Join me and Evelyn Davison on LoveTalk today, December 10, 2016. We talk about Beating the Holiday Blues. You can listen LIVE using the link below.

I share what I’ve done myself in wrestling with grief over my husband’s death, and how I’m getting through the holiday season this year.

And I share some very practical tips on what YOU can to in Beating the Holiday Blues.

If you miss it today, the program is replayed tomorrow, December 11, at 3pm CST.

P.S. Don’t miss the FREE RESOURCES we talk about in the program.

Date: December 10, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST
Appearance: Beating the Holiday Blues
Outlet: The Bridge 1120 KTXW
Location: Austin, TX
Format: Radio

Memories at Christmastime: Good, Bad, and Ugly

Dealing with Christmas Past

Christmas MagicWhat are your memories at Christmastime? What word describes Christmas for you?

Is it Disappointment? Loneliness? Fear? Failure? Loss?

Maybe Christmas means joy and family to you, but you still carry some troubling memories of past holiday seasons that make Christmas a mixed experience for you.

Even if past Christmases were wonderful, you may wish you could go back and re-create them – but know you can’t.

There’s something about the holidays that ignites our memories: good ones we’d like to experience again, painful ones we wish we could forget, or truly ugly ones that make us want to skip the holiday season entirely.

Jesus understands your struggle with memories, and how that impacts your experience of Christmastime.

My own memories around Christmas are not all pleasant. And I’d love to offer you some suggestions on how you and I can deal with memories during the holidays.

If you haven’t signed up to receive our Beating the Holiday Blues series, you’re missing a lot! Today’s video is about dealing with those memories that may be good, bad, or ugly.

And I have some very specific suggestions on what to do with your memories this year.

You can access these FREE videos here. I hope you’ll join me!

YES! Help me Beat the Holiday Blues!

Let’s beat the Holiday Blues together!

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How to Deal with Masturbation and Pornography as a Christian

What the Gospel says about Solo Sexual Stuff

Hiding Behind ComputerHow do you handle the solo sexual stuff? How do you deal with masturbation and pornography as a Christian?

I’m writing about this because you asked. You send me questions about this almost every week, and you deserve an answer. As both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Ministry, I’ll do my best to offer you both truth and hope on this topic.

For starters, if the gospel isn’t big enough to have answers for this kind of touchy stuff, what good is it? There is no problem in our lives for which God does not have an answer. The answers may not be simple or easy, but that’s why we’re talking about it.

Pornography and masturbation are not the same. I don’t believe God judges them the same. I’m addressing them together because they often go together; masturbating while watching pornography.

If you’re struggling here I encourage you to read all the way to the end of this article. I’ll share with you a dramatic story of how one person found amazing freedom from her private sexual hell. I know Jesus can do the same for you!

How you are affected

Here are some of the people I’ve heard from:

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No Christmas Tree for Me! (Singing the Holiday Blues)

A Baby is God's opinion that the world should go on!

Holiday Blues at ChristmasIn my neighborhood many families go all-out with Christmas decorations. Thanksgiving leftovers are still in the refrigerator when the blow-up Santas, twinkling multi-colored lights, huge red bows, and evergreen wreaths appear on many of the trees, doors, roofs, and lawns. Tall Christmas trees are visible through living room windows. The only thing missing is the snow.

But I won’t be putting up a Christmas tree this year. I’m not sure I’ll even be able to hang the wreath on my front door. I’m gluing together the broken pieces of the little wooden crèche I’ve carried around with me for 15 years; that symbolizes more how my heart is doing right about now.

You see, this will be my first holiday season without my beloved husband Al. He loved Christmas! We loved Christmas together! Last year we had a really big real tree – and I decorated it while he sat in his chair, too sick to help. We made it out of the house for a Christmas Eve family gathering – barely.

And two months later he went home to be with the Lord.

So you can see why it’s just too painful for me to put up a Christmas tree this year. I’ll do good to get the pieces of my little wooden crèche glued together.

There are still things I’m looking forward to this year. Giving gifts is a joy. There are some Christmas carols that open up the deepest places in my heart. I will be spending Christmas Eve with wonderful family. I love celebrating the amazing gift of Jesus as He entered our world as a baby. It’s just that the heartache and sadness are so acute during this season.

Holiday Blues

Are you singing the Holiday Blues like I am?

Something about Christmas makes us want everything to turn out like a Hallmark movie. Come December 25 everything will be OK!

But you don’t always get a boyfriend for Christmas. Your son or daughter doesn’t always make it home for the holidays. Your grief doesn’t go away; it probably gets worse. A box of groceries and firewood don’t always end up on your back porch. Families don’t always reconcile just because of a date on the calendar.

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#GivingTuesday with Dr Carol

Help someone else live Fully Alive

Giving TuesdayWe are celebrating #GivingTuesday here are Dr Carol Ministries! And we’d love you to join us.

The up-and-coming tradition of giving on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is so welcome after the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And we think it’s awesome!

I’m completely amazed at some of the emails, messages, and letters I receive in response to what God is doing through this ministry. Here is an excerpt from just one of them this month. Mady wrote:

“Dr Carol, your work and ministry is really blessing my life and impacting me in so many areas.  What God has given you is so timely for me personally.  I’d really need to sit down with you one day for quite a few hours to tell you my story in order for you to understand where I’m coming from when I tell you this. Whew! I just shed a few more tears while writing this. Thank you Dr. Carol – from one ministered soul to you.”

God is touching men and women through this ministry. Marriages are finding hope. Men and women are experiencing healing. Dark places are being opened to the light. At the bottom of this page are a few more excerpts from letters, and I think your heart will rejoice as mine does.

But we need YOUR HELP!

Your gift will bring this message of living Fully Alive to more Madys.

I hope you are giving generously today. And if God asks you to make a tax-deductible donation to this ministry, we can’t thank you enough!

Won’t you help someone else find the pathway to living Fully Alive?! I’m asking you to consider a donation of $20 – that will provide help for one more couple to find a pathway out of Marriage Misery. Or you can donate any amount God directs you to give.

Make Your Donation Now

My words of Thank You are not enough!! I will trust God to bless you richly as you bless others.

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