3 Ways to Have Peace during the Holiday Season

Written by: Melia Diana, Executive Contributor

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Where are you getting peace? Most people say they have peace but still have anxiety, worry, and fears that creep up... ruling their heart, mind, and soul. One little hiccup happens, and immediately people go into panic mode. Let me let you in on a little secret. The devil will do whatever it can to take your peace away. To steal your joy. To cause friction in your relationships. Arguments with loved ones. Who wants that when it’s the season to be jolly?

1. Step Away from Unnecessary Arguments

There are plenty of ways that drama can transcend sending people in a tailwind. Perhaps your spouse just said something unpleasant to you. Or you invested money in an untrustworthy source, and they didn’t deliver. Urg… that could be quite upsetting. As much as people disappoint us- we must learn to step away from all unnecessary arguments. Stop and ask yourself, “Is it really worth your energy?” Sometimes we give so much of our precious energy into thieves of joy. God says- “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2 NLT). We can learn a thing or two from God’s wisdom.

2. Stop Listening to your Feelings

So many times, we react from a root of bitterness, selfishness, or defensiveness. Did someone make you a promise and didn’t keep it? Was someone rude to you at the grocery store? Let it go. Get out of your feelings. Your emotions are meant to inform you- not control you. So, why do we let them?

3. Slow Down & Be Still

Slow down enough to take in the brisk air. Watch a sunset. Just to be still and silent in the motionless. We need to take breaks. We lack wise decisions causing burn-out when we continue to push through weariness. We jam twenty things we have to accomplish on a petty check-list and wonder why we have no peace in our lives. Not everything will be handed to us on a silver platter. That means we will have to work for it, but not to a point you are pushing through exhaustion. Relax, my friends.

These are 3 wonderful ways to have peace in your life, but there is one that triumphs overall. You might be asking, How much is it? Can I buy it on Amazon? Sorry, it’s not available for purchase. Better yet, it’s free!

In a fast-paced world, it sure does make it difficult to receive peace. So, how do we protect ourselves living in an upside-down world? How do we have peace without taking the necessary steps to receive it? First and foremost, we need to find stability in God. He is the only one that can grant you this kind of freedom for your hurting soul.

I’m going to grab a quote from my new book Vertical Relationship: 4 Steps To Salvation & Getting Right With God, to help you comprehend better. “We cannot change the past or control situational occurrences, and therefore we seek God for our peace.” I have to admit that I use to react when someone hurt me. I got defensive in areas of my life that God needed to clean up. I was quick to blame others when I was guilty of the same shortcomings. God says- “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own” (Matthew 7:3)?

All these things stole my peace. The devil knew exactly how to steal my tranquility. The devil knows how to steal yours, too. It will use people, circumstances, and situations to corrupt your mind. Think about it. Harmony comes when we shut out the worldly views for solidity and bring forth God’s wisdom. This seems to be out of the ordinary these days. Believe me… I get it. Before a deep kinship with Jesus existed, I ran to idolatry and secular things that did the exact opposite for me. In fact, it lead me down endless rabbit holes and disrupted my peace.

We run to everything but God and wonder why we don’t embrace peace. Do you really want sweet solitary? Peace is in God alone. “I have told you all this so that you will have peace in me” (John 16:33 NLT). This is why God sent His son, Jesus, so that you can have a personal relationship with Him. God wants us to live a peaceful life, not a peaceless one.

Blessings xo

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