Unwrapping Christmas – De-Stressing The Holidays

Unwrapping The meaning of Christmas – De-Stressing The Holidays

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. This weekend we’re talking about De-Stressing The Holidays – we’re in the Advent Season which is a time of resetting our focus on the reasons for the season. Each week we’re Unwrapping The Meaning of Christmas, this week we’re talking about how God has brought us Peace through the gift of His Son, Jesus.

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Christmas Unwrapped – Uncovering the Meaning of Christmas
De-Stressing The Holidays
Sunday, December 8, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
The Christmas Holiday Season can certainly be Joy-Filled and of course, they can be Stress-Filled too. Maybe you had to stretch a little bit even to just read this post but I encourage you to read on, it’ll take only a few minutes…Here are some steps to take for De-Stressing The Holidays
 
1 – LOOK UP
It’s easy to get distracted… So we have to focus on things above, not earthly things. When we focus on the things of God we can better deal with the things of this earth. Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
 
2 – DRESS For The Holidays
During the holidays we can alleviate stress by reaching out to others. We can look around us and see that there are people who are in need. Not just in need of material things but also in need of compassion, kindness and patience Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience Isaiah 61:3 – (Put on) the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
 
3 – FORGIVE Others
During the holidays there will be plenty of opportunities to forgive. From forgiving the person who takes your parking spot, to the rude cashier or the person who cuts you in a line to the more serious offenses of life. We have to forgive the friend or relative who has hurt us in the past. All of these things are opportunities for us to forgive, and forgive we must. Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
 
4 – LOVE Others
The key to it all is love. It always comes down to that one thing… love. It’s the thing that started it all with God sending His Son to us because He loved us. Jesus came to us with Compassion – Kindness – Humility – Gentleness – Patience
Jesus showed us the way to live. Love binds it all together. Love is the glue that can repair a broken life; it’s the glue that holds us together when our world is falling apart. Love Is The Key. Colossians 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity
 
LOVE IS THE BEAUTIFUL RIBBON ON THE GIFT OF LIFE
 
These are the steps to De-Stress The Holidays – If we live by these instructions we will have the powerful peace of God Rule Our Hearts Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
 
Check Out what’s happening during The Christmas Season at Living Water Church here