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!
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.