Just when a broken, frustrated heart wants to throw in the towel, love can come from the most unexpected of places.
Life kick-dropped you to your knees, all one can do is breathe around the pain.
On the edge of a parking garage, temptation reaches out – it whispers to jump. Tears roll slowly down your cheeks as you consider who would actually miss you.
No one. The voice in your head assures.
Closing your eyes, two small children flash through your mind. Almost convinced they won’t even remember you in three years.
The person you chose to marry is a selfish liar. Your heart screams for hope. But hope has faded.
What once was yours, belongs to someone else.
All of the dreams you had, lay desolate as wasted space in your head.
Darkness clouds your hopes, you gave up on wishing for this to be different.
However, something keeps you from jumping tonight, and you return home to the baby who needs to nurse and the toddler who screams for their grandma instead of you.
Lonely nights in an empty bed, lying next to shadows on the wall. Anxiety imagines they’re alive. Anxiety fed to you by the man who says he loves you.
The same one who neglects his children and only needs you when it conveniences him.
As life continues to turn to rust, the bridge down the street calls out. You imagine the water embracing your weary soul as it runs steady along the edge of another lonely town.
And that’s when you cry out for help.
The holidays pass. The following year does not improve, and you find yourself standing on that brink again.
In your weakest moment, a hand stretches out, beckoning you from the brink of catastrophe.
A voice of reason and hope snaps you into reality.
Strength gently draws at you. A promise that you’re going to be okay.
Two very specific prayers reach the Heavens, and within the next few weeks, you’re moving out of the darkness into a field of sunlight you didn’t even know exists.
Fear. Guilt. Anxiety. Each demon gnaws at you, pressing you to turn back.
The hope and love you found? You’re not deserving of them. The voices snarl. You’re an adulterated whore who “gave up”. What makes you think you’re allowed to be happy without him? The man who says he loves you? The one you married?
Wrestling with searing guilt, doubt rises. You question the God who rescued you. You question your worth while holding the hand of the one who called you out of the darkness.
Gentle assurance warms your heart. Love peaks for the first time. Hope for a future where you’re adored.
After being used and forgotten. Manipulated. Tormented with fear. Riddled by anxiety. Reasoned into doubting good people exist. Convinced people are watching your every move. Terrified by suggestions put in your head. Lied to countless times. Blindsided. Emptied out and frail.
Degraded. Berated. Forced to swallow your own hurt to take on someone elses. Never being good enough. Questioning your worth. Ignored. Looked over.
What hope does a shattered soul have left for themselves, when everyone succeded to take it away?
Making excuses for the people who hurt them. Trying to change and forced back by someones illusion of authority.
How terrifying it is to be left weak and helpless.
Without him, I wouldn’t have made it this far. Someone to hope for me, when I didn’t want to hold on anymore.
Someone to persuade my worth was greater than I believed and I was worth holding on to. Even when it hurt him.
How difficult it was to step out of the box and believe God wanted more for me than the mess I made for myself.
We are not without Hope. The struggle is real. But it’s inevitable that this broken heart was meant for more.
And love got me through. Love I felt unworthy of. Love that was persistent and strong enough to hold me, when I couldn’t hold myself.
That man who became my best friend, gave my broken heart something to live for.
Me. My purpose. My hope. My own strength.
Nurturing and growing me when I had given up on my own dreams.
I struggled long and hard with the views of God we all know. God hates Divorce. God hates adultery. God hates sin.
Yes. It’s true. He does not like these things.
But he is also a loving God, and does not want us to live abused and neglected.
I prayed specifically for God to remove me from the marriage I hated.
What do you need from God?