Don’t Be Hard On Yourself

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that is in a dark place thinking that you have been buried. You that’s in a dark place with so much going wrong and thinking that nothing is going to get better than it is right now. You that’s fighting so hard to get out of bed every day. You that’s hurting and emotionally broken. You that miss the person you were before you had your first heartbreak. You that miss the person you were before you got betrayed by the person you once trusted the most. You that’s smiling every day but still broken inside — this letter is for you!

I don’t know for how long you have been in this dark place with hardly any room to move. I also don’t know how many times you have told yourself that you had no hope in this world because your thoughts have held you captive. I want you to know that you don’t have to have an addiction to be in a dark place. You don’t have to have been bullied to be in a dark place. You don’t have to lack self-confidence to be in a dark place. You don’t have to have been a victim of some type of abuse to be in a dark place. You don’t have to be heartbroken to be in a dark place but if you have found yourself in a dark place right now, don’t condemn yourself, don’t be hard on yourself and don’t try to harm yourself.

It doesn’t matter if the world itself has become a very dark place for you, please realize that it’s better with you in it. Don’t allow anyone to take the light inside you. In your brokenness, don’t build a wall around you. Irrespective of whatever it is that is causing your spirit to be overwhelmed and faints within you, don’t build a wall around you. Don’t build a wall around you even if your heart within your bosom has grown numb. Stop believing what your situation is telling you. Believe what God says about you. Believe in His Word again. Allow God to heal and to help you. Things can only get better for you from that dark place you are in.

When David found himself in a dark place he cried to God and said in Psalms 143:3 (AMP), “For the enemy has pursued and persecuted my soul, he has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead”. David didn’t kill himself, he didn’t blame his parents neither did he asked God for the heads of his enemies. David knew when to turn away from discouraging voices. David went to God for guidance. He prayed to God in Psalms 143:8 (AMP) and said, “Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You”.

Beloved of God, don’t let your emotions and thoughts distract you or take you to a dark place — it’s easy to get lost there. Don’t let that heartbreak, that divorce, the way you’ve been treated, that financial problem, that depression, those that are manipulating and draining you take you to a dark place — it’s easy to feel trapped like that’s all there is, was and ever will be. Don’t allow anyone talk you out of the life that God has called you into. Allow your emotions, your toxic past, your circumstances and the issues of this life take you to God — it’s your place of rest and healing. Declare your lifting there even when others are saying that there is a casting down. Be a beacon of light in that dark place. Find that light at the end of the tunnel because sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.

If you’ve ever been in a dark place, you that found this letter of hope, remember that you haven’t been buried alive, you’ve only been planted. The dark places are opportunities to grow. The dark places are there for your light to shine. You’re not in that dark place by accident. If God weren’t going to use it for your good, He wouldn’t have allowed it. He wouldn’t have kept you for this long. You may not understand this blessed mess right now, and it may not make sense either, but God knows what He’s doing. Psalms 145:14 (MSG) says, He “gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit”.

Today, may everything that gives you hope and peace of mind for a better tomorrow not be taken away from you. May the Lord preserve all that make you thank Him all the days of your life. May He give you a helping hand and a second chance. May God increase more of His grace and blessings that will make you be what you are destined to be. May He pass through your life today leaving testimonies of His power and grace. May He hear the smallest whisper of your heart desires and reward you for your faith in Jesus Name. The God who began a good work in you will perfect it (Philippians 1:6). He knew today was coming and He has a plan. May everything He has said (every promise) about you come true (Luke 1:37).

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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