The holidays are a great time for connecting and reconnecting with family and friends. It’s a time of great joy and anticipation of the upcoming year and the adventures that lie ahead. The holidays also can be bittersweet if you are separated from or have lost a loved one, or feel downtrodden by your circumstances. Memories and reminders of that absent loved one or persistent circumstance or situation can be especially painful during the holidays.
At such times, it’s important to encourage yourself, knowing that:
- You are loved and worthy because God has made it so, second
- Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing remains the same all the time so change will come, and third
- You have a place of refuge and strength in God.
Therefore, there is hope, help, comfort and peace wherever you find yourself. Through Jesus the Christ, the great I AM, there is healing for the voids in your life. Trust HIM.
I recommend placing whatever you need God to be for you after his name I AM, and allow God to take on that role for you, whether your provider, physician, counselor, comforter etc. God loves you and is with you. And HE can be whatever you need, if you allow him. Listen for his voice from within and be willing to follow his lead. Your I AM is literally only a prayer, even a thought away.
I leave you with excerpts from Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (v1)
Be still, and know that I am God (v10)
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge (v11)
Psalm 46:1, 10-11