This time of year always warms my heart and reminds me of many wonderful holidays spent with family and friends. But, I've found that if I'm not careful, I can find myself getting wrapped up in the busyness of the season, things to do, people to see, and gifts to buy. I think this is true for most people. Many people live life "maxed out" before the holidays even start and then adding just a little extra stress on top creates a recipe for frustration, hurt feelings, and strife.
The Bible warns us in James 3:16 that when strife comes in it opens the door for "every evil work." It's up to us to close the door on strife and use wisdom when planning our days. We have to consciously make the effort to receive God's grace, extend mercy to others, and hold on to peace.
Remember, grace is God's supernatural favor, mercy, and power upon you. It's His ability working in you to accomplish whatever you need to. It is a free gift from God and when you align yourself with Him, you will be equipped for every good work. Today, call on Him, trust Him, and let Him help you love others so you can navigate the season with grace!"Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, will be with us in truth and love" (2 John 1:3, NIV).