Sparkles by Ashlee: faith, funny, + fulfilling dreams

Welcome to Sparkles by Ashlee, a Christian lifestyle blog over faith, funny, and fulfilling dreams. I'm Ashlee Staerk, and I'm a teenager in love with Jesus and writing stories for His glory in Iowa. Grab your fave drink (I'll take a Dr. Pepper), and peruse my blog, where I document what God is teaching me, encouragement He lays on my heart, the good and the bad in life (always keeping it real), and my journey of trusting God with my dreams!

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How to Overcome Feeling Alone

Earlier this week, I talked about the importance of mentoring. But what if you don’t have somebody to mentor you? What if you just flat out feel alone in this life? I have good news for you: there is still hope. Through this post, together we will overcome feeling alone. Now believe me, I know what it’s like to feel alone. At school, I get this feeling all the time. I’m thankful to have an awesome family, but school is still a huge part of my life, and it’s hard. So let’s dive into what I’ve learned.

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First, know that this world is temporary

I’m not saying that this makes it any lesser harder - it still is hard being alone. However, it does give you more hope to know that this life is fleeting, and soon, we will be with God who loves us. This is something I remind myself of a lot. I recommend finding a Bible verse about God’s love for you and the hope through His son and just recite that whenever you’re upset. It still sucks to be alone, but just remember it’s only temporary.

Know that God loves you and live for Him

We're in a society that's all about ourselves, and they’re trying to put God out of the picture. I feel alone with friends because STILL no one understands my faith. It seems like one day someone will get to know me, only to blow me off another day. But I've learned that doesn't matter - God does. Friends are important, but God always comes first. We have to trust Him and His amazing plan.

So today, I'm going to do that, and I challenge you to as well. It doesn't mean that an amazing faith filled BFF will show up for me tomorrow, but it means I trust that God will provide. He is amazing, and I'm going to put Him first above all because that's what matters in this world. I hope you can see that, too, because God loves you so much, and He is the one you can always ALWAYS count on.

Pray over it

Prayer is huge. Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers how we ask; sometimes He answers them according to what we’d ask for if we saw what He did. Remember my “God is Working” blog post? I prayed that everything with the designer would work out. I prayed that I would get my website and sooner rather than later.

What did I get instead? This blog. And gosh, I would’ve been praying hard for that if I knew that’s what God had in store for me. God knows what’s best for you. Trust in Him.

Seek His will

I said God has a plan for you, well, actually, God says that in Jeremiah 29:11, and we need to seek that. Maybe His will is for your website to fail so you’ll start this blog He’ll use way more than a website. Maybe His will is for you to join an awesome church and meet amazing people. Maybe His will is something you’ll never see coming but will look back on in awe. That’s how I feel about the whole website gone wrong thing. God knows way more than you do. I wouldn’t try to argue with Him. If He says He has a good plan for you, then He does. Trust in Him.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6

I know it’s hard to fully commit to these things, so maybe just pick one aspect to work on. I promise it will make a difference - it certainly did in my life. See how I felt about school in 2015. What changed? I got to know God more. He will help you overcome feeling alone. If you want to connect with me more on this, don’t forget to like my new blog Facebook page! You can also connect with me on any social media. I pretty much live on the internet. #whoops

Do you ever feel alone? How do you cope with it? Did these tips help you?