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Holidays are almost here! The most wonderful time of the year with family, friends, and making happy memories. I even read this morning that those who decorate earlier are happier. Not sure about that, as I am a December decorator, but maybe I will push it up this year. Regardless, the holidays are generally known for giving thanks and spending quality time with loved ones.

As much as I often try to look at the holiday season through childlike eyes, I also realize this time can also be challenging for some, whether it be missing someone far away or passed, loneliness, or tough memories. With things that come up in our lives, there are often many days that we become overwhelmed. How do we deal with those things in life that might not go our way? Or for that matter, for our children? We are constantly challenged to set the example, to be their voice of reason, while still managing some of the things we face. Where do we find our strength to face our challenges and still be there for our children, family, and friends?

I am sure many of us ask these same questions, no matter where you are in your faith journey. For me, I am reminded of the faith I have in God and his greater plan. In Galatians 6:9, So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. This message of perseverance is a reminder that we must pull from deep within and pray for the strength to keep facing even those things that are toughest for us to manage. Not only will we be filled with life giving spirit, but it will also shine that light within us to others. Hebrews 10:36 tells us, for you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what was promised. We can find the answers, possibly not the ones we thought or expected, and the strength, if we turn to God and ask for his help and guidance. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy, and manageable holiday season!

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