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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Don't Ever Go Swimming/Boating in Boracay w/o Putting Sunblock!

I'm missing my wonderful vacation in Boracay (w/Joyful, Atinafay & Cacofifay), even if I suffered from 2nd degree (sun)burn below the knees when we were on our way home! Why? Coz I forgot to put sunblock when we went swimming & boating! Thank God, He answered my & others' prayers, so I'm recovering! I just need to avoid getting infected while it's healing. During this hiatus, I had mixed emotions, and usually, was physically hurting, aauie! Good thing that on one of my introspective moments, I chanced upon this article from http://www.cbn.com/family/familyadvice/hardaway_alone.asp

Thank you Lord Jesus! Because You're here with me, on moments like these, I might be alone, but I amazingly do not feel alone or lonely. What a 'paradox' (a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true)! I have actually experienced this: "For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Do You Ever Feel Alone?
By Kathleen Hardaway
Author and Precept Ministries Staffer

CBN.com – Are you married with children and still feel alone? You may be single and feel desperately alone. The great epidemics in our society are not only HIV/aids, diabetes, or cancer, but the enormous increase of people feeling alone. What changed? What happened to a society that once related to programs such as Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver? The ideal marriage, friendships with your neighbors, or walking on sidewalks where you feel safe, secure, and not alone seems to be difficult to find.

The heart of every person longs for a sense of community, a sense of belonging, a strong desire to simply love and be loved. If you’re married and your mate is not meeting these needs in your life or if you’re single and you have no one, what do you do? Be miserable? Have an affair? Find someone on the internet? Many seem to be running to drugs, alcohol, food, and, even to the television set, to anything that will help fill this void in their lives that is so painful.

There are no simple answers for this plague of feeling lonely. Most everyone desires companionship, friendship, and courtship. "I Will Always Love You," (written by Dolly Parton, sung by Whitney Houston) is one of the top selling singles of all time. Not only is the music to this song fabulous, but so many can relate to it. Not only do we desire to be loved, but we desire for someone to always love us. Always. Not just some of the time, but always and forever.

Women enjoy a good love story. The knight in shining armor, the long awaited prince finally speaks the words that he will always love his princess. But what do you do when your life has not turned out like a Hollywood movie, or the ideal romance novel? One thing that you can know for sure, your Heavenly Father is the only One Who has perfect love. It’s eternal, it will never end. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He formed you in your mother’s womb. He knows you better than anyone. He desires your very best.

In your loneliness, turn to Him. In your hurt and frustration tell Him how badly it hurts. You may desperately desire someone to hold you, someone to comfort you, someone simply to just be with you. I understand. When the difficulties of singleness come, I choose to believe this is God’s plan for my life today.

Do not believe a lie from the enemy that says, “Life will always be this way!” It’s not God’s plan for you to be miserable feeling alone, but it is His plan that in your loneliness you run to Him, cling to Him, and give your life completely to Him.

Tell Him what you‘re feeling. Everything. Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you (I Peter 5:7). Never give up. Don’t lose heart. Don’t believe that you will always be lonely. Live each day being the best mother, wife, friend, husband, father, brother, sister you possibly can be. If you’re walking and living in Christ you are not alone. "…I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).

Kathleen Hardaway is on staff at Precept Ministries International and has produced and directed Kay Arthur's TV show How Can I Live? for more than 17 years. A single herself, Hardaway is transparent and humorous in her first book, I Kissed a Lot of Frogs: But the Prince Hasn't Come (Moody, 2002).