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:
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, you 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!
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- 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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