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Alive: Alert and active; having interest and meaning

Have you ever felt like it would just be easier to just…not exist. Like, maybe you want to go to sleep and just…not wake up? Or, maybe, you just want Jesus to come back already and take us to Heaven?

No? Just me? 

I hope this isn’t too morbid for you, but I’m just being honest here. And if you’re out there feeling these kinds of things I want to send you two messages. 

Number One: you’re not alone. Life is hard and sometimes it does feel easier if Jesus were to just come back. But easier is not always better.

Number Two: you are alive for a reason.

As I’ve said in previous posts both on the Word of the Week and my personal blog, we are all created for a reason. We all have meaning and purpose.

God purposely formed you. He formed you in your mothers womb and loved you before you were ever born. Knowing every little thing you would ever do, God still loved you before you came to be.

God specifically created you, breathed life into you, and pursued a relationship with you. 

God knows everything about you, and He has a purpose and a plan for you. 

To be alive, in textbook definition, means to have meaning.

You have meaning. You have purpose. And going into this week I just wanted to remind you of that.

If you’ve been struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, knowing your purpose, or knowing your worth, know this: you have purpose. Your life has meaning, and you are important and loved.

Walk into this week with confidence in that statement and with thankfulness for life as you have purpose and you have meaning. God’s still working in you; don’t give up yet.

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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