Christmas is coming! It’s the time of year when all is merry and bright. But… what if it’s not? Losses, financial difficulties, travel advisories, and social gatherings can cause anxiety. Here are some suggestions to encourage you if you’re anxious about the upcoming Holiday.
Focus on God’s provision. Joseph was a godly man, but how must he have felt when the innkeeper told him there was no room in the inn? Regardless of Joseph’s feelings, God was divinely orchestrating–with pinpoint precision–the location where His Son would be born. God is working out His plan in our circumstances as well.
Expect the unexpected. Like Mary and Joseph on the first Christmas, we can experience Christmas surprises that are stressful and messy. But if we complain about changes instead of celebrating new opportunities, we’ll miss the blessing of the journey on the way to the destination.
Anticipate joy. Shepherds rejoiced at the announcement of the Savior’s birth. Rejoicing is an act of the will, a mental resolution. The Savior’s birth is still reason to rejoice today.
When anxiety threatens to steal your joy, be thankful for God’s provision, remember His sovereignty, and rejoice evermore!