Sunday, January 7, 2024

Reclaiming Peace and Serenity After the Holiday Hustle


The holidays are over but, the hustle and bustle of the season can leave us feeling physically and emotionally drained. The pressure to make the holidays perfect, the excitement of events, and the emotional toll of travel and family dynamics can all contribute to our weariness. 

As Christians, we are called to find peace and serenity amidst the chaos of life. In Matthew 11:28-29, Jesus invites us to come to Him, promising rest for our weary souls. This rest is not about avoiding responsibilities or retreating from the world; it's about finding a sense of calm and tranquility within ourselves, anchored in our faith in God. 

Rest as a Reflection of God's Nature 

In the Bible, we see that God values rest and encourages us to embrace it. In Genesis 2:2-3, we read that God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. This sets a pattern for us to follow. Just as God created the world and then rested, we too need to create space in our lives for rest. 

Resting is not a sign of weakness or laziness; it reflects God's nature. God is not anxious or stressed, and he does not need to constantly be doing something. He is able to rest because he is secure in his identity and purpose. 

Seeking Rest in the Presence of God 

When we are feeling weary, the best place to find rest is in the presence of God.


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.” Matthew 11:28-30— NLT 

Finding peace and serenity in God's presence means turning our thoughts and worries over to him and trusting him to take care of us. It means spending time in prayer, reading the Bible, and simply being still before God. 

Practical Ways to Find Rest 

In addition to seeking rest in God's presence, there are also practical ways to find rest in our daily lives. Here are a few suggestions: 

  1. Get enough sleep.  
  2. Take regular breaks throughout the day.  
  3. Schedule time for relaxation activities.  
  4. Learn to say no. Don't overcommit yourself. 
  5. Practice mindfulness. 
  6. Engage in activities that bring you joy 
  7. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge your efforts.  
  8. Take a nap. 


Remember, finding peace and serenity is not about achieving perfection or escaping difficulties; it's about cultivating a sense of inner peace that can withstand the storms of life. As Christians, we have the assurance that God is always with us, offering comfort, strength, and the promise of eternal rest. 

Let’s Reflect 

  1. How can we keep a sense of peace and well-being throughout the year, not just during the holiday season? 
  2. How can we extend compassion and understanding to ourselves and others acknowledging the emotional impact of the season? 



  1. Love this, Paula! Rest is so important. My husband and I are purposeful with having at least one night a week at home with nothing to do. We relax and spend time together. We also strive to have Saturdays free as much as possible. Rest has become important to us.

    1. Thanks Jennifer, with me having several chronic illnesses, rest, naps and reflrcting with Jesus in silence is so comforting.

  2. Thank you so much, and your so welcome.


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