Where There Is Pain, There Is Healing

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that is on a diet of tears — tears for breakfast, and tears for supper; you that have had enough of everything that can possibly go wrong and you that is feeling like you have nothing left to give to anyone and to yourself.

I’ve been wanting to write you this letter for a while, but because of other life obligations, I’ve not been able to. I understand all you want right now is to escape life, hide your head, run away, curl up in a ball, sleep forever and never wake up simply because all everyone has been asking you nosily are, “Where is your God?”

You should understand that in your walk of life, people will laugh, talk about you and ask where is your God when you are facing trials. Many are those that would be watching you as you go through your situation wondering where is your God. Allow them to watch you because the One that is watching you from above is the One that called you by His Name.

It doesn’t matter what the enemy says. It matters what God says. It doesn’t matter who doesn’t like you and how bad things are for you right now — stay the course and on purpose knowing that God called you by His Name — not your name (Isaiah 49:1). He created you — you didn’t create yourself. Rather than looking for a dark place to hide, spend time with people who see what God is doing in you and focus on those who will celebrate you. Soon, they will see the evident hand of God in your life.

Irrespective of how empty or how used and emotionally drained you may feel right now, you’re still breathing. Take a step back, and take a deep breath knowing that every breath counts! Take a deep breath knowing that God is on your side and every need would be met according to His Word. Take a deep breath and appreciate the good things in life even if right now you’re at your breaking point with nothing left to give.

In that storm that you are in, the devil will whisper, “where is your God?” He will remind you of your past mistakes and failures, but learn to encourage yourself and to be strong in the Lord. He asked David where was his God. He asked Lazarus where was his God. The people cried out to Jesus Christ on the cross “where is your GOD now?”, “You can’t help yourself”. But we know He did.

Today, more than ever before, expect God to act whenever the devil comes to make you feel like you’re about to lose your mind. Always remind him that the day you gave your life to Christ was the day you lost your mind to gain the mind of Christ. Remind him that having a bad day is not the same as having a bad life. Pull yourself up out of that bed because God is near to you. If you don’t, no one is going to do it for you.

If you have tried all that you know to do and still can’t find your feet, don’t be embarrassed. Don’t be embarrassed by your struggles, failures, mistakes and the things you go through in life. Don’t be embarrassed by who you’re becoming, your eagerness, your honest vulnerabilities, and the things you cannot do to help yourself out of your present situation. Though you will be judged no matter what you do, refuse to be defined by what people say about you. God is still your ONLY help in that situation.

If your love life has put you in a desolate, dark and desperate place, don’t be embarrassed. Don’t be embarrassed by love, your feelings for anyone and the things and people you have tolerated in the past. It is better to regret the things that you have done than regret the things you haven’t done. Honour your feelings, forgive those that have hurt you, and continue to be true to yourself knowing that everything happens for a reason.

For the woman who still hasn’t forgiven herself for the abortion she had some years back, understand that we are products of our past, but we don’t have to be held hostage for it either from anyone or by your own doing. You may have made too many mistakes, and daily being haunted by your poor choices but you should never be embarrassed by your stories and past behaviours. They are yours and you should never allow people to make you feel bad or guilty for living your life the way you did or want to live it going forward.

You whose partner, husband or wife left you, you whose kids left you, you that have lost your job and about to lose your mind, you that is looking for a way to disappear from everything and everyone because of how they make you feel, this letter is for you.

When everything is confusing and you’re about to lose your mind, try to remember, it’s only the middle of the chapter. Remind yourself that things will get better for you. Remind yourself that it doesn’t matter who is laughing at you now; with God on your side, you would laugh last.

It doesn’t matter who is expecting your downfall, they will be proven wrong. Those who said you will not make it will be disappointed. Don’t fold because people are expecting your downfall, arise and shine.

You that’s feeling less of a human because you have been told repeatedly by those in your life that you will never amount to anything, you that have to deal with criticism from your partner or spouse on a daily basis, this letter is for you.

Make up your mind today, to release every person that has criticized you or tried to discourage you. Choose to forgive them; choose to turn away from that distraction. Choose to focus on Him and the blessings He has in store for you. You may not be where you want to be right now but remember, God is at work in your life. God doesn’t want you to live in the past. He wants you to keep growing and moving forward.

Refuse to be a stranger to the world and to yourself irrespective of how you feel right now. Keep calm, keep moving forward, and keep trusting that God is with you wherever you go. Remind yourself that God was there before the problem occurred. He has said in Hebrews 13:5 (TLB), “I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.”

It doesn’t matter if you are wondering and asking yourself if God has changed. He hasn’t! Let go of every feeling that is overwhelming you and remember how heartbroken you were a year ago, not knowing if you were going to make it this far. You are still here and it was God that brought you this far.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel God’s loving-kindness in your life anymore, remember all the things that should have killed you but you survived them. It was God that protected you from them all. So never allow your circumstances to steal your peace and joy. Always have the attitude that says, “This may be a big problem, but my God is bigger!”

Whenever you are worried God will forsake you forever, remember you are not the first to go through what has befallen you right now. If He came through for you in the past when no one was there for you, He will take you through this too. Don’t let doubt and discouragement distract you from trusting God. Keep believing, keep hoping, keep enduring and keep asking because the one you called your God is always faithful to His word!

Whenever you are thinking your life is not worth it anymore, just remember that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you (Philippians 1:6). He said in Isaiah 46:4 (TLB) says, “I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior”.

Today more than ever before, stop focusing on your challenges, stop focusing on that pain, stop focusing on those that left you heartbroken, focus on God knowing that He is there with you. Focus on His perfect plan knowing that God is still a good God. Focus on His love for you knowing that all things will eventually work together for your good.

Don’t forget also that while you are crying your eyes to sleep because of the one that left you heartbroken, someone, somewhere, is battling for their lives. You have yours, do something with it! While you are unhappy, feeling unfilled and forgotten by God, you should be happy with the life you have because someone somewhere is fighting for theirs. Someone, somewhere, is wishing they have the life you are living.

While you are complaining, thinking that you are at your wit’s end because of this challenge, this mess, this drama and this circle of shame, and pain that has lasted for too long, remember that someone, somewhere is fighting to survive. Someone somewhere is depending on you to do what God has called you to do. Someone somewhere is wishing they are in your position. So be grateful, and keep moving by faith even when you feel like giving up.

I want you to enjoy the little things you can still see around you as you read this letter, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things. Take out some time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember that someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have.

Keep asking God for more but thank Him for each and everything that you already have. Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV) says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened”.

May God answer you and encourage you by giving you the strength you need whenever you pray to Him (Psalms 138:3). May He change every desolate place in your life to a beautiful place for you.

May no one ever see you and ask where is your God. Wherever people have been asking where is your God, He will manifest Himself in your favour and to the shame of your foes. May He take away every reproach that causes people to ask: “Where is your God?” in Jesus Name.

May His light and love for you always shine brighter and brighter even in your darkest days. May He hear what you want, listen to your prayers, and do what you ask of Him — Psalms 10:17 (ERV).

In His Service,
Ali Papa.


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Don’t Lose Yourself

Dear Someone,

If you found this letter and you are having a hard time, feeling like you’ve lost yourself instead of finding yourself, mentally and emotionally drained, and are scared of getting hurt again, that means it is for you. I am sending you this letter in the very final moments of my last evening of this glorious year 2019. I do so with so much gratitude and amazement. It is been an awesome year, and I am so excited to see what 2020 will bring for you and me.

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Forgive Yourself And Begin Again

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that is looking back at your life in regret instead of looking forward. You that is looking back at your life and can’t identify the person that you have become. You that is looking back at your life and realizing that in a quest of making everyone around happy, you have lost yourself. For everyone that’s looking back at their lives and seeing a series of mistakes and sins, for everyone that’s looking back at 2019 and thinking that 2020 will just get worse up the same, this letter is for you. I don’t know if you are a follower, but I am glad you stumbled on this letter. It’s also a letter for me, to realize how much I have done and what I have become.

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You Are Not Your Infertility

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that is almost, always the only one without a child everywhere you go. You that the first question you are asked everywhere you go is, how many children you have. You that is walking the hard path of infertility and have gone through several IVF’s without success but still shows up to every baby shower for your friends. You that have lost your dignity after having too many sessions with strangers heads between your legs. This letter is for you, you that often watch your friends have a baby shower and not get invited because they were worried about how you would react.

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God Will Make A Way 

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that’s tired and sort of emptied out. You that tomorrow could be the someday you’ve been waiting for. You that want answers but you’re afraid to ask. You that have seen people say to you, “I’m here for you” and then run away as soon as things start to fall apart. You that there were moments you think you won’t survive and then you survived. You that is allowing your fears to decide your future. I want you to know that whatever it is that you are going through today, they all have an expiry date.

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Accept The Criticism For Being Silent

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that is fluent in silence and keeping a lot to yourself because it is difficult to find people that understand you. This letter is for you, you that is using silence to express your pain, frustration and disappointment. This letter is for you too, you whose silence is often seen either as snobby, weakness, foolishness, cocky, ignorance, bitchiness, stubbornness, arrogance or as an acceptance of defeat.

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Live Your Life

I just wanted to remind you, Dear Someone, to be thankful for what you have — you will end up having more. Be thankful for true love and true friends — they are hard to find. Be thankful for your setbacks — you never know what God is saving you from. Be thankful for the struggles you go through — they make you stronger and wiser. Be thankful for those that left you — friends will come and go but life goes on. Be thankful for your job — there are many that would love to be in your position.

Most importantly, be thankful for your life no matter how good or bad you think life is for you right now — someone somewhere is fighting to survive. “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” — 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (TLB).

This is my letter for you today — count your blessings, find a thousand reasons to “be thankful” and happy.

In Him,
#IAmAlipapa.

Wake Up To Hope

Dear Someone,

We all have things in life that come against us in and out of season with many of them taking us to different streets of life. I don’t know which street of life your circumstances have pushed you to — fair or unfair, I want you to know that your situations are not there to kill you, they are not there to paralyze you, they are there to help you grow and build your faith — don’t fight them but learn from them.

Do your best in whatever street of life you are reading this letter from to find more reason to live your life. It doesn’t matter if you are walking alone or if it’s so long and so tiring, keep on walking till you find a place of heart to rest. It doesn’t matter if after holding and taking care of someone you love for so long, they left you in that street of life and vanish into thin air, keep on walking till you find true love — a man’s affection should not be your standard BUT God’s love for you. It doesn’t matter how many times they have played with your emotions in that street of life, waiting for you to get run over, keep on walking knowing that “the LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those who are crushed in Spirit” (Psalms 34:18). It doesn’t matter what the world is saying to you or calling you in that street of life, keep on walking because it matters what His Word says about you.

I understand that you are at your wit’s end, tired and probably can’t muster the strength to find one good thing in your life, don’t give up. Keep the faith and continue to stay the course and on purpose because the journey has yet to begin. Don’t get too comfortable in your situation thinking that a miracle can never take place — wake up to hope and fight for what you want! Don’t get too comfortable in your situation because change comes rapidly — you need to be prepared for where God is leading you to in that street of life. Don’t get too comfortable in your situation and risk losing sight of your destination — keep on walking. Don’t get too comfortable in your situation because they are temporary — they came to pass. Don’t get too comfortable in your situation hoping something better will arrive — go out and get it. Don’t get too comfortable in that situation and forget your objectives — work hard, play hard and stand strong in what you know to be the truth. Don’t get too comfortable in your situation or with the people in your life — let God bring restoration and healing to your relationship and to your soul. Whatever you do and in whatever situation you are, trust God and believe in yourself —even when you are at your wits end!

It doesn’t matter who has thrown you out or if nobody gives you a chance in that street of life, it’s time for you to stop waiting for your circumstances to change. It’s time to take action and have the God kind of faith as your escape vehicle. Allow your faith in the Lord to lead and light the way. Allow your faith in Him to overcome your worry and give birth to renewed hope. Don’t allow your faith to be shaken by adverse conditions and circumstances. Hebrews 11:6 (TLB) says, “You can never please God without faith, without depending on him. Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely look for him”.

If you are lost in that street of life, if it has become difficult to walk alone, and there is anger, frustration, and depression that you no longer can bear, if over time it has become difficult to get a helping hand from someone else’s hand, rest and allow God to help you. Whether it’s a health issue, financial challenges or a marital problem — everything you are going through today is subject to change. Don’t accept failure as your birthright. Don’t accept poverty as part of your life. Don’t accept that toxic relationship as your lot. It doesn’t matter how terrible your situation is, God is able to lead you out of it. He cannot lead you out of that “Egypt” and not provide for you in the desert. He cannot lead you out of that street of life and not walk you right into your destiny. He is the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21).

Wake up to hope because God’s promises are yours today. Rest knowing that God is on your side, and He has gone ahead of you to grant you protection. He is opening doors for you to walk in. He’s opening places for you to take in Jesus’ Name. Yes, He’s starting today. He’s repairing and restoring today what the enemy has stolen in Jesus’ Name. Every need would be met according to His Word. For where you must go or what you must do or what you must say, may He guide you by a pillar of cloud during the daytime and by a pillar of fire at night.

Be encouraged,
#IAmAlipapa.


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God’s Got You

Dear Someone,

If you are one of those who wakes up every day wishing that a smile will come to you naturally, this letter is for you. I don’t know what’s causing that heavy burden in your heart or why you feel so much tired, depressed, lonely, and unloved. I also don’t know why it seems to you like nothing is adding up but whatever it’s that is causing you to have these bad feelings, rest and know that God is not surprised at your situation. It may not feel like it right now but there is an expected end for you. God will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. Hold your faith in that situation today knowing that help is on the way for you (see Hebrews 13:5).

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