November Box Reveal
November marks the beginning of the holidays, and man they can be tough. From running around like a chicken with your head cut off and making the kids Christmas parties, to suffering well in a season where people may be missing from your tribe. Maybe a death occurred, maybe tragedy struck physically and things are just disrupted from what use to be normal. But you are trying your darnest to love your people well.
But Jenny, how do I suffer well?
Let's talk about it. Here are some tangible tips that I hope help you this season or in hopes that this helps you love on someone in your corner.
- Do not suffer or struggle alone. Be in community. Let people in. Even before the hard times hit. Dig deep and train up for when the hard times hit. (Heb. 10:24-25)
- Physically confess you are in deep waters. Yes, God knows all we are going through, but speak it aloud and allow Him to hover over you. (Gen. 1:2)
- Do not Pray in seasons of extraordinary need without the value of linking arms with a trusted circle of fellow believers. Confess your broken heart. Be vulnerable. It is okay to not be okay. (Psalm 34.18)
- Remember it takes release of pride to reveal suffering, struggle and needs. There is extraordinary freedom when vulnerability is met with suffering well. Confess your weakness. When His sanctifying work is met with the reality of our depravity as humans, we are surrounded with His loving kindness and are able to SEE it! (2 Cor. 12:9)
All in all friend, have hope. If you only choose one thing this season, have hope and find the good in each day. With hope comes faith, and having crazy faith helps you remember you are so loved.
Until next time!
P.S. I hope the towel reminds you of this when you are in the kitchen - which we all know we will be at Thanksgiving! And if you are about to lose it at any point- grab the chocolate. Always chocolate.