Everyone Seems Happy, but What About You?

“He longs for you to walk with Him in this hour.
He longs for you to hear His voice
when you read His Word.
He longs for you to trust Him through
every layer of confusion,
frustration, and bitterness
that has been so heavy
on your heart lately.”
– Morgan Harper Nichols
To those who feel as if they cannot carry on:
   First off, I want you to take a deep breath. Inhale all of the positivity and exhale all of the negative thoughts that hold you back. If you can’t seem to find that sense of peace and positivity, it’s simple. Just ask God. He will provide you with a peace in which only He can instill within you. So, before you read the rest of this, take a deep breath.
   I know that #mentalhealthday can be a hard day. Seeing everyone post about mental health and how they beat their illnesses. Yes, it’s amazing that they’ve managed to move past their hardships, but what about you? The one who continues to struggle day in and day out to get out of bed in the morning and not wish you could just go back to sleep? What about the one who believes the lies constantly pouring into their thoughts? The ones who stay awake at night, feeling as if they failed that day? What about those who feel as if they are drowning and can’t find the surface? What about you?
   You see, I could write an entire post about how you aren’t alone and that everything is going to be better in the future. But that won’t make you any better, will it? I can attempt to compliment you until you begin to eat again. I can try to encourage you to keep going until you believe you’re capable. I can try to prove to you that you’re not alone by telling you that I’ve struggled with every little thing mentioned in this post. I could try and try and try to bring you back to full mental health, but there’s a problem. I can’t do that for you. I can’t save you from your demons. I can’t save your life and make everything like it was before it felt like hell. I can’t save you. As a matter of fact, the only person that can save you is you.
   Now, I understand that you feel as if your life is completely out of control at this point. To some extent, I agree. You do not have control over what comes into your head. However, you do have control over how you deal with it. You see, I used to think that my thoughts were the things that were going to ultimately end my life. I felt as if I couldn’t escape from them when in reality, I wasn’t letting them escape from me. I wasn’t letting go of the horrific thoughts within my brain and allowing any room for positive thoughts. I couldn’t seem to be able to manage to let go of the lies inside my head. That was until I realized that those thoughts were not from God. They were lies from the enemy that were ingrained in my brain. They were thoughts that were years in the making. I couldn’t let them go because they were so familiar to me. So, I began to believe them and saw those lies as the truth. It wasn’t until I realized that these destructive statements cycling through my head were lies that had been holding me captive for years.
   For so many years, I was held captive by the thoughts I felt I had no control over. It turns out, I had far more control than I thought. You do too. You don’t get to choose what comes into your brain. However, you do get to choose what you do with those thoughts. Let me tell you what I did with my lies. I recognized the inaccuracy of my thoughts and ran to the Lord in my time of need. I knew that I couldn’t do this alone. (P.S. You’ll never get through this on your own). I knew that I needed help and that I could only defeat these lies with the truths that God instills within me. So, I humbled myself before the Lord and sincerely apologized for disregarding His truths. I asked Him to reveal them to me once again. I know for a fact, that the Lord is pleased when His children call to Him for help. I know that He yearns for intimate connections with each one of us, no matter how far we’ve run. God loves to see us in the pursuit of His love and the truth.
   That is why I love this quote and posted this for mental health day. It doesn’t matter how tattered, broken, and bruised we are. It doesn’t matter if you’ve run five feet from the Lord or five million miles. All that matters is that we are able to return to Him. God will give us peace and will instill within us the truths we’ve been needing to hear all along. So, if you’re struggling today, on world mental health day, because you wish you were one of them, I hope that this helps give you perspective and shows you that it’s perfectly fine to present yourself to God in your most broken form. Run to the Lord. I can’t do this for you. You’ve gotta save yourself by pursuing the Lord and all that He has for you. You’re a beautiful child of God and He has something amazing planned for you. I hope that you hang in there to be able to see it happen. Remember, the first step is wanting to get better. The rest will fall into place. I promise.
Written By: Natalie Thwaites
My name is Natalie Thwaites and I am from Highlands Ranch, CO. I am currently majoring in Psychology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. I have been broken and bruised throughout my life and strive to live according to 2 Corinthians 12:9—sharing my weaknesses with others so the Lord’s power can be made known! God turned my brokenness into beauty in His own time and I believe He’ll do the same for you!
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