Today is the day!
The American Society for Suicide Prevention is hosting “Out of the Darkness Walk” today, Saturday, September 28th, at Thompson Park in Watertown, NY.
My friend Sally is walking it. Here is her page that supports it… http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm…
This post is dedicated to my niece Ashley and her husband Dan, whose first cousin “left the stage in the middle of her song” on September 22, 2013. She was a bright, beautiful, talented, & loving seventeen year old, with her whole life ahead of her! She was also a Christian, and more so… she loved the Lord. Many people will form their own opinions on suicide & say this or that, but I only listen to The One who counts.
This is what I hear Him say… If I see someone & they are hungry~ I should give them something to eat. If thirsty~ a drink. If lonely~ a friend. And likewise, If I should see someone in the darkness, kicked to the curb, or at the bottom ~ I should turn The Light on, lend a hand, & offer them a lift.
This lift I’m referring to may very well start from a call in the middle of the night, a ride that leads to divine intervention, and a lasting friendship that follows through until the good Lord takes us both. Are we prepared to make that sacrifice? I pray it so!!!
“Who told you life wasn’t worth the fight?
It’s just not you, to walk away
in the middle of a song
… your absolutely beautiful song.”
“I am so sorry for all your loss! I know there is very little that I or anyone can say that can possibly make this “all better”… So I’ll use His words. And even though it is hard to imagine that Romans 8:28 could apply here, I still believe it’s true & that we have to remember that right before He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him & are called for His purpose, that He gave us Romans 8:27. “And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
The Lord knew Alisha’s heart, as He does ours, so He met her right where she was & is now.
I pray a peace & a joy today for you and your family & friends, that cannot be explained in human terms, and furthermore… surpassing all of man’s understanding. God Bless!”
I know what it is like to be absolutely in love with Jesus & still be ‘dying to get out of here!’ And many will say or think “But if you’re a Christian… ?” Being a Christian, and more so~ head over heels in love with Jesus, has at times, left me further in despair. Why? Because if someone lives with [for] Jesus & their life appears hopeless on the inside & out, where is the hope to hang onto? People who haven’t met Him & then do, have found the greatest hope. “But what if I have Him & yet I’m “still hopeless”, where does that leave me?” You see, I know the answer to that now, but you can’t reason with one who is in the middle of the depression, the storm, the hell!
When a person is “clinically depressed” [the clinical definition of what these people are dying from], they suffer from an illness, much like a cancer, that robs them of their life too soon & ‘as well’. The person feels they are out of options, they are at the point of no return, have no one who understands them, so they do the honorable thing [in their mind], they check out, run away… leave.
As Christians, the enemy tries to convince us that even God is disappointed in us, that we have broken His heart and all His rules [along with everyone else’s], leaving us in such a state of despair [because now we think “there really is no one left who ‘gets us'”], that there is no place left to go… but OUT!
“It’s all a lie!” That’s right, all lies from an enemy who knows how much you mean to the Father & would go to any length to keep you from seeing & hearing Him. The liar will never succeed because God never leaves… no matter what you do or say or think [or don’t do, don’t say, or don’t think]. It’s not about us! It’s about Him! He is Grace!!!
Today’s the day! Walk, Run, or Call a friend! Jesus really is still right there with you!!!
I know… I “get it”. But I’ve been where you are & I’m still here to walk & talk about it! And if it wasn’t for Jesus, I’d be crippled, speechless, & dead already. And if He can rescue me from hell, He certainly can do it for you “as well!”
God would never tell you to hurt yourself or take matters into your own hands. When you hurt yourself ~ it hurts Him too! When you ‘do it’, He can’t [give you all He had in heart & mind for you] & His way is always the single most… Best.
For him, He ran & for her… He cried! And for YOU, He does both!
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Why? Because I am not alone! And YOU don’t have to be!
Today’s the Day! Out of the Darkness… RUN!
The darkness can’t exist in the Light, so… Turn The Light On!!!
My friend Sally [a partner in “Live More Ministries”] is walking today to show her support for her friend Kathy for all she does to comfort those who are “Left Behind By Suicide” with her support group and the many other ways she uses her life experiences to help others.
I know both of these women and they are both “sold out” to Jesus! Let’s show our support for all those left behind… as friends who can honestly say we’ve walked through the valleys & the shadows too, and “just be there”~ especially for the people who seemingly need Him the most right now.
And for all those who believe they have gone too far or not far enough ~ “Quit listening to that dirt-bag devil… he’s a LIAR! It’s not too late! And when you hear him or see him coming… RUN!