Weddings. Holiday parties. Birthday celebrations.
They are all supposed to be happy and joyous. But what about when you’re battling depression?
I remember the year my mother died. Only a few months later, the holidays were upon us, and I sat at the foot of the Christmas tree sobbing. “I’m not ready to be the matriarch of the family!” I couldn’t muster up the happiness, joy, or peace we sung about in the Christmas carols. I just wanted to forget the holiday, and forget my grief, and yet I couldn’t.
Scripture encourages us to be thankful in all things – thankfulness is key to contentment. And, being content at Christmas is easier when you consider all you have to be thankful for.
Even though this has been a year full of doctor appointments, surgeries, labor work, and chemotherapy treatments, I am grateful for all we’ve experienced and for those not so little things that I sometimes take for granted.
Sometimes God just intersects your path with someone else for a greater purpose. Sometimes it’s for them to minister to you. Other times it’s for you to be there for them. Either way, we must yield to His prompting, follow His nudge, surrender to His will. [more]
“Mom, what do you want for Christmas this year?” Answers to that question didn’t come as readily to me as they did to the younger generation in our home. I told him I’d need some time to think that over before I could give him a response. [more]