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Month: December 2016

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Why Christmas is the Season for Forgiveness

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. Familiar scriptures we recognize the death of our Savior on the cross. This holiday season as we recognize the birth of our Savior, forgiveness is even more required. See over 2000 years ago God’s love for us so much that He sent His son through the birth of virgin to live among us to teach us how we were created to live. A son that died on the cross to pay the sin debt for our life. To give us a path to seek forgiveness for our actions far from pleasing to our Heavenly Father. A path without the blood offering that has proven insufficient price.

Forgiveness the highest form of love

Why is forgiveness needed?    

In Matthew 6:14-15, it states “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins”. In Matthew 5: 23-24 we learn “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift”. Mark states in Chapter 11: 25-26 “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

This season the greatest gift we can give in honor to the birth of our Savior is love towards one another. In loving each other we must forgive them for the hurt and pain they have caused us. We must seek forgiveness from those that have strife against us. Through this action then we can be free to give a sinless gift to worship the Savior. Then by offering this gift, our God can forgive us of the act we have committed against His word.

Remember forgiveness is not for those that have offended. Forgiveness is to allow the connection to Creator and creation to stay in sync without disruption. As a Pastor stated in s recent lesson, “God will not hold me responsible for the action you have toward me, but will hold me responsible for my behavior towards you.” Lack of forgiveness should not be on the of marks held against you.

This season, offer your apology to those that hold unforgiveness towards you. Then you forgive those that have hurt, harmed, or shamed you. With all of your heart try to bridge the gap that separates your family and unite once again in love. But if they choose not to forgive and let go, you let go and let God have his way. Knowing your heart is pure against them and move on with the grace of our Lord.

Forgiveness freedom

Freedom of Forgiveness

Shattered Holiday Spirt

Holiday Depression and Emotional Crisis

Mother-child suicide/murder is one of the least publicized crimes in America. But, year after year these numbers are in the double digits across the United States. Many times depression is the route cause for such a tragic end. 

Families members, friends, parents and especially spouses of moms of young children or special need children, needs someone to care for them. They need to know after taking care of everyone else; they have an outlet and time to relax. Many times the pressure of motherhood is more than she can bear on top of being the caretaker of the home, parents, and everyone else throughout her go to daily life.

As we enter this last season of the year, it becomes difficult for those suffering from depression.  The expectation to meet the family tradition of cooking, hosting, gift purchasing with little time to rest adds an extra level of anxiety. This left unchecked can lead to tragic consequences. That shouldn’t be.Emotional Crisis

Many times the signs of depression are clear but too often the moms are informed: “suck it up and handle it!” Too many times those in the closest relationship allow work and personal obligations place blinders of the fact of  negative change in behavior within the mom.

Depression is real. Postpartum depression is dangerous and doesn’t end as quick as it starts. This holiday, look out for moms who distracted, tired and withdrawn. Offer a mom time to relax while you care for her children. Give the gift of life back to a mom suffering this season.

Though they haven’t labeled this tragic case, the fact is a mom and two young precious boys are now dead. Why didn’t anyone hear her cries for help?

This season is a hard time of the year for many people. Suicide Hotline 800-273-TALK (8255).

Article of Help!

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