Why Reaching Out is Important, Even when Scared.
Updated: Sep 30, 2020
I am someone who has survived suicide attempts and thoughts that raged through my mind. There was a time in my life when I was under the dominion of darkness and I tried to drink myself to death from deliberating thoughts and other methods, but now I take every thought captive and align them with God's truth. I use to turned to alcohol to cover up the pain and hurt that led to a path of destruction; arrested for a DUI and sent to jail. I thank God for His merciful love and grace by rescuing me out of the utter darkness and into His marvelous light. By faith I reached out, even when scared while those thoughts ravaged my mind. For this reason I will not stay hidden because Jesus not only saved my life, but my soul and I was healed from addictions and deep trauma wounds of abuse and my heart and life was forever changed.
During times of crisis or inner turmoil a heavy weight of depression can come crashing down. I know and understand the feeling of a dark cloud looming over you and pressing down. The enemy of our souls wants to keep us hidden in isolation and alone. The world tells us we have to be strong. But the truth is we don't have to be strong. We are strong in Him in our utter weakness. It's brave to reach out to others. You are not a burden and your life matters to others, but most importantly to God. He created you in His image and you are loved by Him. Precious are His thoughts of you.
There is a tremendous amount of pain. Stories that are hidden and silenced with shame and fear. There are no secrets with God. He knows everything about us, sees us, and wants all to come to Him and be deeply known. He wants to speak life and erase the stigma of any attachment apart from Christ Jesus. We need each other to be stronger and break free from being locked up in a room, internally and externally. We need to support and help one another with deep love and sincere compassion we receive from our Heavenly Father. We help others by sharing our stories of turmoil, heartaches, and obstacles God has brought us through with the goal of Christ's love. His love is what drew me into Him.
This is a time in our world where loneliness is now considered a great health risk. We are seeing a drastic increase in anxiety, depression, addictions, and suicide. It is also heartbreaking to know there is an ongoing battle to the rise of domestic violence and sexual abuse due to the isolation and the devastating effects of a pandemic with no where to turn in this darkened world, but there is always a place to turn to with God wherever we are at. Understand that most traumatized people are often unable to find security. This is real and it is more important then ever to reach out to someone who cares. A safe trustworthy person who will listen without judgement. Who will hear your cries for help. Pray and take the next step to experience the safest place God offers in His heart and through His love. Please take a moment to also check on others because you never know what they are going through, even if they appear good on the outside. Help others as an example of Jesus who is our One living hope and where you find no better hope. He is the source we plug into for life.
You have found a safe place here to come together for loving support. No one should or is meant to struggle and do life alone. Be open with Jesus about your struggles. He is there to help you walk through it and will bring others along the way who have been through it to help. It is important to be in a group of people where we can be honest and pray for each other. All of us were created by God for a greater purpose before we were born, even in the darkest moments you are so loved by no other kind of a sacrificial love of Jesus.
Never forgetting others who were a living example of these words from our Lord as they did for me, they did it to Him- Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
Matthew 25:34-40 NASB