a love letter to the downtrodden

prayer, devotional, anxiety, Christians online, Sticky Jesus, Toni Birdsong, ProvisionI know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  Jer. 29:11, The Message

by Toni Birdsong

A love letter from the Father  . . .


Ah, I know this place well; it’s the living room of your heart. Everything is in its place; lovely and laced with consideration. Here you present the beautiful, useful, ordered life others see.

But today this room is empty and only I, your Father, know where to find you. I head upstairs, open the small, hidden door, and gently climb into the attic of your heart. Where we sit. For hours. And talk. Or not. Sometimes, we weep. This is where we work it out. Just you and I.

A secret exuberance lives here; and even though it’s dark and dusty, it’s where hope begins to sprout. Surrounded by boxes overstuffed with regret, and others filled with what ifs and dreams neatly folded, indeed beloved, this is where we work it out. Just you and I.

You see a failure. I see fighter. You see as a mess. I see amazing in the making.

“I’m in the mistakes you know,” I gently break the silence.

“That explains why you’re here so much. I’m a full time job . . . ask anyone,” you say with muffled ambivalence, your face pressed into your knees.

I smile.

“You are My job and even though you can’t see it, I’m doing some of my most brilliant work—at this very moment. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m well on my way to making a masterpiece.”

“Me? Seriously? Look at me. I’m a wreck. The sad thing is I’m actually getting pretty good at it! And that can’t be a good thing!”

I try to hide my smile and tame the overwhelming love swelling up.

“Look. Here.” I say and hold out my hands as you tenderly trace the scars again.

“That was one day,” I say. “One horrendous, dreadful, painful day.”

“And that one day . . .” you whisper.

“Changed everything,” I nod. “You know, there’s always something more woven into the tough days.”

“But it just gets so . . .”


“Yes. Hard.”

“I know.” I take your trembling hand in mine. “But I promise the hard days will never over take good days I have waiting for you around the corner.”

“But what about all this?” You ask motioning to the confusion closing in. “How do I even begin to clean up all of . . . .”

You stop as you realize My eyes answering the question.

I move an old red velvet chair from the corner and place you carefully on top as a cloak of dust settles around you.

“Sit. Hush.”

I fashion a crown from Christmas tinsel, place it on your head, and watch it gently spill over your tear-stained face.

Then, I do what only I can do.

I roll up my sleeves and begin to do the heavy lifting in your life.

I sort the chaos. And I make a way.

Slowly you smile. Really smile.

Because this is how I work it out.

Love, Jesus


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  • Diane M.

    LIFE-CHANGING!!! I wept!! Thank you!! I have passed this along to my best friend who really needs this now, too!! God bless!!

  • Coenraad Fick

    Thank you for this. Really awesome post!

  • Coenraad Fick

    Thank you for this. Really awesome post!

  • http://twitter.com/wls1961 Wanda Simpson

    What comfort. Thank you. Can’t wait to share.

  • Laura Giron

    What a wonderful way to start the norning. Thanks for the reminder. I needed that!!!

  • Anonymous

    Bless you guys and thanks for responding in love! @83fe6365b2cb0ba277c983888de9e1ea:disqus @twitter-15409797:disqus @coenraadf:disqus @wandaM:disqus . Good to know when hearts align with one another and with Him. <3

  • Sharmanp

    Please pray for me.  I need my life to get better. Im depressed, lonely, and I dont know how a positive future can happen for me.

  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    I love this. I think of Romans 5:5 “hope does not put us to shame”.

  • frankfort12

    It feels like someone peered right into my heart.
    Awesome post.
    Thankful for the anointing of the Spirit upon your lives.
    Even more grateful for His touch.

  • Anonymous

    Love you @494ab8e2d162a725fd5faeec6921e875:disqus . Happy to know we’re both in the same place right now. Unity in transparency = beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    @d1c3e3d2ea27403edca3ac86a7fc871a:disqus I will be praying for you. God hears your heart. Press into His word and even when you can’t “feel” Him, He will make His presence known in other ways designed especially for you. I’ve struggled with depression and I know your road isn’t easy but God has  used my depression “thorn” to show Himself strong and prove to me that I need Him desperately. In His presence is the fullness of joy. I do whatever it takes to get there and some days I hang on for dear life. Please come back and let me know how you are or email me at toni@birdsongcreative.com. You may “feel” lonely but you are NOT alone. God will give you new eyes to see your future. Press into Him. Deep. xoxox

  • Stacey

    This post speaks directly to me! Thank you!

  • Confused

    I need some prayer as well. I’ve been struggling for 3 years now trying to find what to do with my life. I pray and pray and pray, but get no where with God. He is so silent, it tests my faith. Please ask Him to clearly guide me, to help me hear His voice, and to clear up the confusion in my life. I feel depressed and hopeless most of the time and my spiritual life is so stale. Ask Him to wake me up!
    Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Lord Jesus we lift up @8a49caa92fbc21adfb9ba2bf561eb83d:disqus . You know the depths of your child’s heart. You know the issues that have chased out your Light. We ask in the NAME of Jesus for a holy igniting in a heart that has lost it’s fire. We ask humbly with full expectation that YOU alone will lift the spirit of depression and hopelessness that has shrouded the Light of your child. We trust you to rescue and to restore the joy. By your hand, alone, your children are saved and by your hand alone, we find the only hope that lasts. We ask this together Lord. You are able to do it! Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671101964 Jennifer Adams Klein

    Thank you. Sometimes it is so hard to accept His love when I feel so unworthy and messed up. It takes faith to know that He loves bigger than we do, and to trust Him that His love truly never fails. Bless you for reminding us so tenderly. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671101964 Jennifer Adams Klein

    I will also be praying for you continually. There is hope in Christ, in Him every life is made totally new.

  • Cindy Phiffer

    Thank you for having the courage to speak honestly and passionately, softly and tenderly. This life continues to test me to the point of breaking. I’m tired of the trials myself, so I can only imagine how my friends feel about hearing it again. For that reason, I’ve been avoiding sharing my current challenges. My heart is crestfallen. My spirit is wounded. Part of me really wants to whine, and then I think, “Pity party, table for one,” and I return to my work, out of financial survival, because I really do love my work and because I’m ashamed of myself for being low when I am so very blessed. Thank you so much for reminding me that I need that one-on-one, face-to-face time with my Maker to pour out my heart. Now.
    Love always,

  • Tami Heim

    Dear Lord, we lift up our sister Cindy. We thank you for her honesty and bringing her here at this moment in time. We pray that you wrap her in Your love and help her feel Your presence as she walks through these challenging times. We stand against the strongholds of shame and despair in the name of Jesus. Release her from the lies and fill her with Your immeasurable peace, Refresh her with the knowledge that there is no condemnation in You. Reveal how deep and wide Your unconditional love is for her-Your precious and beloved daughter. Bring her to Your safe place, restore her confidence, and give her the strength she needs to keep her eyes on You. We commit her to You and believe in Your holy purpose and plan for her life. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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  • mary

    Great article! I just shared this on Facebook.