5 Ways to Gain Peace this Christmas Season

Christmas Peace

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. We take time to visit and celebrate with family and friends. It is a joyful time of the year, but sometimes it can be stressful. Here are 5 ways we can gain peace this Christmas season.

  • Peace is a Person
  • Experience Wholesome Satisfaction
  • Adjust Your Expectations
  • Christ-Centered
  • Expand Your Guard
Peace is a Person
Peace is a Person

Peace is a Person

The Prince of Peace is a Person. He is the Wonderful Counselor and the Mighty God.1 When we draw near to the Prince of Peace, He draws near to us.2 When we experience difficulties, He is with us.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] ~John 16:33AMPC

For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] ~Hebrews 13:5b AMPC

Grateful
Grateful

Experience Wholesome Satisfaction

We can experience wholesome satisfaction by daily practicing gratitude. When we appreciate little acts of kindness, and cultivate gratefulness, then our thankfulness overflows and we feel happier and healthier.

“We can practice gratitude like any other skill. We can practice being more grateful. When we think about the good things in our life, it helps us feel happier and healthier. Gratitude and appreciation help us see the world in a more positive way.”3

It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy. ~David Steindel-Rast

Make Memories - Adjust Expectations
Make Memories – Adjust Your Expectations

Adjust Your Expectations

Choose peace over perfection. We can ask God what our focus needs to be during this season. As we walk with God, we receive His peace, then we share His peace with others. From this heart position of peace, we are able to release all other expectation. It is so freeing!

Say no to holiday stress, fancy gifts, and chaos. Pace your baking, decorating, traveling, and other Christmas responsibilities. Make it a priority to invest in relationships. Choose to pace your serving in and outside your home, so you stay in a place of heart peace and soul rest. Say yes to gifts from the heart whether store bought or homemade. Be free to be creative!

Celebrate Stress Free
Celebrate Stress Free

How do you celebrate stress free?

  • Pace yourself. Refuse unrealistic expectations. You can’t be three different places at the same time. Organize your December schedule so that it is realistic, manageable, and peaceful.
  • Permission granted. You have permission to say “no” to activities that will steal your time and drain your energy.
  • Plan and share. You can serve others, yet refuse chaos by planning ahead, and delegating some responsibilities to others.
  • Perfect to peaceful. You can forgo tasks that are overbearing and taxing.
  • Plan Self-Care. Savor a cup of hot chocolate, read a Christmas book and enjoy your Christmas tree lights.
Christ Centered Heart
Christ Centered Heart

Christ-Centered

To be Christ-centered life “revolves around the character of Christ. Our focus is on becoming more like Jesus rather than acquiring fame and fortune for ourselves. A.W. Tozar wrote that ‘the goal of every Christian [needs] to be to live in a state of unbroken worship,’ and the Christ-centered person finds this a delightful goal.”4

When we are rooted in our position in Christ, we walk in power of His Holy Spirit, and exhibit the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.5

By letting God guide us like an unseen GPS, He gives coordinates, and we respond by giving, going, and sometimes staying and being still before Him.

A life of delight and obedience to Christ is a life of peace, freedom and joy. And from this place of freedom, we give to others.

We can respond, instead of reacting to the stranger cutting in line, the obnoxious neighbor, or toxic family member. We can forgive, bless and serve them in love. We can share the love, joy, and peace of God with others – as a free gift, expecting nothing in return. Guard against strife in your relationships. Christ has filled us, and we share His love as a gift of love to those around us.

Expand Your Guard
Expand Your Guard

Expand Your Guard

Prayer expands peace’s protection over our hearts and minds.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7 NASB

Take time to give thanks and praise the Lord.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB

We can give Him our concerns.

Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7 NASB

We can give Him thanks, we can give Him our concerns and requests, and then the Prince of Peace will give us God’s peace, and His peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We can live in a place of peace and rest.

We can trust our Prince of Peace to move us from the strife of perfection to a place of peace in our hearts, we can delight and obey Christ, following the Holy Spirit like an unseen GPS, giving thanks, and trusting Him to guard our hearts and minds because we have given Him all our cares through prayer. We can live in Christ’s freedom.

Remember the five ways to gain peace this Christmas:

  • Peace is a person, and His name is Jesus.
  • Experience wholesome satisfaction by daily practicing gratitude.
  • Adjust your expectations by choosing peace, making memories, pacing yourself, and saying “no” when something will pull you from your heart position of peace, and remember to schedule time for self-care.
  • Christ-centered heart focus allows us to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Expand your guard through prayer, praise, and releasing our cares to Him.

We can live in peace this Christmas season. And we can share His peace with others.

Recommendations:

The Art of Encouragement – Strength with Dignity

How to Stand Amazed in God’s Presence – Strength with Dignity

How to Find God – Strength with Dignity

References:

1 Isaiah 9:6

2 James 4:8a

Grateful People Are Happy and Healthy – But Why? Published on Kids.frontiersin.org. Written by Anna Alkozei, Ryan Smith, William D. S. Killgore. Retrieved December 6, 2021 from https://kids.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frym.2017.00055

4 What Does it mean to be God-centered? Published on gotquestions.org Retrieved December 7, 2021 from https://www.gotquestions.org/God-centered.html

5 Galatians 5:22-23

Amplified Bible, Classis Edition (AMPC) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

This is a re-post of 5 Ways to Gain Peace at Christmas. Published December 10, 2021.

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24 thoughts on “5 Ways to Gain Peace this Christmas Season”

  1. Love your acrostic, Lisa! It makes it super easy to remember we CAN live in PEACE this Christmas! I believe pursuing peace honors God, and truly helps us grow in grace. Thank you for these fabulous tips!

    1. I agree, Donna, we can live in peace this Christmas! The Prince of Peace is willing and able to lead us in His perfect peace.

  2. This is a wonderful acrostic. I wonder if at times, we think peace should just be something we experience; and we overlook that we can seek or pursue peace. We can experience peace when we invite Christ, the Prince of Peace, into each of our days.

  3. Lisa, I love your posts. I needed to hear this: “By letting God guide us like an unseen GPS, He gives coordinates, and we respond by giving, going, and sometimes staying and being still before Him.”

    I am highlighting this article on my “Grace & Truth Christian Link-up | Featured Posts” Pinterest board.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Maree

  4. Thanks for these ideas as Christmas always stresses me out. The worst thing is the gift giving. I am a very generous person and love to gift others but Christmas has become so commercialized that it seems that’s all people are concerned about. I enjoy buying for children but not adults. Then you have adults who give you a wish list!! Many have forgotten the real reason we celebrate. Gosh, I could write blog post about this but I’ll stop now. Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 92. Shared.

    1. I think Christmas is a wonderful time to commune with the Prince of Peace, Dee. A couple of years ago, our family began to draw names. We buy one “nice” gift ($50) for the person whose name we draw. Then we buy ($1-$10) or make a stocking gift for everyone else. It really takes the stress out of gift giving! We have a lot of fun trying to figure out what we can make or what nice gift we can buy that is inexpensive. And the person whose name we drew gives us a wish list which makes it easy to buy for them. It really has taken the negative aspects out of the event for our family, and I highly recommend it! It is something to consider for next year.

      1. We’ve tried drawing names but some don’t want to participate or they bicker about the dollar amount, they make it all about themselves. It’s just so stressful for me, hard to enjoy the season with all the stress.

  5. Lisa, you share so much wisdom in this post. I think sometimes shifting our perspective is the first step to walking through the Christmas season with peace. I so appreciate your suggestions and the Bible verses you share to help us set our minds in the right direction.

    1. So true! It is important to cultivate peace in our hearts and minds in this season, Lisa, or peace will be stolen from our lives.

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