Friday, December 26, 2014

Expectations vs True Needs part 2 by Cheryl Laurenza

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
Matthew 1:23”

I hope you all had an awesome Christmas. For those who did not because of loss or other difficulties, know that you are loved and prayed for. I want to  elaborate on this verse..."God with us." When we are dealing with feeling a sense of "aloneness" in our lives, feeling like no one really gets us, this verse is a powerful reminder that as believers, we are never alone. Often following a Holiday or other event, when our expectations have not been met, or they have been and now there is that post let down, or family difficulties that were exacerbated over this time, we find ourselves rather blue.

Recognize this is normal and move forward knowing that there is hope, not just because of the manger, but that baby grew up, walked among us, and gave his life for us, and he rose again.  Like my former Pastor says "It gets gooder and gooder." He did not leave us as orphans as the scripture says,  but sent us "another Counselor" to be with us in the person of the Holy Spirit. That is the gift that truly keeps on giving, it may not be what I expected or imagine it to be, but lean into this truth, connect with Him, let your 2015 be  the best yet, not only because of our circumstances being different, but because you have fully recognized what an incredible gift this is and you are different.

Dear Sisters, that is my prayer for you that you will know, sense and experience being held in His hands. After all in Zephaniah it says that "He rejoices over you with singing."

Merry Christmas Dear Ones

Cheryl Laurenza, LPC, LCMHC
For more information on aloneness in marriage or otherwise, check out Center For Relational Care out of Austin, TX or contact me via email.

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