Dear Child of God,
I steal hope from you. And without hope, you are powerless, burdened, and ashamed. You are broken. You stare blankly into my eyes, and all you see is your fear staring back at you. That fear breeds an emptiness that aches so deep in your soul that you can’t see a way out. You FEEL defeated. You FEEL alone and worthless. But that’s not truth. You do not have to be enslaved to that fear and emptiness. God has better plans for you. Down in the deep of depression, the best and most precious gift that He gives is hope. And with God, there is always hope. Child of God, don’t surrender your gift of hope. You are worth so much more. God has great plans for you. He gives you, just as you are, a hope and a future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Dear Child of God,
I put that suffocating shame and suffering in your soul. You want nothing more to be free from your own self. I overwhelm you. Sometimes it’s grief. Sometimes it’s rejection. And sometimes I give you no reason for the burden that lays so heavily on your chest. And for a time, I overpower you. I relentlessly put the obsession in your mind to cut. Just to end the searing emotional pain. And I win you over. You argue with me. But in the end, I win. And then, you regret the mark of pain . And yet, at the same time, the physical pain was such a relief from the condemning hurt that usually tears throughout your body. I whisper hate into your heart for what you do that you do not even desire to do. And that hate turns to shame. But I am a liar. God does not condemn you. Not even when you make the wrong choice. And He also gives you freedom. Freedom to change. You CAN do the next right thing and let God change you from the inside out. He CAN deliver you.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. Psalm 107:6