no friends

I pretend that I have friends, and am okay.

I really have no friends and feel like running away.

I wish that i had friends, and that i felt comfortable in my home.

It might be different if i could trust my parents

Dear S –

I think many, many people at one time or another have felt as you do now. You are not alone. And you probably already know that running away isn’t the answer.

It sounds like you’re lonely. But this strange thing happens when we get desperate for friends – we end up pushing people away because we are being so needy. So how do you find friends? We learn how to be a great friend. And the first step for that is embracing who you are in Christ and becoming comfortable with the person the Lord created you to be. Galations 5:14 says “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But how can you really love others until you love yourself? I’m not sure how old you are, but there a couple of books I’d recommend.

If you’re around 12, I’d recommend Nancy Rue’s Everybody Tells Me To Be Myself But I Don’t Know Who I Am. (any any of Nancy’s other titles)

If you’re older than that, I’d recommend any of these books

Susie Shellenberger’s “Secret Power” Bible Studies (she has a bunch of them on a lot of different topics)

Elizabeth George: A Young Woman After Gods Own Heart

Andrea Stephens: Girlfriend, you are a B.A.B.E

Jenna Lucado Bishop: Redefining Beautiful

 I’m praying for you-

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