I cannot quite believe that it’s December. It may make me sound old but where has the year gone!?

Time to focus. 31 days to finish the year strong.

Having said that, I am learning that this doesn’t mean stressing and straining towards my future but instead, as I walk with God, it’s learning to allow Him to order my steps, and lead me according to His plans and purposes for my life.

I have been encouraged, reminded and challenged in the last couple of days to live life out of the position I have IN Christ rather than through my own self-effort. Obviously I still work hard at what I do, it’s not about being lazy and opting out.  The driver now isn’t me and my performance, it’s Jesus and who I am IN Him.

I know that I am in the right role and being secure in that fact of who Christ has called me to be can help me to focus, on Him and not myself. To rest in His promises, in His presence and in His purposes.

One day in and my heart is refreshed. I genuinely have a greater sense of confidence, a spring in my step even. I am not waiting for the first day of a new year before I make a change, my journal records my prayer today:

‘Teach me to rest in my salvation and to remember that I am seated with you in heavenly places. Don’t allow me to start doing things through self-effort anymore or to strive and stress about things that just sap my energy. Instead I put my trust in You and Your promises to me.

I rest in Your promises that by Your stripes we are healed.

I rest in Your promise to be anxious for nothing but in all things to pray, that the peace of God would guard our hearts.

I rest in the promise of Your provision, that You can meet all my needs according to Your riches in Christ Jesus, that as I seek Your kingdom first and Your righteousness that all the things I have need of will be added to me.

Thanks for being with me and my family. Looking forward to a great day. Amen

[Thanks to Pastor Andy Elmes for some great teaching over the weekend which helped remind me of the truth I knew but had just drifted from]

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