Tuesdays – In “other” Words   11 comments

 

Tuesdays In “other” Words is hosted this week by Christine at Fruit in Season.  Christine has chosen the following quote:

As Christians, we are called to convert our loneliness into solitude. We are called to experience our aloneness not as a wound but as a gift–as God’s gift–so that in our aloneness we might discover how deeply we are loved by God.

~ Henri Nouwen ~

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Struck by the portion of the first sentence of this quote that said “convert our loneliness into solitude”,  I looked up the meaning of the word alone.  The definition that caught my eye was – without aid or help.  That was the answer to this quote for me.

There are times when the only person who can help us is God.  The only help others can provide for us is prayer.  They can pray that God helps us and that God comes to our aid. It is in this helplessness this desperation and solitude that God can work to expose areas that hinder our relationship with him.  The following quote says it beautifully:

In silence we put ourselves in touch with God and also with our deeper selves.  Thoughts long buried come to the surface.  Long-repressed feelings bubble up. Silence exposes certain issues in our lives, and almost without effort, what is most important comes to the forefront. Now we can place that “most important issue” before God as we pray.

Emilie Griffin

God loves us and because he loves us he wants no hinderances in our relationship with him.  We need to come to him and say:

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

Thank you Christine for sharing this quote. 
It has been a subject I have been pondering lately.

Now, go check out what others said about this quote that Christine chose at Fruit in Season.

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Posted June 19, 2007 by Lana G! in God, In Other Words, Jesus, Life, Quotes, Reading, Solitude

11 responses to “Tuesdays – In “other” Words

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  1. Praying that God continues to expose what needs to be exposed, thank goodness He’s gentle about it!

    Amen!

  2. Such a lovely post, bless you.

    Denise, thanks for stopping by.

  3. Great post! Bless you for sharing.

    Miriam, thank you and blessings on you as well. 🙂

  4. This is so true: “It is in this helplessness this desperation and solitude that God can work to expose areas that hinder our relationship with him”!! I am thankful that He is so merciful as he shows us what is hindering our relationship.

    Nise’, He is merciful indeed!

  5. The gift of silence. Right this very moment… my daughter has accepted a summer job. She will be spending 4 hours a day, 2 days a week at a daycare. I have an afternoon of silence ahead of me and I am wondering what will come to the forefront.

    Praying that God would show you his will! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. “There are times when the only person who can help us is God.” This is why we if we don’t heed to the whisper we need a good godly shove in His direction!

    Rosemarie, AMEN! Shove away Lord!

  7. Lana – Many blessings to you for sharing! God is truly amazing and I long to turn the loneliness into happiness – only thru Him!!

    Shannon, praying that you would find joy in that solitude with the Lord.

  8. Thank you for sharing, Lana. Lovely post.

    Loni, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  9. “It is in this helplessness this desperation and solitude that God can work to expose areas that hinder our relationship with him.”
    I love this thought! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.
    God bless
    BTW, was it fun having a twin growing up?

    Bernardine, thank you as well and being a twin is great. We are still very close! 😉

  10. I love that quote you posted. Yes, God is our help- ever-present and all-knowing. It is such a comfort to know we worship a God who knows what we are going through and will keep us close as we suffer our trials. Thanks for participating!

  11. Thank you for welcoming me here at IOW. Very enlightening post, thanks for sharing. God bless!

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