Good morning, afternoon, or evening, my darlings.
With so much going on in today’s world (like ISIS beheading even children, depression sucking in precious teens, failed relationships that tear families apart, a father’s drug abuse influencing his son to do the same, a mother’s lack of care for her daughter who seeks that love in all the wrong places…), it’s hard to remember that there is still some good in it (like the man who holds the door open for a woman struggling to get her stroller through it by herself, or the random person on the street who compliments you on your outfit, or the stranger who says something small but fills an empty spot in your soul, or the missionaries sharing love with those who didn’t know it was a real thing…).
Whenever it seems like nothing is going to get better again, force yourself to remember that you’ve felt like this before. Remember all the times when you wished you were someone else so you didn’t know the things you were struggling with inside, when you wished you looked like that person, when you wished you weren’t you weren’t your own worst enemy, when you wished you could just feel better, when you wished you could tear yourself apart.
What do you do when you find yourself asking, “where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?” (Job 17:15)
Remember that the hard things now make you stronger. Also, so cliche, but it isn’t the end. ❤ Don’t make bad choices based on the way you feel now. You know you’ll regret it. Think ahead to when you’re feeling better — what decision could you make now that will make you happier then?
There’s not insta-cure for pain. There’s no mental iodine.
In the moment, it seems like it’s going to last forever. Everyone’s been through something that would break your heart, love.
But not forever.
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. – Luke 18:35-43
“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor” (Job 11:18 – 19)
I love you. Stay strong. ❤