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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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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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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Life Is Not A Straight Line

Dear Someone,

I don’t know who this is for, but understand me well as I type these words.

Your current challenges are not there to kill you but to build you up. They are not there to stay but to pass. Your current challenges are not the most difficult thing you’ve ever had to face — acknowledge them but do not live in them. Your mistakes are your own mentorship, they are part of your story — they are not who you are.

Irrespective of the turns and detours in your relationship, stop wondering and asking if they ever really loved you. Irrespective of the detours that life has thrown at you, understand that where you are right now is where you’re supposed to be. Understand that “Sometimes, your ‘Plan B’ is really God’s ‘Plan A’. And your “detours” are all a part of His plan for your life.”- Dr Sorke.

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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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Stop Breaking Your Heart 

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that is lonely at heart. You that is emotionally drained and messed up. You that found yourself saying, “I was foolish. I was lying to myself.” You that no longer know if you wish to drown yourself in love, vodka or the sea. You that have witnessed things that have changed you forever. This letter is for you, you that have lost your mind trying to understand the one that said they love you.

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Get Yourself Together

I just wanted to remind you, Dear Someone, that one day, you will smile again like you’ve never been hurt. That one day, you will know what they did for you and to you and thank God they happened. Quit complaining and count your blessings one by one, especially the things you take for granted — one day, you will understand that all the NO’s had to happen in order to lead to the YES.

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You Are Not A Label

Dear Someone,

This short letter is for you, you that is crying for being bullied or treated as an outcast. You that is unable to fit in perfectly in a world full of people that thrive on negativity and trying to fit in, and stand out. You that is ashamed to be addressed by your family name because of the label placed on them by society. You that is feeling insecure and lacks self-worth because of how you are being looked down upon. You that got blocked, got kicked out of your friends’ group, ignored, and deemed as toxic, and problematic.

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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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