‘Tis the Season (For All the Feels)

“Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la…”

The Christmas Season invokes many emotions in people.  Depending on your past experiences during this time of the year, it can invoke a feelings of excitement and happiness, or feelings completely opposite such as sadness and loneliness.  I’ve always had a hard time getting into the commercialized aspect of Christmas.

I remember as a teenager (before on-line shopping existed), my friends and I would drive around the mall parking lots for 15-30 minutes before we were able to find one open spot.  It was a time of retail madness; I did not enjoy long lines and aggressive shoppers, and I definitely did not enjoy trying to come up with the money to buy Christmas presents for my friends and family.  What I did enjoy, however, were all the holiday parties that I would get invited to.  December was such an emotionally draining month: I remember feeling excited, happy, annoyed, stressed, lonely, and a myriad of emotions during the holidays every year.

Once I became a Christian in college, Christmas took on a deeper meaning: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.  I still go through “all the feels” during this time of the year, but I now have God’s Word to encourage me through discouragement, comfort me through grief for loss of loved ones, bring me peace through stressful moments, and increase my joy by opening my eyes to all the blessings.  So here are some of the “Feels” that you may be feeling this season along with what God wants you to know:

Excitement:
Luke 2:13 (“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.“)

Anxiousness:
1 Peter 5:7 (“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”)

Sadness:
Psalm 34:18 (“The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”)

Stressed:
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.  The Lord be with all of you.”)

Loneliness:
Isaiah 41:10 (“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will  strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”)

Frustration:
Psalm 55:22 (“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”)

Laziness:
Colossians 3:23-24 (Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”)

Disappointment:
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (“Therefore we do not lose heart.… So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”)

Discouragement:
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.)

There are so many other emotions that you may be feeling and going through.  Here’s a great resource of “Bible Verses on God’s Promises” that I found online (Click here).
Disclaimer:  This is a free resource, and I am not being compensated by Bible Study Tools in any way.

I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas, filled with faith, hope and love from God!

With Gratitude,
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