Depression and the Holidays

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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How Do Your Needs Get Met?

God is for you!  There are times you might struggle to believe that. Moments of deep disappointment, loss and loneliness. Long periods of waiting that bring discontent and doubt.

The fact remains – God loves you deeply. He wants you to succeed and do well in your life. He has a special place in His heart just for you. God has many blessings and good things for you to enjoy. He also knows how difficult life can be. With the presence of sin, this world is in continual tension, and that’s challenging to live with.

So, He names Himself for you.

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Baby – You Give Us Christmas!

Barely a week until Christmas. So much excitement, hope, eager expectation. JOY!

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At the same time, so many preparations. Gifts. Food. Traditions.

This time of year also often unveils other things we normally work to manage each day – from stress to depression to sadness to fatigue to lost hope. There are strains and expectations that only surface in December.

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Depression and Pain: 7 Things That Matter

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:

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  • 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?

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