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Dear Discouraged and Beaten-Down Girl, This Is For You

This week’s post is for the girl who finds herself needing to do the hard things in life and get through the hard things in life but feels so weak and tired of trying.

Dear discouraged and beaten-down girl, I see you. God sees you. Everything is okay. It will get better.

Last year was a really bad year for me. I found myself having to do some of the hardest things that you have to do in life. I had to move on from a heartbreak. I had to forgive the one who broke my heart and others who hurt me. I had to stay strong while my heart healed even though I felt like life was too much to bear. I had to turn away from an old life and way of living and find the courage to better myself and make life beautiful again.

Last year was HARD, and there were so many different times when I wanted to give up because I didn’t feel like I could do the hard things in life and get through the hard things in life.

I tried so hard to stay positive in the midsts of all of my issues. I spent countless hours trying to think of solutions to all of my problems. I looked to myself and to the world over and over again for comfort and encouragement, but in the end of the day I remained discouraged and so beaten-down. I had no idea how I could get through the things I was going through.

If you are anything like how I was, I’ve got a message of truth for you today.

You aren’t strong enough to get through the hard things that you are facing in life. You aren’t strong enough to fix your broken heart. You aren’t strong enough to forgive those who have deeply wounded you. You aren’t strong enough to shed an old life for a new one.

Dear discouraged and beaten-down girl, you aren’t strong enough, but God is.

You simply are not strong enough without God. That is why you are always so discouraged and beaten-down. You are always looking within yourself for strength and to the world for comfort, and you never look to God.

You have got to lay your problems at the foot of the cross. You have got to let your Heavenly Father lighten your load. Stop trying to carry the world on your shoulders! You are breaking your own heart and draining the beauty out of life!

It has never been your job to do the hard things in life or to get through the hard things in life, but it has always been your responsibility to give these things to God and to trust that He will bring you through them and help you.

You might be wondering if I ever moved on from my heartbreak- I did. I even forgave the one who broke my heart and those who hurt me. I also held on while my heart healed and walked away from my old life, bettered myself, and made life beautiful again.

How did I do these unbelievably hard things? Well, it wasn’t by my own strength. It wasn’t until I surrendered my problems to the cross and let the Lord lighten my load that I was able to do the hard things in life and get through them too.

I want to encourage you today. Where you may be weak, God is strong. Go to your Heavenly Father and watch how He will lighten your load and give you strength to do the hard things in life. I promise you that with time, you will find yourself looking back on the hardest times of your life and thanking God that He brought you through them and helped you every step of the way just like I do each and every day!

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