Yesterday morning started with a warning! It was as if God sat down to love on me with timely advice and important reminders right before the holiday season begins.

Check out this verse in Proverbs 17:27. I think most of us can relate to the profoundness of it.

Can you bridle your tongue when your heart is under pressure? That’s how you show that you are wise. An understanding heart keeps you cool, calm, and collected, no matter what you’re facing.
— Proverbs 17:27 TPT

These words activated my alert mode!

Going to gatherings and events can put our hearts under stress. They can create chaotic moments, with opportunities for us to get offended and upset. These can try to sabotage our good mood, and good intentions.

That’s when an understanding heart comes in handy! It is wise to examine what’s going on in our hearts.

What's affecting our state of mind? So that we can level our emotions, keeping us cool, calm, and collected. Thus, bringing peace and joy into this beautiful season.

Words can change the atmosphere for good or bad. Someone can say or do something that can challenge or trigger us.

If we are not careful, instead of them, it could be us who can make an awesome moment into a mess of emotional distress.

That’s why it is so important to stay alert. Being aware of what could try to influence both, them and/or us.

These influences like anger, jealousy, disappointment, pride, gossip can quickly create conflict.

Ending in arguments, instead of realizing that there can be something behind the scenes molesting our soul.

These evil influences (not people, see below Ephesians 6:12) is what can make us trip or fall, restraining us from love, showing love to each other.

Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms.
— Ephesians 6:12 TPT

It is so important to pay attention to what’s going on, keeping our mind, will, and emotions in check.

Peace is an indicator! When I stop feeling cool, calm and collected, something most likely is not right. I no longer ignore it.

I ask myself why do I feel how I feel? Is there something trying to trigger me? And then, I go from there.

These kinds of situations can make our hearts go under pressure. Let's be ready to respond not react.

Here are a few helpful timely reminders:

  • Remember who you are (in Christ). We have and own God’s character. We can be loving, patient, kind, gentle, self-controlled.

    Jesus (and His power!) lives in us. You and I can do all things with and through Him.

  • Guard your heart, stay attentive to any attitude or influence you can perceive that could try to disturb and disrupt your life moments.

  • Listen more than you talk. Too much talk can get you in trouble.

  • Smile. Stay focused on God’s goodness.

  • Stay flexible, enjoy every moment as it comes.

  • Stay thankful in all things.

Let’s kickstart this new season with a cool, calm, and collected attitude!

I pray we have an understanding heart so that we will think, talk, act and walk through any and every situation we encounter making a difference in the people around us.

We will consciously create, contribute and participate in environments that bring light, joy, love, hope, adapting ourselves to what other people need more than what we need ourselves.

Love you,