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“It’s okay to not be okay.This is a safe place. This is a safe place. Don't be afraid. Don't be ashamed. There's still hope here. There's still hope here."

These are powerful words in a song entitled Exhale by Plumb.

There is so much suffering in this world. My own mother fighting her battle with cancer. My father –n-law slowly losing his life to Alzheimer’s and my mother-n-law giving all of her strength to care for him. Friends battling their own wars; their own tragedies and sicknesses.

Poverty, abuse, divorce, addictions, depression, loneliness.

No matter how life may look on the outside, we will all face our own fight at some time during our life. At times these fights may seem trivial as we look at the problems in the world around us. And then there are times that we are so engulfed in the fight we can’t seem to find air. We can’t seem to catch our breath.

I want to teach our children that it's okay to not be okay. To realize they can't do life always on their own. They don’t have to be afraid or ashamed. I want them to truly feel God’s amazing grace in their lives. To see the love and peace that only comes from surrendering to Him.

Today, I send out these words of hope and affirmation; a reminder to all that it’s okay to not be okay. There is a God much bigger than any of us, waiting to give us everything we need.

“Just let go, let His love wrap around you. And hold you close. Get lost in the surrender. Breathe it in until your heart breaks. Then exhale. Exhale.”