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Jesus' loneliness solution
June 19, 2024

June 2024
Issue 219

Overcoming loneliness like Jesus did

No one on this planet is immune from loneliness. Not married people, billionaires, celebrities, world leaders, psychologists, or singles like you and me. Christians get lonely. Yes, even Jesus got lonely.

Overcoming loneliness has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. Hustlers promise us the thing they're selling can cure this universal problem. It can't. It's a busyness substitute at best.

What can we do? If we have one operating brain cell in our head, we can ignore all the hype and do what Jesus did. He always made the wisest choices possible.

June's feature article looks at overcoming loneliness using the method Jesus used. It's not my solution or Dr. Phil's or Joel Osteen's. It's the real thing.

Take a few minutes to read about this way of overcoming loneliness.

Hope is a person

When night drags on
and faith is low,
watch where you let
your thinking go.

You may believe
there's no one there,
no one to love you,
or to care.

Despite what you
can see or feel,
hope is there.
Hope is real.

Hope leads to
a life restored.
Hope is a person:
Christ the Lord.

Things we chase
from birth to grave
do not possess
the power to save.

They cannot calm
your doubts and fears.
They cannot dry
your lonely tears.

But there is one
whose love is true.
He proved it on
the cross for you.

Hope leads to
a life restored.
Hope is a person:
Christ the Lord.

~ Jack Zavada,, 2024 ~

What does this book say about loneliness?

You don't have to guess. You can read it, f/ree, right here. The entire first chapter on loneliness.

Why am I making all this information available f/ree? To show you that Hope for Hurting Singles is practical, down-to-earth, and tightly focused on the problems that upset you most.

No, it's not my autobiography. What you'll find are principles, proven through trial-and-error to help you navigate the single life easier. Why go through the painstaking process yourself when I already did it for you?

You may like these newsletters or, but when you run into depression, fear, or other problems, are you going to come to the web site to find out what to do? I think not. But you may pull a book off your shelf and reread the pertinent information.

Did you know 30 percent of cars made today don't have a spare tire? Hope for Hurting Singles is like your spare tire when you have an emotional flat. If, when you get your copy of HOPE and read it carefully all the way through, you'll be prepared when trouble hits. You'll be able to make a change and get back on the road of life!

Hope for Hurting Singles is $10.99 in paperback and $3.99 for the Kindle version.

QOTM: Advice from a giant

June's Quote of the Month comes from a humble man, yet a giant in Christianity, Billy Graham:

I am never lonely when I am reading the Bible. Nothing dissolves loneliness like a session with God's Word.
~ Billy Graham (1918 - 2018) ~

Billy Graham's admission reveals two things: Even someone as beloved as this world famous evangelist knew loneliness, and God is the best answer for it.

We overlook the powerful tool God has given us in the Bible. It is the always-available written word of God, created to provide help in times of crisis. What's more, the Bible is a supernatural book, inspired by God and presided over by the Holy Spirit.

When you read the Bible, you're hearing what God wants you to do. It's as simple as that. The Holy Spirit helps you apply it to your own personal situation.

Make the love of God your weapon against loneliness. Take refuge in God's Word.

Seeking God? Find him in solitude

Some singles find it terrifying to be alone in silence. They need to have music or the TV playing constantly. They find it especially scary when they go to bed, turn out the lights, and their mind starts racing.

And yet solitude, that sacred aloneness, is where God is found. He will not compete with noise. He will not break in with a shout to get your attention. When it's quiet, he will whisper to you.

Oh, you won't hear his voice, out loud or in your mind, but he speaks nonetheless. When we clear our mind or read the Bible, God communicates.

You know it when such a prompting happens. It feels right. It rings true. Usually you'll have a pleasantly shocking sensation of certainty.

Don't be afraid to be alone with God. Here's how to find him in solitude.

Maintaining your balance can be a challenge

We live in an age of agitation. Someone or something is always trying to get us stirred up so they can control us. Over time, all this prodding takes a toll on our nerves, with a cumulative effect that causes some people to snap.

God doesn't want us to snap, so he provides help.

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, plays a key role in the life of single people. I like the way the King James Version of the Bible translates John 14:13:

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;"

Some versions call him the Helper or Advocate or Counselor, but a Comforter is what we need right now. He reminds singles we're all right in the eyes of God. He hugs us in times of stress. One of his most important duties is to guide us in our Bible reading so the Word speaks to our individual, personal situation.

Reading the Bible—without headphones or TV—is an effective way to take a break from the nonstop noise. It calms you by connecting you with your loving Father. If you're too anxious to pray, reading the Psalms helps you focus on God's protection.

You can keep your life in balance by spending quiet time with God.

Get outdoors; see God's creation

Here in Illinois, in the midwest United States, it's the beginning of summer. I am an amateur landscape painter, and one of the things I love to study outdoors is clouds. Those white, billowy puffs are an artist's delight—but devilishly hard to render in a painting. But I keep practicing.

Painting clouds is like following Jesus. We get better with practice. The big difference is the Holy Spirit doesn't coach me while I'm painting.

Well, single saint, that concludes the June Inspire-O-Gram. I hope you found something useful in it.

As always, you can comment on this newsletter using our secure contact-form-link

No matter what season it is in your part of the world, God is always faithful. Read your Bible. Go to church. Never forget that Jesus loves you!

Until July,

Jack Zavada

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