It’s Okay (not to be okay)… My friend Kelli wrote this and shared it on her wall, I loved it so much I asked if I could share it with all of you. This is a topic that I have been thinking about lately as well, and trying to find words to articulate my thoughts, but Kelli did it for me. So here, are beautiful words from Mrs. Kelli Cupstid for the person who is not okay on Christmas.
“With Christmas and New Year’s day coming up, I want to share this with everyone that has lost a loved one, a dad, mom, grandma, grandpa, son, daughter, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend, coworker.. Anyone. My Pastor Kort Marley always tells us it’s okay to not be okay.
So today, I want to tell you the same, it’s okay to not be okay. Christmas will not be the same without them. Don’t try to force yourself to make it the same without them. Their presence makes things different. You love them & they are not there so it’s not the same without them. If you want to cry because you miss them so much, let yourself cry.
I think emotions like crying are sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves because we don’t have to think about it, or conjure up the perfect words to express the feelings inside. We just experience it. Don’t worry about those around you. If u need to step away and cry, I wouldn’t hesitate. Just kindly excuse yourself.
I also want to share that there is real peace you can have in times like these. Peace that is true, not shallow. Real peace that goes deep into the heart and mind. This peace surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6-7). You won’t be able to explain it very well in words but you will be able to experience it.
Jesus Himself says, “Peace I leave with you; MY peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27) His peace is not the same peace this world offers us. His peace is above this world. It’s real and pure.
Don’t think you have to hold these feelings inside. Life is so hard and He knows it’s hard. That’s why He is always there for us to help us when we can’t help ourselves and we don’t understand and we’re hurting. He is there.
Tell Him everything you’re thinking and feeling just like u would a really close friend. He is our friend and He is a good friend…He is a good Father. Ask Him for His peace. Life isn’t easy but Jesus, He is always good.
Don’t stop loving people. Love everyone around you and let them know in word and in deed that you love them!!!! – Kelli Cupstid
As a person who has been in the depths of despair, depression and loss, I know how true Kelli’s words are. There is nothing like the peace that Christ brings. Some days are hard, and that’s okay. Keep pushing through. Keep trusting Him. Praying you have a peaceful Christmas!
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