Do you ever have days where you just feel alone? Not physically alone but emotionally and even more so, spiritually. That's been me today. Nothing significant happened to trigger the feeling but it's been lingering around all day. My husband and daughter have been home which is not like most days where they would be at work and school. I was pretty productive; watched an awesome sermon online this morning and was filled with encouragement. Then I deep cleaned my kitchen and purged a bunch of junk which was actually kind of therapeutic. I really had no reason to feel alone, but I did. It wasn't until I was praying in the shower around 10:00 PM that I realized it was the first time today that I had spent some one-on-one time with God. It's no wonder I felt that sense of loneliness. It's so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day stuff and neglect to spend quality time with our Heavenly Father. I think we take for granted his ever-present company and figure, ehh, he'll be there later. I mean, I can't speak for you or anyone else but I tend to do that. Even though the Lord is always on my mind and in my heart, I too often fail to really put him first, hence the lack of fulfillment I was experiencing today. We were designed to be relational with him in all that we do so when we aren't, we lack every good thing that he wants to give us. It's just like our relationships with our significant others, our kids, best friends, parents, or whoever. We miss them when they aren't around and we long for their company and their conversation. It's the same with our need for the presence of God in our day-to-day lives. It is just as, no, it is THEE most important relationship we should ever have! He designed us that way. To need and want to know him deeply; as our father and our friend; before any other relationship we have. When our relationship with him is not as it should be, our spirit feels a void and loneliness is a sign of that void. Loneliness is our hearts way of letting us know that we need more Jesus. So if or when you ever find yourself feeling lonely, invite the spirit of the Lord to be your company. He will without a shadow of a doubt, fill every lonely place within you. Until tomorrow my friends.... stay blessed and unhindered!