You are loved. You are worthy. You are not forsaken.
Jesus tells us this time and time again in the Bible, but in the midst of life’s trials, it is so easy to forget.
I have spent the last month fighting bouts of anxiety and depression. I have struggled with anxiety, specifically social anxiety, since I was a teenager, but depression is something new to me. I have never considered myself a depressed person, but the last couple of years have been ROUGH. An abusive relationship. Infidelity. Divorce. My father’s cancer diagnosis. These are the things that have brought me to my knees over the last two years.
I have questioned my worth. I have felt unloved. I have felt abandoned. And I have given my life to Christ and still felt ALL of those things. But thankfully, God’s grace doesn’t ask for perfection. Life is CHAOTIC, ya’ll. And no one is immune to pain.
Illness is real
Depression is real.
Anxiety is real.
Heartbreak is real.
The enemy is real.
BUT SO IS OUR GOD.
He is always there
He is real. And so close. I KNOW that God delivers on His promises. I KNOW He has a plan for my life, far greater than I could ever imagine. I KNOW that it breaks His heart when I forget who I am. But I also know that God counts every tear I shed and uses every single painful moment of my life to draw me closer to Him. God never promised a life without suffering, but that He would be there, always. He never fails to remind me, and He wants to remind you, too: You are loved. You are worthy. You are not forsaken.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
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