The Morning After (poem by me)

(In memory of Bryan)

Let it be yesterday,
Let me go back in time,
And hug you,
And hold you tight,
And tell you “No,
Don’t do it!”
We will never get over you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”–Jeremiah 29:11

*Do not suffer in silence. Speak out and tell someone if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts. The National Suicide Hotline. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) any time of the day or night.

**One of the aims of Draw Near’s upcoming anthology called Laments is to communicate our struggles instead of wrestling in silence. Please consider submitting an essay that conveys the challenges in your life and the hope you have in Christ.

My Reply to Your Suicide Note

You’re my favorite character
In a book that ended abruptly,
Remember our wild laughter
It’s a lollapalooza interrupted.

I looked for the next book in your series,
But I discovered there was no more,
I cannot find any peace or rest,
Without some kind of closure.

It’s just cruel and unfair,
You thought no one would care,
BUT I DO,
God created you perfectly,
That’s all I could see
because I always loved you.

The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness. -John 10:10

©2015 Kim Bond

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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

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!

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

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!

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!