Since I started sharing the blog with more people, I have used broader terms, even when I'm talking about something specific. Sometimes that is a good thing... sometimes I don't know.
It is important to me that I be real here.
People need to know that it is okay to be real.
Christians are real people, with real struggles.
And it's okay to talk about those struggles.
All of them.
Even the ones you don't want people to know about.
Why? Because they are struggling with the same things... and they don't want you to know either.
But Paul told us that He delights in his weaknesses as they are the way to let God's light shine through him. That is partly why I am doing this.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Cor 12:9-10
Please know that as I work up the courage to again delve into some dark places, the purpose is always to show God's strength in my own weaknesses in order to encourage others that He can do the same for them. Even on my bad days, when my posts seem negative, you can be sure that I write KNOWING that God is going to teach me something or turn the situation around in some way that helps encourage you.
Much of this is not easy stuff to talk about, but it's time that Christians understand that hiding their pains, fears and weaknesses isn't doing anyone any good... and it isn't going to bring healing or growth, something we should all strive for.