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8 Ways to Deal With the Blues at Christmas

 
Hi, friends!
 
I tend to get depressed during the holidays. I wrote about that last year. So as the holidays approached this year, I was pleased to hear my pastor, Dr. Jay Dennis of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida, preach about depression during the holidays.
 

Image from First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, Florida, USA

Image from First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, Florida


 
Today, I am sharing his sermon and his notes with you in various formats. You’ll want to watch, listen, or read the information below. It really encouraged me this past Sunday, and I’m sure to refer to it again and again during the holidays.
 
 
 

Watch

 
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Listen

 

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Read

(click on the image of the study notes)

 
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I know you will find these eight steps helpful as you navigate the holiday season.
 
 
Come alongside… Have you struggled with depression during the holidays? How did you handle it? What steps did you take? Which of the eight steps in Pastor Jay’s sermon resonated with you most? What steps can you take this year to help you through the holidays? Please share with us in the comments below. Remember, you can share anonymously.
 
 
Note: All information in the video, audio, and study guide is copyrighted by Jay Dennis, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida. Used with permission.
 
 

7 Responses to 8 Ways to Deal With the Blues at Christmas

  • Merida Ortiz says:

    Good afternoon
    Wow! Great points to keep in mind all the time, for me the best way when I get depressed and it’s not only during Christmas is to keep praying and keep looking what is ahead of me. These two month’s has been hard for me, I lost my job after 1yr 1/2 and I love so much. And depressed, but thanks to prayer and reading the Bible it has help me so much.

    • Daphne says:

      Didn’t he do a great job, Merida? I love my pastor so much. 🙂

      I’m sorry to hear about your job loss. It is especially hard during the holidays. My husband is laid off at the moment, so we know some of what you might be going through. I actually reviewed a book about job loss. It’s here, in case you’re interested: http://blog.daphnewrites.com/2013/10/12/book-review-still-looking-vicki-huffman/ This book really helped me–and our story is included in it as well. 😉

      Prayer is very important when you get depressed. It’s hard to do, but we can trust that even when we don’t have the words, God knows through the Holy Spirit what’s inside our hearts.

      Blessings,
      Daphne

  • Dear Daphne,
    Although I’ve always loved Christmas my mother who died at age 54 used to become terribly depressed for many years missing her dad. Like you , I love our minister and even more the Divine Spirit that lives in each of us, who embraces us in an enfolding love that is stronger and more lasting than any human love. Believing is what pulls us through so many despairing moments and also elevates us to be who we can be for others. Positively and with prayers for you and for all of your family and readers. Pauline

    • Daphne says:

      Hi, Pauline.

      I believe that behind all the smiling and laughing during the holidays, there are people–like me–who become depressed for a number of reasons. I am so grateful for pastors like mine who are now tackling this issue with love, truth, and grace. Many people–Christians, even–have struggled in silence for many years, if not their entire lives. God can help us. As you said, He can embrace us and show us His love. He can send us people who are His hands and feet to love us unconditionally.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting so transparently. Please stop by again. 🙂

      Daphne

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