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Feeling the Holiday Blues?



Finals are over. School is out. Many people see this as a joyous time to relax, settle down, and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. And it is. However, the reality is that for some of us, this is harder to do than for others.


For the past couple of years, I have noticed that it has been more difficult for me to really get into the "holiday spirit" and enjoy the break. Unfortunately, this year doesn't seem to be much different. It seems as though the calmness in my schedule has given me more time to stress over things that are out of my control, and I've found this harder to ignore. Admittedly, it has even been difficult for me to sit down and focus during my prayer time.


I have a lot to be grateful for in my life. I have health, a loving family, a warm place to lay my head at night, and so much more. That's more than what others have, so I recognize its importance. Simultaneously, I want to be true to my feelings and acknowledge that I have also been experiencing a lot of sadness and disappointment.


As I am going through this season of my life, I try to take little gems of wisdom and store them away. One is Psalm 119:11: "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Even when I'm not reading the Bible with much intensity or passion, I like to remember that simply reading it allows His Word to rest in my spirit. I like to couple this verse with John 14:26: "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." I think this speaks to why it is so important to read the Word, even when we don't feel like it. As you go through life, the Holy Spirit will remind you of its contents as He sees fit. During times like this, I need His intervention.


Let's look at one of my favorite scriptures for tough times. Romans 8:18: "The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming." Be encouraged with me that the pain and discomfort are only temporary and better days are ahead. In the meantime, I will be praying and finding a way to be of service to others. I hope you do the same as well!


Loving as I endure,


Shayla


P.S.: Feel free to share your favorite scriptures for tough times. 💕



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