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Psalm 119:161-168 Peace and well-being floods my soul

161 Powerful people may rise up and persecute me but my heart only trembles in awe of Your miracle-wonder words! 162 Your steadfast promises are the source of my bubbling joy. Eureka! I rejoiced at the revelation of Your Word, I’ve discovered such a hidden treasure. 163 I despise lies, I simply cannot stand them and detest falsehoods, for I’m passionately in love with You and Your law of truth. 164 Help me to pause and praise You at least seven times each and every day. Let me pause and reflect upon how righteous and just Your regulations are, Your ways are simply perfect in every way! 165 The more I love Your Word, the more peace and well-being floods my soul. Thank You for the promise that I will never stumble around in the dark ever again. 166 I long for Your rescue, I wait expectantly for You to release more of Your salvation to me. Oh how I long to obey Your commands and do what pleases You! 167 I cannot describe how much I love Your ways; my soul is learning to guard and keep all Your instructions for I want to follow each and every one perfectly. 168 I long to follow and abide by Your counsel, for my life is an open book before You and my ways are fully known by You.

My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.

Praying Psalm 119: 161-168 Peace and well-being floods my soul: Lord, I know that powerful people may rise up and persecute me, help my heart to remain steadfast and only tremble in awe of Your miracle-wonder words! Reflecting upon Your steadfast promises produce such a bubbling joy. Eureka! I rejoice and dance for joy at the revelation of Your Word; it is like I’ve struck gold for I’ve discovered such a hidden treasure! Almighty God, You’ve taught me to despise lies and I simply cannot stand them, let them never fall from my lips. Lord, please steer me away from every falsehood for I am passionately in love with You and Your law of truth. Let Your truth reign in my life forevermore! Lord, help me to pause and praise You at least seven times each and every day; let me pause and reflect upon Your righteous and just regulations, for I have learnt that Your ways are simply perfect. Thank You Lord that as I study Your Word I learn so much and fall in love with Your ways. Each time I read the Scriptures peace and well-being floods my soul! I’m so grateful for the promise that I will never again stumble around in the dark; that forever Your Word will be a light to my path. When I am overwhelmed and distressed I long for Your rescue; I wait with eager expectation for You to release more of Your salvation to me; I crave for You to make me whole. Abba Father, how I long to obey Your every command and do what pleases You. Words cannot express my gratitude, I simply cannot describe how much I love Your ways. Thank You for teaching my soul to guard and keep Your instructions. Lord Jesus, I desire to follow Your ways for each and everything you do is perfect; how I long to live out my calling and I endeavour to chase after my dreams with great passion. Holy Spirit, I long to follow and abide by Your counsel, come breathe Your breath of life. I pray that You’re please with me when Your gaze falls upon my life because it is an open book for You and my ways are fully known by You.

At The Cross (Love Ran Red) – Chris Tomlin – YouTube lyrics video

‘Let The Peace of God Reign’ – Darlene Zschech – YouTube lyrics video

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Psalm 119:153-160 Lord be my hero

153 Let Your gaze fall upon my suffering; can You see my great misery? Lord be my hero once more, please come and rescue me. I never want to forget Your revelations. 154 Take my side, plead my case and redeem me; rescue and revive me according to the faithful promise of Your Word. 155 The wicked wander far from salvation when they fail to listen to Your message of truth. 156 But how great Your tender mercies are and how steadfast Your love is! Almighty God, let me be revived to walk in the abundant life, as is promised when I follow Your regulations. 157 I lose count of how many enemies I have, though they relentlessly pursue me I cling to the path of life. I decree that I will chase after my precious Jesus and His wonderful ways for all of my days! 158 Oh how my heart breaks when I see the faithless drowning in their darkness; how quickly disaster fell upon them when they walked away from God’s promises and failed to respect His laws. 159 Search my heart and I pray that You will see how much I adore Your instructions. Let Your lovingkindness and unfailing love revive me and grant me life once more. 160 The very essence of Your Word is truth; every single one of Your righteous decrees will endure forever!

My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.

Praying Psalm 119:153-160 Lord be my hero: Lord, please let Your searching gaze fall upon my suffering; surely You can see my great misery? Lord be my hero once more and swiftly come to my rescue. Please save me so that I never again wander away from You by forgetting Your revelations. Jesus once again take my side and plead my case; I ask that You will again redeem me; rescue and revive me according to the faithful promise of Your Word. How easily we can be led astray; my heart breaks as I see the wicked wandering far from salvation and drowning in darkness; how quickly disaster falls upon us if we wander away from God’s promises and fail to respect His laws; how our hearts become hardened when we turn away from the truth. Thank You for patiently calling me and setting my feet back upon Your path of perfect plans. Grant me Your words of truth and life to lead others to You. Lord, how truly great are Your tender mercies and how steadfast Your love is! Please let me be revived to walk in the abundant life for this is promised to those who follow Your regulations. Lord, I have lost count of how many enemies surround me, their numbers overwhelm me, and they relentlessly pursue me. Holy Spirit strengthen me to stay upon the path of life for I desire more than anything to chase after my precious Savior Jesus and constantly walk in His ways! Lord, come and search my heart and I pray that You will see how much I adore Your instructions; will You please let Your lovingkindness and unfailing love revive me and grant me an abundant life? Creator God, the very essence of Your Word is truth; every single one of Your righteous decrees will endure forever! Let all that I am praise You!

‘Save Me’ – steffany gretzinger – YouTube lyrics video

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Psalm 119:145-152 Revive, Refresh and Renew me

145 I cry out with all of my heart, Lord hear my prayer and respond. Rescue me so that I can observe and obey all that You say. 146 I loudly cry to You Almighty God: ‘save me! For then I can observe and obey Your statutes.’. 147 Before dawn breaks I arise and cry out to You, I place my hope in Your Word and wait. 148 In the darkness of the night I meditate upon Your promises. 149 Lord, please turn Your ear and hear my cry. Let Your faithful lovingkindness wash over me as You revive, refresh and renew me by the revelation of Your justice. 150 The lawless rebels may attack me, oh how far away they wander from Your laws of life. 151 Abba Father, what a glorious promise it is that You’re always near to me, so very close and every single one of Your commandments are true! 152 You reveal how true and unchanging every word that You speak is, I can rest in the promise that Your laws are established forever!

My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.

Praying Psalm 119:145-152 Revive, Refresh and Renew me: Lord, I come to You and I cry out with all of my heart. Please hear my prayer and respond. Come and rescue me so that I can observe and obey all that You say. Almighty God, I loudly cry out to You: ‘save me! Please rescue me once again so that I can observe and obey Your statutes.’. Before the dawn breaks I enjoy getting out of bed to pray and spend time with You, what a special time that is; how I love to join all of creation in singing a love song to You! I confidently place all of my hope and trust in Your Word and patiently wait for Your promises to unfold. Holy Spirit, thank You for being with me in the darkness, for strengthening me when the nights are long, and helping me to meditate and absorb all of Your glorious promises. Lord, I ask You to turn Your ear and hear my cry. Please let Your faithful lovingkindness wash over me again; I ask for You to constantly revive, refresh and renew me by the revelation of Your justice.  Unravel more of Your Word in me to strengthen and uphold me. Deliver me swiftly from the lawless rebels that attack me, oh how my heart weeps at how far they have wandered from Your laws of life; reveal Your amazing grace to them Lord. Abba Father, I thank You for always being near to me; You’re so close to me and every single one of Your commandments ring true. Lord, once again reveal how true and unchanging every word that You speak is. Let me see Your promises unfold in my life. I am so grateful that I can rest in the promise that Your laws are established forever! Let me always walk in Your ways.

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Psalm 119:137-144 Your Word is pure

137 How righteous You are O Lord God; Your decisions and verdicts reveal how fair You are. 138 Your laws are perfect because the motive behind each word You speak is pure, holy and love motivated. Your teachings are completely trustworthy, remarkably faithful and utterly true. 139 I am completely consumed with a zeal to do what’s right in Your eyes. How my heart burns with passion to turn my rivals from their rebellious disrespectful ways. 140 Your Word is pure, as pure as the finest gold. Your promises have been tested and prove to be steadfast and true. That is why I am so in love with You and Your Word. 141 In the eyes of man I am considered insignificant and of no importance. I may be hated and despised by the world. But I endeavor to never again chase after the approval of man, I want to passionately pursue Your approval as I follow Your precious precepts. 142 Your righteousness is everlasting and has no end. Your instructions are life-giving and Your rules are perfectly fair because Your law is truth. 143 When troubles bear down on me, when stress threatens to overwhelm me, I know that I can find pure joy in Your commandments. 144 Grant me more revelation and understanding of Your righteous eternal testimonies, so that I can live life to the fullest.

My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.

Praying Psalm 119:137-144 Your Word is pure: Lord God how righteous Your decisions are and Your verdicts reveal how fair You are. I love that Your laws are perfect, and I now know the motive behind each word You speak is pure because they come from a heart that is pure, holy and full of love for me. I’m so in love with Your teachings for they touch my heart deeply and I have discovered how trustworthy they are; thank You for revealing just how completely trustworthy, remarkably faithful and utterly true Your promises are. Jesus, I’m completely consumed with zeal to do what’s right in Your eyes; how my heart burns with passion to turn my rivals from their rebellious disrespectful ways; empower me to speak words of life into their lives. Almighty God, Your Word is pure, it is as pure as the finest refined gold and it shimmers as I read it. Through the trials of life Your promises have been tested and proven to be so true! That is why I am so in love with You and Your Word. Oh, what freedom You’ve released into my life. Lord, in the eyes of man I am considered insignificant and of no importance. I know I may be hated and despised by the world; but that no longer matters to me because You’ve dealt with misplaced dependencies; I endeavor to never again chase after the approval of man. My precious Jesus, I passionately pursue Your approval as I follow Your precious precepts. Almighty God, Your righteousness is everlasting, it has no end! Your instructions are life-giving and Your rules are perfectly fair and I devote my life to always walking in Your truth. Holy Spirit, when troubles bear down on me and stress threatens to overwhelm me, I’m so grateful that I can find pure joy as I search through the commandments. Please grant me more revelation and understanding of Your righteous eternal testimonies, for I long to live life to the fullest.

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Refiner’s Fire – lyric YouTube video

Psalm 119:129-136 Break open Your Word within me

129 Lord God, every word You speak is a living miracle! Your laws are so wonderful and I long to obey everything You say. 130 Break open Your Word within me. Unfold Your revelation-light so that it shines bright. Open my heart and grant me childlike faith so that I can obtain more insight into Your glorious plans. 131 Just like the deer pants for water, my soul longs for You and more of Your Word. I open wide my mouth so that I can inhale and absorb more of Your precious Word. I wait with eager expectation for You to grant me revelation of Your commands. 132 Lord, turn Your heart towards me, please reveal Your amazing grace; Your kind favor; and endless love because that is what You promise to do for those who love You and follow Your ways. 133 Establish each one of my steps so that I walk upon Your path of promises, guide me by Your Word. Do not let my weakness have dominion over me, I never want to stray from You and Your ways Lord. 134 Redeem me from the oppressive grip of ungodly men and women so that I can keep Your precepts. 135 Let Your shining face shine with pleasure as You look at me. Instruct me to walk out each of Your decrees. 136 Rivers of grief pour from my eyes when I see the rebellious people break Your laws and ignore Your precious instructions. Lord, help even the simplest of minds to grasp the wonders of Your Word.

My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.

Praying Psalm 119:129-136 Break open Your Word within me: Oh Lord God, how I long to hear more from You, for every Word You speak is a living miracle! Your laws are so wonderful, help me to obey everything You say. Holy Spirit, please break open Your Word within me, unfold Your revelation-light so that it shines bright. Please come and open my heart, grant me childlike faith so that I obtain more insight into Your glorious plans. Lord, just like the deer pants for water my soul cries out with longing for more of You and Your ways. I know that I become so dry and weary without You. I open my mouth wide so that I can inhale more of Your precious life-giving Word. I wait with eager expectation, Lord please grant me more revelation of Your commands. Almighty God, please turn Your heart towards me. Jesus, please reveal more of Your amazing grace. Holy Spirit, pour out Your kind favor and endless love upon me. I stand upon the promise that You long to bestow good gifts upon those who love You and follow Your ways. Please establish each and every step so that I walk forevermore upon Your path of promises, guide me by Your Word. Holy Spirit, be my strength and don’t allow my weakness to have dominion over me. I never ever want to stray from You and Your ways. God, please deliver and redeem me from the oppressive grip of ungodly men and women. Empower me to live out and keep to Your precepts. Abba Father, let Your glorious shining face shine upon me with pleasure as Your gaze falls upon me. How I long to see You face to face. Holy Spirit, come and breathe Your words of life into me, instruct me to walk out each one of Your decrees. Jesus, rivers of grief pour from my eyes when I see the rebellious people break Your laws and ignore Your precious instructions. Lord God, send forth Your spirit to help even the simplest of minds understand and grasp the wonders of Your Word.

‘As the Deer Pants’ – Chris & Jennie Orange – YouTube link

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Psalm 119:121-128 I deeply love Your commandments

121 Don’t leave me to the mercy of my oppressors. Lord God, please help me to live for what is just, right and fair. 122 Be my guarantee, let me once again hear Your promise of blessing over my life. Deliver me from the arrogant and proud oppressors. 123 My eyes grow weary from the strain of looking out for Your rescue. I am lovesick and yearn for Your complete salvation. I long to see the fulfilment of Your righteous Word. I want to walk in Your promises. 124 Let Your gracious tender unfailing love dictate how You deal with me. Grant me, Your servant, more revelation and understanding. Unfold more of Your textbook of life to me. Pour into my willing and teachable heart more of Your decrees. 125 Grant me discernment so that I can love You and Your Word more. Help me to truly understand Your testimonies and laws. 126 Lord God, surely it’s time for You to act? Will You please breakthrough? Turn the hearts of those who are making a mockery of Your instructions, help them to stop breaking Your laws of life. 127 Patiently You have taught me to deeply love Your commandments, Your message of truth means more to me than the finest gold. 128 Lord God, every single word that You speak, every truth that You reveal, is right and truly beautiful to me. Thank You for revealing deceitful detours, for I hate every false and phony way.

My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.

Praying Psalm 119:121-128 I deeply love Your commandments: Lord, please hear my cry of mercy, please don’t leave me to the mercy of my oppressors. Lord God, hear my cry and help me to live for what is just, right and fair. I want to be Your warrior – a defender of truth, justice and humility. Jesus, please be my guarantee, let me once again hear Your glorious promise of blessing over my life. Let Your favor fall upon me. Deliver me from the arrogant and proud oppressors. Lord, my eyes grow so weary from the strain of looking out for Your rescue. My eyes water as they stay fixed on the horizon looking for Your banner. How my heart is lovesick and my entire being longs for Your complete salvation; I want to walk in complete healing – emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Abba Father, I long to see the fulfilment of Your righteous Word in my life. How I long to walk in Your promises and live out my days basking in Your goodness. Almighty God, please let Your gracious tender unfailing love dictate how You deal with me. Please remember that I am Your loving servant. Holy Spirit, I ask that You will grant me more revelation and understanding. Please unravel more of Your textbook of life to me. Continue to pour into my willing and teachable heart more of Your decrees. Lord, please grant me discernment so that I can truly love You and Your Word more! Help me to fully and truly understand Your testimonies and laws. Lord God, I wonder if it might be time for You to act. Will You please breakthrough this oppression? Holy Spirit, breathe Your breath of conviction upon the hearts of those who are mocking You and Your instructions, help them to stop breaking Your laws of life. Thank You for so patiently and lovingly teaching me to turn from my ways so that I can now deeply love and honor Your commandments. I thank You for Your glorious message of truth and it means more to me than the finest gold; Your loving correction is worth more to me than all the riches of this world. Lord God, every single word that You speak is wonderful to me. Every truth that You reveal is right and so beautiful. I thank You for revealing deceitful detours and for teaching me to hate every false and phony way. How wonderful it is to walk the path of life!

Many blessings, Keona

‘What a Friend’ – Matt Maher – YouTube Lyric Video

Psalm 119: 113-120 my place of quiet retreat

113 I despise those with divided loyalties, the two-faced who can’t keep commitments. God, I adore Your clear-cut revelation and treasure Your laws. 114 Lord, You’re my place of quiet retreat, I love how Your presence becomes my wrap-around shield of safety. Your Word is my source of hope therefore I wait for Your Word to renew me.115 Go away and leave me alone, you evil minded people! I desperately desire to fulfil my commitment to obeying the commandments of God, how I long to honor each one. 116 Lord, strengthen me to the very depths of my being; sustain me according to Your Word of faithful promise so that I might truly live! Do not let my great hope in You be crushed by disappointing my grand desires. 117 Lift me up, sustain me, rescue me and I will be safe. Empower me to continually meditate upon Your decrees. 118 Lord, You reject those who reject Your laws. Expose those who drift away from Your decrees because casual idolatry is lethal. Deceitfulness is utterly useless and we only fool ourselves when we think we will get away with it. 119 The wicked are discarded and valueless like rubbish. Reveal to me where I have hidden idols and wickedness so that I can deeply and completely love and obey Your laws! 120 I tremble with holy fear for I have great respect for Your righteous judgements. Lord God, I am in awe of You and Your wonderful regulations.

My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.

Praying Psalm 119: 113-120 my place of quiet retreat: Oh Lord, how my heart despises those with divided loyalties, the two-faced who can’t keep commitments. Help me to stand steadfast in Your truth, for I absolutely adore Your clear-cut revelations and treasure Your laws. Precious Savior, You’re my place of quiet retreat; when I fix my eyes upon You the problems of this world fade away. I am led to Your still waters of life where I can rest and be refreshed. Thank You that Your presence becomes my wrap-around shield of safety. Forevermore be my tower of strength! Almighty God, thank You that Your precious Word is my source of hope! I wait, with eager expectation, for Your Word to renew me. Lord, deliver me from the evil minded people who are determined to destroy me, please send them from my life. Far from their distraction I can fulfil my commitment to obeying every commandment. I endeavor to obey and honor each and every revelation of Your Word. Holy Spirit, please breathe Your breath of life into the very depths of my being; sustain me according to Your Word of faithful promises so that I can truly live! Lord, please come through or me otherwise my great hope in You will be crushed. Don’t let my grand desires to further Your Kingdom be snatched away. Help me to dance upon every disappointment whilst wearing the garment of praise. Once again give me Your dreams and desires for I know those things cannot fail. Lord, come and lift me up, please sustain me, come rescue me once again then I will be safe! Empower me to continually meditate and completely absorb Your decrees. Lord, I know that You reject those who reject Your laws, help me to never turn my back upon Your ways. You expose those who drift away from Your laws because casual idolatry is lethal. I thank You for revealing to me my idols and for steering me back on course! Deceitfulness is utterly useless and we only fool ourselves when we think we will get away with it. Help me to live my life with integrity and complete openness to You Lord. The wicked are discarded and valueless like rubbish, help them to hear Your words of truth and life so that they can be saved! Holy Spirit, please come and reveal where I have hidden idols and wickedness so that I am refined and able to keep loving and fully observing Your laws! Almighty God, the author of life, my entire being trembles with holy fear. I have such great respect for Your righteous judgements. Abba Father, I am in awe of You and Your wonderful regulations. Help me to serve You each and every moment of my day.

May you be refreshed today. Many blessings, Keona

‘Confident’ – Steffany Gretzinger & Bobby Strand – YouTube Lyric Video

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Psalm 119:105-112 a shining light

105 Your living Word is a shining light that guides my feet to the path of life. The revelation of Your Word throws light to the darkest path. Your instructions help me to make the correct choice. 106 I am fully committed to and never want to turn away from Your righteous regulations. May the rest of my life reveal my commitment to You and Your ways. 107 When things fall apart; when I’m once again buried, broken and overwhelmed by it all; restore life to me again through Your living Word; put me together again with Your breath of love. 108 Lord, accept and take pleasure in my offering of praise. Teach me Your holy rules and how I can please You more. 109 Even if my life hangs by a single thread, I pray that I never forget Your Word. Help me, no matter what, to keep to Your laws of life. 110 The ungodly wicked ones try to throw me off-track, but I don’t ever want to wander away from You and Your commandments. 111 Lord, every word that You’ve spoke to me is a joyous and precious treasure. I am so thankful and grateful that Your testimonies are my heritage forevermore, what gladness fills my heart! 112 I am determined for I’ve set my heart upon the path of life so that I obey You and Your statues completely into eternity. How I long to worship You until the very end of time!

My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.

Praying Psalm 119: 105-112 a shining light: Abba Father, I am so grateful that Your living Word is a bright shining light that guides my feet along every step of the path of life. Lord, I am so grateful that the revelation of Your Word throws a light upon the darkest path. Thank You that Your instructions help me to make the correct and wisest choice. Lord, I am fully committed to and never want to turn away from You and Your ways. Oh Lord Jesus when things fall apart again; when I’m once again bruised, broken, buried and overwhelmed by it all; please rush in with You amazing grace and restore life to me again through Your living Word; will You please put me together again with Your breath of love? Lord God, will You please accept and take pleasure in my offering of praise. I ask that my words may be a sweet sound to Your ears and my love a sweet incense to Your nose. May my devotion put a smile upon Your face. Please continue to teach me more of Your holy rules and reveal ways that I can please You more. Lord, even if my life hangs in the balance and I’m clinging to life by a single thread, I pray that I never forget Your Word. Holy Spirit, empower me to keep to Your laws of life no matter what. Lord, when the ungodly wicked ones try to throw me off-tack, I pray that I will have the wisdom and strength to stay upon Your course. I don’t ever want to wander away from You and Your commandments. Oh Lord, every word that You’ve spoken to me is such a joyous, glorious and precious treasure. I am so thankful and grateful that Your testimonies are my heritage forevermore. Thank You that Your book of life is mine! What gladness fills and overflows my heart. Almighty God, I am determined to walk upon the path of life so that I obey You and Your statues completely into eternity. I set my heart upon You and Your ways. Holy Spirit, please empower me to completely obey You forevermore, even until the very end of time!

‘You raise me up’ – Josh Groban – YouTube lyrics video

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Psalm 119:97-104 I treasure the Word of God

97 Oh God, how I love and treasure Your Word! I reverently fill my heart with it’s light. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for Your Word and counsel is always with me. 99 I have better understanding and a deeper insight because You bestow eye-opening revelation upon me as I soak myself in the Scriptures of life. 100 Grant me more insight as I walk in the light of Your ways, I desire to observe and keep Your precepts. 101 I watch my steps carefully and refuse to bend my morals when temptation comes my way, for I desire to remain obedient to Your Word. 102 I embrace even the most difficult truths because You’ve taught me to love Your correction. 103 Oh Lord, how sweet Your Living Words are to me, Your revelation-light is far sweeter than any honey! 104 Abba Father, Your truth alone is my source of understanding and I hate the false way of life that is full of hateful propaganda.

My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.

Praying Psalm 119: 97-104 I treasure the Word of God; Lord God, Your Word has been such a mystery to me, but what a joy it has been to learn more about You and Your ways as I’ve studied the Bible. I can truly say that I love and treasure Your Word! I devour it daily now and reverently fill my heart with it’s light.  I know that Your Word is a love letter to me and Your commands make me wiser than my enemies. Abba Father, I thank You that Your Word is always with me and is a powerful weapon to wield. I ask that You would empower me to use Your words of truth and life well. Holy Spirit, ever be my counsel and guide; I ask that You would direct each and every moment of my life. Thank You that I now have a much better understanding and a deeper insight because of the wonderful eye-opening revelation that You bestow upon me as I soak myself in the Scriptures. Jesus, please grace me with more insight as I set my feet upon Your ways, I desperately endeavor to observe and keep Your precepts. I diligently watch my steps and I ask for the strength to maintain the morals You’ve set. When temptation comes empower me to remain faithful and obedient to Your Word. Holy Spirit, be my comfort when I have to face difficult truths. I’m so sorry for the times I’ve gone astray from You and Your Word. Lord God, I am so sorry for my ignorance and stubbornness. I thank You for patiently teaching me and I now delight in Your correction. Oh Lord, Your living Words are so sweet to me and are such a source of pure delight! I’ve tasted Your revelation-light and it is truly sweeter than honey. How my lips crave for more. Abba Father, I declare that Your truth alone is my source of understanding and I hate the false way of life that is full of hateful propaganda. Help me to love Your Word more and more each and every day of my life.

‘Thy Word’ – Amy Grant – YouTube clip with lyrics

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Dreams really DO come true

After 30 years of prayers, constant longing and dreaming about the glorious moment…it ARRIVED! When I was 13 I prayed desperate prayers to get snowed in at my family shack in the central highlands of Tasmania. I was going through an awfully difficult time at school so I sought the solution of being trapped in snow! From that moment on I often wondered what it would actually be like to be snowed in. I figured it would be a terribly exciting grand adventure.

Sunday my long-awaited dream came true! Friday night I arrived at the shack for a girl’s weekend with my dear friend Elisa. We came wanting to have a time of relaxation but also sought a refreshing and a deeper connection with God. We experienced God in so many different aspects over the weekend. I felt like Friday night reminded me of the fierce unrelenting passionate love that God has for us, as the strong winds howled and shook the shack. When the thunder roared just outside my bedroom I was reminded that God speaks in the thunder:

“When he speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.” Jeremiah 10:13 New Living Translation (NLT)

Saturday the heavens certainly did roar with rain. As I watched it pour down I was reminded of the saturating refreshing reviving God that I have been so blessed to experience. Saturday night we had hoped for a light dusting of snow just to make the highland adventure feel authentic, we had wanted to experience the final extreme – snow. Well we were NOT disappointed, we certainly had snow and to an extreme! I was so excited that my dream had unfolded but my heart was torn. We are both mums and we had wonderful husbands at home eagerly awaiting our return so they could have at least an afternoon to relax but also they had to go to work Monday, therefore we were needed at home.

Oh dear we faced such a dilemma but one that I simply couldn’t easily solve. We were stuck and there wasn’t a thing I could do. So I surrendered to the moment and I decided to really enjoy it, I told my heart to turn away from the fear of disappointing my family. As I allowed God to surpass my fear with His grand love I felt a sense of abandonment arise, I felt like a kid and there was nothing to worry about, only fun to be had!

I decided that I needed to have breakfast and a cup of tea so that I could go and explore the snow-capped wonderland right out our front door. I eagerly waited for Elisa to wake so we could go out. I felt like a kid Christmas morning who has awaken before her family and is sitting looking with longing at the presents stacked. After an hour of wait Elisa awoke and I decided to trick her about the snow, when she asked I replied: ‘oh you better come look quick before it goes.’ She got up and looked out the window and said: ‘oh you rascal, that’s the best prank!’.

 snow meWe were both so excited. I suggested we go for an explore and also to try get phone signal so we could let our families know. We donned my dad’s waders, jackets, beanies, scarves and gloves. As we ventured out it took my breath away, it was simply stunning. Everything looked so fresh and crisp. It felt like such a special moment in time: extra forced rest and more time with God. What a privilege to have experienced it, what a blessing!! My long-awaited dream really had come true! It certainly was a terribly exciting grand adventure. Does this mean my other dreams will soon unfold? I believe so! How extremely exciting and humbling to know that God does hear my heart’s cry and respond.

 

colouring in

After our explore we settled back in front of the fire and Elisa gave me a verse to colour in. As I sat at the dining room table looking out at the snow falling, I felt such a sense of peace. I was reminded of the gentle loving compassionate peaceful God that I felt was speaking directly to my heart in that moment. As I looked over the pure white landscape I was reminded that my sins are washed whiter than snow:

“Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 New Living Translation (NLT)

My 30 year long wait had come to an end and it gave me the confidence that dreams really DO come true. I confidently press on chasing after the dreams in my heart, taking one day at a time and completing each task as it unfolds.

Here’s the prayer we prayed Sunday afternoon based on the verse that I coloured in:

Holy Spirit, empower us to truly acknowledge the Lord. Help us to really know Him; to recognise Him; be intimately acquainted with and understand God more. May we be zealous in our pursuit for more of the Lord and His wonderful ways. We so appreciate this extra time to press in and search for more of Your heart Abba Father. Help us to truly cherish and adore You. I thank You that You’re reliable. Just as the dawn shines, so You shine bright each and every day in our lives. Thank You that You constantly refresh us, just like the heavy rains nourish the earth. We thank You for the former work that You have done in our lives, for the work You’re doing right now, and for the work still to come. Let the latter flooding of You fill us with Your goodness and Your grace. Inspired by Hosea 6:3.

I pray that you will experience:

  • The fierce unrelenting passionate love that God has for you.
  • The saturating refreshing reviving love of God.
  • That you will encounter the gentle loving compassionate peaceful God.

Many blessings, Keona

‘Reckless Love’ – Cory Asbury – YouTube clip with story behind the song

Look at our gorgeous shack all nestled in the snow:

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