If Joy Feels Out Of Reach This Holiday

This week, a friend sent me her new holiday family devotional to review.

As I read it, you came to mind—friends who read and share your hearts so regularly here. And I just couldn’t do it. I could not review and share this resource here, as beautifully intentioned as it was, because, with each page I had to fight that familiar holiday emotion: guilt.

Holidays can seem synonymous with stress. {Image credit: iloveotto / 123RF Stock Photo}

For so many of us, normal life presses in so hard that the holidays become more a source of “I’m not doing enough” or “I can’t get this right” than a living of ideals we sing in carols.

It doesn’t have to be that way. We can have both this holiday:

  • Life-giving tradition. . . AND life with the normal challenges we carry year-round.
  • Celebrating the Prince of Peace AND pressing through that financial challenge.
  • Enjoying festivities AND managing our child’s special needs (even around family or friends who don’t fully “get it.”)

It may not look like a Norman Rockwell painting. It probably won’t be the subject of a Hallmark card. But it will radiate JOY. Real, honest-to-goodness joy that overcomes every burden we carry. That joy of the Lord that is our strength, our safety, our refuge. . . our ever present help in time of trouble.

Can I invite you engage that true, deep joy this holiday? Maybe for the first time in a long time? Maybe for the first time . . .ever?

I’m stepping out in faith to offer a holiday coaching group designed for us. To provide practical, encouraging support so we can get joy back this holiday season—that joy we can lean into, wrap up and rest in, breathe deep into weary souls.

Join me?

As a reader here, I’m extending the offer of group registration for half off until Saturday November 10 at 11:59 a.m. PT. Visit here for details and to register today.

Let’s get that joy back this holiday!

-Laurie

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