Forget Suicide

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It’s time to choose life and happiness over suicide. Let go and trust God with your depression, worries, and pain. I am reminded of the story in Matthew 14 about Peter. The disciples sat in a boat and watched Jesus walking on the water. Peter walked out to Jesus, but then he saw the wind and began to sink. He called out, “Lord, save me.” Then Jesus reached out His hand to save him.

You may feel all alone—as if you are sinking into depression and your soul is giving up. Call out to the Lord today (just like Peter) to save you from depression. Ask Him to give You hope for a better future.

Art reaches our soul in ways our mind cannot. Take a moment to consider this video of artistic images set to a song called “Don’t Give Up” by Calling Glory. Click here: http://youtu.be/pBzCNAZm5mw.

Dear Lord, Give us the strength to hold on until You have given us new people to love and be loved by. Rescue us from our enemies, provided new ways for us to prosper, and heal us of our depression. Thank You, Lord, that You faithfully save Your children when they reach out to You. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

God loves you and we love you! Don’t give up! 

God inspired Third Day to write this awesome song, and maybe He did it just for you! Click here to listen to “I Need A Miracle” on GodTube.

© 2015 Kim Bond

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Truths for the Suicidal

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Everyone would mourn you and miss you if you chose to take your life. Your family would be devastated for the rest of their lives. Old friends would wish for you to be alive another day. Your neighbors would mourn you. Everyone who hears about your death would be sorrowful. Don’t listen to the depression that is telling you that no one will miss you or that they’ll just get over it. The truth is some people would be haunted by grief for the rest of their lives by your death.

Your courage is displayed by your continued life. Persevering through depression shows valor. Battling suicidal thoughts and letting go of emotional pain require a lot more bravery than taking your own life. Don’t listen to that suicidal spirit daring you to go through with it. It is tricking you. God gave you life because He loves you. Hold on tight to this precious gift.

You will stop feeling this way one day. I can’t say how it will happen, but one day you are going to feel happy again. It might be as you close the cover of an inspirational self-help book, as you finish talking to a loved one or counselor, or after you wake up tomorrow morning. Don’t listen to the voice that is telling you that you will feel like this forever. It’s a lie. What you are now feeling is temporary. Just hang in there!

Dear Father, Deliver your people from emotional pain and depression. Help them to accept these truths and the truth of Christ’s everlasting love. Let them feel Your embrace. Thank You, Lord, that care so deeply for us. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

When you are feeling low, it is hard to imagine a bright new start. Maybe this poem will help: click here to read “Unlived Things.”

Many people leave suicide notes to communicate their last thoughts. It’s ironic that no one can ever read their loved ones’ replies because it is just too late. I will bet a reply to your suicide note would go something like a poem I wrote. Click here to read it.

© 2015 Kim Bond

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Changes for the Suicidal

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Get rid of the weapons. If you own guns, drop them off at the local police station. Remove everything in your home that could be used as a weapon against yourself.

Stand up to negative thoughts. Take control of your brain. Chase negative thoughts away so you can achieve joy and happiness. Focus on pure and noble thoughts as it says in Phil. 4:8. What pure thing makes you smile? In Ephesians 6:12, we are made aware that we are at battle against evil spiritual forces. It’s time to fight back. Start by claiming your claiming your life.

Analyze your medications. If you have noticed that your suicidal thoughts increased after you began taking a medicine, read the side effects to see if that is listed. Talk to your doctor and be persistent about changing the medicine.Ignore (and defy) feelings inspired by depression. Don’t let your feelings control you. Here are some feelings and ways to ignore and rebel against them:

  • “I feel like staying in bed all day.” Instead, get up and exercise.
  • “I don’t want to face anyone today.” Instead, walk through your neighborhood and wave to people.
  • “I don’t want to eat.” Ignore the feeling and defy it by eating something healthy (like fruit).

Love God and people. Pray daily and bless others regularly. This might mean helping your neighbor or serving in church or volunteering at a local animal shelter. You are a masterpiece that God has made for a purpose. Ecclesiastes 9:10 tells us, “…For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.” Love knowledge! Love wisdom! This is your time on Earth. Dear Lord, We praise You and thank You for giving us life and breath. Give us courage to make our lives healthier. Help us to see how beautifully and wonderfully You have created us. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Click here to ready my poem about embracing “Today.” I am praying for you to draw closer to God, fight those negative thoughts and focus on happy ones, and do the right thing.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

Help For the Suicidal

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If someone broke into your house, pursued you, and made it clear they intended to kill you—what would you do? Call 911, right? If you are contemplating suicide, then someone is in your house, pursuing you with the intent to kill. It is yourself. CALL the emergency phone number in your area!!! Call 911 in the US!!!

Supposing you are not contemplating suicide right now, but the idea is a tempting “solution” to overwhelming problems. That kind of thinking is not healthy. It is your body’s cry for help. You cannot face this alone. Get some help sorting out your problems while finding positive ways to solve them instead. Here are some ideas to contact someone for help:

Schedule a session with a local Christian counselor.

  • Call Focus On The Family’s counseling department: 1-855-771-HELP (4357).
  • Call a suicide hotline. In the US, call 1-800-273-8255. Find one outside the US by clicking here: http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres
  • Talk to a trusted family member or friend.
  • Join a suicide support group in your area. (Look in newspapers for announcements of place and time.)
  • Join a small group at church and confide in them how you are struggling.
  • Schedule an appointment with your pastor.

Commit to doing one or more of the above within 48 hours. God has a plan for your life. Live to let it unfold before your eyes. Greatness will happen and happiness is possible. As our brother or sister in Christ, we love you and want you to live. I pray you will receive godly help in your time of need.

I think Manafest really captured this kind of feeling with their song. Click “Edge of My Life”  to listen to it on YouTube.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

For Victims of Child Sex Abuse

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There are many types of sexual abuse and all are devastating. One of the most difficult types of sexual abuse occurs when the victim is a child. Oftentimes, the abuser takes advantage of a child’s trust, their desire to please, and their innocence. If you are the victim of sexual abuse, you know the pain is much deeper than a physical pain. Somehow the wounds made by sexual abuse scar the victims in ways that overflow into every aspect of their lives. Do not underestimate the damage done by sexual abuse.

Victims may suffer from any of the following: sleeplessness, nightmares, depression, a desire to cut or harm yourself, desires to numb yourself with alcohol and drugs, paralyzing fear, inability to trust or maintain good relationships, guilt, regret, shame, unhealthy sex relationships, avoiding life, overly concerned with control, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, stress, headaches…

If you are the victim of sexual abuse, God wants to help you restore your life. He wants to empower you to overcome the pain of your past and begin anew. The key to moving on is forgiveness. As hard as it may seem, you must forgive your abuser. I strongly recommend Christian counseling to sort through the emotions that are causing problems in your life. If you know someone who has been sexually abused, offer them lots of patience, understanding, and a listening ear. Urge them to get help from a professional so they can embrace all of the wonderful God has planned for their future.

Lord, I pray for you would open the door for the victims of sex abuse to get real help. I pray you would completely and totally heal them of all the emotional pain they experience. I pray for deliverance from all of the harmful ways in which they have learned to cope. Thank You, Lord, for your healing power and ability to restore. Thank You that You have placed so many caring people in the paths of Your people. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

You are not alone. Click here to watch a powerful YouTube video on from Gospel Rapper Json. He and his wife speak out about the affects of sexual abuse.

© 2015 Kim Bond

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For Victims of Physical Abuse

psYou vowed to love your spouse forever. You meant every word of your marriage vow…even now that your purple bruises are more common than romantic dinners. You begged God to make the abuse stop. You begged God to change him. You begged God to make your marriage work. Why isn’t He listening to your requests?

My question for you is this: Are you listening to God? What is He asking you to do? What if He is asking you to leave your spouse to go to a safe place to live until your spouse gets help? Are you willing to listen to His divine guidance?

If you have been physically abused by your spouse, ask God what He wants you to do now with an open heart. Do not be afraid to hear the answer. Just ask: Lord, what do You want me to do? Do you want me to move out?

Listen for that still small voice. If you have children that are being abused by your spouse or are forced to watch abuse to you, it is your responsibility to move out and take them to a safe place. God hears you. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Please listen for His guidance for your life. God bless!

Lord, I pray for people in abusive relationships. I pray they would know Your deep love for them and hear Your plan for their life loud and clear. I pray You would give them the courage to follow through with all You have called them to do. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

For Victims of Emotional Abuse

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As Christians, we are not exempt from the problems of the world. Many of us ask for prayers in tough situations. In fact, some prayer requests I have read even recount signs of emotional abuse. Emotional abuse seems to surface often in romantic relationships and parent-child relationships, but it could be in employment settings or friendships, etc.

Signs of emotional abuse include:

  • Blaming when it is inappropriate. Abusers cannot accept their own faults. They rarely apologize and will most often shift their own blame to the victim.
  • Manipulating the victim’s emotions by rejecting him/her. It is healthy sometimes for an angry person to walk away and cool off, but an abuser might refuse to communicate for the purpose of controlling their victim’s emotions.
  • Humiliating and isolating the victim. Abusers will often call their victim names and keep them from maintaining healthy friendships.

If you think you are the victim of emotional abuse, know that God cares deeply for you. He knows your pain and wants to help. Victims must find the peace that comes only from God when the abuser becomes angry and abusive. They should be aware they are highly treasured no matter how the abuser tries to manipulate them. Even when the storms blow, we can keep calm and recite the truth of God’s Word about ourselves as the children of God.

I strongly recommend prayer, supportive friends, scheduling a talk with your pastor, and the help of a Christian counselor. They will be your best resources since they can gain a good understanding of your particular situation.

If you have endured emotional abuse, you may be walking around feeling the weight of your own sin along with the heavy burden of blame heaped on by your abuser. Remember that as a Christian, you no longer need to carry the weight of a sin burden. Click here to enjoy a beautiful song with touching images called “What Sin?”

If you are not a Christian, consider giving your life to Jesus today. His blood already paid your sin debt but if you do not receive the payment then you are still in your sin. You cannot pay for this sin yourself. Only the blood of a sinless man, Jesus, can pay for your sin. Accept God’s plan of salvation by crying out to the Lord in prayer right now. Jesus, I accept your blood as payment for my lifetime of sin. I believe you died and rose again on the third day. I want to have an eternal life that is free from pain in heaven with you. Amen.

That’s all it takes to become a Christian. Blessings!

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!