When you weather storms with other people it often times becomes an environment where you develop a deeper intimacy in one capacity or another. There’s friends that have known my husband and I since way back when we were really struggling in our marriage and finding out who we were. There’s friends that were with us when my brother passed. There’s friends that I have shared beautiful experiences with like going to Haiti, starting on the worship band, or figuring out how to be a mom and wife along with me… I love my husband so much more today because of the roads we have journeyed and weathered together.
And so I’ve been able to witness such a beauty of character in hard moments, abundant moments, beautiful moments. I’ve been able to be on the receiving end of love and friendship when I felt I had nothing left to give anyone. To have people walk along side of us, pray for us, pursue us, celebrate with us. I encourage you that if you’re in a place of loneliness right now… please, please reach out. Call a friend. Schedule that coffee date. Join that life group. Maybe you need to start volunteering or join that club to help out. We were meant to be in relationship with others and you have something so important to give and be. Pursue others and give the gift of friendship to someone and it will begin to develop something incredible in your life.
At the end of the day we can find some pretty amazing common ground with others if we take a few minutes to listen and intentionally connect. It absolutely takes time and effort. It’s absolutely hard and risky business. Tend to it carefully and lovingly. Let God lead you and guide you and heal your heart through good relationships. Maybe you don’t even know what a good and healthy relationship looks like. That’s okay. Our God is big enough to take you through it step by step. Just be willing.
I believe you have an encouraging voice too. Maybe it’s just easier for someone like me because it’s my gifting and love language. But God has done some tremendous things in your life and the word says that;
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
~ Revelation 12:10-11 ESV
So share what God has done for you! Be open with the healing, the “coincidences” that have happened, the people he’s placed in your life, the hope that he’s given you… share it. You have no idea how those words may be the life and hope that someone is desperately waiting to hear. To know they’re not alone. To know someone cares. To know they’re loved and important. To be reminded that God is moving in their life and wanting to do impossible, crazy things for them! Share it. Tell them.
This was a completely different post than I sat down to write. So this is for you. You have a voice and the enemy wants you to stay silent. Not any more. You are free because Christ says you are. You are free because you choose Christ as your Lord and Savior. You don’t belong to anyone but Him. He loves you and has chosen you and equipped you for incredible things. It’s time to believe it and speak it out.
So be an encouraging voice. Be a voice crying out in the wilderness even. When you think no one is listening, when you think it doesn’t matter. A great and mighty battle is raging on between and behind and all around. It’s more real than the chair or bed that’s holding you right now. If God, so great and mighty created everything we see and know by His word and then created us in His image and gave us the power of words…. why would we think any less than to know how truly powerful our words can be?
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
~ Revelation 1:12-18
Thank you Lord for giving each of us a voice.