What’s been on my mind and heart quite a bit recently is;
I am being constantly reminded about no longer focusing on who I was in the past, but to trust in God’s love and acceptance of me as I am, past mistakes and all. This amazes me to think He loves me completely and whole-ly as I am!!
I’ve always had a perfectionist streak in me which at times can be quiet crippling. I am continually finding myself challenged to find my value and worth in my being and not my doing; to not place my worth on whether I complete something perfectly.
Which seems to be an ideal opposite to mainstream culture which encourages people to find their worth in their careers, their wealth, their possessions, and not simply in the fact that they are human beings. Its quiet sad really, imagine how much more loving the world would be if it didn’t focus it’s worth on such superficial things??
This year is probably going to be one full of quiet a lot of foundational changes for me, which is very exciting but also quiet scary! I didn’t move back home for the summer for the first time an am now permanently living in Auckland. Such a grown up lol. I’m in a new flat which is working out really really well, such a blessing! I’m appreciating more and more hanging around with people you can just be real with and know they aren’t judging you.
I’m also starting placement for my counselling degree, very very scary!! Wah! But I’ve decided to trust that my lecturer’s believe I’m ready and to step out J
My goal this year is to work a lot more my personal growth and to get to know myself and who I am, and what I think about things, so a lot of Jess Dates I think J
I recently saw a friend post this verse on facebook which I think sums up my dreams and hopes for this year nicely:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”
- Isaiah 43:18-19
This year is a year full of possibilities and opportunities which I plan to take advantage of! Very exciting stuff!
I hope everyone is having a beautiful New Year and had a fantastic Christmas, despite the crazy weather of late. I had a nice Christmas, it was so good to hang out with the family, I really do miss them, and they’re such a great bunch!
I’m really looking forward to heading home for a week or more over my birthday – to breath in some country air again and slow the pace down few notches J
I’ll leave you with my favourite photo from this Christmas – me with my Grandad – Love him to bits!
& one of my all time favourite verses...
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future.”
- Jeremiah 19:11
Peace & love,