God loves you so much. Christmas is His way of proving it. He became a person just like you. God-in-a-Baby grew up in this challenging world, now so different from how He created it. Baby Jesus entered shattered creation to become a Savior. He says, “Look! I am making everything new.” (Rev. 21:5) He invites you to trust Him for this “new” in daily details, disappointments, tragedies and sorrows, and in losses that cannot be fixed. Jesus is the prize of Christmas because He is the only one who can help.
Emmanuel puts skin on God’s love. I hope you will be encouraged as you read the amazing display of God’s love for you. When you finish reading this, I hope you will ask yourself a critical question (see below). Read More …
It’s hard to manage a life loss at Christmas. A season that should be filled with joy, cheer, and hope. But for you – it’s just not! You may feel you are drowning in sadness . . . cut off from good things . . . observing others’ joy as a dream . . . wanting so badly for hope and cheer – yet not wanting to let go of your loss. So, what can you do?
Last article we talked about Depression and the Holidays. It’s hard to jump into cheer and joy when your heart is hurting. But Christmas is still going to come. How do you get through the holidays if you are grieving or depressed?
Christmas has so many wonderful moments. Unfortunately, strands of loss and grief alter Christmas joy for many each year. Approaching Christmas is hard when your heart is breaking.
Depression is experienced by many people during the holidays. If you are one of them, you are not alone. Life is hard. You may have had a terrible loss, a deep disappointment, a health issue, or something else that has pierced your heart this past year. It’s possible the painful life event even happened some years ago. You are not unhealthy for still feeling the sting, but you may need to find some healthy responses to move forward and be a balanced, hopeful person.
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If anyone has ever told you depression is not real, don’t believe them. If someone has questioned whether a person can be depressed and still be a Christian, do not let them speak into your life. And worst of all, if anyone has ever judged you for being depressed, put up gentle boundaries that protect your heart.
Your circumstances do not change the timeless miracle of Christmas.
A Savior has been born – for you!
Baby Jesus made a promise. “Look! I Am making all things new!” (Rev. 21:5)
Christmas has tender moments, surprises and gifts, carols, visits from friends and family, the wonderful nativity story, lights, smells, goodies, For children, it’s like magic. Adults who choose to see that good is still present, sense God’s presence. With eyes to see and ears to hear, there is fresh awareness the Baby brings good, kind magic every day . . . even in this broken, troubled world.
Yet, sometimes – even with good still present – this holiday unveils realities from deeper levels of your heart. From stress to depression to sadness to fatigue to unexpected bad news to lost hope. There are strains and expectations that can surface in December, even if just because of additional responsibilities. For some, past significant losses must be navigated while celebrating. God Cares About Your Losses Even at Christmas Time.Read More …
Depression and Pain are cousins. Sometimes they come visiting . . . and linger too long as your “guests.” More often, they feel like predators. As much as you want them OUT, you feel helpless to make them leave. You cannot shake the depression. Or perhaps it’s the pain, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, mental. So, instead you find yourself asking questions like:
Why is this condition present?
Why won’t it leave?
What have I mismanaged that this continues?
Am I being punished?
Why do I have to live with circumstances I would never wish on anyone?