Have you ever felt ashamed of asking for help? Or talking about your feelings? That was the case for me for so long. I didn’t even want to go to counseling because it meant, “I had a problem.” But, I am also human and everyone has problems. This life is too difficult to carry all the burdens by yourself. We need help. We need saving.
I have been to therapy before many times. I usually get anxious beforehand because I don’t want to reveal my junk. It makes me feel weak, like I can’t do it on my own. And you know what? I can’t. After going to therapy, I always feel better. Sometimes, you just need someone to listen, to be your sounding board. And sometimes, it needs to be someone with more life experience and more knowledge that can help you with your specific needs, hurts, fears, etc.
I’m not saying everyone has had a good experience, because that is NOT the case. But, if you find the right person/people/group, it can be so fulfilling. Y’all - if you haven’t figured it out, we are all a MESS. There is NOTHING wrong with getting help, advice and guidance. For me personally, I prefer Biblically based help, so I am trying to surround myself with women who will point me back to Christ. It has been extremely humbling, and I am learning so much about myself and the Lord in general. I have figured out that I have never fully healed from specific events from my past. If you don’t properly process and grieve, you will more than likely try to push them down. THEY STAY THERE! And unfortunately, they will eventually creep back into your life in different forms. I have finally been able to identify so many of these things, and I have begun the process of healing.
Is there something you need help with? Reach out! There are also places that offer services like this FOR FREE. Your mental health and taking care of YOU should be the most important thing! And I just want to encourage you, that if you are already doing this, KEEP GOING. Progress takes time - it doesn’t happen overnight. If you are like me, you are incredibly hard on yourself and want things to change immediately and be perfect. Well, this is impossible. We are ALL a work in progress!
“I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the LORD to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12: 5-10
Sending much love your way today!