Dear Hurting Friend

To my dear hurting friend,
Are you struggling? Are you worn out and tired? Do you feel like you are about to give up? Then hold on! Be strong! Hope is coming for you! If you have made it this far than you are a fighter!
I know what it feels like to think you’re drowning and believe you’re not going to make it to the other side of your mountain. I know what it feels like to reach your breaking point. You say you “can’t do this anymore.” You feel as if life is too much for you to handle and you would rather just die so you can be with Jesus. You feel like your life is out of control. You think you’ve gone too far. You’ve even convinced yourself that God could never love you. I’ve been there…actually I’m still recovering from that place. I know you will struggle to believe these next words but I promise you, with all I have in me, that these are all words of truth!
It’s a daily battle for me to believe the things I know to be true. Somedays I win; somedays I loose, but thank God the final battle has already been won! We have victory in Christ! One day (in God’s timing) Christ will bring us to the place where he will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more pain, sorrow, crying, or death. What a wonderful truth!
This trial that you’re going through is not the last word! God has written the final chapter and it is about fulfillment and eternal joy for those who love him. Eternity with God will be more amazing than we could ever imagine! Hearing about how awesome heaven will be makes me feel so impatient…I long to be “home” with Jesus NOW…but that is not His plan. God’s plan and God’s timing are perfect. He has a purpose for you-an amazing plan that ONLY YOU could fulfill-before he calls you home. 
“He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be My son [daughter].” ~Revelation 21:7

The people who overcome “stand firm to the end.” Following Christ requires boldness and bravery to stand for him through these difficult trials. Yes, He is carrying us (especially when we don’t “feel” him) but we must do our part to walk with Christ with all the strength we can muster up. THEN, on the days we are too weak we must cling to His promises with every last ounce of strength we can find. On our darkest days when we barely have the strength to call out his name we can merely whisper his name and He will hear us. Sooner or later life turns upside down for everyone. When life gets hard the road to recovery may not be painless. It may not be quick but God is going to use this struggle for good…trust Him.


Your friend, Summer 

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