I am sitting in my living room in my new home.
I am grateful for my life at this moment and for moving and setting up a new residence outside a small city where we have lived for almost two years.
This place and space my husband and I have created is pretty good. Although, this phase of retirement living in a new place is very quiet these days.
There are days and weeks where life and people I knew are just a blurred memory. Other days the memories are more vivid.
These past two years have been a time of rest for me. The Lord has led me beside still waters, refreshed my soul and breathed new life and hope into me.
Creating a new circle of friends is difficult. Yet, I know that God created us with a need for relationship. From past experience, I know that it takes time and often years to find friends that you have a connection with.
Stepping out of my comfort zone and extending myself to others is not easy. I find it very uncomfortable!
Although this is not the way my family and friends perceive me to be, I am an introvert and shy when it comes to asking someone out for coffee after my fitness class or inviting them to my home for coffee.
Yet, I know that God created us with a need for relationships and good friends. In the past years I did not have a relationship with God because I closed myself off.
Now, when I am lonely, I can turn to Him in prayer. It is always so powerful when I go to Him in prayer.
The first lines of Psalm 23 read:
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul, He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
God knows me, loves me and cares deeply about my needs. If I pray and ask for what I need He will provide it.
So, what is my part in all this? Do I sit in my house pray and wait for people to ring my doorbell?
I remember a principle (tool), I learned at a seminar for emotional healing a few years ago.
“Life begins outside your comfort zone.”
There are times when we need to move outside our comfort zone. We need to do it with confidence, knowing that God will lead us along the right paths because of His love for us.
He loves me and has my best interests at heart. I lack nothing.
My prayer is;
Please help me to trust others, to connect with them and to enjoy friendship. I pray that my husband and I will be able to surround ourselves with good friends who will keep us accountable, go on adventures with, laugh, learn and encourage each other.
Help us, in turn, be the kind of friends that encourage others and are willing to help them out too.
Holy Spirit teach us how to be friends to each other too.
In Jesus Name.