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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I Remember Now

When I was in the midst of my adrenal fatigue battle my memory was terrible. When I was grabbing some groceries, I would think about something I needed to get in the next aisle and 2 steps later completely forget; or I’d try to speak and forget what something was called – the classic was when I told my son off for playing with the curtains when in fact he was playing with the candles, this is now a family joke. The most scariest was when I unintentionally shop lifted..

I went to a shopping centre to pick up a ring that had been replaced and saw a shop had a sale on so I thought “great I’ll be super organised and get my mother in law’s birthday present for next month”.

Feeling quite fuzzy I focused on the sale rack and tried to think of the best size. I saw a really cool leopard print top for myself and grabbed it along with a top for my mother in law. I tried both tops on but decided that I wouldn’t get the top for myself as I didn’t like the fit. On the way to the checkout I hung the top up on a rack outside the change rooms, sat the top for my mother in law on the counter and had a quick look at another sale rack. The very helpful sales assistant pointed out some great accessory bargains which I then looked at and grabbed a couple of items. I paid and walked out feeling quite pleased.  As I was going through the list in my phone of what I had next to do I felt really quite fuzzy. I pushed myself to get the couple of things from Kmart but abandoned my list after that and went to the car. I grabbed lunch from the drive through at McDonalds, I had wanted to go to Banjos and grab a nice salad roll but it was too far for me to walk when I was feeling so woozy.

As I pulled into my garage I looked down and noticed that I had dropped some lunch on my lap, I looked again at my top thinking that it looked different. I got out of the car and had a closer look. SHOCK HORROR I felt sick! I had the insert on from the top that I tried on!!!! I quickly grabbed the receipt out of the bag and rang the store. Shaking I apologised profusely about my mistake and promised to return the top that day.

I grabbed my book “Adrenal Fatigue the 21st Century Stress Syndrome” by James L Wilson and quickly scanned for the page that talks about memory loss and the inability to concentrate. I copied the page and highlighted: “The adrenals also have an effect on mental states. As a result, people with adrenal fatigue show a tendency toward increased fears, anxiety and depression, have intervals of confusion, increased difficulties in concentrating and less acute memory recall.”

I laid down for a rest but found sleep impossible. God has grown me so much and I aim to be a Proverbs 31 woman, a godly woman, it is not in my nature to shop lift. I pride myself in my integrity and honesty! I am horrified that this happened. I was frustrated that my brain wouldn’t make the connections it needed to make.

It was truly terrifying! I felt so betrayed by my own mind – the very thing that was supposed to help me had in fact failed me completely! I returned the top and the ladies were very understanding but it left me feeling afraid to go shopping again for quite some time.

Recently I read something that really caught my attention:

“You see, we just tend to sit in our problems and not even realise what they are when the spirit of forgetting strikes. And the monumental nature of some of the things we forget is… well, monumental. The spirit of forgetting is one that dismembers truth. And so, from that, we can tell one of the best approaches to overcoming it: ask God for the re-integration of truth in our lives.” Anne Hamilton

This revealed to me that there is a spirit that can cause me to forget, forget in many different ways and many different things. BUT most importantly this spirit can make me forget my real identity. Scary! But the good news is that if there is a spirit that makes me forget then there has to be a spirit that helps me remember. So I rebuked the spirit of forgetfulness in my life and I declared that God has given me the spirit of remembering – remembering who I am – a child of God!

My statement or excuse prior to this declaration was ‘I just can’t remember’ but I now declare God’s truth – that my mind is being transformed and my memory is being restored – I remember now.

Our minds are so precious and valuable and it’s wonderful to know that God values our minds so much that he gives us His very own peace to guard them: “….the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 NKJV

My prayer for you today is that God will restore to you a memory buzzing with His glorious rich truths.

My own prayer today is this: Lord I once again lay my past down, enable me to forget about the things I no longer need to carry. I lift my eyes and my heart towards heaven, I press forward with my head high and my spirit rejuvenated to press forward towards ALL that God calls me to through Jesus. Inspired by Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭

Many blessings

Keona

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