3 Important Truths to Remember when your “Holiday feels more like a Hole-iday”

My heart was breaking for them.

It was their first Holiday without their mom.  My dear friend had passed in August 2016 and as the Holidays approached, I knew it was going to be a difficult Christmas for her kids.

Sometimes “Christmas can feel more like a hole-iday than a holiday.”

I heard this quote in Max Lucado’s Christmas book, Because of Bethlehem. Sadly, I think many of us have felt this way.  Can you relate?  Are you feeling deep sadness this Holiday season?  Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?

First let me say that I am so sorry.  I understand how hard it is to deeply miss someone you love.

I want to encourage you today with 3 important truths to remember when “your Holiday feels more like a Hole-iday.”

1. Remember “when everything shakes, God remains unshaken.”

This is another great quote from Max’s book, Because of Bethlehem. This is so good, let me say it again:

Friends, when your world gets turned upside down, please cling to the truth that God has not changed. Your circumstances may have changed, but you are still a child of God, chosen and deeply loved.

2. Remember God is faithful!  

Friends, God’s presence became so real to me in my grief. I can confidently say that He will walk with you through this difficult time and offer you comfort and love.  I know it is not easy to walk through loss; it is even harder around the Holidays.

Please give yourself lots of grace.  Surround yourself with friends and family that can offer empathy.  Be honest about how you are feeling and let others know what you need. 

3. Remember that God sees you and has not forgotten you. 

When you feel alone, please cling to the truth that God “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” (Psalms 34:18) He wants to walk through your grief with you. Seek Him daily and let him turn your pain into His purpose.

I am praying for all the hurting hearts this Christmas season.   

Love, Jodi

Note: This week on my Depth podcast, Lisa Appelo shares her powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness in her grief. Eight years ago, Lisa became a sudden widow and single mom to her 7 children. You do not want to miss how she has found hope in the middle of her hard circumstances, 

To listen, click on the following link: https://link.chtbl.com/vZzTid7o

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I am so excited to share with you about my new Depth Journals for sale. 

I love to journal!  Honestly, journaling was a huge part of my healing as I walked through my greatest heartbreak. Knowing how much it helped me, I wanted to create a journal for others to record their honest emotions and connect with God.  Journaling has also been a huge part of my growing. I love recording favorite Scripture verses and reflecting on growth steps from books I have read and messages I have heard. 

My prayer is that these journals will help you grow deeper in your faith and stronger in your relationships. 

I am very passionate about this which is why I have named them Depth Journals. Check out the designs below:

I am a huge nature lover, so I designed each cover with one of my favorite scenic pictures!  I hope each one draws you into God’s beautiful creation and allows you to feel closer to Him.  I also added one of my favorite verses to the cover of each journal this year.  My hope is that these verses remind you of God’s love and faithfulness and help deepen your trust in Him.

The Depth Journals are $12 each or 2 for $20.  If you are not local, I will need to add a $3/journal shipping and handling fee to send it to you.

I only have a limited number of journals so please act fast.  Let me know how many journals you want to purchase, and which design you prefer by emailing me at jodirosser@gmail.com

So looking forward to digging deeper with these journals because Depth Matters!!

Thanks so much, Jodi Rosser