This post means so much to me. We’ve all been there. If you are one of the millions struggling with something in your life, may you find peace and inspiration through this post. I know the Lord is walking by my side. As long as I keep Him there, I’ll never fall again. Thank you, Mike, for this post and for the music.

M.L. Swift, Writer

I have found, time and again, that when things aren’t going to my liking, when my world feels upside-down and there’s nowhere to turn, when there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel alone, then usually my prayer life is lacking.

It means that I’ve been trying to run things myself, and that’s always disastrous.

Much of my youth was spent pleasing others, struggling with issues of self-worth, searching for personal acceptance in empty eyes and emptier promises, until all that changed in 1990 when, as a young adult who was sick and tired of being sick and tired, I cried out to God to relieve me of the pain, even if that meant death. I simply couldn’t go on anymore…did not want to go on anymore.

And in that moment, the shackles of heavy burden were loosed.

That’s not to say that I haven’t slapped them back…

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