Overcoming the Stress of the Holidays

December 15, 2015

What an incredible time we had this past weekend at our End Your Year Strong Empowerment Summit! Each session built upon the other to give us the strategies we need—both personally and professionally—to propel us into our purpose for this coming year. I am so excited to share all that we have planned for you in 2016! 

I know many of you are busily preparing for Christmas. Between end-of-year work responsibilities, holiday parties, and shopping, December can feel like a blur—especially when daily life doesn’t stop just because of the Holiday Season.

In fact, the Season can bring with it more stress, frustration, and worry than any other time of year. It can be a struggle to maintain the “holiday spirit” when you neglect the life of your soul. If this happens to you, always remember:

Christ’s birth proves darkness  
cannot overcome light!

 Through Christ, God stepped into humanity to heal and deliver our souls. His birth offers hope in three ways:

 1) A REMINDER that Christ understands the challenges you face. When Jesus was made human, He fully experienced life on earth. He is described as a “man of suffering and familiar with pain” (Isaiah 53:3). He understands your circumstances and offers to walk you through them. (See Matt. 11:28-29.) Remember that Christ is called Emmanuel—”God with us.”

2) A reason to REJOICE in His abundant power and presence in every situation. Consider these words from the prophet Isaiah, who foretold of the coming of Christ and what it would mean to the world: 

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder,
and His name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
-Isaiah 9:6

 Let these descriptive words sink into your heart:

Wonderful Counselor… Mighty God…
Everlasting Father… Prince of Peace…  

Ask the Lord to reveal these attributes to you as you battle for your soul.

3) A reason to REST in Christ’s healing at work in the midst of your circumstances. God doesn’t promise an easy escape from your problems—He says He will transform your soul. Ask Him for strength to trust Him in this process and praise Him in advance for the work He will do.

Praying you will experience Christ’s healing, peace, and abundance this week!

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