Stop Believing

Original post August 11, 2022 @ 9:08am

Did anyone else start singing, “Don’t Stop Believing?”

The first words that came to mind as I input words onto the internet (can’t quite call this typing, can’t quite call this writing… thumbing? Anyways..) were “Don’t stop believing.” But I’m here to tell you to stop believing.

Stop believing you can do this alone

Stop trying to do this by yourself

If you’re crying and your heart is hurting

Keep on going, but

Stop trying to do this by yourself

Stop believing you can do this alone

The hardest part of recovery for me right now is complete honesty. Honesty with when I need to pray and ask for help. Honesty with when I need to reach out and tell someone I’m not okay.

Why is this so difficult?

Pride is my first thought… sarcasm is my second thought. I don’t use sarcasm as much anymore, buy I am very prideful. I often want to do things alone or on my own. These are the times most crucial to reach out, first in prayer. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland states,

It will be required of each of us to kneel when we may not want to kneel, to bow when we may not want to bow, to confess when we may not want to confess—perhaps a confession born of painful experience that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are his ways our ways, saith the Lord (see Isaiah 55:8).

[We must] “yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit,” and “through the atonement of Christ . . . becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father” (Mosiah 3:19

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Stop believing you can do it on your own.

Recovery will come if you start believing you need to ask for help. First, in the form of prayer. Seek the Lord’s guiding hand then move forward with what you feel prompted to do.

It’s hard, especially if you’ve been hurt, abused, or experienced any form of trauma. You may need to seek help from a competent counselor and/or medical professional. Prayer, Honesty, and truth-telling with yourself, first, will lead you to more truth, peace, and joy. It won’t be easy. It will be hard, but it will be worth it. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.