Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Depression

During the Christmas season I often hear from women who are suffering (some severely) from the effects of holiday depression. I'd like to ask you to join with me and as we pray...one for another...during this holiday season, let us join hearts and combat those feelings of depression through prayer, fasting, and praise. Let us, together, trust the Lord to turn those feelings of depression around and help us to overcome the enemy that seeks to undo and destroy us, using all for the glory of God and His purposes as an example and aid to others. Let us allow the Lord Himself to permeate our thought processes and give us creative ideas to share with others during this holiday season...even when the funds are low. He will do it! Will you join me in this?

Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to You right now, in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ, and, Lord, I lift up all of precious women who are reading this before You. Lord God, we praise You and we thank You for sending Your Son to die for us. And we thank You, Lord, and praise You for putting us in the awesome position that You have placed us in, those of us who are married and privileged to be our husband's partner and helper in life, as well as those of us who are single and still searching, those that are widowed, those of us who are moms, and those of us who are not. Help us to remember, Father God, that without Christ's birth, there would have been no death...no resurrection. Help us to remember, Lord, that as we stand as examples before our families and friends this holiday season, that Christmas celebrates Christ's birth...not ours. Father God, I pray health and healing into the women who are reading this this morning...physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Lord God, as this holiday season rapidly approaches, help us to overcome feelings of depression, inability, and inadequacy. Help us to realize that nothing comes to us or happens to us without first being filtered through Your loving fingers. Help us to receive all that You provide for us with thanksgiving and gladness and help us to use that which You have given us for Your glory and Your purposes...knowing that You make no mistakes in our lives. Father God, endow us with Your creative thought processes. Help us not to get caught up in the world's commercialism and help us to make the most of all that You have given us. Help us to share those good things that You have given us with others in new and interesting ways, Father. Ways that will speak to them of You and Your goodness...not of us. Father God, I pray a special blessing down upon each and every woman within the walls of this community...over her...her spouse...her family...her home...and her church. Lord God, use us to further Your work in word and deed this holiday season in a way that is glorifying and pleasing to You. In Jesus' holy and precious name I ask it. Amen!

Love and Christmas ((((Hugs)))),
~Rebecca

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