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For Those Experiencing Grief: 4 Tips to Help You Through the Christmas Season

The Christmas season is a joyous time of year but is often sad for those experiencing grief. Have you lost a loved one that you are missing terribly? Has the doctor delivered bad news? Have you gone through a divorce? Maybe there is tension between you and another family member that makes it difficult to spend the holidays together and that makes you downright sad. If any of these scenarios fit you, I have some advice.

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Focus on Jesus. “Jesus is the reason for the season” is a common saying this time of year. There is so much truth in that statement. It’s Christmas. Jesus is the Christ or the Anointed One. Instead of allowing yourself to be overwhelmed with pain, let your thoughts center on the One who came and gave His all. Meditate on His love and concern for you. He is the risen Christ. He sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for you. You are constantly on His mind. 

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Focus on the good. Count your blessings. Be thankful for the great relationships you do have. Be grateful for the Word of God and that Jesus is in your life helping you at this very moment. 

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Believe that God can turn a bad situation around for His glory. The Bible is full of stories of restoration and healing.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and ended up second in command to Pharaoh of Egypt.

Job lost everything he had including his family. He became sick and almost had a nervous breakdown. Job said the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. But this is not a true statement. When you read the first chapter, you find out that the devil stole from Job. God is never against you. He is not out to get you. In fact, God restored Job’s health and gave him twice as much as he had before.

 

Grief is a human reaction to loss but it doesn’t have to define your life or ruin this Christmas season.

 

Naomi lost everything she owned including her husband and two sons. But God gave her a daughter-in-law named Ruth. Ruth married Boaz, a close relative of Naomi who acted as their Kinsman Redeemer. His actions restored Naomi’s family name and properties. Boaz was a wealthy man. Ruth and Naomi received access to everything he owned.

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Know your enemy. I heard a woman say that the death of her husband was a strategy of the devil to distract her from her ministry. The devil tried to get her to get caught up in grief and sorrow so that she couldn’t do what God had called her to do. She didn’t let it happen, though. God took her through and she has an active, thriving ministry today.

I believe the enemy is trying to use your grief to distract you from God’s purpose and plan. He is trying to overwhelm you with pain. But don’t you let him win! Trust God to heal your body, relationships and your heartache. Isaiah 53:4 says Jesus carried your grief and sorrow on the cross along with sin, sickness and disease. Stand on this verse today.

Child of God, grief is a natural, human reaction to loss but it doesn’t have to define your life or ruin this Christmas season. Take heed to the guidelines noted above. God will bring you to new place of joy and victory.

Love,

Karin

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