Watered Valleys

Hey. I want you to know that I am thinking about you. Wherever you are, in whatever state you are in, you have someone knocking on Heaven’s door for you. I do not know the details of your life, or the silent tears you’ve shed in the last few days. Our struggles may be different, and the desires of our heart’s miles apart. But the common thread in the tapestry of our diversity is this. We all want peace. Peace within.

For those in a season of rejoicing, I rejoice with you. I pray for more of this for you. For those in a season of mourning, I mourn with you. I pray for overwhelming comfort with strong currents of peace. For both the one rejoicing, and the one mourning I pray that we all make a home in God’s arms. In and out of seasons, we desperately need Him.

For those fighting internal battles no one sees, and the ones clothed in loneliness. For the ones awash in hopelessness, and the ones barely hanging on. I am so sorry. I wish I could hug you. Sit with you. Listen to you. Cry with you. Love on you in the exact way you need. But I am fully convinced that there is a friend closer than a brother/sister. A God whose reach is a call of His name away. A Father fiercely devoted to protecting and preserving His own. A Savior who died so we could live.

For the one tempted to end it all. Please know that you are dearly loved. The negative thoughts that have you spiraling are not true. You are not worthless, but immeasurably valued. You are not ugly, but beautifully and wonderfully made. You are not the sum of your mistakes. The biggest victories are born out of the worst mistakes. This is not the end of the world. It could very well be the beginning of something so much better than you ever imagined. You are not crazy. Just human. A person who has been through enough to fragment a sense of self and worth. The situation is not hopeless. Less simply means there is ample room for any filling of your choice. It could be as savory or sweet as you would like. You are not less-than, just on a different path, and rightfully so. Our journeys are uniquely ours, and that’s what makes our stories captivating. YOU ARE NOT A BURDEN!

I am not asking you to look for an on and off switch. Or to be an ocean of hope right now. I am however encouraging a first step. A drop of water may seem insignificant, but it still wets the surface it touches. Let’s start with remembering one happy moment. Let’s start with a whisper of the name Jesus. Let’s start with one foot out the warmth of your covers. Let’s start with opening the blinds half way. Let’s start with reading the first paragraph of a favorite childhood novel. Let’s start with texting a trusted family member or friend. One step. One move. Just one.

My way of loving you today is to pray with you.

𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘏𝘪𝘮. 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵. 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘵𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘴, 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴, 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴, 𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘦. 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥’𝘴 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴. 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘏𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘦. 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘏𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘳. 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯. 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘏𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘺. 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘏𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘨𝘰! 𝘐𝘯 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴’ 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦. 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘯.

Have a blessed day!
Xo, Mel.

Some Resources:
@igototherapy
https://www.betterhelp.com/online-therapy/
https://findahelpline.com/

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