1. Hi Jolene!
    Thank you SO MUCH for this entry! I can’t even begin to describe how much I’ve come to realize this is going to be a potential area of some issues as we travel to see our families. Just today, shortly after I had a wee bit of a frustrating conversation with my hubby about my frustrations with a sister-in-law, I had the overwhelming feeling of God just impressing upon my heart to just love on her and although I may have frustrations with her I need to just show her love (even if it starts out as love mostly just because Jesus loves her).
    Anyhoo, thank you again Jolene and I pray you have a wonderful holiday season!!!

    1. My apologies, I realized I put 2 thoughts together in the first sentence…what I meant to say was: I can’t even begin to describe how much this resonated with me. I’ve come to realize this is going to be a potential area of some issues as we travel to see our families.

      1. You are welcome, Sarah! Family gatherings are not easy but Jesus is always with us! So blessed to hear this ministered to you.

  2. It’s so great to acknowledge this, Jolene. The Holidays are tough for many people. There are many different reasons for the difficulties. But, you are so right in saying judge what you want to participate in. You don’t have to do it all. Do keep the reason for the season your focus! Love you, sweet sister!!

    1. Hi my sweet sister! So good to hear from you! Yes, holidays can be so hard, but……God is bigger. Keeping the focus on Him will always make a better day!

  3. Thank you for writing this article as I feel it will benefit many including myself. I too have experienced clinical depression since I was 25 after the birth of my first baby.
    It helped me to surround myself with uplifting scriptures from God’s Word. I
    would place them in the bathroom, on refrigerator in kitchen, and in my car
    to remind me of God’s faithfulness even in sickness. When strong enough, I take brisk walks with a friend or by myself. A thankful heart for your blessings helps also. I keep a journal to express my thoughts and a gratitude list. Nutrition
    is so important with this illness. I eat tuna or fish to help with Omega 3. Organic is
    best if you can manage, even if it is just apples and strawberries. Don’t feel guilty
    if your husband helps with household chores as you would do the same for him. (It’s in the marriage contract!) The Bible says laughter is good for the soul so watch a funny movie or read clean jokes. My employer once showed me a black and white picture of a very homely looking granny like the lady on the Beverly Hill Billies and told me,”It could be worse. I could look like that!” God bless all who deal with major depression and keep looking up to Jesus.

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