During the holiday seasons many people struggle with disappointments.
You are not alone if you are struggling right now. If you have lost a loved one or maybe you’re lonely in your marriage. I want to tell you God has a plan for you. Today I pray you will find your courage to keep going. When we find disappointment after disappointment we start to hear that faint whisper of “give up” in our ear. But that is not God’s plan for you. He didn’t bring you to this season of life for you to quit. He is bringing you through so that you may help others.
Maybe this thanksgiving wasn’t what you thought it would be. Maybe you felt alone even when you were with lots of people. Some may even have disappointment set in the day after thanksgiving because of how much we ate, because of what is left in our bank account! Regardless of what causes your disappointment have courage.
I want to share a story of a young lady who endured years of suffering on the inside. She had an eating disorder. It seemed that the holidays were the hardest time for her not because of all of the food. But because that was when she felt even more unnoticed—even more alone. There she was wasting away on the outside and hurting from emotional pain on the inside and no one even noticed. She had lost about thirty pounds since the last time her family saw her and no one said a word. The family home where turkey dinner was served was buzzing with noise and delicious smells.We could have even heard laughter had we have been there. Children running around at what seemed to be a joyful family gathering how did this sad girl go unnoticed?
I don’t know. But I do know that she sat in the corner and wondered if anyone would even miss her once she ended her life. Unlike everyone else who was merry and eating while talking about all that was going on in their own lives this teen was planning her escape.
The day after thanksgiving that is exactly what she did. She attempted to take her own life. Praise God she was unsuccessful and is now doing well. But what I want you to take away from this is that many people especially women find the holidays to be the hardest time when dealing with emotional pain. Let us not be so consumed with our own plate of food that we don’t notice everyone one in the room. There is someone out there today, a sister in Christ who needs to feel loved, accepted, forgiven and you are just who God is sending to bless them with it. If that girl who is struggling is you please don’t look around this holiday and feel sad. But rather look up. Look toward the heavens to a father who loves you and very much wants to be with you while you’re hurting.
Hebrews 13:5-6 says:
… be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
If you want an extra measure of courage today write this scripture on a note card or scrap paper and shove it in your pocket before you hit the road to see family or friends. If you feel those thoughts or emotions that hurt pull it out and remind yourself that God is with you and he isn’t going anywhere regardless of how you feel.
If you find yourself helping someone who is contemplating suicide remember:
Go immediately to a hospital emergency room.
Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). And pray. Pray like you have never prayed before. Plead the blood of Jesus over that dear soul and ask for healing on her or his behalf.
I am praying for you and those suffering emotionally today. Thank God for always being with you and thank him for giving us the courage when we are afraid to go on.
May you be blessed and encouraged.
Annette Burke ©
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