When You’re Lonely

1. Clean something. Anything. Your room, the closet, the bathroom mirror.

2. Do some laundry.

3. Sing your favorite song.

4. Call a friend.

5. Friend’s busy? Call another friend.

6. Write to a loved one. Or text. Or both.

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7.  Make cookies or cupcakes.

8. Do something artsy- craftsy.

9. Wash the dishes while listening to your favorite band.

10. Do something nice for someone you love.

11. Snuggle with a baby.

12. Read a book.

13. Journal. Write out your thoughts.

14. Watch a movie.

15. Cook dinner.

16. Do some more laundry. (Those blankets haven’t been washed in a while.)

17. Vacuum.

18. Plant something. Or offer to take care of someone’s garden while they’re out of town.

19. Eat those cookies you made earlier.

20. Call your favorite aunt or uncle.

21. Cuddle a puppy.

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22. Pray for someone you love.

23. Tell that person you prayed for them.

24. Color a picture.

25. Watch the Jamie Grace Show.

26. Make a bucket list.

27. Make a grocery list.

28. Make a To Do list.

29. Don’t forget about those things you put in the washing machine and hour ago.

30. Have a backwards dinner. Eat your ice cream before your veggies.

31. Go find and talk to the frogs in your backyard. They might be lonely too. (Apparently one was because he was in my house this morning.)

32. Read Psalm 139.

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33. Tell God about your loneliness.

34. Go for a walk or a bike ride.

35. Go visit a friend.

36. Cuddle another baby. Or puppy.

37. Take a nap.

38. Organize your sock drawer, your dresses, or your shirts by color.

39. Rearrange your bookshelves

40. Make yourself a cup of tea and have another cookie.

You are not alone.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalms 34:18 NKJV

For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Psalms 107:9 NKJV

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Girls’ Night.

I spent the night at Mrs. Nancy’s house.

Which I think is amazing because I don’t do sleepovers very often. Frankly, I love my bed and the comfort of my home. (But that doesn’t stop me from trying to spend the night somewhere every once and a while.) Ever since I was little, I had trouble sleeping at other people’s homes. I would beg my dad to come pick me up around midnight, or I would be up every hour of the night and miserable the next day because I was so tired. But there’s something about Mr. Rex and Mrs. Nancy’s house that makes me feel at peace. The last time I slept over, E. came with me and I didn’t wake up once in the middle of the night! This time, I went by myself because I was helping Mrs. Nancy with her quilt and Mr. Rex was out of town. I think I woke up only once, but fell right back to sleep!

 

So the sleepovers will continue to happen.

 

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I had so much fun with Mrs. Nancy! We sewed and talked. We drank tea and shared stories. We had our devotions in the evening and prayed together. On the way to church, we sang songs and hymns to prepare our hearts. I love that I can share my heart and my dreams with her and that in her years of experience of walking with the Lord and in her knowledge of Him, she encourages me according to what the Bible says. One of the gentlemen at church pointed out that our time together was exactly what Paul was instructing the church to do:

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
Titus 2:3‭-‬5 NKJV

(Now, y’all know I’m not married, but you get the idea.) The older ones are teaching the younger ones. Encouraging them and loving them the way Christ did when He was on earth.

I’m just so thankful that in addition to my godly parents, I have kindred spirits like Mrs. Nancy that God has placed in my life to encourage me in my walk with Him. It’s a bonus that I share my love for people and quilting with her. 🙂

Rambles

(I apologize for my run-on sentences.)

This past week has been crazy and it’s only half over!

My oldest brother is currently hobbling around on crutches whenever he can muster enough strength to roll out of bed. His ankle has been in pain for three days now. Turns out, he sprained it last week, and somehow he contracted an infection in that general area. He’s on antibiotics; he’s been to the doctor twice and the hospital once. We’re praying that he recovers quickly and that he’s back to his happy self.

Mom and I are busy working on a quilt. My quilt projects are piling up (like seriously, our fit model, Gertie, currently has three quilt tops and batting draped over her.) We’re basting one, and that should be ready to quilt by tomorrow. I have two quilt tops cut out that need to get sewn after my other quilts are basted. I’ve been working on doll quilts for the sewing guild when I haven’t been working on my big quilts. I’ve knocked out a dozen over the past two weeks, and I’d like to do a dozen more since they’re great practice for new quilting techniques. 🙂

School is school. Hah.

I have letters to write because I have such lovely pen pals who take the time to keep in touch with me. ❤ It’s been wonderful. Every time I had a rough day, a letter would show up in our mailbox. One day, I was really missing my friends and two of them happened to write to me on the same day. That really lifted my spirits.

My grandparents are coming next month and I’m super excited to see them.

My other grandparents are coming in October (hopefully) along with my aunt and uncle. I am very excited to see them. All of them.

I found out Love & the Outcome are releasing their new album on my birthday. I’ve already preordered my copy. (Happy birthday to me!)

My friend runs this very cute online shop called Olive and Pine and she has lots of adorable things on sale including this doggy bowtie. Definitely check out her shop. Everything is handpicked by her and lovingly made by small business creatives. I ordered an Earl Grey Hot Chocolate mix and I’m so excited to make myself a cup during the fall season. 🙂Doggie BowtieEarl Grey Hot ChocolateWander Passport Cover

And…that’s it.

I can’t believe summer is pretty much over. I’m looking forward to fall. That’s my favorite season and where I live, lots of trees will be turning orange and red in a month or so. 😉

Life is a little crazy right now. But I’m okay with a little crazy.