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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Post Holiday Depression?

Are you suffering from post-holiday depression?

Are you looking at a stack of bills and wondering how they will get paid?

If you live in the "north" as we do, maybe you are feeling the sting (literally) of winter and all that goes with it...putting on boots, coats, scarves, gloves and hats...just to depart the doorway. If you've seen "A Christmas Story" you know what I'm talking about. Then the fun of sweeping the snow off the car, and scraping the windows. Who doesn't love to do that in subzero temps?
[sarcasm intended]
Then we get to let our car's engine run for about 15 minutes to warm it coax the remaining ice to melt from the windshield.  We've had some very cold temps here in the north (MN) this winter season. I'm sure most of us are looking ahead to spring right about now, trying to remember what it was like!

Maybe you don't live in a cold weather state, but you are experiencing a "winter" time of life.

None of us are above having these feelings of hopelessness at times. None of us.  I want to assure you of that...and of the fact that you are not alone.

This is where we need to focus on Who we belong to. Our Father is with us. He left us His word to bring comfort to us in our time of despair and/or lack. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where we decide (again) to live by faith. The best thing we can do is not always the thing we wish to do.

I urge you to go the Word, find a passage that speaks to you and brings you comfort (which is what the word was designed to do). Can't think of one?  I'll get you started...

                Eph. 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. 

                    Eph. 2:1   And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins (vs 4) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us (vs 5b) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)

                      Jude 1:20  But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.    

         Rom. 4:8   Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin. 

                              Phil. 4:8   Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.

                              Phil. 4:19   And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

Col. 3:2-3   Set your mind of things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 

Ps. 145:19   He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. 

Ps. 130:5   I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.