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God Sets the Solitary in Families

That’s where God’s promises come in. For instance, Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the solitary in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”

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Where would you be without your family? Since I married later in life I had time to consider this. My immediate family is small and far away, my parents are both dead, so I guess I would be quite alone in the world’s eyes.

Even now that I am married and have three young adult children my husband’s family is also small and his parents are dead so we still have a small number of extended family members and they too live some distance from us.

That’s where God’s promises come in. For instance, Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the solitary in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”

On the evening before a recent holiday we found out that our family of five would be alone since extended family members were not going to be able to join us. We decided to call a family from church that has family in the area and would usually be with them but had decided to stay home because they were too weary to travel. To our surprise the said they would come and have dinner with us.

We combined our meals and gathered together for feasting and celebrating. What a wonderful day it turned out to be.

If we had each been with our own families we would have enjoyed them, but there was something special about being with brothers and sisters in Christ that made our day exceptional. Most of our extended family members aren’t saved, so holidays can be a stressful time. Being with a like-minded family and celebrating was such a blessing.

Their younger children enjoyed being with our older children and our older children enjoyed being with their younger children – imagine that! No one had a same age pal to hang out with, but then we both homeschool so no one really pays attention to anyone’s age but just enjoys them for who they are.

Even with eight children in the house we moms enjoyed leisurely conversation over several cups of coffee. We even had some “alone time” to discuss some more serious subjects.

The dads and children enjoyed some outside time, some inside time, and a good time was had by all. They stayed so late that the children were getting hungry again so we pulled out the ham and rolls to make sandwiches and enjoyed an impromptu meal in the kitchen while we discussed the fun things we had been doing.

I think this was a perfect example of a time when the family of God became our family and we became their family. It isn’t always possible to be with extended family, or perhaps like us, you have very little extended family. But you can trust the Lord to set you in a family if you ask.

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  • Mrs. Sarah Coller
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    What a great topic! Just another sweet example of God’s love for us. Not only does he sustain us, but he fulfills us as well! Thanks for linking up with my Homemaking Party!

  • Julie @
    Posted August 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    What a wonderful post! We are a small family, also, and it does sometimes seem lonely – especially since I come from a large family on my mother’s side. She had 8 siblings! I love your thoughts on all this and it totally blessed me!

    Blessings – Julie

    • Phyllis
      Posted August 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Oh good – I love blessing people. Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see more of you.

    Posted August 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    What an awesome blog. Keep shining for God! I am stopping by from The Homemaking Blog Party blog hop. I look forward to your visit at
    Happy homemaking!

    • Phyllis
      Posted August 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Thanks for coming by Susie. Glad you were blessed. I love the travel case.

  • Beth Cranford
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. We have a small family (not so much by choice) and both sets of in-laws and siblings live very far away, so it gets lonely around here. We’ve actually found it difficult to make connections like the one you described here. Seems like most people have enough family to meet their own needs. But I’m glad to read that you had a good experience, it gives me hope!

    • Phyllis
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      Our family isn’t small by choice either… a lot of our extended family has died – all the grandparents. We have found times like this to be rare, but so fun when they happen.

  • Jenifer
    Posted August 7, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Phyllis, I love how God’s people become family! Great post. Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman’s Word Filled Wednesday. God bless.


    • Phyllis
      Posted August 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      I love it too Jenifer!

  • Linda
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Sounds like a wonderful afternoon. Fellowship and Family. These are good things, blessings from God.
    (stopping by via Women Living Well) have a blessed weekend!

    • Phyllis
      Posted August 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      And you Linda – thanks for stopping by.

  • Diana Montgomery
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I would love to win! I have 6 grandchildren. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    • Phyllis
      Posted August 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Sounds like you could really use them well – do all the entries and we’ll see what happens.

  • Audrey
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    What a refreshing post! Thank you for sharing an example of how the body of Christ is supposed to function. I have had several of these experiences myself, and they are priceless!

    • Phyllis
      Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      It is such a blessing.

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