement for all. I want to be intentional and build a community- not just followers. Like a conversation among friends.
I want a community of grace.
I won’t be able to take all your loneliness away but I hope that I can offer you encouragement to continue on the path set before you. Yet, challenge you to always keep growing. God teaches and speaks through the loneliness.
Our challenges may be different and our circumstances most certainly are.
I know, even though loneliness threatens to envelop me, I am not alone.
Neither are you.
We are in this together.
Grace and peace, my friends.
Joining with the beautiful, encouraging, grace-filled community of Five Minute Friday.
*ok, I admit- I cheated a little with the time limit. I couldn’t help myself today <smile>.