You're one of the most beautiful human beings I've ever known and I want you to know that you helped me so much, in/directly, with my personal growth, the way I now see so many things, how I perceive myself. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, I really admire you. And I hate all those "you're gonna fight it" bcos I feel like I might be giving false hope & ignoring the bad possibilities, so... If you ever need anything, I (and a lot of folks too, I believe) am here for you *hugs tight*
I actually said on my Facebook post that I really didn’t want to hear ‘everything is gonna be fine’ from people, so I can definitely understand that some messages rub you (or others) the wrong way! I have a pagan friend who pulls his hair out when he hears ‘I’ll pray for you’ from Christians, for example.
I don’t mind ‘you’re gonna fight it.’ Because I am gonna fight it. That’s the plan. I’m sure I’ll have my down moments, that’s a given because mental illnesses don’t go on pause when this stuff gets in the way of life, but yeah, I think of myself as a fighter. But that might be a phrase that rubs you the wrong way because like…all of these phrases can read as platitudes, and secondly, they can sometimes be used as a form of erasure. Saying ‘you’re gonna fight it’ doesn’t leave room for someone to have weak or emotional moments, and can make people feel ashamed when they have to stop fighting, because they’re exhausted and sad. Saying ‘everything’s gonna be fine’ isn’t realistic and is often flat out untruthful. Saying ‘I’ll pray for you’ to a pagan, denies the persecution that Christians have inflicted on pagans for centuries.
I tend to think that a lot of people are really well-intentioned with what they’re saying, though ‘everything’s gonna be fine’ is like a personal one for me. I’ve had too many things in my life where everything was not fine that it’s like ‘okay, stop it now,’ lol.
Falling in love with God is like falling in love with Life, over and over again. Every sunrise is your first kiss; the rain, the grass and the ocean are miracles of Being. And every person is a sign of His love. And then you realize that He loves you this much, more than you can ever comprehend. Everything is still and calm, and peace is what He brings you.
There is no wrong place to pray. I pray at my desk, on my living room floor, on the couch beside my dogs, in my bed, beside my bed, in the bathroom, in the shower, in the car on my way to work, walking down the street, in the morning when I wake up, in the evenings before I fall asleep.
There is no wrong way to pray. I pray with my eyes, closed, with my eyes open, with my knees on the ground, standing up, sitting down, curled into a ball, holding my own hands, moving my hands around, raising my hands in the air, holding someone else’s hands.
There is no wrong way to say a prayer. Some days I repeat myself over and over, some days I cry, some days I get angry, some days I tell Him everything, some days I can’t seem to tell Him anything, some days I use flowery language, some days I use foul language, some days I use hardly any language. Help me, I whisper.
There is no wrong place to pray, there is no wrong way to pray, there is no wrong way to talk to our Creator, our Father, our best friend, our God.
How often do you praise God while praying? How often do you stop asking and just start bragging on Him? How often do you pause to tell Him how incredible He is— that He is the greatest thing in your universe?
Please reblog and follow those who reblog. I’m looking to establish a network of Christians that are committed to prayer for one another and for a semi-public internet space to be open and deeply honest about struggles and fears. We are called to community and genuine love. Wherever this reaches, I hope you will publicly declare yourself a Christian and be unafraid to ask difficult questions and ask for help via prayer. Let’s use the internet to strengthen the church and each other’s faith.