Please read this special story from a special young lady. It probably sounds familiar to a lot of us.
My name is Grace, and like many of you, wars wage inside my head every day. I have been facing depression, anxiety, and insomnia for the last eight years of my life. I cannot count the days I have felt imprisoned in grave loneliness and despair. The seemingly small, day-to-day tasks became agonizing, and I struggled to understand why I had to bear all this. I felt lost, broken, and hopeless.
While sad to admit, there have been seasons throughout my life when I questioned the Lord’s faithfulness, feeling abandoned and enduring battles I no longer had the strength to fight. However, on the days and the nights I never thought I would get through, God carried me. I couldn’t run, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t stand, so He embraced me in His loving arms and took the weight.
I feel your struggle. I know it all too well. More so, the Lord has seen your tears and heard your cries, even in the times you may have felt altogether alone. You were not alone, and you are not alone. If there is any encouragement and hope I can offer, it is that God is faithful and compassionate. What weighs on our hearts and minds weighs on His. Cling to that truth, even when thoughts torment you and tell you otherwise. He cares so much for you and wants to remind you every moment how loved, cherished, and significant you are.
I still have battles, but in daily surrender, I find the strength to get out of bed, to make and eat breakfast, to open my windows and let light in. Though we are weak and weary, He is strong. Let Him carry you through the day.
NOTE: If you have a family member or friend who is struggling with depression and anxiety, we have a resource to help you to pray for them:
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