Depression and the Holidays

 

christmas starsHolidays. They’re supposed to be a time of celebration and gaiety. But if you’re in the clutches of depression, the Christmas season can seem like a platter of darkness served to you instead of turkey or ham.

If your life has been touched by the ramifications of a medical trial, depression can be magnified. I struggled with all that surrounds healing from a brain tumor. Maybe someone you love had a stroke and is learning to walk again. Or maybe you’ve lost someone–a spouse, friend or even child–to a medical issue. Continue reading

Are You A Blessing?

Picture by Twitter's DimKaravasilis

Picture by Twitter’s DimKaravasilis

If you sleep inside at night, you’re among the world’s privileged, because one out of three live without adequate shelter. You’re rich.

Read a good book lately? Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read or even sign their name. You’re rich.

Did you watch a favorite television show last night? One out of four people do not even have electricity. You’re rich.
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What Will I Find in 2016?

indeed

Posted on my computer screen as a reminder of God’s promises and purposes for my life.

Every year I try to find a word or theme to follow. For 2015, the word was “Indeed”. I may not be where I want to be, but I am clinging to God’s promises. Verses like:

Exodus 3:7 – God sees us and our plights
Psalm 85:12 – God promises good things
Psalm 121:4 – God promises protection
Proverbs 2:3 – God promises wisdom
Luke 12:7 – Jesus stresses our value
John 4:14 – Jesus promises eternal life
John 8:36 – John promises freedom

In 2015, I saw God’s word in action. I am thankful for remembering the words of comfort offered. He has a plan set for me. He loves me. He has a plan set for you. He loves you, too.

What are you clinging to as 2015 closes and 2016 awakens? What are God’s promises that you are depending on?

Depression and the Holidays

 

christmas starsHolidays. They’re supposed to be a time of celebration and gaiety. But if you’re in the clutches of depression, the Christmas season can seem like a platter of darkness served to you instead of turkey or ham.

If your life has been touched by the ramifications of a medical trial, depression can be magnified. I struggled with all that surrounds healing from a brain tumor. Maybe someone you love had a stroke and is learning to walk again. Or maybe you’ve lost someone–a spouse, friend or even child–to a medical issue. Continue reading

Mason Jar of Goodness

good deeds jarLast December a friend challenged me to keep a Mason Jar of Goodness. The idea is to write down good things that you’ve either done or experienced over the year on a piece of paper and collect the slivers of paper in a mason jar. At the end of the year, you are to open the jar and enjoy your reminders of the goodness you had experienced.

I was to keep the jar in a visible place so I could see the stack of papers grow. And if for some reason the stack didn’t grow, seeing  the jar would spur me on to do something good, write it down and put the note in the jar. Sounded like a good idea, so I started in January.

I thought this would be a great project! Week after week I looked for goodness and blessings to write about. I didn’t want an empty jar at the end of the year. Projects were completed around the house. Lew went on a 1,700+ mile bike ride across the country. I went to writers conference that changed my life.

Over the past twelve months, every time I have walked by and looked at the jar, my heart smiled. I remembered writing about the big things that happened in Lew 2013 trek2013. But I’ve added more paper pieces than just two. I know–even without knowing what they are–that there are long forgotten little kisses of goodness waiting for me.

I can’t wait until Lew and I celebrate New Year’s Eve and open the Mason Jar of Goodness. I need to remember to put a note in the jar that you chose to follow this blog. That’s a blessing beyond good.

Reminders of good happenings are too few. We all need to try to remember them. In fact, I’m all ready to start again for 2014, except I want to find a taller jar!

When Did It All Go South?

Hustling … bustling … doesn’t feel Christ-like to me.

Before you paint me as being judgmental, please know I catch myself falling into the traps of the Christmas holiday season, too. But what’s the deal? I understand God’s greatest gift was put into motion when Jesus was born; the gift of the possibility of eternal presence with The Father. I understand that when Jesus was a small child three wise men brought him gifts fit for a king; Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

So how did we reduce all this symbolism to re-gifting last year’s fruitcake?

Take a moment out of your day. Do some deep-cleansing breathing and reflect. Reflect on what has already been given to you. Think on what you already possess that reflects on eternity. And ponder about what has been given to you that royalty also has: children (if you’re a parent), your health (it is a gift that you could lose at any moment), and the ability to forgive and ask for forgiveness.

It’s still a wonderful time of year if we take a moment and think about its true meaning.

Merry Christmas!