The holiday season can be very hard for a lot of people. Often enough, the holidays reminds us of what we’ve lost, or what we do not have, rather than the things we are blessed with and what we should be grateful for.
To be perfectly honest, 2015 has been one of the hardest years for me. This year has been filled with so much stress and obstacles, at some points I didn’t think I would make it through. But I guess we all get into circumstances and situations where we feel as if it’s impossible to get through it, but we get through them and press on.
I’m always so conflicted as to how much of my life I should share on here, but then God reminds me that I have a bigger purpose. My journey will help others in theirs. My transparency will give others the strength they need to keep holding on to their faith and belief in the Holy One. I am okay with that.
There was a time when I pretended to be so perfect and have it all together, but that got me no where. As a follower of Christ, I’ve learned that there is strength is weakness. Sharing one’s testimony gives others encouragement and it also allows you to release and hurt or pain or anxiety you are holding on to.
Sharing your testimony can be therapeutic and healing. The holiday season is not the time to hold onto the hurt, the shame, the guilt, or the pain. It is the time to be thankful that God brought you through the struggles; whatever they were. It is the time to share your testimony, so that others may have hope. The holiday season isn’t about natural gifts, it is about LOVE. Love is the greatest gift we can give and receive.
SPREAD LOVE this season. This is my encouragement. Focus on what you have, not what you are lacking. As long as you have God, you have everything you need. Call someone and tell them that you love them or that you miss them. Write someone a letter and place it in the mail. Go volunteer at a food bank or shelter. These things are all free, but they are the best gifts you can ever give during this season.