I felt like the worst mother in the world and I yearned for the days when an Arthur bandaid and a kiss would heal any hurt. This kind of pain, this kind of struggle made me feel helpless. Although we were getting help, the progress was slow and laborious. Surely there was something left in my mama bag of tricks I hadn’t yet tried, if only I could think of it.
Last week, my daughter Brooke and I shared our story about her battle with anxiety. Because she has been so open about her struggles, she has had the privilege to walk with a number of friends who are experiencing similar kinds of problems. As we were talking yesterday about the kinds of conversations she has had with friends who are hurting, I asked her what she told them. How did she help? She offered these profound words:
I just remember what I wanted to hear.
So I asked her, Tell me. What did you want to hear when you were struggling?
When I discovered my Friday Five sisters were talking about 5 Ways to Express Love this week, I knew this theme offered a perfect opportunity to share with you the wisdom Brooke shared with me.
Here are 5 loving messages someone who is struggling needs to hear: Continue reading