Photography: Crystal Nicole Photography
“Busy is not a badge of honor.”
My girl, Jenna Kutcher, shared that and I totally agree. I’m also super guilty of this, too. She encouraged to not let the things that make us “so busy” to keep us from what really matters. Let me tell you, what matters most to me right now is peace. Peace is harder to find in December, but certainly not impossible and don’t let yourself believe that it is! I’m sharing 5 things that will help you find peace TODAY.
Sometimes it starts the night before.
Sometimes you have to set yourself up for success the night before. If you had a particularly gross day, don’t let yourself go to bed angry, stressed, or upset. Fall asleep in peace and prayer for a better tomorrow. Joy comes in the morning after all, right? If it helps, set up your coffee, your bible, your journal, your workout clothes, tidy the living room, wipe down the counters – whatever allows you to wake up and think, “Okay I can actually do this.“
Start in prayer.
The obvious one, but don’t skip it! You don’t need to deliver the prayer of a lifetime, just spend a few minutes with God. Two minutes will change your morning I promise. Stay in bed if you need to or pray in the shower, brushing your teeth, or making breakfast. Two minutes.
Have a plan for your quiet time.
If you’re able to spend some time with the Lord in the morning, I think that’s great. That’s how I’d like to start each morning, but I can’t always do that. If I know I won’t have time then I’ll plan for a time later that day – on my lunch break, right before I go to bed, or after I get home while Ryan is working out. I think about my day ahead of time (nothing too intense and planned!) and I pencil in a quiet time and it sets me up pretty well. Life happens and your day gets crazy, but making it a priority makes a world of a difference. This post shares a look into my quiet time!
Know how to get your groove back.
Okay so maybe your day has gone a bit haywire and you’re in need of some rest or renewal. Gain a little self-awareness and know what helps you personally find those things. Maybe it’s a break in your car, an episode of friends, reading a book for 20 minutes, making coffee and snuggling with your dog, jam sesh or worship sesh. Know what calms your spirit and helps you re-center. What I don’t recommend is scrolling on your phone. Your day (especially this month) will probably get busier before it gets calmer so it’s nice to have to have these combat methods that help your mind rest. One bad moment, conversation, or hour doesn’t have to steal your whole day of peace.
Learn to say no and give yourself some grace.
Sister listen to me for a second. You are allowed to say no. You are allowed to say no during Christmastime. You should feel no shame for this. You need rest and you need peace and sometimes that one party or coffee date needs to get cut from the schedule. That’s okay. Your real friends will understand and the Lord certainly does. Let the right things fill up your cup.
Keep Jesus present. Keep Him at the forefront of your mind and remember your purpose. Remember why you’re at your specific job, why He gave you your children, why He gave you this life. That thought alone is instant access to some peace. I know it’s hard to “keep Jesus present” because life can be nuts. Prayer breaks, quick conversations with your community, sending someone else an encouragement – these are all super simple ways to bring Jesus back into your day. What a difference it can make, too. If you’re struggling extra hard to find peace laterly, try reading this post from last week about things that keep us from peace. I think it can encourage you and get you on the right track.
Cute nugget from my mama.
My mom and I were talking last night and she shared something super sweet that I wanted to pass along. She mentioned how she was chatting with a lady at church about Christmas plans and they ended up making a pact right there that no matter how crazy Christmas got that they won’t let it rob them of their joy. That they were going to make joy present in any misstep that this season can bring. I thought that was beautiful and that we should do that together now. Let’s promise each other that with all of the gift craziness, packed schedules, herding of family and children, frigid weather, etc. – that we’re not going to be robbed of our joy and that we’ll remember that all we’re supposed to be doing is celebrating the birth of a savior.
Daily peace is possible and is yours. You can do this, girl.
– Cait –