The Time of Year

Holiday candle

This time of year is full of excitement, joy and holiday enthusiasm! Right? Not always. If we are honest, this time of year can be full of pressure, anxiety and sometimes heartache. Holidays are a time for celebration…but sometimes it is hard to press through these times of the year. Often times the difficulty of loss, divorce, finances and time management…can be more than we know how to handle. Most of you know that my precious daughter Ashley went to be with our Heavenly Father on Christmas Eve of 2013. She was 23 years of age. This holiday will mark the fourth year since her passing. Her absence is more of a reality and the emptiness is difficult to face. A piece of my heart is missing, and even though I know she is with our Heavenly Father, my human emotions still grieve. I am not the only one facing these types of emotions. There are so many different types of heartache many people face, as we journey through the holiday season. God knows our heart and He knows our struggle. Jesus will carry us through these emotional difficulties…but we cannot forget to allow Him to do so. As we all face the emotional ups and downs of the holidays, let us recognize the need to dig into God’s Word even more. Set aside specific time to spend with God in prayer. Ask Him to help you know how to deal with the emotions you are feeling. Whisper the name of Jesus…and allow the Savior to hold you, pour His love into you, and carry you through. Pray for each other and encourage one another. Know that God is with you, and you are walking with the light of Jesus as your guide.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. HEBREWS 10:23-24

God is with us.
Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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