Recently my daughter wrote a post about an organization called To Write Love On Her Arms. We purchased some of their merchandise and have been proudly wearing their shirts. The ones we like the best are the ones that say “You’re Not Alone” and “Hope Is Real.” We have gotten a few double takes as people have seen us walking around with these messages. We feel they are messages that people every where need to see, hear, and feel!
How many times have you felt alone in this cold, cruel world? How many would admit feeling hopeless in various different situations? I think, if we are honest with ourselves, we have all had these feelings at some point in our lives. That is why I’m here to tell you today and every day, as long as you need a little encouragement and support along your journey, that you matter! You are enough! You mean the world to someone and may not even realize it. You are not alone as God is right there beside you walking every step of the way, and when you feel at your lowest point or your absolute weakest, that is when God will carry you the rest of the way.
When I lost my sister almost 13 years ago, I did not see how I would ever be able to go on without her. I felt like the entire world crashed down around my feet. I could barely breathe and found myself asking how do I go on? It was one of the hardest things to ever face for our family. There were times that I felt so incredibly alone and so hopeless, but I had family and friends that came alongside of me to remind me that they were there, they loved me, and we would get through this together. We all had questions that went unanswered around her death, and it pains us to this very day what happened and the circumstances leading up to her taking her own life. I’m sure at that moment, she felt incredibly hopeless and was filled with such feelings of loneliness and despair. Oh how I wish I could have helped her. I wish I could have saved her. I wish she would have turned to me in her darkest hours to let me help her through this.
We all have problems in this life. They seem all consuming at times, and it is hard to think rationally when our heads are spinning as things continue to be hurled at us. What I wish I could have expressed to my sister is how much I love her, how valuable she was to her family, and how much she truly did matter.
Just recently our family encountered problems, and we struggled. I felt almost the same identical feelings crash into me this time just as I had experienced almost 13 years ago. The situation was somewhat different, yet the grief familiar. To be honest, our family is still struggling through some very difficult issues. It’s hard to face what has become your reality. You always hear of things happening, but it’s always to other people. Surely this can’t be happening to US! But, it is. In the face of great difficulty, it’s so easy to just throw your hands in the air and give up. That would be the easy way out. Yet, we refuse to do that! Anything worth having is worth fighting for. You just don’t quit when the going gets tough. That is when you hold on tighter and with all of your might. The best thing to hold on to in this life is each other!
I was told this past week by a friend that I just refuse to give up until I have exhausted every measure, every avenue … and you know what? That is a very true statement. I refuse to give up. I will do whatever it takes because the person involved is worth it. We are worth it. Our family is worth it. Our children are worth it. Our lives are intertwined, and I believe that HOPE IS REAL for us … for you … for any one out there struggling, no matter the situation or circumstances! Hope is real! I believe it with my whole heart. So, no, I won’t give up until I know that I have tried absolutely EVERYTHING, and then and only then will I throw in the towel. It’s not over … it’s only just beginning. Life is worth living, people are worth loving, and hope is worth hanging on to!
When all else fails and you don’t know what to do … pray! Believe that God is working this situation out for His good, for His honor, and His glory … believe that God has plans for us … plans to give us a hope and a future.
HOPE IS REAL! I believe it with my whole heart.