Fancy footwork, strategic moves on the dancefloor

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He is guiding you step by step. Settle into His arms and follow His lead.

Even if you can’t see the big picture, dance with Him.

He wants you to enjoy the dance and not be afraid.

He has some moves planned you could not have imagined. He longs to see the joy on your face as He surprises you with His goodness and serenades you as His Beloved.
Trust that His arms are strong enough to hold you and keep you.

He will put the enemy of your soul in checkmate.

Just keep moving with Him.

“Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”

(The Sketch Chronicles: 13 of 365)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Praise Him, in the fire

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“Praise Him,
When you’re heart is breaking,
When you’re strength is almost gone,

Sing out your song and,
Praise Him, in the fire and fury,
In the dark night of you’re soul,
You’re God is in control.

You’re tears will dry, you’re heart will mend,

You’re scars will heal and you will dance again.” (Lyrics from Dance Again)

“And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” (Rev 5:4-5)

(The Sketch Chronicles: 12 of 365)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

What would you say if He asked you to dance?

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“Lord, if it is You, Peter replied, “command me to come to You on the water.” “Come,” said Jesus. (Matthew 14:28,29)

By Heather Djunga

Pointe shoes can be uncomfortable.
They get to the sensitive areas of your toes.
They remind you that you have toenails and that these need to be trimmed just right.
But when you get dancing in them, you find yourself dancing at new heights.
An ordinary dance becomes extraordinary when the dancer puts her pointe shoes on.

He wants to take you to the heights.
He wants to lift you up to see and understand that He created you for so much
more.

Uncomfortable?
Blistered feet?
Trust Him.
Keep dancing with Him.

When Peter stepped out of the boat onto the water, he was uncomfortable.
He didn’t know how scary waves could be until he saw them from up close.
He felt vulnerable and out of his comfort zone there on the water.
But Jesus was there on the water and so there was no better place Peter could’ve been.

Keep dancing. Jesus is on the water dancing with you.

“He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.” (Psalm 18:33)

(The Sketch Chronicles: 11 out of 365)

How would you have responded if you were there?

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I believe we are in a season of great harvest and they are coming in – desperate men and women who need the church to genuinely care about their lives and circumstances. Men and women who need committed guidance and care which will require something from us.

By Heather Djunga

In the story of the woman with the issue of blood, we read about how she offended everyone with her act of desperation in reaching through her brokenness to be heard by Jesus. But if we were there in the crowd, witnessing all of this, would we be among those who turned their faces away, not wanting to get involved and not wanting to hear?

This is my prayer for the church at this time: When someone reaches out, may we have the grace to respond appropriately and to recognise their act of courage in making themselves vulnerable to speak the truth about themselves. May we have the love of Jesus in our hearts to honour them in their brokenness and not be as the Pharisees, appalled by the desperation we see in them for a touch from Jesus.

May we see the value of the person to Jesus and have the wisdom to deal with them in a way that honours them and respects their brokenness, and leads them to a place of hope, instead of being so caught up in our church programme mentality we see their neediness as a nuisance and lose focus on the reason for our faith. Yes, programmes are good but sometimes Jesus interrupts our programmes to test our hearts. Sometimes He offends us to see what is really going on in us.

Who is this person reaching out desperate to touch Jesus’ hem? Will we be offended as so many were by the women with the issue of blood, that we turn our faces away and refuse to respond, speaking more about what’s really in our hearts by our silence than by anything our mouths proclaim.

Brokenness offends. But it’s the reason we were called to His work. The harvest is coming in. Let’s call on Him to equip us to embrace those who reach out, so that when they reach out in hurt and pain, there is a hand reaching back to lead them back to hope and wholeness.

(The Sketch Chronicles: 10 of 365)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

The shiny thing

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Has your eye ever caught something shiny and you just had to have it? What can we learn from a bedtime story I read to my son last night. I’ve reworded it, as it was more picture than words, but hopefully you will get the point.

By Heather Djunga

Bear and bunny rabbit were two great friends – until one day, they spotted what must’ve been the shiniest thing they had ever seen lying there on the grass of the meadow, catching the sun.
The friends ran to it and Bear, getting their first, picked it up. “What is it?” he asked. Rabbit snatched it from his hand. “Why it’s a picture of me?” she said, feeling quite taken aback by her long-eared reflection in its glossy surface.
“Hey give that!” said Bear, holding it up to see it was in fact a picture of his face. “This is me,” he said. “Can you not see the short, rounded, somewhat fluffy ears?”
“It’s not your face, it’s mine,” said rabbit.
The two friends squabbled so much that eventually they pulled the paper so hard, it tore into two.
Rabbit went off his way and Bear, off his way.

But that evening, they were lonely. Each had their little glossy picture of themselves but not each other.
The next day, they met in the forest and bear was the first to apologise. ‘Sorry too,’said Rabbit soon after.
They held out the shiny paper and noticed that where their pieces met, there on the glossy surface of the joined pieces was a picture of both of them – a picture of friends.
Suddenly, it was just right!

We all want the ‘shiny thing’. In its surface, we see our own glory and significance. When someone else sees their own potential in it, we can start to squabble, until we leave with out own tiny piece of shiny paper – alone.
But if we are wise, we will come back in humility, to put the pieces together and to see, that there in the surface of the shiny paper, is a picture of all of us – together.

Jigsaws can’t be built without all of the pieces coming together in unity and some stories will never read right until everyone humbles themselves and brings forth their piece.
Don’t chase shiny things at the expense of others. Together we can do so much more!

It’s time for the church to stand in unity.

Jesus prayed to His Father in His final hours that we would be one. Do you really think His prayer would go unanswered?

Are your eyes open?

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Is the miraculous happening in your midst and you are too distracted by expectations or concerns or frustrations or preconceived ideas of what or how things should be, to even see it?

Ask Him and He will give you His Spirit. He will reveal to you the mysteries of His Word, and the wonders of His presence and miraculous workings in your every day life.

Simeon, the prophet who held the baby Jesus, didn’t just see God’s promise from a distance. He had the eyes to see, but also the zeal to reach out and embrace the gift of God.

Are you waiting for an answer from Him? Could it be that He has answered and you have a problem receiving His answer?

Today, receive Him and press into the miraculous, through asking, seeking and knocking.

“- Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. 30For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31which You have prepared in the sight of all people,…” (Luke 2:30-31)

(The Sketch Chronicles: 9 of 365)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

He makes all things beautiful

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“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.” (Isaiah 61:3)

(The Sketch Chronicles: 8 of 365)

To read the story behind the Living out Loud blog, visit https://living-out-loud.blog/2017/12/30/the-birth-of-a-new-blog/

©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.