Solace in Solitude

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It’s been quiet around here.

When I switched to WordPress a year ago, my subscriber friends and comments vanished somehow, as well as several photos. I’m technologically challenged I confess, so I’m sure I did something wrong. It saddens me a bit, but also seems very fitting with the feel of this past year. God has taken me through a year of quiet solitude.

A few months ago we made our new home in a new city, and a new state, where I don’t know a soul, aside from my husband and kids. Anticipating a move, I had stepped away from this wonderful Bible study ministry which has enriched my life and granted sweet fellowship with dear friends for the last 13 years. How I’ve missed the connection of like minded sisters by my side. I’ve also had kids’ chatter, laughter, activities, questions, discussions, and interaction filling my days for the last 11 years of homeschooling, but our kids are growing older and our homeschooling adventure came to an end this year as well.

So I’ve been spending my days alone. Such a foreign experience for this Momma of 6 boys. Quiet and empty.

As the 2016 New Year began I had posted that I wanted the theme of my year to be “simplicity”. Of course when I wrote that I was thinking simplicity; easy, not simplicity; empty. In empty, or lonely seasons, hope and devotion are tested… tried…  but, when we draw near to God, strengthened. Have you been there?

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a

“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

He hears. He knows. He brings the quiet to make room for more of Him. And loneliness vanishes in his presence, He is so good! I’ve started another study of the book of Job recently and I’ve been encouraged by Job’s story as a picture of finding HOPE when life feels empty. Hope found only in Jesus.

“For I know that my Redeemer lives… whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold…” Job 19:25,27

Shared from my heart ~ Stacy

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