Don’t Beat Yourself Up For Where You Are

Dear Someone,

I want you to take a moment and breathe. Take a moment and remember how far you have come. Take a moment to be thankful for everything thrown at you, and take a second moment to thank God that you are still standing.

Life might not have been fair, but do not let a slight inconvenience ruin your day. Don’t beat yourself up for where you are.

People may not have been so kind to you, but don’t let all that they have done to you hold you back. It will always be on you, to get you, where you want to be.

You may have been misunderstood, misjudged, maligned, and maltreated, but never put out your fire because someone else doesn’t understand your flame. Don’t let their negativity overshadow the good.

You may have been told time after time that you are worthless, incapable, unfit, and classless just because you have refused to be ordinary. Breathe, knowing that your peace is way more important to you than letting people’s opinions stop your good energy.

You may have been stuck somewhere you don’t belong, but you are not behind in life. This chapter of your life is yours and yours alone to write. Don’t hand the pen to anyone else.

I may not know exactly what you’re going through, but breathe and carry on. I may not know how deep it hurts, but stop questioning yourself just because someone doesn’t get you, love you, or appreciate you.

I don’t know who you are, Dear Someone, but I want you to always remember that God’s mercies for you will never come to an end. Never! They are new every morning (see Lamentations 3:22-23).

May God richly bless you as you read this letter over again and may His mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance (Jude 1:2) in Jesus’ Name.

In His Grip,
Ali Papa.

You Can Be Sure That God Will Take Care Of You

Dear Someone, _ ‎ ‎
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I guess I should start with you since you’re the first one I remember, you whose life is almost ruined because of their friendship with you. ‎
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I know you don’t want to talk sometimes because it hurts and there are no words for your thoughts. ‎
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I know you don’t want to talk sometimes because your words may be worse than your silence. ‎
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I know you don’t want to talk sometimes because you get sad at night for reasons you can’t seem to figure out. ‎
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I know you don’t want to talk sometimes because you are wondering where the bad dreams are coming from. ‎
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I know you don’t want to talk sometimes because you are sick of explaining why you don’t want to talk sometimes. ‎
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I know you don’t want to talk sometimes because you are hoping your scars will magically disappear. ‎
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I know you don’t want to talk sometimes because your nightmares are usually about losing him or her. ‎
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I know you don’t want to talk sometimes because your tongue is numb and your words all sounds the same. ‎
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I know you don’t want to talk sometimes not because you don’t have a lot to say but because you are being careful about whom you open up to. ‎
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I also know you are tired of wearing your chaos on the inside and tired of overthinking everything. Thankfully, God is aware of every silent battle you can’t talk about. ‎
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He knows your deepest struggles and your darkest secrets. He knows all the things you don’t want anyone else to know. ‎
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Philippians 4:19 (MSG) says, “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.” ‎
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Whatever season you are in right now, you that have forgotten how to smile, you can be sure that God has been where you are trying to go. ‎
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You can be sure that God can turn bad situations around to work for your good. ‎
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You can be sure that God is with you, you that is hiding among the laughs and smiles of your everyday people. He has good things for you and wants to give you his perspective. ‎
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You can be sure that God is right there with you, you that is fighting silent battles against not being good enough, not having enough and not belonging enough. ‎
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No matter which route you take, you can be sure that God will make a way where there seems to be no way, you that is trying to put on a brave face as you fight your silent battles. ‎
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Don’t fret over what’s working against you, you whose silence has become a loud voice crying and screaming for help, attention, empathy and comfort. You can be sure that all things will work together for your good. ‎
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You can be sure that God’s going to do exactly what He said He would do, you that’s fighting a silent battle and war against yourself. ‎
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You may not wake up with the same feeling every day, but you can be sure that God’s word has not changed, you that is reminded of your silent battles when you wake up, and when you go to sleep. Hold on to His Word. It will encourage you!  ‎
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You may never understand why God does things that cause you heartache, but you can be sure that God is not making any mistakes you that find it easy to forgive others but hard to forgive yourself. ‎
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You can be sure that God does have a purpose for you, you that is still healing from the things you don’t speak about. ‎
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Rest knowing that we all struggle. Rest knowing that you’re not a disappointment neither are you a burden. ‎
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Even though you might be disappointed in the way love makes you feel, you can be sure that God sees all things, both good and bad. ‎
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Even though you are tired of painting pictures with your tears, you can be sure that God, your creator, is the God of second, third and fourth chances. ‎
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Irrespective of how many times you have been hurt, you can be sure God has the last word concerning you. He planned your days before you were born, and promised that he will fulfil the number of your days. ‎
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Until tomorrow, whatever the silent battles that are raging within you, you can be sure you are not reading this alone. You can be sure that someone, somewhere in your world of contact needs to read this too. So pass it on. Reach out, and touch their heart. ‎
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As always, my inbox is a safe space if you need to talk or send anything you need to get off your chest. I know it can be difficult, but so necessary. ‎
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With love, ‎
Ali Papa. ‎

The Odds May Be Against You, But God Is For You.


Dear Someone,

I hope this letter finds you, you that is gathering in your head all the reasons that have ever made you sad and you that is struggling to show people you are a good person.

I can’t give you all the answers in this letter, but I hope I can convince you that sometimes, walking away is the only way to win. I think walking away, the very act of trying not to explain yourself to everyone is a simple way of saying, “I have grown, and I am not what happened to me”.

Whatever it is that has happened to you in that street of life, see it for what it is — it is your evil day that Ephesians 6:13b talks about. Never allow your situations to get you into a point where you want to sit in a room completely all alone and cry.

You are not a bad person for having to make a change in the people you are surrounded by. You are not a bad person for letting go of what you thought was real. You are not a bad person for taking up the whole armour of God so that you may be able to stand in that evil day (Ephesians 6:13a).

In whatever season of life you are in right now, understand that you are not an unfortunate person. You are not unfortunate if things are not going on well as expected right now. You are not unfortunate just because your marriage or relationship came to an unexpected end. Bad things happen to good people. Don’t let yours define you.

You are not unfortunate just because life has decided not to be nice to you at such a time as this. You are not unfortunate just because you are in a “blessed mess” or just because this is not the morning of your life right now. You are not unfortunate just because you are out of a job or struggling to make ends meet. Understand that every adversity comes with its seed of greatness.

When things seem to go wrong, don’t break, it is nothing but an evil day. When everything you have worked and laboured for goes down the drain in an instant, don’t break and don’t let people put a period where God placed a comma in your story. When you wake up to a broken relationship or marriage, rest knowing that God is not finished yet. The next part is the best!

When that day comes, when something bad happens, you have three choices: You can either let it define you, destroy you, or let it strengthen you. Your conviction and your assurance are what will keep you going.

In your day of trouble or during your trial period, don’t explain yourself and tell people everything that has gone wrong. Stop narrating your version of the story and stop trying to explain how it wasn’t your fault. God doesn’t need their help to do what HE’s going to do in your life.

It is time to stop defending and justifying what happened to you by the number of people you can convince. Your motivation should be the number of times you were able to hold yourself back from trying to explain yourself to people who have shown they don’t care.

You owe no one any explanation of what you do. You owe no one any explanation of what happened because no one will truly understand. You owe no one nothing. Stop allowing your stories to hold you back for too long. Secure the borders of your life. Your life is yours, not theirs.

If your trouble or situation has something to do with your relationship, you must realize that at your absolute best, you still won’t be good for the wrong person. At your worst, you will still be worth it to the right person. So go ahead and do your own thing. The odds may be against you, but God is for you. That’s all that matters.

Stop wasting your time trying to explain yourself to others why you lost that job, why that relationship didn’t work out and why your marriage failed. Never be held captive irrespective of how bad they treated you, cheated on you or how messed up they left you. Everything you’ve been through was all leading up to this new thing God is doing in your life.

Forget what you feel and set yourself free. Stop wasting your time trying to explain yourself to others why you decided to walk away from a relationship that appears to be a perfect one. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe whatever you have to say.

I’m not sure where you are with God, but I’d love to remind you never to allow your world revolve around anyone. Stop waiting for your life to begin again. God wants you to channel your pain into your purpose. You are not what happened to you but how you overcome it.

Whatever you face, be kind to yourself but be confident in God who goes before you. The last time was the last. Some stuff you’ve been through, you’ll never go through again.

In His Service,
Ali Papa.

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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Things Do Get Better

Dear Someone,

I’m concerned! Concerned because of the emotional damage you are doing to yourself ever since your parents said they are not in support of your relationship with the only person you love and want to be with.

I want you to learn to be okay with your parents not knowing why you are so much in love with this person. Nothing you do will be able to prove to them that the one you’re in love with is the only one that keeps your mind sane. Nothing you do will be able to prove to them that falling in love makes you feel there is no other joy except the one you find in this special one.

I want you to learn to be okay with your feelings, emotions and moments of solitude at such a time as this. There are more to what you can see right now so don’t fight it and don’t assume things are going to always be this way. You do not need to prove anything to anyone especially if the one you’re in love with is a person who makes your soul dance even from a distance.

Learn to be okay with your favourite people not being on your side. We cannot truly understand each other. It is difficult for most parents to imagine their beloved daughter in the arms of another man or son in the company of a woman they think is not good for him at some point.

Learn empathy, put yourself in their shoes, knowing that your parents are acting out of love and protection for you. I know it is never easy, but you will thank God for all that is happening right now at some point in the future because the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

Most importantly, learn to be okay with your choices even if they’re not the best. Everything will align the way they are supposed to be. Yours is to roll with the script as they unfold day by day. Romans 8:28 (TLB) says, “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans”.

Don’t force anything because of how you feel right now. It is okay to plan a future with the one you’re in love with, but it is also wise to plan your future without them. You just never know what God is saving you from. I made that mistake a few years back and I can tell you that in your journey of love, “the swiftest person does not always win the race, nor the strongest man, the battle” (Ecclesiastes 9:11 TLB).

Learn to see beyond your current obstacles. Lean not on your own understanding knowing that “There are ways that seem to be right to a man, but the end of them looks to the depth of hell” (Proverbs 16:25 ABC). Don’t be a victim of your own mind at such a time as this since you don’t want to be in any relationship that will put you in silent hell.

You may have been scarred and emotionally wounded because of the restrictions placed on you for falling in love but just remember that nothing worth having comes easy. Ecclesiastes 9:1 (CEV) says, “I thought about these things. Then I understood that God has power over everyone, even those of us who are wise and live right. Anything can happen to any of us, and so we never know if life will be good or bad”.

Understand that God has power over your present circumstances, He has power over your parents’ opinions, He has power over your heart desires towards the ones you love and most importantly, God has a plan for you concerning your relationship. Rest knowing that all His plans for you will come to pass. He will not give you anything you can’t handle.

Don’t be trapped by the things you can’t change especially if you can’t do anything about it. Don’t stand on God’s wings impatiently and fearfully assuming that the one you love and want to be with is out of reach. When the one you love and in love with is “God sent”, you will not have to struggle for too long to be with them. God’s plans for your life and His loving-kindness, for and towards you will continue forever.

Until tomorrow, let God have your life, He knit you together. Let Him take care of your worries, He doesn’t make mistakes. Operate and love from the center of His strength, He can do more with all that you are uncertain about than you can.

In Him,
Ali Papa.


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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 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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