By Nancy Virden (c)2023 The Miracle Series
If you are facing a sense of hopelessness, despair, and even suicidal thoughts, this miracle is for you.
Your feelings are real and deserve to be accepted as such. Your experience with despair is yours and not anyone else’s. You have the right to feel great pain without a bunch of people telling you your emotions are wrong.
Yes, your thoughts and feelings are actually happening. Let’s use caution, though. Not everything we feel so intensely makes all of our thoughts rational or true. For example, you may actually be lonely and it may be difficult to find someone who cares. Your thought that this situation can never change though, is not based on truth.
Support does not always come from where we wish it would. Significant people such as family and friends can often manage to make us feel worse even while they try to fix us or our pain. This can be frustrating, however, the thought that we can never find the love and acceptance we need is not based on truth.
Loss hurts so very much! We lose abandonment, divorce, rejection, and death. Abuse and other traumas change our brains and we struggle to have “normal” feelings or thoughts. Addiction chains us to guilt and self-loathing. Although we move forward it does not seem fast or good enough. Listen to me anyway!
Your life is not over even though your mind and heart are telling you it is. That worthlessness you feel is temporary. Hopelessness is a lie. Yes, some situations are not meant to continue and changes are necessary. Nonetheless, it is not your entire existence that must be wiped away.
At one point I felt strongly I was supposed to die. Since it did not happen, God had time to slowly teach me that it was actually my old and unhealthy ways of perceiving the world that needed to be put to death. That path out of the darkness was the hardest challenge of my life, yet it was doable despite how I felt.
When Jesus died at his crucifixion and then came back to life to live in heaven with God, he made a permanent way for us to know Light and not live in darkness anymore. Life is full of struggles. It is also full of victories. Once we have yielded to Jesus as our Lord, we always have him to turn to with our doubts and strong emotions.
Perhaps the bravest thing you will ever do is stay alive when everything within you is pointing to suicide. You can be that brave, though. Find people who get it. We are out here, listening, and glad to help see you through. We are in hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, and support groups. We are on the internet, and sitting next to you at work. You will find us, we are here.
If you haven’t already, ask Jesus to forgive your sins, whatever they may be. Then stay tuned to websites like this one, find professional help, and wait for what you think is impossible but is not! Coming soon, your miracle, your more satisfying, purpose-filled life.
Today’s Helpful Word
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, 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!
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. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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