Sometimes, more than a slice of pie with a warm cup of coffee; more than a long, challenging run, you need a real, honest conversation.

Sometimes you just need to get it out; need to process through what’s stirring around in your head and in your heart.

We may think at first that we’re fine left alone; fine keeping our questions, fears, hurts, and anger inside. It seems safer that way.

But really, it will only eat you up with time. Slowly it gnaws at us, turning our “okay” into sadness, resentment, defensiveness, pride, harshness, hate, and depression.

As much as we try to ignore it, problems unsolved and unaddressed infect us like a bad cold. Sometimes literally.

I believe that stress actually weighs us down. It sits on our shoulders and makes our load heavier than necessary. When we don’t rid our self of this stress, we carry it until we find our self dragging a long, begging someone to take it from us.

Sometimes, all we need to do is talk or confront; let it out to someone who will listen and care. Someone who will nod and hear you; not necessarily trying to fix it for you, but letting you know that they’re there and you’re not alone.

And sometimes, we need to be the one who listens. Who makes our self available and takes the time to hear and not speak.

It’s worth the vulnerability and the pain of facing what’s inside us and setting it free, or riding it’s ugly presence. We all have hurts, all have failures, and all are broken. But we can move towards restoration when we face it head on and deal with it.

And the good news? You never have to do that alone.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30