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Are You Struggling With Depression? Suicidal Thoughts? Here is a Powerful Resource That I Want to Share With You!

It hurts my heart when I get emails from you girls talking about how you’re struggling with depression, that you feel suicidal, that you cut yourself, or that you have an eating disorder. I love all of you, and I try to give you the best possible advice I can to help you deal with your struggles and provide support that you need.

I get at least one email a day that a reader sends me who needs help with one of these hurtful issues. I want to share with you a powerful resource I discovered along with some encouraging videos to help you get through your time of pain.

I  have prayed to God many times to give me wisdom, understanding, and the strength to comfort you girls to help you feel get through your most difficult moments. I feel like God answered my prayers the moment I discovered this amazing website and non-profit organization that deals exactly with these issues. It’s called My Broken Palace.

My Broken Palace is another way that God is helping you girls get additional hope online. My Broken Palace “exists for us – teens and young adults who are rejecting loneliness, isolation, addiction, depression and all that comes with that, to join together…” The website offers a prayer wall and even  support hotlines you can call someone directly. It has a feature where you can get an encouragement text every day straight to your cell phone! If you like to draw or paint to help you work out your problems, they have a cool section where they post artwork from readers on their wall. The drawings and paintings are truly inspirational.

I just found this powerful video on YouTube that brought tears to my eyes. It’s a beautiful song by Rascal Flatts called “Why,” and I feel that it represents this powerful message.

God loves you so, so, so much that no words can even do His love justice. He is with you every single second, with each breath you take, and hears your thoughts and prayers. I know that when I struggled with depression, it was the enemy trying to hurt me. All I heard in my head were thoughts like “You’re useless”, “You’re ugly,” “Nobody cares about you,” and “You’re alone.” It affected me so much that I hid in my room for several months, I only let my best friend Christina see me, and I would get panic attacks in public. These thoughts and words were not of God!

I am completely healed now, and I am stronger then ever. I know now that I went through that pain so that I could eventually share my story with you girls. I am now able to be more empathetic than someone who hasn’t suffered.  I can offer you encouragement and hope that it does get better. And I promise to expand on my story more in detail in the future.

It’s so important that when you’re feeling hurt and are struggling, when you need a reason to go on, that you are reminded God is here for you.

My advice for you, right now: Pinpoint things in your head that are damaging you, write them down, and then see them on paper and realize how absolutely untrue they are. God knit you in your mothers womb, created you just how He wanted and to give Him glory. You were created for a big purpose, to serve God and to be a light in this world. Don’t abandon your value, and your precious gift from God to succumb to the enemy! That’s just what the enemy wants!

Here are some scriptures that helped me when I went through my own pain:

“For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,” declares the LORD, “Because they have called you an outcast, saying: “It is Zion; no one cares for her.”‘ Jeremiah 30:17

“Behold, I will bring you health and cure, and I will cure you, and will reveal unto you the abundance of peace and truth.” Jeremiah 33:6

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2

Here is a video from My Broken Palace that will give you encouragement:

And these are two very powerful prayers that you need to say several times throughout the day for healing, and declare it to the Lord:

“Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” Jeremiah 17:4

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!” Psalm 42:11

And lastly, one of my all-time favorite encouraging videos that every single one of you needs to hear. Save it as a bookmark so you can watch it periodically. Every time I watch it, it comforts my soul. Here is your Daddy in Heaven’s letter to you. He loves you so much!

Please check out My Broken Palace and “like” their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mybrokenpalace.

I urge you to spread the word about My Broken Palace. Even if you aren’t depressed (and I pray you are not), a friend of yours may see this page on your Facebook profile and discover the answers and support that he or she desperately needs.

God Bless every one of you.


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  1. ani9874

    Posted by ani9874 on October 20, 2015 at 20:20

    I love “Why” by Rascal Flatts! When I first faced it in 7th grade, I used this song. Another song had taken its place this time around (this one is DEFINITELY longer), but it’s still an amazing song. I’ve had thoughts of cutting before (even used a red correcting pen to draw marks on my arm, and I have used stabbed my wrist with a pencil over and over–my first and only time self-harming). I have also tried following through with selective mutism. But I am slowly getting through it, having a Christian counselor and a couple of awesome guy friends who are always there for me.

  2. Gracers22

    Posted by Gracers22 on May 18, 2013 at 07:04

    I so needed to see this article! I struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts, I cut myself, and I have an eating disorder…I also get panic attacks from time to time. And I feel like no one cares. So thanks Nicole! This means a lot!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Countrygirl212 on January 14, 2012 at 20:51

    I’ve wanted to kill myself before. I felt so alone. I struggle with depression. I cut myself sometimes because I dont know any other way of letting out the pain. But i only do it because i want friends. I want to know what real love feels like. I know that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem… but i cant help but think…. what if… what if…

  4. Starcrossed-Destiny

    Posted by Starcrossed-Destiny on January 12, 2012 at 20:40

    Thanks for this article. I had a friend who recently was struggling with depression, and tried to commit suicide by jumping out a two story window. My sister and I have been working with her, and now, her faith in God is strong, and we thank God every day we got the chance to help her with his word.

  5. Posted by on November 27, 2011 at 13:45

    thank you so much nicole! this article saved my life! i had been having slight suicide thoughts and was thinking about cutting myself. i had been so depressed and i had been acting rudely and arrogantly to my friends and family. i also had not been saved until I watched the fathers love letter video. God Bless you, Nicole!!!

    • Posted by Nicole on November 28, 2011 at 23:34

      wow you have no idea how much that means to me to hear! God led you to this article for a reason!! God loves you SO, SO SO much Kat!!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lil Angel on November 26, 2011 at 16:35

    I had a cutting problem and i couldnt really stop but then i started reading this article and i slowy stopped but im starting to go bak to itt … My parents are alwaays fighting my dad is abusive to my mom… I just wish he would stop drinkin andd lately i cant stop crying;(

  7. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 18:48

    I remember when I almost committed suicide. The first thought was “How will I do it?” Then, like a flood, came the thought of my boyfriend. He and I had JUST discussed two weeks prior how tragic teen suicide was. I couldn’t do that to him. Then the same thought that the video mentioned came into mind–who was I to take my own life?

    • ani9874

      Posted by ani9874 on November 16, 2015 at 20:36

      I went through the same thing; when I was facing depression, would use a red pen on my arm. However, many times, when I became close to doing it, my best guy friend (who I actually like) would come into my head. The first time I did it, I accidentally revealed my red pen marks to him after he gave me a hug since I was having a bad day. His face said it all: shock, confusion, fear, and hurt. From that day on, whenever the temptation comes up, I go back to that memory. I also take a look at a Tolo picture that same year. I consider that my “promise ring” to never cut, and my promise to never give up.

  8. Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 15:04

    i started praying alot will because i really wanted to become a cheerleader when i was in 6thgrader i did a cheer and i really didnt work out but i would never give up in the summer i would always practice cheers i started praying i even did it in front of my sister she said i did good i did toe touchs and i was good and today i want to school i want to tryouts and the lady said that it was only for 6thgraders i was so mad becuase even thought i prayed

  9. Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 15:04

    i started praying alot will because i really wanted to become a cheerleader when i was in 6thgrader i did a cheer and i really didnt work out but i would never give up in the summer i would always practice cheers i started praying i even did it in front of my sister she said i did good i did toe touchs and i was good and today i want to school i want to tryouts and the lady said that it was only for 6thgraders i was so mad becuase even thought i prayed

  10. Posted by on September 28, 2011 at 13:12

    thanks, i have thought about suicide before, but i didn’t do it cuz i often feel like ending my problems like that wouls make more problems for others, so i haven’t. i am DEFINATLY going 2 keep coming 2 this website, im sooooo glad i found it!

  11. Posted by on September 16, 2011 at 13:57

    I cried when I watched the video by Rascal Flatts! I need to hear that I am not alone and that I’m beautiful and things of that nature SO much more than I do now! Thanks for the inspiring video! It was beautiful!

  12. Posted by on September 16, 2011 at 02:16

    Great Article! The creator of “My Broken Palace” was interviewed on JCTV-great website they have. Thanks for the scriptures & videos! I love it! I am so thankful for what God has done-to HIM be the GLORY!! 🙂

  13. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 23:25

    Ok, not trying to criticize, but I have been dealing with anxiety and depression for over 10 years and I’m sorry, but just like many of our other problems, God does not always “solve” them. He does however, promise to be with us no matter what. We can rely on that. I just feel like every Christian therapist/counselor I have seen has tried to promise that I will be healed, good as new! and that doesn’t happen. Depression/anxiety is a result of sin, like cancer or war or poverty, that will only disappear in heaven. The comfort I find in God is that he has a plan that is good for me and will bring me to Him when he decides and wipe away all pain at that time. A really good *FREE* series on this is the Trial sermons on Podcast by Pastor Mark Driscoll, especially Trial And Sin, Trial and Jesus, Perseverance until God is Finished with You. Not promoting lol, just informing. Anyways, this is getting long, but just wanted to add: my very smart mommy always tells me the secret to happiness is being thankful for whatever good God has given us. That’s coming from a woman who was almost committed! Thanks for all your good work!! <3

  14. Posted by on September 13, 2011 at 17:02

    Pslams 139:14
    “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; My sould knows it very well.”

  15. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 19:47

    u no i strugle with depersion and i get what everyone is saying but,but if god loves me so much why not just go home to him end of story…….. theres no point to life.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 15, 2011 at 17:05

      there is! please talk to a counselor so they can help. You ARE WORTH IT.

  16. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 08:41

    I am struggling with the fear of loneliness. I am in a relationship with this guy who seemed to be perfect when I first met him. We have been together for almost 3 years. I have been trying to get my walk right with God, but I can’t seem to let some things go. I need help, bad. Since middle school, I have felt like I needed a boyfriend to complete me. Now, it’s coming back to hunt me because I can’t build up enough courage to walk away from this relationship. I have tried many times to tell my boyfriend that I don’t want to be sexually active anymore, but then I always give in to please him. (so he can feel close to me) I don’t know if I need to be single or what? This is so hard because we go to the same college and i’m not strong enough to stand my ground and not to compromise my beliefs. I’m scared that if I break up with him that I’ll loose my best friend. He is my bestfriend. He is a great person, but he is not trying to work on his relationship with God like I am and that drags me away from God every time I want to get close to God. I end up doing things I said I would stop doing like having sex, smoking, drinking and partying. We went a week without having sex and it pulled us apart more than ever! It was scary. I gave up because I seen us falling apart.Some times I find myself getting so attached to him that I get scared when he leaves to go to class or something because I think i’ll be alone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not crazy. I just have some issues. I’m talking to a counselor at my university and I haven’t read my bible in a while due to shame. I just feel like I can’t get it right and God is getting tired of me. I have anxiety and some self esteem issues, but nobody could tell from looking at me. This has been a struggle for me and I am tired. I decided to tell my story because sometimes I feel alone and I have no hope that my situation will get better, but maybe some one is going through the same thing or something similar to what I am going through. Whew!

    • Posted by on September 28, 2011 at 13:15

      i am deffinatly going to pray that you can get up he streangth to walk away from your boyfriend, and if he keeps pressuring you, may i suggest that you enroll in a martial arts school or class so you have more confidence and you can do something about it if he tries to force you to do something you don’t want to do.
      Love you! <3

    • Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 23:27

      Wow, like a mirror! Whatever you do, you are under the cover of grace and love. Keep that in mind when you make your decision. 🙂

    • Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 21:28

      God NEVER EVER gets tired of us. If he gets tired of us,we would not be here. He just gets tired of the sins. If he was tired of us,he would have not sent Jesus to die for the sins of the world.

  17. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 04:51

    Write “LOVE” on your arms today! It’s through a wonderful organization called “To Write Love on Her Arms!” If you can’t today, do it another day! <3 LOVE!
    http://www.twloha.com/

  18. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 04:02

    I feel so happy that I’m alive right now and didn’t give up to my urges…God will be the one to call you “home” and I don’t want to lose my way to “home” just because I can’t wait any longer…Thank you so much for this amazing article…I’ll remember it whenever I’m completely down or lost…God will help me find my way to “home”…

  19. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 18:10

    I recently turned 13. I’ve noticed that I’ve always struggled harder at everything than anybody else around me. I had some reading issues when i was young so my aunt (she was a teacher to kids who needed help and had learning problems) evaluated me. Now I can read above a Highschool level if i wanted. When i was 9 i read all the eragon books in a week. I still struggle with my homeschooling. Even reading, most of the times the words seem to float. I have some personal stuff, and need some advice. Do i email you, or send you a guestion?

    • Posted by on September 13, 2011 at 18:47

      I had a similar situation… in elementary school I had a hard time pronouncing my “r’s”… there was a teacher to help me and I do speak better now, but some words are still hard to say. When I read something, most the time I have no idea what I just read. I met with a neighbor of mine and she taught me some things like to read slowly and to read it over again if I have to! See if that helps you! I’m not so sure it helped me, but it could help you! I will just pray to God that I will able to understand everything that I read completely. Good luck!

    • Posted by Nicole on September 11, 2011 at 22:09

      yes you can email me at NicoleprojectInspired@gmail.com. My email is a bit full right now so it may take a couple days to get back to you but i will!

  20. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 14:39

    I love this site 🙂 thanks so much! <3

  21. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 08:19

    Thank you! I needed these! I struggled with all of the issues that you listed and thankfully I am about 90% healed, but I still to struggle with being tempted. So thanks.

    • Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 08:24

      I just watched the videos and they brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. I’m going to show these to a dear friend who struggles with the very issues that I did. Thank you Nicole. Project Inspired has blessed me in more ways then you know. You helped me over come eating disorders, addictions, depression suicide, and to stop cutting. Thank you. You helped me find God again. I’ve re-dedicated my life back to God thanks to you and PI. Thank you! 🙂

      • Posted by Nicole on September 11, 2011 at 22:27

        wow- that makes me so, so happy to hear! You are such a beautiful, loved, and precious daughter of God. I’m so happy He led you to PI! I will be praying for you- my heart is so touched to know I am doing my job, to inspire girls out there like yourself. You are amazing.

  22. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 21:08

    Thank you for posting this Nicole! I love you so much! This article almost made me cry. It also reminded me that God is standing right next to me! I’ve been sad and off mentally lately,so this really helped.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 11, 2011 at 22:34

      you’re welcome Paris, it was meant for YOU from God!

  23. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 18:41

    I really like this. A lot.

  24. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 11:17

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this! I am currently struggling with depression, and have started to do self harm to myself. Thanks for the encouraging words and videos.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 10, 2011 at 12:54

      You are welcome Kendra.. please don’t hurt yourself. When the pain gets to be too much, write it down and cry, sit quietly, and pray. Have you seen a psychiatrist? That will really help.

  25. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 08:33

    This website’s ministry (mybrokenpalace) has blessed me so much. I suffered with depression a few years back and it’s cool to see that there are place like these for teens to go and find strength when they think they’re alone.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 10, 2011 at 12:58

      I am so happy to hear that Elizabeth 🙂

  26. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 08:20

    Do the Broken Palace daily texts cost money?

    • Posted by Nicole on September 11, 2011 at 22:40

      I don’t believe so- it just depends on your cell phone provider. I *think* they’re free. Let me get back to you girls on that. 🙂

  27. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 07:22

    I used to suffer. The therapist gave me some pills and it got a little better.Then the pills started to affect the way I was. My parents called me a “walking zombie”. So I stopped the pills and now I feel a little better. (Plus school is starting). I am a little closer to God now, but not as close as I was when I was like 7. Hopefully if I pray everyday to God, I will be close to Him as I was before. 🙂

  28. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 07:03

    ‘Why’ made me cry. A kid that I was kinda friends with commited suicied last year, and they made a memorial for him and they played that song.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 10, 2011 at 13:00

      oh wow. Yes this song is perfect for that. I am so sorry for your loss, that is so heartbreaking.

  29. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 04:55

    Thanks for this article 🙂 I’ve been feeling really down on-and-off lately. I know it’s not depression, but I did go through a while when I honestly thought I had a milder form of depression. A family friend recently moved to Illinois, which is 4 1/2 hours away, so I’ve been really sad about that, and it almost seems like no matter what I do, I just can’t be as happy as I used to. My mom says it’s just my hormones kicking in (I turned 13 not too long ago), so I’ve just been happy, then sad, then mixed emotions, then sometimes I wish I could die, JUST so I could leave, but I haven’t ever thought of suicide.
    Thank you for posting this. I know it will touch girls everywhere 🙂 God bless you and everything you do for us girls!!!

    • Posted by Nicole on September 10, 2011 at 13:02

      Janessa- those are all ‘external’ factors that would make anyone sad (your best friend moving) but give it some time- and I know you will be healed. 😉

  30. Posted by on September 9, 2011 at 21:57

    Thank you