Child, you are precious to Me. Do you know that?
You are so precious that I gave My life for you. Why? So that you can have life. You might feel invisible, but you’re not. I see you. I know you, and I love you. You are not a number.
I know that, right now, you feel like your life is over, that you have hit a dead end. I want you to know this: What you see with your natural eyes is not the end. It’s not over. Did you hear that? It’s not over! Life is not over. Your future is not over. You are not over! Don’t give up.
Child, I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future. Put your life in My hands, and I will give you the life you’ve been searching for. I will give you the love and acceptance you’ve desired since your youth. You’ll have purpose and joy; provision and protection.
You know that empty space in your heart? I want to fill it. That pain? I want to heal it. Come to Me, and I will make you whole. All those disappointments? I see those, too. I am about to turn your ashes into beauty. Your mourning into joy.
Did you know that you are an overcomer? A conqueror? Yes—in Me, you are victorious. Nothing in this world can keep you from moving forward. In Me, you will be able to conquer anything despite all the trials. How? Because I am Victory. I am the Victorious One. Through the cross, I defeated every demonic force, every scheme of man, every sickness, every curse of this world. So take heart. Lift your gaze from your situation and put it on Me. I am your victory. Nothing is too hard for Me. And in Me, nothing is too hard for you. You can endure and overcome every situation in life because I will give you My perfect strength. Stay close to Me, and together we will conquer.
I know you are tired. Come to Me, and I will give you rest. I will take the load off your shoulders. All you have to do is give Me your burden. You weren’t meant to carry it. It’s too much for you. Give Me every concern, every fear, every doubt, every worry. Give Me your regrets, your guilt, your shame. My shoulders are big, and My arms are strong. I will take your burden off of your neck, so that you can conquer the race I have set before you. I will set you free!
by Kristi Overton Johnson
Photo by Lê Tân