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Loneliness isn’t something we can ignore
There so much wisdom in this that I really need to read. Loneliness is a big struggle for me.
Part 1 of an interview with Tiffany Bluhm,
Author of Never Alone
on the rise in our society and impacting people of all ages. Research has shown
that it increases stress and high blood pressure, weakens blood flow and immune
systems, and is linked to mental disorders, depression, and even early death.
It isn’t something to ignore, but rather it’s a signal for us to pay attention.
Unfortunately, its negative associations, such as a weakness perception or
feeling of having poor social skills, impede people from being honest about
where they stand. To make matters worse, it has contagious tendencies, and our
social networking culture makes it viral. To break the cycle, we need to
understand what loneliness does and the behavior it encourages, seek to be more
positive and discerning, and retrain how we think about people. For persons of
faith, that includes re-evaluating what loneliness has led us to believe about
God and our relationship with him. The debut book, Never Alone: Exchanging Your Tender Hurts for God’s Healing Grace (Abingdon
Press), by Bible teacher and speaker Tiffany Bluhm serves as a guide to
help women do just that.
Q: Of all
the fears there are in the world, how prevalent is the fear of being alone?
girls, we feared playing alone on the playground. In middle school, we feared
sitting alone at lunch. In high school, we feared going alone to the prom. As
adults, we fear we may never marry or have children. We fear our husbands may
leave us. We fear we will be left to our solitary selves to fight the hardest
battles of our lives. We spend our lives doing our absolute best to prove we
are lovable and valuable, never to be ignored or left alone.
Q: Why do
women need to hear and be reminded they are never alone?
they are never alone addresses women’s worst fear that they'll be left alone,
rejected by the people around them simply for who they are, what they have
done, or what’s been done to them.
was your inspiration for writing Never
Alone and its companion Bible study?
women, including myself, have wondered if our life experiences disqualify us
from the intervention and hope of Jesus. I was inspired by my own struggles (including
abandonment at birth, being dumped by the man of my dreams, and losing a child
in the adoption process) and struggles of close friends that we are not only
loved by Jesus but given a beautiful identity as we follow him.
always believed women play a critical role in society, one that is intended to
be defined not by culture but by Christ. Never
Alone exposes the truth of a woman’s value and vision when she believes in
God and who he designed her to be.
is the main message you have for your readers? Whom did you write Never Alone for?
Never Alone claims
you are not too far gone, beyond repair, or too broken for the companionship
and grace of Jesus. Jesus restores dignity to women when the world tries
to rip it away from them. The person you were intended to be is found when you
work through the dark parts of your story and soul and cling to Christ through
it all. If you ask him, the light of Christ will heal you, restore you, and
lead you on.
Never Alone is for
women who have allowed shame, despair, rejection, and loss to define their lives.
No matter how small the incident or how big the trauma, we were built to walk
in the fullness of God, never a counterfeit version determined by our life’s
aches and pains.
Q: How do
our relationships change when we begin to believe fully that Christ will never
leave us?Once we realize He is
always with us, are we better equipped to conquer loneliness in our daily
without Christ will hunger for someone to make it complete. We were built to
abide in Christ, and if we don’t, too often we’ll seek and search for someone
else to fulfill us. To be our everything. It’s a misplaced need that no human
can bear, but Christ can. We can’t put on others what only Christ can do. When
the companionship of Christ is enough for us, we change, as do our
what we believe about ourselves is projected onto our relationships. The
healthier the soul, the sweeter the relationships around us. Our brokenness
made whole is not only for us. Others will see the glory of God at work in our
life when we experience it for ourselves.
Q: You suggest women forgo healing when they fail to see God’s presence in
their hardest memories and toughest trials. How does revisiting the past help
with the healing process?
You and I
are who we are today because of the experiences of our past. If we want to work
through our current struggles, it will serve us well to revisit the past
experiences that have affected how we see ourselves, others, and God. If we are
able to identify those contributing factors of the past we can invite Christ in
to those tender moments. We can ask him to redeem what has happened ten, twenty,
thirty, or forty years ago.
what is really good news? Jesus’ grace is retroactive. It can redeem the hurts
of the past if only we offer up those aches and pains. We must remember that God
isn't the cause of our misfortune or pain; he is the answer. Sometimes we want
to push him away because we think he failed to save us from whatever tragedy
occurred, but that's not the case. He is the healer of tragedy, not the
Q: What are some other
factors that work against women in their journey to restoration?
the lies we believe about ourselves, coupled with festering resentment and
bitterness for the way things have turned out in life, make for some hefty
stumbling blocks. Sometimes, you don't know where to start in your hunt for
restoration. You and I can easily question if Jesus' grace is capable of doing
all it claims it can.
deepest hurts is when we decide who Jesus is—not just in the good times, but in
the hard ones. If we aren’t able to identify the presence of Jesus in our pain
we may wonder if he can restore our broken moments that leave us lonely and
wishing to dig deeper into what the Bible teaches about this subject, Bluhm has
also created the Never Alone: 6
Encounters with Jesus to Heal Your Deepest Hurts Bible study that explores
the story of six hurting women in the Gospels.