Evergreen trees are bedazzled with lights. Holiday wreaths hang from our front doors. The gift-buying has begun. Everyone’s blogging on peace, joy, and love. But I can’t seem to get my mind off the emotional heartache that resonates regardless of the holiday season.
It was on my heart to connect with friends and family recently, so I wrote a couple of postcards of encouragement. They thanked me for my words. And they were courageous enough to be transparent about their December struggles:
- It was a pleasant surprise that I badly needed. I’ve been feeling really sad and lonely these past few days, at times it felt really intense. This card helped me feel really appreciated.
- It’s been a rough couple of months. I cry a lot. And I’ve been having more anxiety. But, I’m coping the best way I know how.
So I’ve got hope on my heart right now. Hope for families dealing with the shock of violence that has recently plagued our hurting nation. Hope for those struggling with the sadness or loneliness that can intersperse itself amidst holiday cheer. Hope for strength when bad habits snuff out willpower.
It is HOPE that Quells the Howling Cold of Winter.
Hope in my own heart revolves around new-found goals. I’m evaluating the highs and lows of 2015. I’m assessing my failures and looking at recent personal triumph.
Dreams and goals are worth pursuing every new year, but I bet we’d reach them a lot sooner if we evaluated our pasts. Because in order to make better ‘here-and-now’ moments we must look at where we’ve failed ourselves.
I love how authors develop unimaginable plot twists. I love how good fiction lingers into real life. And there’s nothing better than a strong, female lead who can empower a reader to change something inside herself.
You may not be a Pulitzer-prize winning author, but you do have the ABILITY to author the rest of your life.
Re-write what’s not working. Rid yourself of the characters who’ve darkened your life story. Be your own heroine, one who confidently stands before personal conflict refusing to back down. A good character learns something valuable in the middle of her story; she reshapes herself amidst her life-story.
You can write down new hopes and dreams. You can re-write your life. And if you aren’t satisfied with your current story, then lady, I implore you to revise it.
You Have What It takes To Re-Write:
- fear and anxiety
- rejection or self-loathing
You Can Edit-Out:
- unhealthy relationships or toxic antagonists
Jesus authors our FAITH; he says that he will perfect our personal faith-stories
(Hebrews 12:2, NKJV).
But we must do some work too. We must delve into our backstories.
It is essential to look at the backstory of our lives so that we can re-write the events that aren’t working.
Will you DECIDE to revise what isn’t working?
Let’s resolve WHY we struggle with loneliness. Let’s ask for HOLY PEACE when anxiousness tries to make an appearance.
Will you take ownership of your ONE AND ONLY story?
Will you hold on to HOPE by gifting yourself with the power of a PERSONAL REWRITE this holiday season?