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Christmas Depression

Christmas Depression
Psalm 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
As we read Psalm 42, notice the psalmist is struggling with some depression and feeling isolated from God. His feelings of isolation may have come from an absence of fellowship with God or discouragement from others. Whatever the cause, the feelings are real and recorded for our benefit. This time of year can bring depressing thoughts of loneliness and despair. Not being able to spend time with loved ones, during the Christmas season, can become extremely overwhelming to those alone. 
I remember the first Christmas I spent without my husband, Glen. We were opening presents with the grandchildren on Christmas morning. I recall thinking, “I’m doing so well, I haven’t even cried this morning.” My children brought out a gift that my husband had purchased for me while he was still living. Then I…

Living with the Addicted

Living with the Addicted
Growing up as a child, I didn’t realize I was living with an addict. My father, whom I loved very much, was an alcoholic. Some would characterize him as a “working alcoholic.” He was an extremely hard worker even in his addiction. I can only remember one vacation we ever took as a family and that was to Las Vegas, NV–––Not a fun trip for a kid. 
Alcohol was definitely used as an excuse to start a fight and leave home to get drunk. I have seen my dad so intoxicated that he passed out on the front lawn. It embarrassed me to see him this way and I know it was painful for my mother, as well. I remember going to work with my dad–––he was the manager of a liquor store. I would play in the store taking inventory of all the different kinds of alcoholic beverages he sold–––Not an appropriate play ground for a child.
I am thankful that God has allowed me to experience life with the addicted because this has given me the opportunity to reach addicts. Sharing the Gospel with…

Precious in His Sight

Precious in His Sight
Psalm 139:13-18 “... I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well...”
Every precious grandchild that God has gifted me with has been a magnificent and monumental moment I have been privileged to experience. To think the miracle of life has once again been given is awe-inspiring and breathtaking. I am overwhelmed when I call to mind what value God has placed on one small soul. The beginning of life was formed by the dust of the earth and the breath of God and though we are begotten and born of our earthly parents, God is the chief parent and the only fashioner of us all.  "Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves" (Psalms 100:3).
The examining eye of God views the new born baby and is acquainted with all their ways, every cry, every whimper, every breath. To think the God of this universe studies, considers and observes every minute feature …