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Let’s face it – this whole year is one for the books. And not in a good way.
A global pandemic. A social justice movement. A presidential election.
These are the things we’re ALL experiencing on a national (and perhaps even global) level. But we can’t forget all of the things happening in our INDIVIDUAL lives, too.
Maybe you’ve had to deal with loss. Perhaps you’ve struggled with mental health. Have you gone through a breakup? Or maybe you feel distant from God altogether and can’t see how a GOOD God would allow these horrible things to happen? Have you found yourself saying, “God, please help me get through this”?
If you haven’t dealt with many issues on a personal level, you’ve probably watched someone else deal with them or maybe you’ve helped them through it.
But can I just say this: dealing with alllll of this heavy stuff is EXHAUSTING. I can only take so much before my head is spinning and my heart is beating so fast that I can’t see an end in sight.
Three years ago (before the crap show that is 2020 came about), I started going to counseling. I was hurting deeply and I didn’t know why. I would experience panic attacks while I was driving. My face swelled up and I experienced deep, painful acne that I could tell was brought on by the pain I was experiencing in my heart. Systemically, something was off.
It took years before I felt that I had returned back to my normal self. But during those years, I learned something so valuable: we cannot let these hardships sit and fester inside of our hearts. When I was experiencing pain, I didn’t tell anyone. Instead, I held onto that weight myself. This was excruciating. Once I began to share those hardships and the pain I felt with my counselor, something crazy happened- the weight began to feel less heavy. I could breathe again.
I think these lessons I learned in counseling are extremely applicable to today. If you’ve ever found yourself asking God to help you get through what you’re experiencing, I’d urge you to do these things:
- Stop what you’re doing and pray. Take three deep breaths. Look up the daily readings for the day or find a daily devotional. Meditate on the words and let Jesus’ love permeate your heart. Then sit still in the silence and let God’s love hold you.
- Get help from the outside. Sometimes God speaks to us through other humans. Talk to a trusted friend or guardian about what you’re going through. Think about going to counseling — this is what healed me immensely. Open your heart to the light so that the pain doesn’t continue to fester.
- Take care of yourself. Get eight hours of sleep each night. Move for 30 minutes each day. Connect with a friend. Eat wholesome food. It’s crazy how these simple things can make all the difference.
Here are some of my favorite bible verses for when you need God’s help desperately:
Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. In green pastures you let me graze; to safe waters you lead me; you restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name. Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage.”
John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
And here are some of my favorite tools to pray with when I find myself saying “God, please help me get through this pain”:
- Be Healed book by Bob Schuchts- this is by far THE BEST book I’ve ever read. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, loss, or really anything heavy– this book is 100% for you.
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2. Unbound book by Neal Lozano- I went on a retreat based on this book when I was healing from my health issues. It really worked wonders overtime. If you’re looking for peace in any aspect of your life, this book is for you.
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3. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Phillipe- oh man. This little book packs a PUNCH. It is easy to read and full of deep, life changing content. You’ll want this one if you’re looking for a way to calm your anxious heart.
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And if you’re into journaling, here are a few of my favorite beautiful journals that help me spill my feelings onto the page. Somehow, the beauty of the journal helps me want to write!
- Persian Grove Journal with GOLD PAGES!
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2. Gilded Rosettes Journal with GOLD PAGES! I bought this one for my study abroad and filled in up in a matter of weeks.
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3. Faux Leather Christian Journal – I have a few faux leather journals and for some reason they’re always so fun to write in. Maybe it’s the texture with my pen? Haha I don’t know but they are BOMB.
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Also! If you’re into podcasts, you HAVE to listen to these ones. I play them every day when I’m on the go!
The Abiding Together Podcast: Think of this one as getting coffee with the best mentors ever– who are also your best friends. These three ladies discuss all things scripture, healing + Christianity. They post every Monday and it’s one of the best parts of my week, truly!
The She podcast: This is my favorite podcast for personal development. It also sprinkles in some faith-based content which I love. If you’re looking for a podcast that will propel you forward in life, this is it!
As a recap, when we find ourselves saying “God, please help me get through this difficult time”, let’s:
- Stop and pray.
- Reach out to a trusted advisor or friend.
- Consider counseling with a health professional.
- Take care of yourself. Journal! Eat good food! Sleep! Whatever makes you feel healthy – do more of that.
What tips did I miss? How do you weather the storms of life? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time, babes!
All my love,