My beautiful guest blogger is: EMILY PETTY JONES
Bio: Emily Jones Petty grew up in sunny Florida, but now resides on the opposite coast in San Diego with her husband of 10 years and three energetic sons. She works as a Physician Assistant in pediatric orthopedics by day and an aspiring author by night. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their relationship with Jesus by experiencing His unconditional love. Having struggled with a past of fear and shame, she empathizes with feeling insecure and unworthy. But Jesus has been unrelenting in His pursuit to free her and this hope is evident in her writing. She blogs at unrelentingfreedom.com
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
How is that we can be in a room of people and still feel lonely? A heaviness hovers like morning fog with a longing for companionship. Even though we are physically in the presence of others, the lack of intimate connection is palpable.
Can you relate? I spent many years feeling lonely among friends and I didn’t understand why. They seemed to care about me and accepted my invitations to get together. But I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing.
Then I realized I was lacking the feeling of being known. My friends had surface knowledge of my life – my profession, how many kids I have, my faith convictions – but they didn’t have a comprehension of my deepest longings. They didn’t know my fears and anxieties. They weren’t aware of my hidden personal dreams. They couldn’t satisfy my craving for intimacy.
Time and trust can build closeness with people, but with God, we have immediate intimacy. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” His understanding of us goes beyond anything we can experience through human connection. He knows His sheep and shepherds them well. (John 10:14) He anticipates our needs before we can. His love penetrates the depths of our soul.
Thank you Emily for this beautiful and heartfelt post. Sweet Friends, the next time your longing for companionship among friends, invite God. Rely on HIM. Trust HIM. Because it’s impossible to feel lonely when we sit in His presence. Amen. God bless.💕
Blessings and Love.😊 🙏 ❤