• Julie Busler

I'm Praying For You

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you are not alone as a follower of Jesus who struggles with mental illness. As my family sleeps, I’m up early this morning with a burden to pray for this community that God has brought together and continues to grow.

The messages I have received over the last few days are a treasure trove of women coming out of the darkness and choosing to say “me too.” Each moment of reaching out is a ray of light that is pushing back the darkness.

The privilege of being entrusted with your stories is not lost on me.

One by one, I read the messages. I respond as quickly as I can.

I marvel at the similarities I see woven through each story.

I feel sad over the isolation women are confessing, yet hopeful that shame won’t have the final word.

Anger burns hot within at the enemy for tormenting precious ones, but almost just as quickly, trust in God smothers those dangerous embers.

Like you, I’m confused why mental illness is just so hard, but faith directs my gaze forward to Jesus and hope fills me with life-giving expectation and perseverance.

I am thankful for the army God is calling forth in the mental health community. I pray for you and have so much hope for change. As followers of Jesus, we may struggle with the darkest depression, but we are not powerless and destined for defeat.

• There is purpose for your life

• There is help available

• God is for you and loves you

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians‬ ‭1:18-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬).

Praying for you,


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