By Nancy Virden (c)2020
When the fear of living, fear of staying alive, squeezes your middle while your desire to breathe fades, there is One who sees you.
In the dark corner of a lifeless room, blinds closed and the door locked, there is One who hears your silent screams and understands what you cannot speak.
As you walk those secret trails through unwanted memories of shame, embarrassment, and stupid mistakes, and you feel like a waste of skin, there is One who knows your purpose.
When you dwell in loss, overwhelmed by grief and questioning, as your hopes die and you see only more loss in your tomorrows, there is One who weeps with you, who stands with you in broken-heartedness.
He loves the child so battered by other people’s sins. He loves the adult drowning in your own sins. He died for both and offers salvation and healing to each part of you.
So when you believe there is no hope for change and you think everyone will be better off without you, there is One who sees, knows, and loves. Ask Him to meet you where you are. Confess your sins and pour out your pain. Ask for help from the only One with the power to guide you through the next minute, hour, day, and years.
His name is Jesus, the difference-maker.
Today’s Helpful Word – A Prayer
Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my plea! Answer me because you are faithful and righteous…
I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. (Psalm 143:4-8)
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair.
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NOTE: I am not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speak only from personal experiences and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!