Dear Friend

To the one persevering through the courageous process of healing: 

Dear Friend, 

I know this journey can be a weary one, that heaviness inevitably intermixes with progress; that common moments of second guessing the worthwhileness of it all will come.  To self-protect, the tendency will be to hit the breaks, to back away, to not look there.  Please know, you are brave.  And you are not alone.        

Sometimes healing looks like pauses and may feel as though growth has become stagnant.  How often we wish we could rush the process, to leap to the end when we feel better.  This is an encouragement to be patient, an invitation to be tender toward yourself.  Please remember, there is no “right pace” for healing.  Embrace where you are as you continue to move forward. 

And in those moments when peace seems illusive, when the hardness of it all feels unceasing- please know, you have permission to let it be hard.  Because sometimes, that’s all it can be.  Allow yourself to weep, to feel what feels unbearable, to rest in the difficult.  It will not be comfortable, but in time, it will be good.     

Please take heart in knowing that your tears are not without purpose and restoration is at hand.   Keep going. Keep breathing.  Keep looking ahead.  Above all, hold this close as a promised hope: Though sorrow lasts for a season, there will be joy again.  

Sincerely, 

The one cheering you on 

Published by Nicole Byrum

Hello! I have been a therapist in the community mental health field for the last 13 years. During this time I have worked with numerous women in recovery from substance abuse. It was this work, along with my relationship with Jesus, that inspired me to write my first book, Remade: Living Free. I have found writing to be a joy and it is my aim through this website to continue to share my faith, insights, and hope with my readers. Some fun facts about me: I have been married for 15 years and have 2 children; I love to read, run and cook; Even though I have lived in Ohio for most of my life I am not a fan of cold weather!

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