Like tar around my bones.


I remember thinking
this is it.

These are my last sane moments.

The darkness wrapped like tar around my bones.

I couldn’t breathe much less complete a sane thought.

I would check my phone seeing if anyone had called me.
Coming to save me from the darkness that loomed.

That somehow believing that if someone knew
they would save me.

I was imagining that the next month my children would have to visit me somewhere.
Some where they were keeping me safe.

Lock and key was how they would have to find me.

Visiting hours would determine our relationship.

Or I could just run.
Run where no one needed anything.
Where I didn’t have to be someone.

I didn’t run.
I stayed.
I screamed.
I wrestled.
I fought.

And when I couldn’t lift my head to fight anymore.
I begged God to fight for me. I begged him to come to me.

That morning.
The sun trying to push its way through the closed winter shades.
The price of my soul was up for grabs and I was sure that I had lost the battle.
I begged God to struggle for me.
To tell me I was worth the fight.

Over 16 months ago.
This is the verse that was shown to me that day.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

In the darkest

In the loneliest

In the emptiest

In the silence

In the madness

In the hopelessness

He gently whispers
I. am. healing.

Just hold on.
the Lord your God will be with you…..Joshua 1:9b

Sweet one, I know. I know today is hard. I know yesterday and tomorrow will be hard too. But I need you to close your eyes with me now and picture this. Your God, your strong powerful warrior God is surrounded by the battle that wages for your soul. He stands there larger than the darkness. He stands and armies fall with one word. They drop to the ground by the thousands, crying out for mercy.

And you sweet one. You have not been touched. The battle leaves not a mark on you. Because your God. Your powerful warrior God is fighting. Has fought. Will continue to fight for you.

Do not be afraid sweet one; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Just hold on.


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  1. Thank you for your raw and powerful picture of words. As a mom I can relate, maybe not the same way but I know the feeling of drowning and confusion. You are so right. To Him, we are worth the fight. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Sometimes, I have to get really weak before I remember that He is always with me to strengthen and encourage. Good word today Friend. Good word.

  2. Thank you for your words, they are so encouraging and I have just the person to share this with. God bless!

  3. What a beautiful post. I had tears. Thank you for allowing God to work through your words to speak to my weary heart tonight.

  4. Sheli:

    I am in the midst of a pretty bad depression right now. Your words reached in and touched my heart.

    Please keep writing. It helps so much to know that you are out there and you KNOW.

    God Bless,

  5. Thank you for this beautiful post! I have gone through experiences in my life (one in particular) where the darkness was surrounding me and far too overwhelming and I didn’t know if I would ever be able to find which way was up. But God does step in and He is bigger than the darkness and He even works in the darkness even if we can’t see it at the time. Thank you for this, it resonates down deep in me.

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