Wow, where did the year go? I can’t believe it is Christmas already!
2015 has gone by fast, so it’s good to slow down at Christmas and reflect on the things that really matter. God gave us the most amazing gift of love through Christ.
Yet even though Christmas is a time to celebrate, let’s face it, many people find themselves feeling down or stressed out instead. Some of the biggest challenges include loneliness, financial pressure and family conflicts. You can actually rise above all of these things as you gain God’s perspective on your life and situation.
“The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.” Colossians 1:27 MSG.
For the first 12 years of my life I was bombarded with losses and tragedies, including my parents separating just after Christmas when I was 5 years old and my father dying when I was 10. I dreaded the Christmas season because there was often tension and fights during that time.
That all changed when I was 12 years old.
My mom started a new tradition in which we had a family party on Christmas Eve. We had a great spread of food and friends and family came over. Instead of having to look at all those presents under the tree and wait until Christmas morning, we also started a new tradition of opening our gifts on Christmas Eve.
That new Christmas Eve tradition allowed me to gain a new perspective on the holidays. I found myself actually looking forward to our Christmas Eve party.
Even though I still had uneasiness when I thought about the bad memories from childhood, I found that the Christmas party atmosphere allowed me to rise above those things.
What are your traditions? Whether your Christmas memories are great or bad, you can start a new tradition or celebrate an old one. It is really important to establish things in your life that bring joy, especially if you feel down around the holidays.
It’s time to do something new
One of the prophetic words that God spoke to me is that we are currently in a time in which we need to, “Forget the former things and do not dwell on the past,” Isaiah 43:18.
A few practical ways you can do this is to try something new during the holidays this year.
Take time to listen and reach out to others. If your family situation is stressful then balance it by spending time with people who are fun and encouraging.
Linda and I and my entire InLight Connection team want to wish you the best Christmas ever. We are so grateful for all of you who support and pray for us. We consider you all part of our family. I pray that God will open the heavens of blessing and joy over you!
~ Doug Addison
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Doug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages, also shared on TV, radio and the Internet for over a decade. He brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.