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GUEST POST: LONGING TO BE KNOWN!

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

β€œI am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
John 10:14

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, β€œBefore 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.πŸ’•

Blessings and Love.😊 πŸ™ ❀

106 thoughts on “GUEST POST: LONGING TO BE KNOWN!

  1. πŸ™ ❀ This is what all heart’s desire; to be filled with everlasting peace and love, yet all men are incapable of providing such to anyone, not even one’s self. Therefore, seek the eternal through God the Creator; who is all absolute love and peace!

    β€œIf I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
    ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

    β€œTrust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
    πŸ™ ❀
    Lawrence Morra

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      1. Hi Emily! I too find great inspiration in that single simple quote; especially knowing what a profound life’s journey Mr. Lewis had; overcoming enormous doubt or even rejecting God, with his personal suppressed pain and anger, to then truly overcome all of that and go on to be one of the greatest or most prolific advocates of Christendom, is truly awe inspiring to me. That was God working miracles and showing us by example in another life how anything truly good is possible with God when we are growing in our faith. πŸ’žπŸ™πŸΌ
        It is my pleasure, and feels so good to share with you! God Bless You and Yours!
        Lawrence

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      2. Sure it is Emily, think how C.S. Lewis gave up on God and even himself in a sense to only eventually make a 180 and go full steam ahead the rest of his life sharing so much wisdom and helping so many who also did or would have turned away from the light! That spark of truth and love in his own heart would not be snuffed out by a dying and archaic world that cares nothing about the individual. But, Jesus Christ does and knows us all; of course even better than we know ourselves so we will get the opportunities we need to see the light as Mr. Lewis did too!
        We also have to remember that God uses all things good and bad to bring to fruition His glorious perfect plan not ours; so C.S. Lewis was being prepared and tested over many years to serve God in the best way and he didn’t know that was happening, but God did. You and I have our place with God’s plan we don’t know what God has in store but we should just abide in Him with our ever growing faith and trust. I feel it and see it, that it’s going to be fine and keep that hope always Emily! πŸ’žπŸ™πŸΌ

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    1. It’s getting more obvious to me as I’m sure you as we grow older that we all come up short changed or even broke if we depend on mere temporary earthly contentment’s or pleasures to fill us; virtually an impossible fool’s errand. But, with a caveat I say we should always try to make the best of what we have and be eternally grateful just for that, indeed our next breath is a miraculous gift; and then seek Him the Divine and Everlasting to satisfy our every dream and need in His kingdom to come! I’m sure I’ll see you there as long as I keep trying my best, that’s all He expects of any of us! Amen.

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  2. Great post Emily! As someone who has moved around a lot in my life I have always envied those who seem to have close friends who know everything about each other. But as you have so beautifully written, with God there is an intimacy like none other. He knows me well – and loves me even so!

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  3. Reblogged this on Invisible Walls and commented:
    Because we shouldn’t fear to be vulnerable and open to God. For He already knows our deepest fear, flaws and insecurities. And He Still Loves Us! He’s Got Us! ❀️

    Such an amazing piece!

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  4. Amen. Thanks for sharing. I am so Blessed to have a relationship with God He is the best relationship we can have. He pulled me out of the pit in my darkest time in my life. If it wasn’t for Him I wouldn’t be this strong man of God I am today. No body will make you happier and love you more then God does. God Bless You Richly. πŸ˜˜πŸ™†β€β™‚οΈβ€πŸ˜‡

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  5. I have felt this way more often than not in the last couple of years and this post has not only reassured me that I’m not alone but has comforted me and reminded me of who has our best interests at heart and knows us best. Thank you for this post πŸ™πŸΎβ€οΈ

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  6. Reblogged this on Site Title and commented:
    If you really know God you will never feel lonely, he will send you a comforter!
    John 14:26 (KJV)
    26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

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  7. Many times we find no calm for the soul. We can’t see a light at the end of the road. We don’t even own our silences.
    Therefore, it is easy to fall into anxiety and fear, we are even afraid of a step in the crowd, who does not know the pain that is incubated in our inner being.
    That’s where we resort to having a support, a helping hand that takes away our oppression. And if one believes in God, he turns to him.
    Your blog guest is really a living example of how to recover our life when we walk blindly.
    Good choice and its publication was very interesting and leaves us much to reflect.
    Greetings.

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      1. You’re very welcome! There is
        an amazing abundace of love and care in your writing that in a very special way takes care of your readers!! Bravo!🌹 God Bless You Always!! β˜€οΈ

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      2. You bet!β˜€οΈ Thank you for all that you do with your precious ability to beautifully express!! I have been reading your words for over two years now! β€οΈβ˜€οΈ

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  8. Awesome message! I definitely understand having friends only know the outside and not having deep friendships. Over the years two of my best friends passed away so I have found it to be difficult to make true friendships beyond the surface these days and at my age. πŸ’ž thx

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