Depression in the Holidays

Christmas has so many wonderful moments. Unfortunately, strands of loss and grief alter Christmas joy for many people each year. Approaching Christmas is hard when your heart is breaking. Depression in the holidays is a real thing.

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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Christmas Sadness: How to Manage It

Sadness at Christmas is more common than many realize. Your life is filled with difficulties, hurts, losses, and disappointments. At Christmas, these things sometimes feel bigger.

What do you do when you have done your very best and it still wasn’t good enough? What is your next move after pouring into some endeavor and it didn’t seem to make a difference? How about the person who has lived healthy, food and exercise, all their life – and they get the news of cancer? You might have befriended someone who turns around and betrays you. What do you do when you prayed and trusted – and the bad thing still happened? How do you go on when death invades?

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When Faith Hangs by a Thread at Christmas

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.

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What’s Advent About Anyway?

The Christmas holiday season is almost here! Many people are starting to get excited. Are you?

Have you wondered what the Advent season is about? What is the goal? Why do people participate? What value does it bring to your modern, extremely busy life – especially during a hectic month?

I’d like to tell you a bit more about Advent and why people still participate. Advent starts soon. It’s only days away.

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BOOK RELEASE: It’s Your Move: Strategies in Thinking From Romans

Do you wish you knew how to manage your life, relationships, and responsibilities better? Have you ever wanted a glimpse into God’s great heart? Perhaps you need to experience the freshness and possibilities Jesus brings in life’s challenges? Do you sometimes lack wisdom or wish you had better discernment of how to solve your problems? It’s your move.

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Live Between the Dots in the New Year: 7 Tips

The end of one year morphs into a new one by the simple passing of time. Days slip by all year, but when the passing of days end one thing and begin another, they are noteworthy.

 

Your life is a line, not a dot.
Your life line is made up of segments of time – spaces between 2 dots where time passes. You live your life in these segments with your to-do lists, goals, responsibilities, dreams, plans, ministry, etc. Segments of time are:

  • Seasons
  • Months
  • Weeks
  • Days
  • Minutes.

You are living between 2 dots right now in this special week sandwiched between Christmas and the New Year. It’s significant. This week ends one year and begins another. You need a whole new calendar! In this critical week, I encourage you to be thoughtful about 7 things:

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