He Is Near To The Brokenhearted…Even In The Holiday Season

Hello, dears! I hope that you are all doing well, especially now that we are nearing the holiday season. I know that this is a difficult time of year for some, and I want to be mindful of that. I myself tend to struggle during this season, I get over excited and my anxiety skyrockets. It’s not the same as, say, dealing with PTSD or grief, but I can definitely sympathize. My heart goes out to each and every one of you who are struggling. You are all in my prayers. 

This post is mostly just a letter to those of you who are struggling with the onset of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I pray that the Lord will use my words to encourage someone who needs to hear them <3.

Dear Girl Who Is Struggling During The Holiday Season,

I’m not sure how to start this letter. I thought I would know how to, and then I didn’t. Truth be told, I’m scared of saying the wrong thing and hurting you even more. I am praying that the Lord would give me the right words to put on this page to encourage you.

The holidays are fast approaching, and with those most likely comes a sense of dread for you. The rest of the world is caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, and you’re just wishing you could hide from it all. Maybe you’ve been just having a bad year, or maybe this time of year reminds you of one you lost. Maybe you’re breaking inside and don’t know how you can manage to paste a smile on your face for even another day, let alone an entire holiday season. Maybe you’re just up numb. Trust me, I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to be breaking when everyone else seems to be happy. 

It sucks.

I want you to understand something about Christmas. We humans have added a lot on to it. It started out as the birthday of a King who chose to humbly be born in a manger. A filthy feeding trough that animals ate out of. And then we chose to add on all this other stuff (Santa Claus, Christmas trees, twinkly lights, gifts, etc). That is not the essence of Christmas. Jesus is the essence of Christmas. And He doesn’t want anything more from you except your heart.

If you’re wondering if you can even hold on for another day, I want you to stop and take a deep breath. You don’t have to take part in all the extra stuff. You can just spend this holiday season focusing on Jesus. Maybe this is small, such as choosing to pray to Him throughout the day, or maybe it’s big, such as completely flipping your life around for Him. Cry out to Him, He will listen, and He cares. He is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18), He loves you with love that we cannot even begin to fathom. You don’t have to pretend with Him. You can come as you are, broken and lost, slowly dying inside. He won’t turn you away. He created you and looks at you with infinite love, He wants to help you and is calling out to you. Listen to Him. He adores you. 

My challenge for you this holiday season is to do just a few simple things. Break them up into little chunks if you need to. First, read the Christmas story and study it. There are plenty of free Bible reading plans online for this. Or, you can just read it without a plan. You can find the Christmas story in Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2. Second, focus on gratitude. Just write down something you’re grateful for each day. One thing. Third, listen to Christmas music that focuses more on Jesus and less on holidays. That’s it, three things. You can do that, okay?

There’s a song that was the inspiration for this blog post. It’s called Somewhere In Your Silent Night and it’s by Casting Crowns. It’s one of my favorite Christmas songs because it so accurately acknowledges the pain that so many of us are feeling at this time of year. To close this post out, I’m going to share the lyrics of it with you.

Somewhere In Your Silent Night

All is calm and all is bright

Everywhere but in your heart tonight

They’re singing carols of joy and peace

But you feel too far gone and too far out of reach

Somewhere in your silent night

Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried

Hope is here, just lift your head

For love has come to find you

Somewhere in your silent night

From heaven’s height to manger low

There is no distance the Prince of Peace won’t go

From manger low to Calvary’s hill

When your pain runs deep

His love runs deeper still

He has always loved you, child

And He always will

Somewhere in your silent night

Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried

Hope is here, just lift your head

For love has come to find you

Somewhere in your silent night

Lift your head

Lift your heart

Emmanuel will meet you where you are

He knows your hurt

He knows your name

And you’re the very reason that He came

Somewhere in your silent night

Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried

Hope is here, just lift your head

For love has come to find you

Somewhere in your silent night

Love will find you

Love will find you

Love will find you

You can find the audio version of it on YouTube here. I am praying dearly that this post was able to bring encouragement to someone out there. God loves you and won’t ever leave you. Take care this holiday season <3.

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Blogmas Day 19 / My Christmas Wishlist

    Hello, dears! It is officially 6 days until Christmas and I am so incredibly excited. I know, I know, I’ve been trying to post more faith centered content for Blogmas, but I’m running out of things to post about, so here we are. I always enjoy these little ‘My Christmas Wishlist’ posts, and I hope you guys enjoy my version of it <333.

*I do not expect to get all these things, please do not feel like I am rubbing my money in your faces, I’m not rich and will likely get only a few of these things ❤

    The Wishlist

  1. A MacBook Air

I’ve been wanting one of these for so long. I understand that they super expensive, which is why I doubt I’m getting one. But that’s beside the point haha. I think that Macbooks are so aesthetic and pretty ahh.

  1. Books From My Goodreads To-Be-Read Shelf

I am a bookworm, okay? I like books. And instead of listing off all of the books I want, I can just give people my TBR shelf and they can do with it what they wish. 

  1. A Guitar/Ukulele

I do know that these are completely different things, I just don’t really mind which one I get. Both are really cool and pretty and I can’t make up my mind as to which one I’d rather have…

  1. Fairy Lights

We all know my affinity for fairy lights by now, right? *Squeals* I love them so so so much. They add such a warm feel to a room and they make me feel safe and happy <3.

  1. A New Journaling Bible

I bought myself my first journaling Bible almost a year ago, and by now it’s been filled up with all my ameature attempts to be aesthetic and Pinterest-y. I want a new one that I can have as a fresh start, so that I don’t have to search to find pages that are empty and non cringy.

  1. Page A Day Calendar

In 2020, right before the pandemic began, for my 13th birthday, one of my friends got me an I Love Lucy page a day calendar. I loved it so much ahh. In Christmas of 2020, my mom got me a Bible verse page a day calendar. By now it’s kind of a yearly tradition, so I’m hoping for one for 2022.

  1. Crayola Supertips

I bought myself a set of these a few months ago and I may or may not have lost quite a few of them? *Does this with literally every pen set she gets* Which is why I want a new set, this time with way more colors. I actually think that Supertips are better then Zebra Mildliners. They have prettier colors and more variety.

  1. Vintage Typewriter Letter Stamps

One of my favorite bullet journal bloggers uses these in a bunch of her spreads. They just add such an aesthetic vintage feel to everything. Which is why I want them. I think they’d make a great addition to my growing stationary collection.

  1. A Hoseana Revival Notebook

This notebook is so. so. pretty. I want it so bad. I’m not sure what I’d use it for, but I’m sure I’d find a way to make use of it. I always do. 

  1. A Five Year Prayer Journal

Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to look back on your prayer life throughout the years and see how faithful God truly is? This journal is specifically for that. It lasts for five years (so I’d end it when I’m almost 20) and seems so pretty and like something that, if you remember to stick with it, is super rewarding.

  1. Cross Necklace

I’ve been wanting one of these for a while, ever since I noticed that one of my friends at school had one. I love how it’s a gentle way to show your faith to others without being pushy or triggering those with religious trama (ooh I should write a blog post about being mindful of other’s religious traumas when evangelizing).

Thank you so so much for reading this mess of a post! If you enjoyed it, please don’t forget to click like, leave a comment, and subscribe. What’s on your Christmas wishlist? Let me know in the comments. And, as always, keep your eyes on Jesus, dears. I love you all <3.

Blogmas Day 15 / 10 Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Teenage Girls

Hello, dears!! I’m so sorry for taking so long to post, my blogging motivation has been waning a little. I don’t like posting more shallow posts like this one, but I felt like it so I guess this is what I’m posting? Anyways though, I hope you all like it and have a lovely day <333.

The Stocking Stuffers

  1. Fairy Lights

These are singlehandedly the coziest (and most affordable) bedroom decor products ever. I own a concerning amount of these and I love lighting them. They make me feel so aesthetic and whimsical. As someone with anxiety and sensory issues, these make me feel super safe.

  1. Tea Lights (AKA Fake Candles)

Real candles cause fires. Tea ones do not. And they add a really solemn vibe to literally any moment. If you must buy actual candles, try to remind the person who they’re for not to light them. 

  1. Bible Tabs

I need to buy these. They help you to turn to the right book of the Bible. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has to look in the index almost every time I start a new book of the Bible 😅.

  1. Books

I know it’s not always super popular to enjoy reading, but if your recipient is bookish, then get them books. Just ask them for their Goodreads TBR list. I actually put this as one of my gift requests haha.

  1. Vinyl Stickers

There is a vinyl sticker for literally everything. I want to get myself some Autism ones and some bookish ones and some Christian ones and some from various fandoms that I’m way too invested in lol.

  1. Verse Cards

These are perfect for memorizing verses. Plus, they’re super pretty :).

  1. Bible highlighters

Am I the only one who is obsessed with Bible journaling? These are gorgeous and I want them so so bad. I’ve heard they don’t bleed through the page so that’s nice!!

  1. Makeup/Skincare Products

I myself always need new products. I don’t really wear makeup anymore, but I think it would be nice to get some natural mascara, lipgloss, chapstick, and various skincare products from Glossier. 

  1. A Journal

I love notebooks so much!! I have a prayer journal, regular journal, writing journal, and way too many random journals. 

  1. Scrunchies

Do these need any explanation? My hair is finally long enough to be pulled up, and I’ve been obsessed with scrunchies once again as a result.

Thank you all so much for reading! If you enjoyed this post, please click like, leave a comment, and follow me for similar content! What are some stocking stuffers that you like? Let me know in the comments! And, as always, keep your eyes on Jesus. I love you all <333.

Blogmas Day 13 / The True Meaning Of Christmas Guest Post

Hello, dears! I’m so so sorry about how late this post is. I’ve been fairly emotionally exhausted. I’m going to try to post more regularly now that I’m on winter break. Thank you all for understanding <33. Today we have a guest post from Allie about the true meaning of Christmas. Be sure to check out her blog when you finish this post!

Hello my lovelies! My name is Allie and I run the blog The art of blooming here on wordpress! I’m basically an everything blogger with huge creative roots in Jesus! 

When I saw that liesl was looking for guest posters for blogmas I was so excited! I love her blog, and that she would be so kind to give me an opportunity to post here with you lovely people! So enough talking from me lets get onto the post! 

Now Christmas is one of the best holidays of the year in my opinion! The atmosphere is pure joy that just builds more and more until the day of Christmas; The family gathered around the tree, the presents, baking Christmas cookies for Santa (and sneaking a few off his plate ;), and after Christmas dinner everyone sits around with full bellies and even fuller spirits! 

Now if you were to make a list of your top five favorite things in order about Christmas how would it go? 

I’m sure mine would look a little like this: 

  1. Spending time with Family!
  2. Waking up to see the stockings filled and all the presents stacked neatly under the tree!
  3. Opening said presents 😉 
  4. Talking to my friends about all we got that day! 
  5. And oh yeah the birth of Jesus! 

How many of your lists look like mine? All the fun stuff that comes with Christmas Day, and then oh there’s also that Jesus guy.

So much of our holidays are spent busy busy busy, between shopping for gifts, cooking the food, and trying to survive family. We so often forget what Christmas is all about, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ! 

Now everyone knows the story right? Even those who aren’t a Christian have probably gone to at least on Christmas service or maybe they remember it from Sunday school. But the point is this, everyone knows what Christmas is about but does everyone know

Have we really taken the time to pick it apart and see the goodness and provision God gave us through the birth of his son? 

Let’s spend a moment really diving into the true meaning of Christmas shall we?

Jesus is and will forever be the reason for the season, just the circumstances of his birth are enough to truly recognize him as the messiah! He was born to a virgin mother and on the day of his birth a choir of angels sang and rejoiced and he took his first breaths! Just the power alone in that statement! A choir of angels sang and rejoiced as our king of kings, prince of peace, Christ Jesus has breath set in his lungs! 

Why aren’t we doing that this Christmas season? 

And have we ever looked into why Jesus has taken the back burner in our holiday tidings? 

I think society has a huge roll to play; so many people want to take part in the festivities of Christmas, but also want to ignore what it is all about. And we see that a lot reflected in our daily life’s; through TV shows, shopping in big brand name stores who benefit from how much we spend, and even sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall. 

I really want to challenge you all to really pick apart why you celebrate Christmas this year! And if you’re a little bit like me and Jesus has kinda taken the back burner in your seasons tidings I challenge you to think on what you can do to get him right back front and center! 

Maybe volunteer at your local soup kitchen? Or hand out presents to kids in the hospital? Or even just read the story again of how God provided Jesus to us so that we could be saved! And really apply all the goodness from the story to your life and especially to your holiday cheer! 

Jesus is the true star of this holiday season my darlings! (Heh heh see what I did there? True starrrrr? Okay I’m sorry) 

And if you don’t even know the story of the birth of Christ; or you don’t even know who he is but you want to, don’t ever be afraid to reach out! Jesus is so good and he is such a light in all the darkest of times and a joy in the best ❤ You can always contact me, and I’m sure liesl as well and we would absolutely love to help you and tell you a little bit about our amazing Jesus 💛

When you see that star atop the tree remember the star that led the wise men to our savior, when you see that angel floating around the decorations at school remember how they praised and praise him too!, When you have the opportunity to honor Jesus in some way during the holidays and honestly every day take it! It is so worth it! 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! And thank you so so so much liesl for letting me guest post here on your lovely blog! I hope you all have an amazing day! And merry blogmas to you all! ❤️🎄

Blogmas Day Two / Guest Post About Journaling Prompts for the Holiday Season

Hello, dears! Today, for the second day of Blogmas, we have a guest post from Heidi! I think you all will love what she’s written; I know I did! And so, without further ado, here’s Heidi’s post! Be sure to check out her blog when you get a chance! ❤

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Hello! It’s Heidi from Heidi Lane! Thank you, Liesl, for allowing me to guest post on your blog while you are doing Blogmas!

If you don’t know me, then you probably wouldn’t know that I like to use a bullet journal and I like to journal when I go on trips. Sometimes I’ll use some journal prompts to get my creative juices going whenever I need to write a creative writing piece. In short, I love to journal and plan. AND I love all things stationery (but that’s beside the point). Thus, I thought it would be fitting to write about journal prompts for the holiday season. You can go as in depth as you would like with these.

Questions/Reflection:

  1. What was my favorite holiday tradition as a child?
  2. What do I want to do this holiday season?
  3. Is my heart prepared to celebrate Christ’s birth?
  4. What do I want to get [insert name] for Christmas?
  5. What am I thankful for?
  6. What would I get for my friends and family if money wasn’t a problem?
  7. What do the holidays mean to me?
  8. What did I learn from this past year?
  9. What do I want to do next year?
  10. What is your favorite holiday decoration? Why?
  11. What does giving mean to me?

Prompts/Creative:

  1. Write a poem about your typical Christmas morning and then write a poem about how your Christmas morning actually went.
  2. Write a story about a snowman.
  3. Describe your ideal holiday movie or book.
  4. Illustrate a holiday song.
  5. Write out your favorite holiday quotes/lyrics in a variety of lettering.

Hopefully you got a little bit of inspiration for your journal out of these. Thanks for allowing me to post Liesl! Happy Holidays!