Can you believe it’s already 2023? During the busy holiday season, it can be easy to forget a new year is right around the corner. And once the hustle winds down, I can find myself asking, “What now?”

I have found that January is a natural time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future; if you’re like me, it can sometimes be a sad and overwhelming season. With the pandemic’s third anniversary approaching, many parents and children are still dealing with the impact of collective uncertainty. 

That’s why I want to encourage you with some resources to inspire you with strength and hope for the days ahead. We’ve put together a selection of biblically based resources that I hope will nurture your spirit and help you feel less alone in difficult circumstances.

Hope in hard times

Are You Really OK? Getting Real About Who You Are, How You're Doing, and Why It Matters
Are you “faking fine”? Counsellor Debra Fileta will help you get real with how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally and physically, and give you practical steps for growing and healing.
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Devotions for difficult seasons

Breath as Prayer: Calm Your Anxiety, Focus Your Mind, and Renew Your Soul
Find hope through the spiritual practice of 80 breath prayers in this beautifully illustrated and practical guide to connecting the body, mind and spirit during times of stress.
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Equipping your family with wisdom

A Mind of Their Own: Building Your Child’s Emotional Wellbeing in a Post-Pandemic World
The pandemic has intensified kids’ anxiety and low self-esteem. Katharine Hill, director of Care for the Family in the UK, helps you build resilience in your child and care for their mental well-being.
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Answering kids’ tough questions

What Do I Do with Worry?
In this beautifully illustrated book for children ages four and up, Dr. Josh and Christi Straub help today’s children deal with their worrying “what-ifs.”
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While I’d recommend each of these resources without hesitation, I know how beneficial it can be to talk to someone. Our registered Christian counsellors offer free, one-time phone consultations, and we also refer to local counsellors across the country. Our care team is ready to pray with you for whatever burdens are on your heart. Call us at 1.800.661.9800 or email us at [email protected]. You don’t have to face this difficult season alone.


Jean-Paul Beran, MA
 Focus on the Family Canada