You guys…the holidays can be hard. They can be harder when you struggle with things like anxiety and depression. I’ve dealt with this myself. It’s hard to have a “cure” because we all have different triggers and things that have initially caused the mental struggle. But, what we can rest in and know without a doubt is that there is HOPE for us during the holidays and every other day of the year because the Lord himself says there is HOPE. And, Jesus doesn’t lie sweet friend!
I’d like to offer you some wisdom that I’ve gained through “hashing it out with the holidays.”
When God took my heart off the focus of getting the turkey recipe right, the right gifts and family matters to sharing Him as the gift, it totally changed the holidays for me! Giving friends the gift of HOPE when they are feeling lonely or isolated is so much more important!
A few things that have helped me THRIVE and have HOPE during the holidays:
- Be KIND. Even when we are stressed, giving someone else a word of encouragement can lift their spirit as quickly as our own!
- Smile. If someone else is having a bad day…we may never know it, BUT a smile could change it all for them and us.
- Be a gift to someone. When we take the time to really get to know someone else and focus on them instead of us, it is life-giving!
- Be grateful. Without Christ, we wouldn’t even be here. (Ephesians 1:9 and 3:11.)
- Don’t over work. Be present during the times when family is near. That JOY will last all year!
- Don’t over eat. It can just make us plain grumpy!
- Don’t over commit. Know your limits and don’t try to be a people pleaser. Work for the joy of serving, not perfection.
- Make memories. Even if you don’t have family around…there are ways to make memories and feel JOY. Be creative in how ya love yourself and be around those you do have! Think FRIENDSgiving.
- Volunteer for something. Maybe help out at a soup kitchen or stuff some boxes to send overseas or to foster children. Serving takes the focus off us and our problems and replaces anxiety with JOY and compassion.
Scriptures to think on
Isaiah 54:10 – “The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end; i will keep forever my promise of peace.” So says the Lord who loves you.
Psalm 138:8 – You will do everything you have promised; Lord, your love is eternal. Complete the work that you have begun.