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Alone but Not Lonely


Sunday, November 30, 2008

A couple of years ago I read Barbara Hughes' book "Disciplines of a Godly Woman". In her chapter devoted to the single woman, she gives the following advice:

"Have you taken a passive role rather than expanding your interests and contacts? Read books, go to plays, join a club, take up gardening - try something new. Invite others to do something with you. Make a list of everything you'd like to do and then put a few dates on the calendar and begin planning."

The Lord has used that paragraph to help me stretch my neck out of my warm, cozy shell and really embrace this life He has given me. This year, with His help, I have really tried to take advantage of new opportunities - even having the courage to do it alone if necessary.

Tonight was one example. The South African Police Service band put on a benefit concert at the nature reserve in my town. I really wanted to attend, but all the friends I asked to accompany me were already busy. I decided to go anyway. I am so glad I did. It didn't matter that I was sitting alone in a huge crowd of music lovers. I probably enjoyed the concert and the beauty of God's creation just as much as, if not more than, those little groups of people clustered around my solitary lawn chair.

Now on to the next thing on my list...
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RETURNTOTHIN 5/2/2012 10:28AM

    I love to go to live drama/plays. I gave up asking others, because I usually make spur of the moment decisions... I love the plays and would miss out so much if I didn't go alone!

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CAROLYN0107 11/30/2008 5:50PM

    I can relate Julie! I can relate except that here in the jungle we don't have anywhere to go, single or in groups. No concerts, not cinemas, no sightseeing places. Nowhere to go. When we want to have a night out on the town we invite each other over for a movie or game of Mexican Train Dominoes.


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LUV-BEING-NANA 11/30/2008 2:04PM

    Way to go Julie!! I am glad you got to enjoy the music!!
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HOLLY_ROSE 11/30/2008 1:58PM

    Nothing more awesome than stepping out of our wonderful comfort zone!!! Great for you friend!! Holly

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GIRLINBRAZIL 11/30/2008 1:29PM

    Good for you! I'm sorry there was no one to go with you! I'm sure there are more times like this. I'll try to remember to pray a little more for you in the days to come. Hope you can find someone to go with you to the next event or take the courage to do what you did this time and just do it!

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