Crown of Wisdom

So many times in life I’ve seen how desperately I need wisdom and it is something that I’m pursuing – godly wisdom.
One day I watched a YouTube video titled: “Why My Gray Hairs Make Me Happy ***Be That Person***”, in the video Rachel Farnsworth openly shares her story:
I got this comment on my blog: “you look like you are 70 with your gray hairs. You really should consider dying them for TV so you don’t look like such an old hag.”She goes on to explain that she has a rare auto immune disease which means she might not make it to 70 so every sign of ageing that she has is a sign that she is still alive.

A lot of people don’t get the privilege to ever live, to be old, and I probably won’t either which means that I don’t have time to waste criticising myself and I don’t have time to waste criticising other people. I care a lot more about what my life is like right now!

She also mentions that her husband feels strongly that she shouldn’t dye her hair because he wants them to grow old together, I think that is super cute and sweet!

Rachel’s story really struck my heart and I realised what a privilege it is to have grey hairs, to live long enough to be old and grey. I also realised that it is pointless to waste time criticising myself or listening to criticism from other people.

The Bible explains that silver hair is a crown of splendour and glory, dignity and honour,
for it takes a lifetime of righteousness to acquire it (see Proverbs 16:31).
I love that!
I’ve been praying for wisdom and God reveals that grey hair is a visible reminder of the wisdom He has bestowed upon us, it is a crown of splendour!
A crown of wisdom? Oh I’m so into crowns so I’ll take that!
YES, I’m gonna allow my crown of wisdom to shine forth!
As I think about growing old and the privilege that it is I’m reminded that I can trust God, that the days allotted to me have been written in His book, written there long ago before even one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16). When I get into trouble I can call out to God and He promises to answer, to be with me in my day of trouble, rescuing me and honouring me with a long life! (see Psalm 91:15-16).
“Even to your old age I am He,
And even to your advanced old age I will carry you!
I have made you, and I will carry you;
Be assured I will carry you and I will save you.” Isaiah‬ ‭46:4‬ ‭(AMP)
WOW!

I pray you’ve been blessed with what I’ve shared.

Many blessings, Keona

Notes:
1. Rachel Farnsworth’s YouTube video was released Nov 23 2016, link: https://youtu.be/aFk9L3nhS0Q
2. Proverbs 16:31, I studied the Amplified and The Passion Translation.

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Watch and Pray 19th May 2020

Last night I had a dream that I was standing looking up to the sky praying. The sky was blue with fluffy white clouds. As I looked up I heard the words: “and the clouds rollback” and the clouds moved and a figure came forth. As I awoke I was left in awe.

Although no one knows when Jesus will return, I feel strongly that we must be alert – watching and praying. Attentive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.

Although we may not see the coming of Jesus in our lifetime, His promises are true and one day it WILL happen. Let us do all we can to bring others to Jesus.

Glimpses of Glory

Let’s look at what other people have captured:

““I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, on the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. And to Him (the Messiah) was given dominion (supreme authority), Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations, and speakers of every language Should serve and worship Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 (AMP)

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.” Ezekiel 1:28 (NKJV)

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30 (NKJV)

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” Mark 13:26 (NKJV)

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:27 (NKJV)

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7 (NKJV)

 It Is Well

I googled the words I’d heard in my dream and was directed to the hymn “It Is Well”, here’s the lyrics that stood out:

“Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul.“1

I have always found the end times confronting, there is so much talk of famine and great wars and suffering and pain…..but my glimpse was filled with Jesus’ glory and in that moment all I felt was great excitement, all that mattered was Jesus!

The hymn, “It Is Well”, was written by Horatio Spafford, a man who had experienced great loss: he lost his 4 year old son to scarlet fever and his four daughters when their ship sank while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. His wife survived the tragedy and sent a telegram asking, ‘what shall I do?’. Horatio rushed to be with his wife and when he passed the spot where his daughters had been lost to the sea words of comfort and hope filled his heart and mind, he  wrote them down and they became part of the hymn.2

What Jesus has done for us brings our hearts much comfort and hope, we need not fear the coming judgement day because we are promised that those who believe in Christ are free from condemnation (see Romans 8:1 but I encourage you to also read all of Romans 8).

Praise Jesus!

My glimpse into Jesus’ coming glory has instilled within me blessed assurance.

He is coming! Until He does let us sing His praises:

“Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord — rejoice in his presence!” Psalms 68:4 (NLT)

Lord I’ll watch!

Lord I’ll watch, with my eyes focused on You and my heart full of praise.

Lord I’ll pray!

Lord I’ll pray ‘let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’

until my last breath.

Lord I’ll love!

Lord with Your great love resounding in my spirit I’ll touch the lives of those around me.

Lord I’ll declare!

Lord I’ll declare Your grace, Your truth and the glory of Your coming.

Lord I’ll watch

Lord I’ll pray

Lord I’ll love

Lord I’ll declare

Now to God, the only wise One, let glorious endless praises resound through the ages, let us lift Him high through Jesus Christ be the glory forevermore! Amen. (Romans 16:27)

Many blessings, Keona

Here is a YouTube link to the beautiful hymn.

Notes:

Featured image from Pixabay

  1. I found the lyrics at Timeless Truths
  2. To read more on Horatio Spafford’s story go to The Tabernacle Choir.

Despair or Hope?

On the 16th of June I will either need to renew or close this site down. At this stage I don’t have the funds to pay the renewal, so I’ll probably switch back to my free site: https://keonajtann.wordpress.com

I opened this site in July 2018 giving myself 2 years to reassess my writing goals and by now I had hoped to have achieved many things, a couple being: a brand new website and the release of at least 1 of my books.  But I’ve had a few ‘curve balls’ thrown at me that have delayed my writing.

As I write this I’m very conscious of the fact that this disappointment, over the delay, could easily lead me into despair. I know I’m facing a choice between despair or hope.

Rather than going back into the pit of despair I want to receive a fresh impartation of HOPE. There is a promise in the Bible that God has good plans for us, plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, He wants to give us to give hope for the future, Jeremiah 29:11:

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (AMP)

As I focus on that and not the disappointment hope does indeed ignite in my heart.

I cling onto the promise that God has GOOD things for me.

I ask God to reveal the things that I can do now to keep moving forward.

I pray that I grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18 NKJV paraphrased)

I’ll keep you posted. Many blessings, Keona.

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Unshakable in Uncertain Times

Things feel very shaky at the moment, the things that were once secure feel very unstable. Life as we know it, normality, is no longer the case.

  • Jobs have been lost and every day more people are facing uncertainty
  • Wages are gone or being significantly cut
  • Businesses are struggling to survive
  • Sporting stadiums stand empty
  • Racing tracks remain idle
  • Restaurants are closed or have adapted to take-away service only
  • Hotel once packed full with guests now may have one or two staying or none at all
  • Some retail giants have closed their doors
  • Catching up with family and friends face to face just isn’t possible
  • Church is now online
  • Our normal routine is altered
  • and many places that were part of our everyday lives have been closed

Our normal lives are interrupted, and no one is unaffected by this current crisis.

Can we survive this COVID-19 crisis?

Are there things that we need to reflect upon and change?

Challenged

The world is being challenged and many aspects of this current shaking are very familiar to me. In 2015 I faced the biggest shake up of my life. As my health hit an all-time low, I lost my job and therefore my wage and I found catching up with family and friends just wasn’t possible. It was one of the hardest moments of my life.

As the months dragged on, I struggled to find purpose.

As God has helped me to process that difficult period, I’ve faced some very confronting things and as I’ve had time to reflect I’ve discovered that I had placed my trust in the wrong things:

  • My job
  • Fitness routine
  • Finances (wage)
  • Family and friends

Having a job, being fit, earning a good wage and being social are all good things, but I found that my job consumed many hours of my life and had become a huge focus; my fitness routine become an obsession; I relied upon my wage and wasn’t as wise as I should have been; I was a very social person who loved catching up with family and friends and often called others for advice rather than going to God in prayer.

I had placed my trust in the wrong things and I was heartbroken when they were stripped away. I’ve discovered that earthly things are easily shaken and stripped away BUT God and His promises are unshakable – eternal. I know this because He has sustained me through the challenging years that have followed and especially at the start of this year when I faced a major operation. I was nervous and very anxious about it, but I found such comfort in knowing that Jesus was with me and promised to help me through.

Secure and stable

I’ve discovered that in vast contrast to the things that are unstable, God is secure and stable. A man who understood this was Abraham, he was promised a truly incredible inheritance and so he set off on a long journey not really understanding where he was going. By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land, living with an expectant and confident hope that God would do what He promised to do. Abraham placed his focus, his eyes of faith, upon the city with unshakable foundations – the heavenly city whose architect and builder is God (see Hebrews 11:8-10).

Daniel is another man who experienced and understood God’s stability, he was even gifted a glimpse into the future and it was revealed that God’s “kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.” Daniel 7:27b (AMP)

I encourage you to deeply reflect upon the fact that God is unshakable in uncertain times.

Look Up

During these uncertain times we can easily be shaken when we look at the situation around us, it is scary I know. Today I encourage you to take your eyes off the uncertainty all around and fix your eyes and your heart upon the things that are certain.

This is a time to deeply reflect and find out where you’ve placed your trust.

I urge you to look up, to lift your eyes up to the heavens and remember Who has created the stars and has called them out each by name. God’s great power and incomparable strength ensures that not a single one is missing (see Isaiah 40:26).

No longer be tempted and drawn away by your desires, for desire gives birth to sin and sin brings death. Remember that every good and perfect gift is from above, they pour down upon us because of the Father of lights (God the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens), the One Who is perfect and never changes. We have been created to be an example, to be like Jesus, set apart and made holy for God’s divine purposes (see James 1:17-18). Know today that God is secure and stable. Stand upon His promises by setting your focus upon His unshakable security.

Let’s Pray

Almighty God today I lift my eyes up to You. Help me to set aside my fears and panic over the uncertainty around me. Empower me to grasp hold of the fact that Your great power and incomparable strength helps me.

Holy Spirit enable me to stand firm, stable, immovable and enduring because that is what You are. Let me stand upon the truth that I can prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord. What joy it is to know that any work I do for the Lord is never futile, wasted, or without purpose, for the Lord makes my labour productive with fruit that endures (see 1 Corinthians 15:58).

Since I’m receiving an unshakeable kingdom let me lay down my life in absolute surrender, filled with awe and reverence, thanking God with the purest worship I can produce (Hebrews 12:28).

Lord Jesus change me and mould me into who You want me to be, reveal ways that I can serve You right now.  Holy Spirit empower me to reach out and encourage those around me, in Jesus’ mighty name I pray. Amen.

‘We Will Not Be Shaken’ song by Brian Johnson and Bethel Music is a great song to listen to in these uncertain times. You can find the song in YouTube or iTunes.

Here are some verses to reflect upon:

“So now, beloved ones, stand firm, stable, and enduring. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (TPT)

“The Almighty is alive and conquers all! Praise is lifted high to the unshakable God! Towering over all, my Savior-God is worthy to be praised!” Psalms 18:46 (TPT)

“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship with reverence and awe;” Hebrews 12:28 (AMP)

Many blessings, Keona

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Easter Sunday Worship

Yesterday (10th April) in the early hours of the morning I saw the following post by Thrive Mission Unit:

#singatsunrise
Since the very early days of the church Christians have gathered, on hillsides, beside cave entrances, outside the local church, at sunrise on Easter morning to celebrate Jesus rising from the tomb, and the new life that it made possible for all people. We can’t do that this year so this Easter we are inviting you to celebrate and witness to us being Easter people, by inviting you to join us in SINGING A SONG AT SUNRISE in your garden/on your verandah or balcony/as you take your daily exercise a bit earlier. Neighbours etc will also hear the song and we will know we join others across the nation/globe doing the same.
Facebook LIVE enables you to also share this as you watch the sun as it rises whilst singing a hymn or song, and it will save the video for others to see later. We are suggesting the old Charles Wesley classic Jesus Christ is Risen Today (see words below) but please feel free to sing whatever celebratory Easter song you would enjoy singing to greet Easter 2020.️

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

who did once upon the cross Alleluia!

suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Dream

I thought that was such a brilliant idea, and so I shared their post and began to think of a playlist. I went back to sleep and had a dream: I witnessed 2 people having an argument and I went up to them and as I did a 3rd person came alongside. The four of us stood in a circle and I and declared how much they needed Jesus:

  • Jesus to fill the empty void
  • Jesus to heal the deepest wounds
  • Jesus to give them hope
  • Jesus to give them peace

I invited them to pray with me and we held hands, but before we could pray the person opposite me started singing, as he did the words appeared in my mind and we all joined in. I had such a sense of awe, the singing wasn’t being led by me, I knew that the Holy Spirit was at work and we were simply singing along. It was SO beautiful, not only the words but how it sounded. When I awoke I just wanted to cry for the beauty of the moment lingered. I could remember a few lines so I quickly typed what I could remember and then other lines came to me also:

Fill the caverns and the wounds of my heart

How I need Your mercy, how I need Your grace

Come now Jesus fill my life
Fill the caves and the canyons of my heart

How I need Your hope, how I need Your love

Come now Jesus fill my life
Lord I need Your grace

Lord I need Your healing

Lord I need Your hope

Oh oooh oh ooooh

Come now Jesus fill my life

There is such power in worship and Easter Sunday is a time of great celebration for we rejoice that Jesus rose again and is now seated in the heavenly realms in glory and honour.

Verses to reflect upon

I began to collate some verses to reflect upon:

You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here!

Don’t look for the living among the dead. He is risen!

He is now seated in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms!

Hallelujah! (see Mark 16:6, Luke 24:5 & Ephesians 1:20)

“The Messiah died for our sins,

fulfilling the prophecies of the Scriptures.

He was buried in a tomb

and was raised from the dead after three days,

as foretold in the Scriptures.

Then he appeared to Peter the Rock

and to the twelve apostles.

He also appeared to more than five hundred of his followers at the same time”

1 Corinthians 15:3b-6a (TPT)

Jesus “is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come.” Ephesians 1:21 (NLT)

Worship

I’ve created a playlist of the following songs:

  • God So Loved – Scripture Lullabies
  • For God So Loved – thelukasband
  • For God So Loved – Brad & Rebekah
  • At the Cross – Hillsong
  • At the Cross (Love Ran Red) – Passion Worship Band
  • Jesus Christ is Risen Today – Jamie Thietten
  • Fall Afresh – Jeremy Riddle
  • Fill my heart – Twila Paris
  • Fill my heart – feast worship
  • Fill my heart – Kathy Troccoli

Which you can listen to via YouTube.

Bible Study Tools have put together 50 Easter Bible verses.

Let’s praise together at sunrise tomorrow.

Many blessings, Keona

A Call to Pray for Pastors

On the 6th of April 2020 Lana Vawser shared a dream that she had had where the Lord had said: “PRAY FOR PASTORS” (read her message here). God had laid upon my heart the same call last week but I was struggling to find the words to pray. I kept pressing in and as I read through Lana’s words I felt a spark of inspiration come. I was reminded of a picture that I found when I was studying Psalm 23:

Training The Young Shepherd by Greg Sargent

This picture is titled: “Training The Young Shepherd” by Greg Sargent.

Jesus is the good Shepherd

As I reflected I was reminded that Jesus is the good Shepherd, He longs to teach us His ways so that we can love and care for those around us. Now I understand if shepherding is a bit of a foreign concept to you, I haven’t grown up on a farm so it was a bit of a strange concept to me also. But God has been showing things to me. I’m blessed to have a family shack up in the Central Highlands where I’ve seen firsthand a shepherd at work, I’ve watched the sheep swarm around us and slowly make their way from one paddock to the next. I remember one time as we made our way through the flock I saw the shepherd calmly walking along at the front whistling and calling to the sheep to follow him, which of course they did. As I watched I was reminded of the call to hear God’s voice, to know it and respond, to hear it and follow after Him (John 10:27). When we reached the end of the flock there was a ute with a trailer attached and in the trailer were a few sheep and a couple of lambs. That image stood out to me and I knew God was showing me that those who were too weak or sick to walk were being carried and cared for in the trailer. That spoke deeply to my heart and I felt such assurance that God was caring for me as He carried me through my own long and difficult journey. The things that God has shown me are reminders that Jesus is the good Shepherd, we can have a deep and personal relationship with Him; He is deeply concerned for our safety and will fight for us and defend us; Jesus has shown just how much He loves us by laying down His life (see John 10:11-18).

Here is another aspect: “THE HEART OF A SHEPHERD” by Gary Wilkerson 
Most of my life I had a rather distorted concept of shepherds. When I heard Bible stories about the shepherd David, I pictured him sitting on a rock, playing his harp and watching the sheep as they quietly grazed around him. But I got a completely different picture of shepherds when I observed them firsthand in Romania a few years ago. These hard-working men were constantly searching for places with fresh grass to eat and water to drink. They were up early in the morning, leading the sheep and tending to their needs, and returned after a full day of wandering, usually working at least fourteen-hour days.
David is a perfect example of a shepherd-warrior — one who could fight, nurture and sing at the same time. The heart of a shepherd is unselfish, willing to give up his own life for his sheep. Also, the heart of a shepherd is protective and sacrificial. Often enemy prey threatens the sheep and the shepherd must be on alert at all times. David told King Saul when he was wanting to fight the giant Goliath: “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth” (1 Samuel 17:34-35).
This is definitely not a shepherd who was taking long naps in the afternoon sun, strumming on his harp and taking it easy. No, he was alert and ready to do battle. And David was an amazing warrior. He went from victory to victory with a singing heart.
God does not make us just warriors, he also makes us worshippers. He causes us to sing regardless of what the enemy throws at us. David had a song when the lions came at him and when bears threatened him because he knew how to encourage himself in the Lord. He sang: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want … He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:1-3).

Can I trust Jesus?

It can be hard to understand a loving and caring Shepherd if we’ve experienced leaders or people in authority take advantage of us. If we have been deeply wounded we can struggle to trust. Today I want you to know that Jesus is a very good and trustworthy shepherd because He is protective and sacrificial. I believe that Jesus can heal the deepest wounds and I pray that He does that right now as you reach out to Him. You can say a simple prayer such as: “Jesus You’re revealed as a loving and caring Shepherd, but I’ve been hurt and I cannot fathom that concept. Please come and heal my wounds, tenderly care for me. Help me to hear Your voice, to trust You and to respond to Your call. Lead me, guide me and protect me I pray. Amen.”

Prayer

This call to pray for pastors is one that we MUST answer, now more than ever our pastors need our prayers. The following prayer is for parishioners (us in the congregation), it has been a 3-day wrestle to put this together as I agonised over every sentence and awoke in the early hours of the morning thinking about it. Today (8th April) I knew that I just had to trust that the Holy Spirit would help me with the final draft, do my best and trust.
As you pray I invite you to place yourself in the picture I shared, imagine sitting next to Jesus and allow Him to speak to you. Modify this prayer as you need and also look at the prayer points Lana mentions.
Almighty God I thank You for Your marvellous mercy, I surrender myself to You afresh to be Your sacred living sacrifice. May I live a holy life that brings delight to Your heart and honour to Your name. Help me to stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the perverse culture around me, to no longer be tempted by its superficial values and customs. I ask for the Holy Spirit to once again transform and progressively change the way that I think and respond, empowering me to discern God’s will and live out His plans and purpose for my life (Romans‬ ‭12:1-2). Jesus always stay close to me, instruct and guide me along the pathway of Life. Advise me and may Your eyes be my guide. Help me to be a good disciple by never making Your job, or my pastor’s, difficult by being stubborn and rebellious. When I’m taken on paths that are unfamiliar, help me to respond appropriately and not make you or my pastor be forced to tug or coerce me along, let me willingly and openly follow (Psalm 32:8-9).‬
Jesus I pray for my pastors, a beautiful husband and wife team that I admire so much. I ask for them to encounter You as the Good Shepherd in a fresh and vibrant way; that they will experience Jesus lovingly and tenderly caring for them; and leading them through this difficult time. I pray for them to receive a refreshing and a reviving. Lord I praise You that my pastors heard Your call to lead Your precious people and responded. Offer to them a resting place in Your luxurious love; take them to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss; restore and revive their lives; renew their minds and revive their bodies.
I pray for my pastors and pastors all around the world, those who have been entrusted to care and guide God’s people, Lord If they have become lost and off-track please rescue them and place them back on-track. Remind them Who You are, Lord, open up to them a pathway where they can sit in God’s splendour, lead them in Your footsteps of righteousness so that they can bring much glory and honour to God. Redeem and realign; revive and refresh; renew and restore them. Remind them that You’re Immanuel, You’re with them each and every step of the way, leading them through the valley of deepest darkness. Jesus let Your great love wash over them which dispels ALL fear, and let Your authority be their strength and peace. Prepare a table, a feast of delight, for them in the presence of their enemies. Anoint them afresh with the fragrance of the Holy Spirit; may they drink of the Living fountain until their hearts overflow. Remind them that they have NO need to fear the future, for Your goodness and love pursues them all the days of their lives. When their time on earth is done, they will hear the words: “well done good and faithful servant” and remain in Your glorious presence forevermore! Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord, for He is the Good Shepherd that loves and cares for each and every one of His lambs (God’s people). Praise the Lord, for He is the Good Shepherd that laid down His life. Praise the Lord, for He is the Good Shepherd that is alive and active, ready and willing to assist. Praise the Lord, for He is the Good Shepherd that hears our cries and responds. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Worshipping Warriors

As I prepared this and read through Gary Wilkerson’s word I was reminded that we are worshipping warriors and a few songs came to mind:
– God is Able – Hillsong Worship
– Saviour, Like a Shepherd – Leigh Nash
– The King of Love My Shepherd – Maranatha! Hymns
– The Lord is My Shepherd – Jeremy Riddle
– The Lord’s My Shepherd – Elevation
– Shepherd – Bethel Music feat. Amanda Cook
– Psalm 23 – Central Music
I’ve created this in a playlist which you can listen to via YouTube.
Many blessings,
Keona

Notes:

Cover Image from Pixabay

“Training The Young Shepherd” by Greg Sargent and other pieces of his work can be found at Havenlight.

If you would like to delve deeper into John 10:11-18 there is a great Commentary at Bible Gateway.

“I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you,
instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life.
I will advise you along the way
and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.
So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn
when I take you where you’ve not been before.
Don’t make me tug you and pull you along.
Just come with me!” Psalm 32:8-9 The Passion Translation

“He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name. Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows. So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:2-6‬ ‭The Passion Translation‬‬‬‬‬‬

Fountain that never runs dry

On the 29th March this year (2020) I dreamt that I drank from a water fountain, there was so much water bubbling up that I couldn’t take a breath, I had to pull back from the fountain to breathe. Although it was hard to drink from, because of the force, I kept going back because each time I gulped down the water I was so refreshed.
As I awoke and reflected I felt such a sense of peace. The things I’m working towards feel huge and I have absolutely no idea how they can possibly happen, but I place trust in God – the Waymaker, the miracle worker.

Right now we are in such trying times, we can easily become exhausted, overwhelmed and run dry, what a timely reminder that Jesus is the fountain that NEVER runs dry!

“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills.”
Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬

“For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.” Psalms‬ ‭36:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬

“To know you is to experience a flowing fountain, drinking in your life, springing up to satisfy. In your light we receive the light of revelation.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭36:9‬ ‭TPT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain.” Proverbs‬ ‭10:11‬a ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬

“Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.”‭‭‬‬‬‬
Proverbs‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬

“Your life flows into mine, pure as a garden spring. A well of living water springs up from within you, like a mountain brook flowing into my heart!” Song of Songs‬ ‭4:15‬ ‭TPT‬‬‬‬‬‬

“The lovers of God who chase after righteousness will find all their dreams come true: an abundant life drenched with favor and a fountain that overflows with satisfaction.”
Proverbs‬ ‭21:21‬ ‭TPT‬‬‬‬‬‬

“With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!”” ‭‭John‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭TPT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!” Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭TPT‬‬‬‬‬‬

“And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I will give [water] from the fountain of the water of life without cost.” Revelation‬ ‭21:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬‬‬‬‬

I pray that as you reflect upon these verses that God does indeed refresh you.

Prayer:

Deep cries out, deep cries out, deep cries out as I cry out to You Jesus

God Your love is a never-ending well, that never runs dry!

God Your peace is a never-ending well, that never runs dry!

Deserts will bloom in the light of Your love, ‘cause You never run dry

Valleys will make room for the river of God, ‘cause You never run dry

Jesus You’re my source, never ending

Jesus You’re my life, never lacking

There runs a river from the Throne of God

and it never runs dry, it never runs dry, it never runs dry

Heavy laden, in You I find my rest as perfect love is drowning all my fears

and when I cry, You come to my defence

Oh! You never run, You never run dry, You never run dry

All sufficient, never lacking, everything I need

Jesus I come boldly, I come thirsty, You’re ALL I seek

Oh, Your love is a wellspring, fill me with water that never runs dry

In You there is healing and breakthrough, when I behold You

Jesus my endless supply!

Seasons will change, but You stay the same

Beginning to the very end, wherever I am, I find You

Your mercy covers me, Your goodness follows me

Your love is holding me together and it never runs dry!

Thank You Jesus for reviving and refreshing me,

I’ve got a river of living water bubbling up with me

‘cause I’ve found the Fountain that never will run dry

As I feast because of Your goodness I declare: ‘the source of my life springs from You Lord God!’
As I dance rejoicing in Your love I cry out: ‘Lord You are my source of joy!’
As my voice bubbles up with endless praise I’m so greatful that You’re my fountain of delight and my voice rises to join the angels in declaring just how wonderful You are!

I praise You Jesus. I thank You Jesus! Amen.

 

Created as I reflected upon the following songs:

Deep Cries Out – Tonya Ware                                 Never Run Dry – Casey J

Never Runs Dry – Housefires                                  Never Run Dry – Encounter Music

Wellspring – Leeland                                                Never Runs Dry – Hawk Nelson

And Psalms‬ ‭87:7

These songs and more feature in this YouTube playlist.

Many Blessings, Keona

 

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