He is Always There

Floating along in a sea of people,
I feel all alone;

For though there are many faces,
By them I’m not known.

I smile, and speak, and gesture –
But nobody cares.

They gaze in my direction
But it’s just a blank stare.

This time of year is supposed to be
Merry and bright…

But all I can feel is an ache
That won’t pass with the night.

Thank God for Jesus, the One
Who is always there;

He brings peace when I’m fretful
And joy when I’m full of despair.


I apologize for the disheartening nature of this poem…but it’s how I’m feeling right now, and I wanted to be real about it. There is a light, however, in the darkness: Jesus, the Son of God, Who came to earth to give us abundant life – both now and throughout eternity. With Him, I (and you) will never be alone. ❤


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Trust God. Give Thanks. Repeat.

“Lather. Rinse. Repeat.”

This idiom partially captures how my life has felt for the past several weeks. I oversleep in the morning, try to accomplish a few tasks during the day, go to bed early, and start over the next day.

Now granted, I do engage in other activities during the day. I help my Hubby to get off to work. I take care of the pets. I take a shower (even this can be difficult, for lack of energy). I prepare and eat meals. I do laundry…to name some of the activities. But each day feels very much like the day before.

I know that I have much to be grateful for, and that I need to focus on these things. God loves me. I have a husband and family that loves me. I have friends who are supportive. God provides for our needs (even if things are extremely tight). We have pets who keep us company. We have a roof over our heads. And so much more. I pray that the Lord will help me to keep all of this in mind when I start to get discouraged.

Another piece of the story is that I struggle with feeling alone. My Hubby works long hours trying to provide for us, and I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like. I do talk to my Mom on the phone quite a bit, which is helpful. I have other family and friends who I could reach out to, but I often feel like I would be bothering them if I called/visited.

While I was cooking dinner tonight and feeling rather lonely, a verse came to my mind. It’s Isaiah 41:10 – “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” It was just what I needed to hear. God is with me – all the time. He will give me the strength and encouragement that I need. On top of that, I know that my family and friends are there to support me, even when I feel otherwise.

Instead of the “lather, rinse, repeat” idiom that I began this post with, I want to establish a new idiom for myself:

Trust God. Give thanks. Repeat.

This will most certainly be a better way to occupy my time when I’m feeling lonely or like life is too repetitive. And it will help me to focus on the truth: God is with me, and He will enable me to accomplish the tasks that He calls me to do. ❤


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