Mustard Seed Planting: ‘Tis the Season to Be . . . Lonely?

It’s the Christmas season. I’m surrounded by people who love me, and I have so much to be thankful for. But storms are still raging around us, we’re still trying to find answers to help our Precious Roo, and I have to confess that I’ve been feeling lonely.

How is that even possible with my husband and the kids around, with a wonderful family and church family, and with dear friends who love me like family? I don’t know, but it happens.

I found the cure today when I was doing a Bible lesson with the girls. We’re studying names of Jesus this year, and the name we’re on now is “Immanuel.” It means “God with us,” and today’s lesson was full of verses to read and discuss. Here are some highlights:

“And God said, ‘I will be with you. . . .'” Exodus 3:12 (NIV1984)

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. . . . Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:5, 9 (NIV1984)

“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV1984)

He is Immanuel—God with us. We never have to feel lonely again. God sent the Baby to the manger on that long ago starry night to fulfill His promise in human flesh.

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 (NIV1984)

What’s on your heart this holiday season? What verses is God using to minister to you this month? Please share them with Rebecca and me by linking up or leaving a comment here or at Mom’s Mustard Seeds.

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18 Responses to Mustard Seed Planting: ‘Tis the Season to Be . . . Lonely?

  1. The closer we get to Him, the smaller our circle becomes. I have far less people surrounding me, and I do get lonely. I am to lean on Him. ((hugs)) to you, my friend.

  2. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    Yes, what Sam said- My family and I just don’t “fit” most places! Hugs to both of you!!! You each inspire me- and I thank you! God has used an online homeschool community of Christians to encourage me right when I needed it! He is so good!!!

    • He is good, Kelli! Thanks for the encouragement to keep going. It’s always nice to know that God is using my posts in a way that glorifies Him! Thank YOU for encouraging and inspiring me!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Jennifer, Oh, sweet friend, I’m making changes…the phone calls…need to start back. I read my Dec 10 reading from Streams in the Desert today….want to share it with you (Yes, I”m behind…but, what beautiful words to read today!!!) LOVE YOU!!!!!!

  4. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    Hebrews 13:5 – Never will I leave you or forsake you! – Yes Yes, love this – I quote it to my children all the time – (but honestly needed to look up the reference- ya saved me a step- I’ve been meaning to take care of :)

    I think busy mom’s can often feel “lonely” – we are “needed” so much but unless we stop in our tracks to really soak up some Jesus love, we have a tendency to be so busy we aren’t really “taking in the moment” – so we end up missing the good stuff and that leaves us feeling a bit “empty” or “lonely” – make sense? That’s one of my thoughts on the matter anyway. :) I’m trying hard this year to let go of what I think “has to get done” and live more in the moment – soaking it up and sharing it with Jesus!

    Thank you for sharing your heart! love it-
    and “Immanuel” – God with us! WONDERFUL!!!!

    • I’m glad I could help you with the Scripture reference, Kelli!

      I think your thoughts on feeling lonely and empty are spot on! I try to be in the moment too, but lately it has been tough. There’s just TOO much going on! I’m praying for His joy because that’s my strength!

      Isn’t “Immanuel” one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever heard?

  5. Joy says:

    Thank you for sharing these scriptures today. I was just telling my hubby that I feel like I am all alone and don’t have many I can talk with, or confide in. This post helped helped me today. A lot. Just like Sam said above, the closer I get to Him, the farther everyone else steps back. I am learning that He is all that matters.

  6. Stef Layton says:

    I adore your honesty – and friend, lonely heart too — its not the people around us, its clinging to HIM

  7. Jason says:

    The biggest step is accepting no matter what we’re going through that God IS with us. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that when lonely feelings start to creep in.

  8. Amanda Jones says:

    So well written. A pastor once reminded us of the story of Jesus, asleep in the boat, storm is raging, disciples are freaking out…. but the point was, Jesus was in the boat. He is always in the boat with us and we need not fear when we trust him with the storms. You are in my prayers!

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