“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs” (Matthew 10:27).
The truth is, what you see in me – or read in my words – is not all there is. I may look wise and together on paper, but it’s not the full picture. I wrestle daily with depression; it has been my constant companion since I was very young. It has taken me to some deep, gloomy places. It has cost me a great deal in my relationships, health, time, money, and hopes, and dreams. I’ve tried many things to keep it at bay. Medication, Scripture, and prayer have all been effective and helpful tools. But they haven’t made it completely go away.
Do I really believe the things I write about God breaking through despair to bring hope? Yes – because those are the very same words that God speaks to me – His continual stream of goodness and inspiration that keeps my feet steady and my head lifted. They are His constant reminders of love flowing through His Word and His Spirit and shining in my darkness. He knows me. He knows that I can’t make it one day without the hope He gives. So He speaks to me.
Then He tells me to speak to you. Because He knows you too. He knows that some days are so hard you don’t even want to get out of bed. He knows that you are lonely, grieving, hurting, fearful. He knows that you have been disappointed, forgotten, rejected, passed over – and so He tells me, “Take the words that have spoken over you and speak it over them.” That is why I write. It’s so you can grab onto the same lifeline God threw out to me. Because I can’t keep this comfort and encouragement to myself – it’s much too big and wonderful for just me. It’s for you too. It’s a warm blanket we can share in a cold world. It’s a quilt of encouragement
Beloved, come join me in the sweet, blessed comfort of our Heavenly Father. Hear His words of hope, peace, encouragement, and Joy. Let the warmth of His love wash over you. We’re in this together – you and I – and the God of Heaven and Earth. We’re gonna make it—He told me so—and then He told me to tell you.