A life that roars

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Every person eventually enters the valley of decision. Here you must make a choice – an intensely personal choice. This choice might require everything of you. No, it will require everything of you – and only you can make it.
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” (Deut 30:19).

What will your life be about?

Will you leave fear behind to embrace the ‘you’ who you know you were created to be?

Will you let go of the past to take hold of the future?

Will you step completely into the new day, choosing to embrace Him fully both as Lord and Saviour and to live out loud for Him?

Will you obey His call?

This decision is where you abandon excuses and choose to act on what you know is true instead of just speaking it.
With each decision, a new path is forged. The choice you make in the valley of decision will affect everything about your future.

Are you at crossroads today? Do you also sense it’s time to cross over?
Is the Lord calling you to step out from the past, to step out from fear and to trust Him to do what He has promised?
For each person, this decision to leave the crossroads will require stepping forward in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit – stepping out of the boat, towards the one calling you across the water.

When a lion or lioness roars, this doesnt just require the lion opens its mouth and make a ‘whatever’ sound.
A half-hearted effort from a lion will never produce a roar. A squeek maybe.
A roar requires everything from the lion. Its whole heart.
He made lions and lionesses to roar – and He made His children to roar too.
Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)

I don’t know about you, but I want my life to roar for Jesus. This means choosing to be 100 percent true to what He has stirred inside my heart.
A life that roars is a life lived with a whole-hearted devotion to Him.
‘Lukewarm’ never achieved anything.
Imagine if every believer in this country made a decision – I’m going to embrace His call on my life, I’m going to give Him this life and trust Him with it. Im going to give Him my everything. I’m choosing life.

What would happen in this nation?

“…Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” (Deut 30:19).

Today’s reading:

Hebrews 11:
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d]

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

 

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

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Wake up sleeping giant!

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Imagine you were a giant and these little people came and put miniature ropes and chains all over you. If you were in a slumbered state, as in the picture, you might believe yourself to be pinned down. How could you ever be free? If you lay down for too long, you might even forget you were a giant.
What if that same giant wakes up? All he – or she – has to do is just stand up, right? All he – or she – has to do is just shake off the chains. If you look in the picture, you can see the chains holding Gulliver, in this illustration of Gulliver’s Travels, have no real power over him.
Now what if someone told you that the One in you is greater than the prince of this world, and that if you just woke up and realised who you were in Christ, you would see you were fully able to stand up and be who He created you to be.
Victory over every chain holding you has already been won at the Cross. Deceptions must be broken in Jesus’ name. Covenants and agreements made over you by the kingdom of darkness, chains of oppression and poverty and sickness and despondency snap like a twig when the power of Jesus gets a hold of the determined giant.
A man sat begging by the gate called Beautiful. He was right there, at the gate, which was open! He could reach out and touch freedom but in his eyes and understanding he was a beggar. When Jesus’ disciples came past him, the Word of God says that he looked at them expecting something. They didn’t give him silver or gold. According to the Biblical account, they gave him something better. They woke him up! They told him, in the name of Jesus, get up and walk!
He stood up and the chains that bound his legs fell off. In this moment he realised Jesus was with him and this made him a giant. He went off, entering the gate called Beautiful, walking and leaping and praising God!
I have realised too many times I have refused to enter ‘Beautiful’, believing myself to be unworthy, not seeing clearly who I am or rather who He who lives in me is.
Jesus says to His people in the Isaiah scrolls to stand up and shake off the dust. Chains become dust in the presence of the Lord. He doesn’t say to ‘break’ the chains off, rather just to shake off the hindrances and chains. This is because the enemy was defeated at Calvary and your entrance into the Beautiful gate has been made possible only by the blood of Jesus. You don’t have to sit begging at the other side of the Beautiful gate anymore.
So wake up and declare your victory. Speak to your mountain. Speak to the chains. Jesus has won the victory but He wants you to wake up, step up and take back what is your’s.

“Awake, awake, Zion,
clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
will not enter you again.
Shake off your dust;
rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
Daughter Zion, now a captive.
For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and without money you will be redeemed.” (Is 52:1-2)

“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. (Joshua 1:3)

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.

Step into His dream

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I believe God is not obliged to finish anything He didn’t start in you but that if it is His work, when you walk in agreement with Him, the powers of hell cannot stop what He is doing, since the dream belongs to Him.
Putting on Christ means abiding in Him and living His dream – because in this, you will find who you are, your purpose, and the joy, strength and hope to live out loud. My blog on Living-out-loud.blog today is called Step into His Dream.

This time last week I announced: “It’s time to live out loud for Jesus”. I meant it. I had some great ideas. I pictured myself going back to dancing lessons, getting a new hobby, etc. Living out loud, you know.
Then this week started and life happened. Half way through the week I started to feel fluey. Then came other stressors. Still, I pushed and strived, wondering what happened to living out loud and realising that I had put the lofty idea of living out loud up there with ‘new year’s resolutions’.
By Friday I felt despondent. I will get this live out loud thing right if it’s the last thing I do, I muttered under my breath, reaching for a Disprin.
On Sunday, I attended a sermon by Kurt Davis. His reference was Luke 4, the chapter where Jesus is tempted by satan in the wilderness after fasting and praying for 40 days. Kurt spoke about getting ‘self’ out of the way, and trusting the Lord for provision, promotion and protection (rather than self-provision, self-promotion and self-protection).
Through his message, the Holy Spirit ministered deeply to my heart.
He gave me further revelation of this ‘cup’ He was asking me to put down (See blog 2 – ‘When you’ve had enough!’).
The cup he wanted me to stop drinking from was the cup of my own self effort, perceptions and ideas – essentially, the cup of self.
Rather, to drink from the cup of His victory – the cup of communion with Him and covenant with Him.
“It’s good to ‘put on you’,” He spoke to my heart (See blog on “When in doubt, put on ‘you'”). “But it’s better to ‘put on Me’. Give me your confidence and your effort and I’ll give you mine.”
The covenant we have with Him through His blood means that when we stand before the Father, we stand in His righteousness. It means that He has given us every good thing. He asks that we abide in Him, ‘put on Christ’, and walk in His strength and effort.
You know the story of Joseph who had his dreamcoat snatched off his back by his own brothers. Those he most trusted betrayed him and sold him into slavery.
But the Lord restored this dreamcoat to his servant.
This only happened though after Joseph humbled himself before the Lord and started to realise that this same word which whispered to him in the quiet of his dreams, was dreaming a much bigger dream than he had realised.
The brothers couldn’t take Joseph’s dreamcoat because the dream wasn’t Joseph’s at all. It was the dream of God.Joseph had to relinquish his own ideas of how he thought things should look and step into the bigger dream, to be released from captivity and step into God’s purposes for his life.
When Joseph understood this, things started to move differently for him because he left his ‘self’ behind and surrendered Himself to the Lord and His purposes. This dream the Lord gave him belonged to the Lord and wasn’t just for Joseph.
This was an eternal dream, backed by God Himself, not some flighty dream Joseph jotted down in his dream journal.
When Joseph put self-effort aside, and started to see the greater move of God in the lives of those around him, the Egyptians – he plugged into this big dream and abiding in the Lord, was then set free to fulfil the Lord’s purposes for His life.
The new coat of dreams Joseph was given, was no longer the selfish little coat Joseph wore as the favoured son. It was the coat of the word and promise of God given to him to wear so that the Lord could accomplish his dream for his people – the salvation of many.
I see it this way, God is not obliged to finish anything He didn’t start in your life. But… if He did start it, and you walk in agreement with him, nothing or no one can stand in the way of this dream, because it isn’t your dream, it’s His.
God wants to do something. You can step back sceptical and strive to build your own kingdom and wear your little coat. Or you can step into what He has dreamed and become a part of the dream.
Finding you and your identity, lies in seeking Him because He has the blueprint of you inside His heart. He created you. Your identity is part of His dream. He won’t help you be someone you aren’t. He will help you be you, because your identity is part of His dream. He dreamed you up.

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

For crying out loud!

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Sometimes the Holy Spirit sneaks up on you with an unexpected revelation. For me, this happened when putting together – and posting – my most recent blog on Facebook. I set out happily with “Living Out Loud” as my goal and instead ended up with “For Crying Out Loud” on my mind (the wrong ‘…Out Loud’).
I wrote the blog and then shared it on Facebook. Only when I checked on my Facebook page to see whether it had gone through, I noticed that the blog had somehow been shared with the wrong photo – one of a giant wave.
After deleting the blog post from my Facebook page, I went back to the blog on WordPress to try and sort out the problem. I noticed that every time I tried to share the blog, instead of the photo of the woman standing in front of the cupboard deciding what to wear (which went with the article), the photo of a crashing wave showed up.
I couldn’t understand why. I sat there for what felt like ages trying to fix this. Eventually, I decided to repost the blog on WordPress and delete the former one. This time, the correct photo shared on Facebook.
Still, the headline read, “An INFP’s take on staying stylishly fabulous’’. This related to the content in the blog but suddenly the words ‘stylishly fabulous’ looked horribly wrong to me. That phrase was about ten years outdated. I couldn’t possibly use it!
So I decided to change the headline on the blog to “When in doubt, put on ‘you’”. I refreshed the Facebook page and noticed the new headline didn’t show up on the Facebook ‘share’. The words ‘stylishly fabulous’ stubbornly stayed there.
So I went back to WordPress and again reposted the blog, deleting the latest one from my Facebook page (hoping my friends hadn’t noticed the ‘recurring’ blog on my Facebook wall).
And so it went, back and forth, correcting here, tweaking there…
Which is why I have called today’s blog, ‘For crying out loud’ – because I had an epiphany in this moment of intense frustration. Could it be that I was my own worst enemy? Could it be… and I had never thought of it this way… that I had perfectionist tendencies? I had never thought of myself as being a perfectionist and being too hard on myself but suddenly my inner perfectionist demanded to be noticed.
So in this new blog in the Living Out Loud series, I want to introduce the ‘For crying out loud’ phenomenon. This is when a hidden disposition causes us – and possibly others – so much frustration that someone is pushed to say, ‘Oh, for crying out loud!’ What this behaviour trait or personal disposition does is unassumingly and subtly sabotage our efforts to live out loud – most of the time, without us even knowing it.
I wouldn’t say I’m an all-out perfectionist. This doesn’t apply to all areas of my life – like filing, for instance – but in some areas, I am too hard on myself. It took a revelation from the Holy Spirit and a very annoying blog to help me to see that.
So if you happened to be on Facebook two days ago and saw my blog repeating itself, now you know that there was a great battle happening behind the scenes, with pictures that didn’t want to show up etc.
I was going to apologise for the recurring blog but that would be the perfectionist thing to do. Instead, I have made up my mind to be kinder to myself in the future.
Sometimes we are our own taskmasters and this all-or-nothing perfectionist thinking is what stops us from grabbing life with both hands.
The beauty of life is in being imperfectly perfect. As a girl and teenager I did ballet and I remember well our annual ballet concerts. There were quite a few small kids with the studio and they were anything but militant in their conduct on stage. In one of the concerts, one of the small girls – I can still remember, her name was Lisa – turned to face the back of the stage in the middle of the dance, and started to cry… quite loudly, I might add.
In other concerts, the tiny kids would stop to look around, or even run off the stage, into mommy or daddy’s arms, as they sat in the audience. Still, there was something beautiful in the imperfection of it all.
I’ve heard it said you inspire more people with your weaknesses than your strengths. If you can see the weakness and imperfection in me, and see the Lord move despite who I am, then you will be encouraged to know Jesus is willing and can move powerfully in your life too, despite who you are.
It’s ok if things aren’t perfect. So what if your life isn’t a fairytale or your bag doesn’t match your shoes. Don’t let perfectionism steal your joy or stop you from living out loud. There’s only one you and you’re imperfectly perfect just as you are.

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

When in doubt, put on ‘you’

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Every woman can relate to standing in front of a cupboard full of clothes and finding nothing to wear. There are those days when no outfit feels right – everything in the cupboard seems too small, too big, too pink, too shiny, too dull, too flamboyant…
Then on other days, outfits contend for your attention and you find yourself having to choose between them. It’s a woman thing.
As I have set out to challenge deeply-ingrained habits, I have come to realise that the first step in this process is in accepting my unique identity.
Who are you?
Each day we ‘put on’ our identity. Who are you wearing today?
If we want to live out loud, then we have to be one hundred percent ourselves. I have to be okay with who I am and to be ok with who I am, I have to know who I am to begin with.
The point isn’t about changing. It’s about becoming 100 percent who God created you to be.
Who am I? In the 16 Personalities test, I rate as an INFP. This means I am an idealist, or dreamer by nature. People have called me ‘unrealistic’ and ‘naively optimistic’. Give me long enough and I’ll inspire you with a plethora of quotes. I’m the kind of person who can be in war-torn Iraq and write poems about rainbows.
That’s just how God created me.
When I worked for a magazine which focussed on fashion and beauty, I remember someone telling me, “Heather, your writing is great but when I read it, although I might become a better person, I want to give all my money to charity. It’s your job to make people want to spend money… on themselves… not donate it. Write about shoes, clothes, you know… just be more shallow.”
I learned to wax eloquent with small talk. I learned to use words like ‘stylish’ (the word at the time) and ‘fabulous’. I tapped into this ‘shallow’ side of myself and when I found myself wanting to slip in a quote by some prolific person into an article, I learned to hold myself back.
As I have sat down to blog, I have found myself feeling very uncertain about how to proceed. The doubts about using my unique voice in blogging have come back and I have found myself treading tentatively with words.
Remembering the voice of so many critics, I asked the Lord to give me something to say.
I felt him say, ‘Just be you.’
It’s a simple truth but too often we are our own worst critics and reject ourselves and the unique contribution we make to the world. This self-rejection then translates to bad choices in relationships, health, finances, and, and, and…
God isn’t confused. He didn’t create you as a unique person and then expect you to be someone else. You are fearfully made, with a purpose in mind.
In wanting people’s approval sometimes we compromise on this but see, if people don’t like you for who you are, putting red lipstick on yourself and getting a golden tan isn’t going to make them like you more. You might end up looking a little silly or like Barbie – depending – but you will never be happy because who you are on the inside will always stay hidden from the world. The world needs you to be you.
There are things I will never be able to be.
I can’t be a supermodel.
I can’t be a tennis player.
Or a netball player.
Or a hockey player.
I am terrible at filing things. My brain just doesn’t work that way.
There is method in my creative organisation. I have lots of ideas. I dream a lot. That’s just who I am. I am me and I must be the first one to be at peace with that.
It’s the same with you. You are fearfully created, according to the Lord. That means He worked every detail of you out to a tee.
If I am going to live out loud, I must spend some time with Him who made me, to hear what He says about me –and then love and look after that person the best I can.
I am His. If you don’t like the way He created me, take up your complaint with Him. I will do the same if I have a problem with you.
Who are you?
In the silent moments, in the still of your heart, what do you love? What do you aspire to? When you come before the Lord, and He speaks to the very heart of you, what does He say?
The person you are deserves to be celebrated.
Isn’t it great that we are all different?
So back to the rainbow… the rainbow is lots of colours. If we all try to be the same colour, we will cheat each other out of the abundant life Jesus died to give us.
If you tried to be someone else, I would be missing out on knowing a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Today, ‘put on’ you.

©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

When you’ve had enough!

20170822_143100Did 2017 leave you feeling despondent? Sometimes it’s good to feel a little indignant, somewhat cross. Someone who has had ‘enough’ of what is wrong and unjust becomes a powerful force to be reckoned with. This is because a person who has had enough is willing to do what it takes to see positive change.

Christians who have had enough of what they see the enemy doing in their life and in the lives of others are the ones who rise at dawn to intercede for God’s intervention. They are the ones who make appeals to heaven with prayers and petitions; who cry out to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with sincere and impassioned hearts; and who see the Lord move powerfully as their prayers push through ceilings and hindrances which the enemy has set up in their lives, the lives of loved ones and in the community.

What have you had enough of today?

That stirring in you as you consider what is ‘wrong’ or lacking in your life, is the very fuel the Lord will use to empower your prayers and commitment to working with Him to see this thing turned around.

This year, one of my goals has been to look after my health and to eat fresh, healthy food. I have had enough of having countless cups of coffee throughout the day, two spoons of sugar a time, and maybe it’s a Holy Spirit conviction, I don’t know, but I have decided to put my cup (and sugar) down. This year, I am going to honour my body as the Temple of the Living God.

What do you cling to which is keeping you from being the best you that you can be? Maybe it’s a pattern of behaviour or ‘secret sin’ that makes you angry just to think about it. You’ve tried and haven’t been able to change.
Might I suggest that you cannot do it without Him but to give Him the cup, whatever it is, and ask Him to walk with you in doing things differently this year.

The enemy is a dream thief. He might have given you a cup that you drink from every day, not realising what this thing is costing you in terms of the destiny Jesus Christ paid by His blood for you to have.

Once you have identified your ‘cup’, put it on the altar and surrender it to the Lord. Commit this year to waking up an hour earlier each day to spend time with the Lord in His Word and prayer, and each morning surrender this thing to Him and ask Him for His strength and His wisdom in doing things differently for just that day. The year might seem a long time to commit to something that makes you uncomfortable, but instead of trying to conquer the year, put every effort into conquering the day.
Surrender your ‘cup’ to Him each day and He won’t just take it away, I believe He will turn it for His glory. You do know that Goliath’s head was cut off by his own sword. That same thing that was against you, that mountain you saw from the valley, He can turn into your podium from which you declare His redemptive power and glory.
Living Out Loud is about walking with Him, because when He gets hold of you, He wants you to live abundantly.
I’m going to keep you updated on my journey towards wholeness and health, hoping something in my story can help you as you determine to live out loud for the Lord.

“This is what your Sovereign Lord says,
your God, who defends his people:
“See, I have taken out of your hand
the cup that made you stagger;
from that cup, the goblet of my wrath,
you will never drink again.
I will put it into the hands of your tormentors,
who said to you,
‘Fall prostrate that we may walk on you.’
And you made your back like the ground,
like a street to be walked on.” (Isa 51:21-23).

©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018

A call to live out loud

roses_sunflowers_jasmine_flowers_bouquets_composition_vase_36486_1920x1080[1]At my lowest point, I had a dream and in it I saw a vision of the Lord. His eyes were filled with love when He looked at me, and when He took me into His comforting embrace, I could feel His tangible love around me. I said to Him, “Jesus, I would die for you.” He said to me, “I know, but will you live for me?”

His question has always stayed with me. I realised trauma and hurt in my past had left me terrified to embrace life in its fullness again. Yet this is what Jesus was asking me to do.

When we go through heartache or trauma, or have been broken through abuse or trials, we can convince ourselves we are living but really fear keeps us from ‘living out loud’. A decision to live for the Lord is a decision to face our personal Goliaths trusting in faith that these Goliaths will fall, because of Him.

Living out loud might mean getting real about what is holding us back and then trusting that as we stand up on ‘paralysed legs’, He will strengthen our feeble knees and we will be given strength to walk. This blog is part of my decision to live out loud and in so doing, to encourage other women – and men – to get real and to be bold in taking hold of what Jesus died to give them – abundant life.

You will die for him… but will you live for Him?

What would happen in your life, in your family, in the nation if you committed to live out loud for a whole year?

“Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean Will no longer come into you. Shake yourself from the dust, rise up, O captive Jerusalem; Loose yourself from the chains around your neck, O captive daughter of Zion…” (Isa 52 vs 1-2).

©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018