“’Tis the season to be jolly…” Is this your testimony? Indeed, this year has truly been an experience. For me, this year has been a year of CLARITY, FAITH and REST. We remained steadfast in FAITH despite all that the year has presented.
My husband survived COVID-19 and a pneumonia diagnosis. I must admit that if I had stopped and thought about it, I would have become scared and reacted. The Bible reminds us, in James 5:16, that ‘the prayers of the righteous avail much’. We have prayed for times like these, and it has made much available to us. Are you praying this season or worrying?
My heart is overwhelmed with JOY with what God has in store for you. He has JOY, PEACE and REST for you. Paul describes his state of contentment below. I believe God wants you to get the revelation of REST, just like Paul shared with the churches. I like The Message translation of Paul’s contentment:
Content Whatever the Circumstances (The Message)
James 5:10-14 – “I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess – happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. I don’t mean that your help didn’t mean a lot to me – it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles.”
Paul helped us to see that we needed to be content with whatever circumstances we are confronted with. I truly believe that when we REST in God, He will help us through anything.
I want to encourage you to stay in PEACE and REST during the holiday season. Resist the temptation to get in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Take this season to find some meaningful ways to connect with the people you really love, and the people that God wants to show love through you. Enjoy safe and socially distanced fellowship, conversation, laughter and memories. Those will truly exceed the potential stress of the holidays.
As we close out this year, I implore you to CHOOSE to REST. As we are ambassadors for Christ on the earth, we must remember that we are the light and the salt of the earth. You are the message of hope for someone who doesn’t have hope. Remember to count it all joy when you find yourself working through the circumstances in life. God has chosen you to be a vessel for the world. PRAISE GOD!
As the New Year 2021 approaches, commit to Matthew 6:33. Make your confession to minimise FEAR and walk in FAITH.
God’s Promise When We Seek Him First
Matthew 6:30-34 (MSG) – “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works, fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
We have hope in God! FAITH IT OUT in 2021.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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