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Needing Guidance

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1)

November 17, 2017

Dear Julie:

I have struggled with depression since I was 12 years old. I am now 16. I’ve turned to a lot of negative things to take away my pain, including drugs and alcohol. I’ve gotten a lot better at doing positive things, but sometimes I can’t see the point in staying strong. I don’t even want to be here a lot of the time. I don’t feel like anyone really cares about me anymore.

My birth parents gave me up and now don’t talk to me anymore. It hurts. I try to look up to God and realize He is the only father I need, but I find it hard often times questioning my faith as someone who was once an atheist. Any advice? Thank you. –Needing Guidance

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Dear Needing Guidance:

One of my favorite Bible verses may become one of yours as well. It’s Psalm 27:10. “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.” It’s so important that we remember this, dear one. People do let us down, even our parents. But the thing is that God will never let us down. He loves you, and it must bless Him to hear you say that He is the only father you need. Still, He understands your need for someone to look up to and depend on.

He also understands that we sometimes question our faith because this world is hard, the disappointments are many, and things are often not fair. After all, we live in a fallen world. This world is not what God prepared for Adam and Eve before they sinned.

If you can hold on to ONE fact, even in the hard times: GOD LOVES YOU. HE HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE AND HE WILL HELP YOU TO ACCOMPLISH IT IF YOU WALK BY HIS SIDE. Read Psalm 23:1-3. He will lead you in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Also read Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

May I pray for you? “Father, please bless my young friend with an awareness of Your presence. Help her to understand how much You love her, that You want good things for her. Help her to follow You in paths of righteousness as You lead her into the plans You have for her. Help her be strong even when she feels down and depressed. Give her strength and comfort and grace. Help her to feel loved by You. I ask this in Jesus precious name who is, after all, the proof of Your love for each of us. Amen.”

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Remember, friends, as challenges come our way, we can face them head-on through Christ who strengthens us!

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