Never Be Afraid To Fall Apart

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that is worried and ashamed of your tears because of how love makes you feel.

While you might not have any self of you left to give to anyone, while you might not have a relationship with yourself anymore, while you might be hiding from yourself because it is becoming harder to be in love, don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.

While there is nothing harder than seeing someone you know becomes someone you knew, don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself. Be at peace with your heart, and stop being worried and ashamed of your tears. Your tears are too valuable to be released for people who don’t consider you.

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In Your Confusion, Hold Onto His Hand.

Dear Someone,

I hope you find yourself in today’s letter you that is convinced that there is nothing harder than your present situation or circumstances.

I know so much has happened to everyone this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, it feels like we have had all lived four years in one already.

It is for this very reason that I am writing you this letter to encourage you to be proud of how you have handled this year thus far. You probably must have fought so many silent battles or still fighting one in that lockdown.

Whatever the present moment contains and irrespective of how hellish things might have been for you during this challenging time, I want you to wipe your tears, pat yourself on the back and remind yourself that in this wilderness of life, God is there with you and for you (see Joshua 1:9).

Death, sicknesses, bad news, job losses and the fear of contracting Covid-19 might be attacking the whole world right now from all sides and capturing many by their painful chains. Don’t let your heart be troubled, speak to your soul instead and remind yourself that God is always good (see Isaiah 41:10).

If you’re reading this letter, hurting and not knowing what to say, do, where or who to run to, remember God, your Father. He is kind, good and merciful. He protects ordinary people, and when they are helpless, He saves them (see Psalms 116:1-19 CEV).

While there may be confusion everywhere, hopelessness among many and uncertainty on the lips of everyone, always remind yourself that the safest place to be at such a time as this is in the middle of God’s will. Remain faithful to Him in your confusion — He cares when the storm is raging. Remain hopeful irrespective of how the news around you makes you feel — God is there in your uncertainty.

In your confusion, don’t find yourself saying the wrong things. Don’t find yourself saying, “I can’t trust anyone!” Don’t find yourself saying, “Where is God now?” Don’t find yourself questioning why you are here on earth at such a time as this. Let go of those negative thoughts, embrace the positive thoughts of God’s Word instead and trust Him with your life, even if you don’t fully understand His plan.

In your confusion, don’t find yourself saying the year is gone and over. Don’t find yourself wondering if you’re going to survive the year. Your seasons are in His hands. Be comforted knowing that you are in the right place and right season at such a time as this.

Be comforted through this season of pain and confusion knowing that you are not deserted, not abandoned and not forsaken but completely covered by His everlasting arms of love (see Psalms 31:15). Be comforted knowing that God uses ordinary people, circumstances, and situations to change the world.

In your confusion, don’t find yourself saying, “What if I lost everything that I have worked and hoped for?” Be still instead and remind yourself that God doesn’t take us through seasons to hurt us, but to mature us. Remind yourself that with Him all things are possible, and with Him, there will definitely be an elevation when all this is over.

In your brokenness, in your anger, in your disappointment, in your confusion, in your emptiness, be quiet and know that all you need to do is trust and believe that everything will work out just fine. Rest peacefully in His arms knowing that He’s in control and that your peace of mind is your responsibility.

In your confusion, don’t find yourself saying you wished some nights lasted forever just because you have lost your job or a loved one. Don’t find yourself saying, “If only I had this or If only things were different”. God speaks from eternity into time, and He has spoken purpose and destiny over your life already, all for His Glory.

In your pain and in your confusion, don’t find yourself looking at what could’ve, would’ve or should’ve been in the past few weeks and months. God is not the author of confusion, but He can work in your confusion. Be happy in that blessed mess no matter how difficult it looks. Be happy knowing that God can restore to you the years, months and days you may have lost.

Rest and rejoice in the midst of this pandemic of Coronavirus knowing that your times and seasons are in His hands. Rest and rejoice knowing that we have a Father in Heaven with such grace, mercy, love, hope, and peace who gave His life for us.

Rest and rejoice knowing that in your confusion, He’s still God, and He’s there with you. In your tears, He’s still God and your comforter. In your fears, He’s still God and your peace. In your hurt, He’s still God and your healer. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (CEV) says, We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again”.

I want to say a big thank you to you and to those that reached out to me since I sent my last letter. Thank you for checking up on me and for your friendship during this challenging time. We will be back together, and stronger than ever.

Until tomorrow, hold onto His hand in that confusion, the year is not over yet! Accept it as if you had chosen it. Reach out to God knowing that this too shall pass. Reach out to Him knowing that where there is pain, there is healing. Where there is mourning, there is dancing. Where there is a pandemic, there is a rising. Where there is isolation or social distancing, there is grace. Where you are is where His Spirit is.

I pray for you and for everyone reading this letter, may God be near to you in your day and hour of trouble.

May God continue to surround you with health, protection, favour, wisdom and may His peace — a peace that surpasses human understanding — rest upon you and upon those, you love during this difficult time of uncertainty.

May God save your life from death, your eyes from tears, and your feet from stumbling (Psalms 116:8).

With love,
Ali Papa.

Be encouraged,
#IAmAlipapa.


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Your Pain Is Temporary

Dear Someone,

My name is Ali Papa (@i.am.ali.papa). Thank you for opening my letter. I wish I could tell you why I am writing this to you today, but I don’t know. I also don’t know what you’re struggling with but what I do know however is that sometimes what you bargained for, hoped for, and worried about, can seem out of reach, out of touch, and out of sight.

Since it’s a new month, I felt I should remind you, you that is fighting so many silent battles, that our continued faith in God is what opens new vistas of hope and doors for Him to move and set the blessings in motion for us. So irrespective of the issues that are before you in the past week or month, don’t faint and don’t be distracted by them. Take that step of faith in that situation and don’t take your eyes off His Word.

Don’t let your heart be troubled, you that is feeling like you have lived an eternity in just three months worth of time because so little has happened for you this year. There will be storms ahead but always remember that God will be with you in it and that the other side of the storm is the good land.

Gather your patience together, you that have had an intense year so far filled with heartbreaks and life-changing events. Gather your patience together knowing that your waiting period will be over soon. When his wait was over, Joseph was promoted (Gen 41:39-41). Whatever it is that you have been waiting for, we declare that your waiting is over. Those things that need to turn, we declare for them to turn in the Name of Jesus!

You that is feeling like you haven’t lived at all this year, I want you to remember that God always finishes what he starts (Philippians 1:6). Rest knowing that He who began a good work in you will perfect it. Rest knowing that you will not hurt forever. You can have a fresh start and move forward from your place of pain.

You that the drama in your life is making you feel like you have lived four years in the first quarter of the year alone, I want you to rest knowing that your new beginning does not lie in the date on the calendar, but it lies in the man that holds your life in the palm of His hand. Rest knowing that what is coming is better than what’s gone. Rest knowing that the person you’re meant to be with, is better than the one that left you.

Gods love is bigger than your problems, you that so much has happened to this year and wondering if you can endure that pain one more day. Rest knowing that He is faithful to sustain you in every area of your life. Rest knowing that His strength is stronger than your fears. Rest and allow Him to step in today (Jeremiah 32:27). Rest and allow Him to turn your waiting into dancing. If you see yourself prophesying, prophesy. If you see yourself singing a song, sing a song.

You that is done trying to hold on to what you thought was enough, what you thought was acceptable, and what you thought was for you, don’t look back at what broke you and made you feel unappreciated. Move on with your life knowing that when your morning comes, you won’t have to beg the sun to rise.

You that stumbled on this letter and found yourself enduring heartache after heartache, having to swallow certain things after another, having to make adjustments after adjustments and saying it’s okay again and again over and over when it wasn’t, I encourage you to choose to praise Him even if you don’t understand your situation. Choose to trust Him even when you don’t understand how you’re going to come off it.

You that have made up your mind to let go of the comfort, the familiarity, the “stability”, and feeling of “having someone in your life”, choose to love God irrespective of time and circumstances, independent of situations, whether you understand it or not. His renewed mercies are still new every morning, and they will keep you in perfect peace. Today will not be an exception for you. Every one of your needs shall be supplied, and nothing shall be denied.

May this new month bring in that which you have been standing in faith believing. May God be near to you and take away completely, everything that has ever caused you to fear. May His help never be far from you and may He be glorified in every step you take, every move you make and in whatever you do.

With love,
Ali Papa.


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Don’t Be Afraid To Cut Off Toxic Ties

Dear Someone,

I don’t know if this is for you, but understand that God will come through for you in that situation. HE DOESN’T SHOW FAVORITISM and His timing are never early, never late. It’s always on time. What He did for another, He’s able to do much more for you! (Acts 10:34). Where there needed to be a turnaround, it will be turnaround.



If your marriage has become a blessed mess for you, stop thinking you will be stuck in that mess or situation forever. Stop thinking all you will ever get and continue to experience in your marriage are going to be rough patches, lies, disappointments and knockouts. It might not be immediately, but every marital mess has an expiration date, it doesn’t last forever.

If all you see in your marriage or relationship is darkness instead of light and love, stop thinking it is your responsibility to love and nurture the darkness and evil out of your partner. In your darkest of hours, in the midst of that confusion and negativity, don’t submit to the darkness even if you can’t see the light clearly and don’t think you will be trapped in that darkness forever. It might not be immediately, but darkness has an expiration date, it doesn’t last forever.

If you are heartbroken and deeply hurt by the very person you gave your all and heart to, stop feeling like your heart will never heal or you will never get out of that emotional struggle. It might not be immediately, but all negative emotions have an expiration date, they don’t last forever.

If your marriage was and is trying to suffocate life out of you, don’t bury yourself in your pain, don’t continue to hang around your abuser just to maintain the status quo and don’t let that disappointment keep you from enjoying your life. It might not be immediately, but all hatred and abuse have an expiration date, they don’t last forever.

If you are getting too stressed, too tired and overwhelmed with issues in your relationship or marriage, stop allowing your partner or spouse to keep pushing your buttons, deactivate the buttons instead and stop giving them the reaction they want. It might not be immediately, but understand that not everyone is meant to be a part of your life forever. Some people in your life have an expiration date, learn to let go and discard.

If you are having a lot of feelings you don’t want to feel and a lot of questions but not a lot of answers because you were rejected, you don’t have to let that rejection define you neither should you have to keep trying to see how everything is going to work out. There’s more to you than the part that was rejected. Trust in the Lord to do above and beyond what you ask or expect. It might not be immediately, but your feelings have an expiration date. Your questions have an expiration date, they don’t last forever.

If you’re drowning in your marriage or relationship because you’re always trying to be their anchor, stop trying to keep everything together when your world is falling apart and stop trying to fulfil a need that your partner cannot define. I know you have a good heart but learn to fight your own battles and not that of others. It might not be immediately, but the resources at your disposal are either limited or have an expiry date, they won’t last forever.

If every night of your life is always filled with arguments, silent cries, and crying yourself to sleep, stop letting the things they say or do get to you. See this daily nightmare as only a few scenes in the long movie of your life. Don’t treat them like it’s the whole story. Keep writing your story and keep looking for a way of escape from whatever it is that is destroying you and causing you pains. It might not be immediately, but your disagreements have an expiration date, they won’t last forever.

If your spouse or partner is daily living a lie and always trying to paint you to everyone as the bad person, don’t allow them to define you for who you are not. A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good, just because they are louder than you. It might not be immediately, but lies have an expiry date, they don’t last forever.

If your marital crises have become a drama in a court of law because of how messy your divorce process has turned out to be, don’t be embarrassed about it and never be ashamed for it. It might not be immediately, but your trials, in any form, have an expiration date, they don’t last forever. Don’t confuse a season for a lifetime.

Regardless of how emotionally damaged you are in that relationship or marriage, you that stumbled on this letter, always remember that not everyone you lose is a loss. Some people are in your life for only a season — stop holding on to what has an expiration date.

Regardless of how much you have invested in the relationship or for how long you both have been together, let go of whatever that is destroying you knowing that all friendships and crushes have an expiration date. Let go knowing that your pain has an expiry date. Let go knowing that your memory of him or her has an expiration date.

Regardless of how much you love the one in your life and how far you are willing to give them a second, third, fourth and fifth chances, understand that not all love will last forever. Some have an expiration date except (hopefully) your relationship with yourself.

Regardless of whatever you do on earth, always remember that nobody lives forever. You have an expiry date. Don’t be afraid to live your life to the fullest and don’t be afraid to cut off toxic ties. Your detractors and those that resent you will have something to say but remind them it is not your job to make them happy.

Regardless of whatever you do on earth, always remember that every opportunity has an expiration date. Don’t die in that toxic marriage or relationship with all the red flags you are seeing — save your life while you still can. Don’t stay in silent hell just because you want to maintain the status quo.

Regardless of whatever you do on earth, always remember that their foolishness towards you have an expiration date, don’t ever regret meeting that unreasonable person and don’t ever regret putting too much into them that you didn’t get back. One day you will realize they taught you the most important lesson in your life!

Regardless of whatever you do on earth, always remember that your emotional struggles have an expiration date, don’t give up on yourself and God because of a man or woman who couldn’t see your worth. That heartbreak is always an inevitable win for you on the long run.

Regardless of whatever you do on earth, always remember that every rubbish has an expiry date, don’t listen to every counsel and don’t allow their negative words to become your reality. Have a good heart and be true to it!

Regardless of whatever you do on earth, always remember that every job has an expiration date — know when your time is up in that mess. It was never your job to fix everything that is wrong with your partner. It should’ve been the two of you working on the relationship, not you doing it all alone.

Regardless of whatever you do on earth, always remember that apologies have an expiration date, know when you are emotionally being manipulated and choose your people carefully. You’re not a rug to be walked all over on.

Regardless of whatever you do on earth, always remember that loyalty has an expiration date, know your enemy and be careful who you open up to. The people closest to you are the ones who know how to make you feel worthless.

Until tomorrow, and regardless of whatever you are going through right now, reach out to those you know are hurting and lonely as hell. Irrespective of how love makes you feel, remember those going through a divorce. Reach out and tell them they are not forgotten. Reach out because everyone deserves to feel like they are loved. I just reached out to you through this letter.

Be encouraged!
Ali Papa.

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Don’t Let The Enemy Have Your Joy.

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that is finding it really hard to have a relationship with someone who is so critical of everything you do. You that is at the receiving end of people that are overly critical of everything you do and you that have a family that is critical of everything you do to the point where the simple act of breathing can draw criticisms.

I know this is very hard for you, and I hope you do not cry alone. I know this is very hard for you, especially if you are stuck with the one that is always critical of you in the same office, home or circle. I know this is very hard for you, and that’s why I am writing you this letter, hoping I could say something that will be of help. I know this is very hard for you and that is why I am praying for you to keep your head up as you read this letter.

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Never Let The Shortcomings Of Others Have You Questioning Yourself

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that end up getting disappointed thinking that people will care for you the way you cared for them. This letter is for you, you that end up getting disappointed thinking things last forever.

You should understand that not everybody has your heart or sense of empathy like they say they do. Some people judge before they try to understand. There are others who will believe false accusations about you without trying to know the facts.

You should understand that not everybody cares about what goes on in your life. Sometimes it is the ones you did the most for that will quit on you.

You should understand that not everybody you cared for, did so much for, and considered as friends, will always act like you exist.

You should understand that people will always have the capacity to let you down some way or another and that has nothing to do with you at all. People’s true colours get revealed when things get real.

You should understand that not everybody that says they will be there for you, will. Some people came into your life to either put you in difficult times or leave you there.

You should understand that not everybody will be on your side, even Jesus Christ had critics and had a disciple in Judas turned against Him. Just because you were nice to them, or right by them doesn’t mean they will do right by you.

You should understand that not everybody around you is going to go along for the ride and not everyone who promises will stay until the end.

You should understand that human love is very fickle. People will cheer you up today when you’re there for them and stab you in the back the following day when you are unable to continue to feed their needs.

You should understand that people are usually not who they claim to be. There will always be those who start the fires, those that fuel it up, and the ones that put them out.

You should understand that some people are very manipulative. They will flatter you with compliments and use you to help their plans succeed.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, you should understand that people don’t owe you anything. You might have been responsible for where they are today, you were only a tool in the hand of God.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, you should understand that sometimes people don’t hate you, they just don’t want you in their space anymore.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace. Do not let other people’s drama become drama in your spirit.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, do not let the behaviour of others make you think that everyone is ungrateful and manipulative. Learn to put your trust in God before you put your trust in anyone else.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, don’t ever let the shortcomings of others have you questioning yourself. You were never created to be loved by everyone and not everyone that knocks at your door should be given access to your life.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, you should understand that people will leave your life for different reasons. You shouldn’t fall apart every time it happens. You shouldn’t shut the door of your heart to other people and you shouldn’t confuse your path with your destination.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, you should understand that people will love you for different reasons. Choose the appropriate ones and cherish them.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, you should understand that life goes on and there is that one person who will always quit on you, lie to you and hate on you, no matter how nice you are to them. Forgive them anyway and stop chasing people who can’t be bothered to match your efforts.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, you should get up every single day and never quit on yourself. Get up every day and never forget who you were before they broke your heart. Get up every day and wait for the person who prays with you, energizes you, motivates you, and supports you no matter what.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, never forget that God stays with you even when everyone else leaves. He is stronger than whatever it is that is making you anxious right now.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, always remember that the right person will come into your life at the right time.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, always remember that you don’t need a lot of friends, you only need a few who are trustworthy.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, don’t count the number of friends you have, count the number of friends you can trust.

Irrespective of how disappointed you are right now because of the way you were treated, don’t complain about being lonely, ask God to help you find the right person knowing that after every disappointment comes a blessing.

I know you had their back when no one had theirs, you can’t help but let go of the people who are constantly trying to bring you down. You can’t help but keep away from as many people that have treated you badly in the past. You should only keep the ones who heard you when you never said a word.

I know it’s easier said than done, and I know it hurts when the ones you helped up then are the very ones kicking you right now to keep you down in your situation, you can’t help but be with someone who wants a future with you. You can’t help but, surround yourself with people who care about your happiness as much as you care about their happiness.

I know you have more questions than this letter could provide an answer to, and that’s why I want you to meditate on Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB). It says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus”.

As you share this with someone that’s dealing with a disappointment today, it is my prayer that God will convert every disappointment in your life into a testimony. May you not suffer any disappointment from wherever you are having an expectation and may every pending disappointment in your life be turned to a delivered blessing.

May God keep you free of sadness and grief you that is reading this letter and in tears. May He honour and grant you your heart desires from wherever you have expectations. You shall be a blessing and not a disappointment to yourself and to your family.

In Him,
Ali Papa.


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You Are Not Alone In Living By Faith

Dear Someone,

If I were in your shoes, you that wanted love so badly, but couldn’t tell it wasn’t love that you have, I’d go straight to God, I’d throw myself on the mercy of God.

If I were in your shoes, you that is struggling to get started, you that have the itch about starting your own thing, I’d go straight to God, I’d throw myself on the mercy of God.

If I were in your shoes, you that from the first day you met them, they have become your most toxic addiction, I’d go straight to God, I’d throw myself on the mercy of God.

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