Struggling Through The Holidays

Struggling Through The Holidays

You never know what someone is going through. We hide a lot behind our smiles and nicely posed pictures. Things like depression, grief, anxiety and loneliness.
I should know. Some days I hide my grief and anxiety behind a smile and a microphone.
I lost my dad a year ago. The holidays are here and I want to join in the cheer. I’m gonna try my very best. We’ll see what happens. . .
Let us all be reminded during this beautiful season of Thanksgiving and as we rejoice in the birth of our Savior that it’s OK for some people not to feel festive or full of joy. Be mindful of those carrying heavy loads we can’t see; all the things hiding behind brave smiles and for those who courageously make the choice to get out of bed when it takes every ounce of energy and effort to press on.
So. Be joyful. Attend your parties and deck the halls. If that isn’t you this year, be honest about your feelings. If you’re not into all the parties and activities, do the things that make you feel the most at peace.
We all have “stuff”or baggage we’re carrying. Be there for one another. Encourage each other and remember that this time of year brings about many different emotions.
For those who are struggling this holiday season, please hold on to this: “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
xoxo
-Jess

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