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The Gift of Solitude

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We are not made to live isolated and alone, but we are made to have times of solitude. We are wired to be social and to be in relationship with others, but our greatest relational need is actually a spiritual one — with Jesus.

Every relationship in your life will be affected, either positively or negatively, by the depth of your personal relationship with God — and that relationship requires times of solitude with Jesus.

 "And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37-39, ESV.
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Jesus reminds us that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and then to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).

So, the ultimate answer to loneliness is not more people. The ultimate answer to loneliness is your relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and making that the Priority Relationship.

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Do you have a consistent quiet time with the Lord?
Fellowship and community with one another is important and necessary, but it is not a substitute for communion and fellowship with Jesus. We need both, but the one with Jesus comes first.

For more helpful tools for learning to be alone with Jesus, watch “The Gift of Solitude” from the Life on Life series (see below).

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Punky Tolson heart’s desire is to help women fall in love with Jesus and live the life they were destined for. She has invested in the lives of women of all ages, teaching God’s Word, showing them how the Scriptures really do work in their everyday lives, and how Jesus makes all the difference. A writer, blogger, disciple-maker, and a passionate communicator of God’s truth, Punky (the nickname her Daddy gave her) speaks locally and nationally at women’s events teaching the Scriptures and sharing her life with her audience. Her story of finding identity, true love and lasting satisfaction in Christ is full of transforming truth; her amazing God-story of marrying at the age of 43 will captivate you no matter what stage of life you’re in; and her battle with breast cancer will reassure anyone experiencing any kind of difficulty that you are more than a conqueror in Christ. Along with her husband, John, she is co founder of The Tolson Group, a discipleship-based ministry in Dallas, Texas. Punky is also the host of the Life-on-Life podcast -- practical teaching and truth to help women know, love and follow Jesus … and challenge them to pass it on.




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