Overcoming Loneliness During the Holidays

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Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10)

For many, oftentimes, holidays are filled with an overwhelming burden of pain. Particularly for those who experience the sorrow of loneliness or grief. The agony of being separated from the simplest, yet the most beautiful forms of intimacy, such as a shared laugh or the verbal expression of endearment can be heart aching – only to be magnified once exposed to the fatuous platform of social media.

For several years, I too experienced such torment. During the holidays, I’ve experienced being separated from beloved family members; being involved with a man who didn’t respect or love me – who conveniently disappeared or at to work on every Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July, birthday, etc, and or simply being single. I too have felt the sting of holiday depression that is rooted in loneliness.

What I have learned is that Jesus and Him alone can, not only can carry you, but heal your broken heart. And, that level of sustainment is not from indulging us with the false mental images of social possibilities, but love through serving and accomplishing His will.

Here are two activities that helped me overcome holiday depression:

1. Worship
Worship can be expressed through prayer, singing as well as reading scripture. Allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to our souls brings a level of peace that surpasses all understanding. Additionally, combining worship with activities you enjoy can be a powerful tool. For example, I enjoy cooking, so when I’ve had difficulties during the holidays (or in general), I would cook a delicious meal and play Christian/gospel music. As I start pouring out my heart to Jesus in worship, the LORD begins to minister to me. Then, I immediately am overtaken with peace, joy and love.

2. Serving those less fortunate.
Serving is one of the humbling activitites we can engage in. It immediately takes the focus off our emotions and places it on something more significant. There are so many are people who experience lack. Use times like the holidays to be an advocate for the love that abounds in Christ. P.s. Serve someone you don’t know AND resist the urge to publicly announce your good deeds.

The LORD is building your testimony. Allow Him to prune your heart so that you learn to depend on Him, and Him alone.

Dear Heavenly Father, Loving and Gracious One. We love You, O Jesus, every hour we need You. Bind the spirit of fear, heal the brokenhearted, draw the lost closer to You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, youme-new walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

 

A few things:

  • If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can today!
  • Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • If you’re not part of a local church, it is extremely important that you seek God in leading you to an anointed place of worship. One of the enemy’s greatest and most powerful weapons is to have you separated from the assembly.
  •  If you live in Lancaster, CA I want to invite you to join us for prayer on Tuesday evenings at Lancaster City Library.
  • Find my devotional book, “Sent by Jesus: The Father sent Jesus, and Jesus sent you,”  evangelistic appeal, holiday or birthday gifts and more at www.sentbyjesus.bigcartel.com

 

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Adversity: Character Building

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It is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him” (Corinthians 2:9).

In the darkest and most uncertainty of times, I’ve learned to trust God alone, and sometimes those lessons were learned while fighting back tears. However, the lesson I learned was this: Adversity is the place God not only builds our character but also, our testimony. Adversity it is the place where we are being prepared to bring soul’s closer to Christ. For those of you fighting back tears (or drowning in them) to be faithful to the call, never forget this: Jesus is preparing you for Kingdom Business. Trust Him, your faith is not in vain.

3 Ways to Overcome the Difficulties in Adversity:

1. Remember past victories. The bible is full of historical accounts that outline great victories. The life of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elisha, Esther, Job, Paul… the list goes on. Pick one and mediate on it! One of the most unvalued character traits that each of these conquering men and woman of God had was “Longsuffering.” In mediating on scripture, closely note the level of patience, trust and obedience that was involved, key behaviors in becoming longsuffering. Additionally, recall past victories in your own life. Mediate too, on what you have previously conquered through the power of the Holy Spirit.

2. Trust God, Trust God… TRUST GOD! Through prayer and submission to the Word, Trust GOD! Trust Him when you can’t trace Him. Trust Him when you don’t understand Him. Trust God! The bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.” Jesus knows both the beginning and the ending of a thing. Trust God, He is building your character for the next level of purpose.

3. Serve: the broken hearted, widow and fatherless. Regardless if you serve your community, or in a local church, serving builds a level of humility within that cannot be easily replaced. I recommend serving outside the norm: visit someone in the hospital, offer to do an elderly person’s household chores, volunteer at a domestic violence shelter, offer to read comforting scriptures at your local Veterans office… take the focus of you. Serve!

Dear Heavenly Father, Loving and Merciful One. Give us strength that we may accomplish Your will. In Jesus name we pray.

“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, youme-new walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

 

A few things:

  • If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can today!
  • Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • If you’re not part of a local church, it is extremely important that you seek God in leading you to an anointed place of worship. One of the enemy’s greatest and most powerful weapons is to have you separated from the assembly.
  •  If you live in Lancaster, CA I want to invite you to join us for prayer on Tuesday evenings at Lancaster City Library.
  • Find my devotional book, “Sent by Jesus: The Father sent Jesus, and Jesus sent you,”  evangelistic appeal, holiday or birthday gifts and more at www.sentbyjesus.bigcartel.com

 

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