Fellow Resilient Warrior.
This is our last edition before we celebrate Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020.
This edition’s feature article, entitled “Resilient JOY,” will address the dilemmas we all face at Christmas. Perhaps it is a blessed time of family and fun, or perhaps it is a very difficult time of strained relationships and a sense of loss. Or perhaps it is some of each for many of us. The reality is that we can’t always control our circumstances, but we do have control over our response. Our article discusses achieving “Resilient JOY” at Christmas, despite the challenging circumstances which may surround us.
This edition also has the normal “Bounce Builder” question for discussion with family and friends, as well as the pre-Christmas discount offered in the Resources Section — $10 off on the tabletop Resilience Training Game w/ Promo Code “FAM2”. Order now for Christmas!
Be assured of my prayers for you, your family, and loved ones during this Christmas season. I pray that you may have comfort and joy as you “Remember Christ our Savior:”
“God rest ye merry gentlemen (and women!)
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
When we were gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy”
Respectfully in Christ,
PS- I hope to hear some of YOUR thoughts as we head into Christmas and prayerfully a couple of weeks of “self-care,” a key element of personal resilience!
a time of peace and JOY for some,
a time of loneliness and even depression for others.”
Have you ever had a lonely Christmas? Has your Christmas meal been laced with tension, bitterness, and anger? Or has your economic situation negated your ability to even provide modest presents for those you love? Is this the time which triggers you over the loss of a dear loved one? Are you separated by oceans and continents from dear family and friends, perhaps serving in harm’s way in the military, or residing in prison, or on a far-off mission field? Maybe you are living with pain which makes it hard to appreciate the season or achieve the JOY you once felt. Perhaps you have been blessed to avoid such dynamics during your lifetime of Christmases, but I venture that most of us well understand such scenarios.
Ready or not — it is Christmas time – a time of peace and JOY for some, a time of loneliness and even depression for others. This holiday dynamic is part of the reality of our human journey. Rather than passively allowing such challenges to determine our mental outlook and our spiritual well-being, the Resilient Warrior in us must fight for the JOY within our grasp.
Let’s dive right into some suggestions for Resilient JOY at Christmas, and actually during any part of the year ahead. Here are some thoughts:
Psalms 16:11 reminds us “In Your presence is fullness of JOY…”
James helps us understand the outcome of such Resilient Joy — “Consider it all JOY, my brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith (even at Christmas) produces endurance, and let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Over time we can discuss many more tips. For now, however, let us march into Christmas with a Resilient JOY that is not based on circumstances, but on the truth of God’s Word, the gift of Christ at Christmas, and the positive and healthy mindset that God can provide to each of us as we lean into Him.
Have a Blessed Christmas,
So what about YOU?
How are you experiencing Resilient JOY?
Can you make your inner JOY less dependent on outer conditions?
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(Regarding the “Growing Children Who Bounce” edition)Bob this is so right on! So-called and far too frequent “entitlement” tendencies dissolve when resilient ownership and “bouncing back” are practiced. Keep up the good work in spreading the word! ~Glen Aubrey
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