God tells us not to be of the world in many places in the Bible. There is no better time to keep this in mind than in December. Shopping, parties, stress, wrapping, cooking, managing activities, traveling…the opportunities to get lost in the madness and chaos “of the world” abound during the holidays. I struggle just like everyone else to hold it all together, find time for worship and peace, and rest in my savior during this time.   

          In reality, this is the most ideal month to actively seek peace and solitude. Our savior’s birth is celebrated this season. If you think about it, there shouldn’t be more comforting knowledge than that. God sent us his only son to be the answer to our eternity! We take this for granted and make this time all about gifts and food, and parties. But beyond this fleeting earthly life, we can find the ultimate peace in knowing our eternity lies in Heaven. We need to accept God’s gift of grace, which is most certainly the greatest gift of all.         

          Aside from explaining the gift mentioned above, I also wanted to offer some very practical, applicable ways to seek peace during this season of craziness and hustle below.

          1) Learn it is OK to say no from time to time. You don’t have to accept every single invite. It is acceptable to find peace in staying home with a good book or movie instead of a night out, if that is what your soul needs.

          2) Don’t place unrealistic expectations of yourself regarding spending, cooking, or gifting. Give yourself grace and allow others to help when they offer.

          3) Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed or overstimulated, I simply step outside into the cold night air and look up at the stars and moon. This is grounding and mindful for me; they are constant and beautiful, just like Jesus. Be in the moment whenever you can.   

          4) Take care of your physical body. It is a season of indulgence in heavy food and drink. However, we still need to engage in regular physical activity and healthy food choices incorporated in with plenty of hydration and sleep. They always say you can’t pour from an empty cup, and I am a firm believer in that.       

          God bless you and yours this holiday season, and may you find some peace and time to relax and just be thankful for all you have been given.

 Merry Christmas.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 03:17h, 27 December Reply

    Great insight, as usual. I love your take on finding our peace.

  • Elaine
    Posted at 12:12h, 06 May Reply

    Great Post. I think the applicable ways are excellent in every season.

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