I come from a culture that encourages its people to pray about everything from the simplest of things to the most complicated.
PRAY ABOUT IT.
Got a headache? Pray about it.
Stomach hurting? Pray about it.
Trouble at home? Pray about it.
About to lose your mind? Pray about.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with praying about situations, but at what point do you decide that you need more than prayer?
A little over a year ago I went through a rough patch in my life. I didn't know rather I was coming or going. Living or existing. I just knew that I was in a dark place and if I didn't do something about it, then my life would surely turn upside down. I had prayed about my situation day in and day out to no avail because it hadn't gotten any better (maybe one day we can have the conversation about what that situation was, but for now we'll keep it generic). Being a woman of faith I remembered James 2:26, Faith without works is dead I knew then what I needed to do. I flipped through the yellow pages...not really, but I did start to google therapist near me and came across what turned out to be my saving grace. I found someone that made it clear to me that what I was feeling was valid, I wasn't as "crazy" as I was told I was, and for me to start speaking life into myself, because I had stopped loving myself. All I needed was someone who didn't know me to listen to me without bias or prejudice, and someone that specialized in being a listening ear. I learned that it was perfectly okay to say that I was not okay and that was okay.
I never wanted to be the type of blogger that talked about situations that I didn't have first hand knowledge about. So I make it a point to be intentional about my post and talk about things that I could relate to. By no means am I claiming to be professional enough to give advice because let's be clear, I AM NOT. What I am is a woman that has gone through several life altering events in hopes to spare if only one person the pain of a hard lesson learned. If you are in a situation that you cannot see your way out of it's okay to talk it out with your friends, but be mindful, different friends serve different purposes (Blog on that coming soon). Do your research on reputable therapists in your area. It will change your life for the better in a judgement free zone.