TRUST IN GOD – 2018 MOTHER’S DAY MESSAGE

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One of the highlights of this 2018 Mother’s Day was me sharing at my local church on one of my favorite topics in the Bible ‘TRUST ‘and along the way a bit on my mom journey. I consider that an absolute privilege and honor. It was no doubt an emotional moment for me. I  am absolutely thrilled to share that with you on my blog. I hope the message blesses your heart as much as it did to me

FLASH BACK

A little bit of flashback about me. I am a born again believer from a Hindu background. Life was all good, happily married when I came to Australia. Disaster struck and my dreams shattered when my marriage of 6 years abruptly ended and I became suddenly single with my 6-month old baby. With no immediate family in Australia and being a first time mom, it was quite a challenge and probably the toughest season I had ever faced in my life. The one thing that really made a difference in my life then was my choice to TRUST GOD THROUGH IT ALL. God used this pain in my life to take me from strength to strength. God used my struggles to teach me about His love for me and how much He cares about me. This painful journey took me to a new level of trust in God, trust where is no doubt that God will provide or fear that God will leave me. I got a grasp of how much God loves me right in my darkest pit. Jesus became my confident, my shelter and my protector. I said bye bye to my ‘long -distance’ relationship with God and started a brand new ‘move-in’ relation with Him allowing Him access to every part of my life.

SCRIPTURE VERSE

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible talks about TRUST

Trust in the Lord COMPLETELY,
and DO NOT rely on your own OPINIONS

With all your heart RELY ON HIM to guide you,
and HE WILL lead you in every decision YOU MAKE

Proverbs 3:5

 

1. TRUST IN GOD COMES WITH FAMILIARITY OF GOD

Trust in the Lord COMPLETELY

Proverbs 3:5a

Trust is a crucial ingredient in any relationship, to make it work. In every sphere of our relationship, there is a level of trust involved. And that level of trust determines the depth of our relationship with that person

BABY’S FIRST STEPS

I can never forget my daughter’s first steps. When she took her first steps, we were in the living room and she started walking without her walker. There was probably few steps distance between us and when she walked towards me, I noticed few things

 

  • With every step she took, she did not look to the left or the right, but kept her eyes focused on me
  • After few steps, she lost her balance and stumbled
  • She heard my voice ‘Hannah, come on, you can do it ‘
  • Then she looked at me, picked herself up again and completed her final steps towards me

God wants us to have that kind of childlike trust towards Him. A trust that builds with familiarity of the person you do life with. So much trust of the child, that all that mattered to her was her mom standing in front of her and cheering her on. She recognized me as I spend time with her and she is familiar with my voice. When we spend time with God and get familiarized with Him, it will be so easy to trust God for our life. I wonder if she will show the same excitement during her baby steps walking, if the person on the other end was an unfamiliar person? I highly doubt so. That’s when the fear of uncertainty and doubt kicks in

Trust and Faith go Hand in Hand,

WHEN you TRUST God, YOUR FAITH will set you into action

ABRAHAM

I love how Abraham handled his situation by TRUST in GOD. There are about 12 examples from his life in Gen 12-21 about this walk with God through his TRUST journey

Romans 4:3 puts it beautifully on what was the turning point of Abraham’s trust

What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MOMS

Moms , we do so many things , in the home, around the home, at work and everywhere. We are no doubt overcomers and multi taskers. But sometimes stress gets to us no matter how hard we try to de-stress ourselves. It’s time we stop laying out our journey ourselves, trying to figure it all by ourselves, relying on everything except God and then asking God to bless that journey. It’s time to set the norm like Abraham, to step out in faith and trust God even for the unknown, TRUSTING GOD COMPLETELY

2.RELY ON HIM TO GUIDE YOU WITH ALL YOUR HEART

I wonder how Abraham must have felt when God told him to move out of his comfort zone . God in fact did not even tell him where he was going. Abraham left for an unknown destination trusting God for his future as Abraham relied on God with ALL is heart

Abraham obeyed without question and set on his journey. WHY ?

  • He knew God’s heart
  • He knew God has a plan for his life
  • He knew God will provide for all his needs
  • THAT helped him make the transition
  • Abraham did not base his trust on his current situation but for who God is and what He has done for him in the past

Probably its time to ask yourself, what is that one thing that God asked you to DO and you have put that on ‘ PENDING ‘ status ? I believe that is time to transition from that ‘ PENDING’ Status ‘ to ‘ WORK IN PROGRESS

3.FINALLY, GOD EXPECTS US TO TAKE ACTION

Proverbs 3:5 tells us

HE will lead you in every decision YOU MAKE

It’s one thing to trust in God and have great faith in God. It’s a totally different thing to set that faith to action in a practical way in our lives

Imagine as a good parent, you make the best healthy meal for your child, with lots and lots of veggies. You know in your heart that if they eat it, they will become strong and stay healthy. As a parent the most you can do is to cook for them. The child needs to EAT to get the nutrients into their body. YOU can’t eat that food and EXPECT your CHILD’S body to grow healthy

It’s the same with God. God has set a wonderful life ahead of us. To live the abundant life God has for us, we need to make a CHOICE to live in the ways of God. We can’t live life the way we want and blame it on God saying ‘If there is a God why is He allowing such and such thing in my life ‘? Bad choices lead to bad consequences

ABRAHAM AND HIS SON

God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, the son of the answered prayers, the son who was born to Abraham at an old age

Imagine the pressure Abraham must have gone through in faith, trust and obedience on what God had called him to do, but still all the while trusting God

Abraham did not turn around and ask God

’ Are you kidding me God ‘ or ‘ Do you even know what you are asking God ?’

Instead Abraham set on his journey to offer his son as a sacrifice the way God wanted. ABRAHAM RELIED ON GOD’S PROMISE FOR HIS SON.

‘I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him

Gen 17:19

And God’s promises are YES and AMEN, God never lies. Abraham relied on his learned experience through his walk with God. He knew that not by trusting in God, he could make a compromised decision, like he did in the past. He knew deep inside his heart God will come through still did not stop doing what God want him to do

Gen 22:5 He told his servants ‘

Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back

MOMS, motherhood is a privilege and a beautiful journey. Raising little humans is no easy task. We never have to do it alone. I know that we are concerned for our kids, about their school, about their friend’s circle, about their friends, about their choices, but we need to realise that there is only so much we could do. We need to partner with God, we need to trust God, rely on Him to lead us. We need to invite God into every sphere of our lives, to live the life He wants us to live. To lead our families from a position of love, grace and authority. When we boldly take action for His guidance offered, He will bless the journey along the way

 

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this gift of motherhood.Even though Mother’s day is celebrated just one day in the year, we need the same strength, same courage, same guidance, same patience and same wisdom from You to raise the little ones that you have entrusted to our care, 365 days throughout the year. We ask that you will bless us with the spirit of discernment and sword of protection around our hearts and minds so we will be able to fulfill our calling as a mother to the most beautiful children you have blessed us with

In Jesus Name

Amen

The Resurrected HOPE – Easter Sunday

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Over the past weeks, I have seen posts on social media about people arguing if Jesus is really alive ? Some argue that Lent and Easter are not biblical and hence should not be followed. I have also seen lots of commercials on Easter symbolising bunnies and chocolate eggs, which is really sad as they have nothing to do with Easter. I choose not to start on another contradiction here but honestly just share on what ‘Resurrection of Jesus ‘ means for me

I choose to stand on what is true, authentic, compelling, gracious, best and which is worthy to be praised, that is the selfless act and sacrifice of Jesus who laid down His life for us

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Philippians 4:8-9

In the beginning, God had a plan to rescue the lost world. He LOVED the world so much that He CHOSE to redeem it at the cost of sacrificing His only Son, Jesus. Jesus LOVED His Father so much that He CHOSE to obey His Father, even to the point of the most gruesome death on the Cross. Jesus death paid the penalty for sin in full and paved a way for mankind to be reconciled with God. He resurrected just as it is written in the Scriptures and that resurrection power still resurrects hope among the hopeless, faith among the faithless and life among the lost.

That resurrected power of righteous Jesus Christ allows us to inherit eternal life even though we are from a rebellious generation

I love Apostle Paul’s striking and beautiful teaching in 1 Corinthians 15,  where he speaks of the present victory through our Lord  Jesus Christ in the light of resurrection of Christ

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15 1-2 Friends, let me go over the Message with you one final time— this Message that I proclaimed and that you made your own; this Message on which you took your stand and by which your life has been saved. (I’m assuming, now, that your belief was the real thing and not a passing fancy, that you’re in this for good and holding fast.)

3-9 The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; that he was buried; that he was raised from death on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says; that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have since died); that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; and that he finally presented himself alive to me. It was fitting that I bring up the rear. I don’t deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God’s church right out of existence.

10-11 But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.

12-15 Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there’s no resurrection.

16-20 If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.

21-28 There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man. Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ. But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming, the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father. He won’t let up until the last enemy is down—and the very last enemy is death! As the psalmist said, “He laid them low, one and all; he walked all over them.” When Scripture says that “he walked all over them,” it’s obvious that he couldn’t at the same time be walked on. When everything and everyone is finally under God’s rule, the Son will step down, taking his place with everyone else, showing that God’s rule is absolutely comprehensive—a perfect ending!

29 Why do you think people offer themselves to be baptized for those already in the grave? If there’s no chance of resurrection for a corpse, if God’s power stops at the cemetery gates, why do we keep doing things that suggest he’s going to clean the place out someday, pulling everyone up on their feet alive?

30-33 And why do you think I keep risking my neck in this dangerous work? I look death in the face practically every day I live. Do you think I’d do this if I wasn’t convinced of your resurrection and mine as guaranteed by the resurrected Messiah Jesus? Do you think I was just trying to act heroic when I fought the wild beasts at Ephesus, hoping it wouldn’t be the end of me? Not on your life! It’s resurrection, resurrection, always resurrection, that undergirds what I do and say, the way I live. If there’s no resurrection, “We eat, we drink, the next day we die,” and that’s all there is to it. But don’t fool yourselves. Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by this anti-resurrection loose talk. “Bad company ruins good manners.”

34 Think straight. Awaken to the holiness of life. No more playing fast and loose with resurrection facts. Ignorance of God is a luxury you can’t afford in times like these. Aren’t you embarrassed that you’ve let this kind of thing go on as long as you have?

35-38 Some skeptic is sure to ask, “Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this ‘resurrection body’ look like?” If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing. We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a “dead” seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant. You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don’t look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different.

39-41 You will notice that the variety of bodies is stunning. Just as there are different kinds of seeds, there are different kinds of bodies—humans, animals, birds, fish—each unprecedented in its form. You get a hint at the diversity of resurrection glory by looking at the diversity of bodies not only on earth but in the skies—sun, moon, stars—all these varieties of beauty and brightness. And we’re only looking at pre-resurrection “seeds”—who can imagine what the resurrection “plants” will be like!

42-44 This image of planting a dead seed and raising a live plant is a mere sketch at best, but perhaps it will help in approaching the mystery of the resurrection body—but only if you keep in mind that when we’re raised, we’re raised for good, alive forever! The corpse that’s planted is no beauty, but when it’s raised, it’s glorious. Put in the ground weak, it comes up powerful. The seed sown is natural; the seed grown is supernatural—same seed, same body, but what a difference from when it goes down in physical mortality to when it is raised up in spiritual immortality!

45-49 We follow this sequence in Scripture: The First Adam received life, the Last Adam is a life-giving Spirit. Physical life comes first, then spiritual—a firm base shaped from the earth, a final completion coming out of heaven. The First Man was made out of earth, and people since then are earthy; the Second Man was made out of heaven, and people now can be heavenly. In the same way that we’ve worked from our earthy origins, let’s embrace our heavenly ends.

50 I need to emphasize, friends, that our natural, earthy lives don’t in themselves lead us by their very nature into the kingdom of God. Their very “nature” is to die, so how could they “naturally” end up in the Life kingdom?

51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

58 With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.

There is no good or bad time to ask Jesus to come into your heart and life. In a fallen and uncertain world, He is the best companion and Father one could ever ask for. He is a friend to sinners and proved His love by laying down His life for you and me. He longs to be a part of your life and you can do that by doing just one thing BELIEVE the below

9If you DECLARE with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved

Romans 10:9-10

Dear Friend,

My prayer for you today is that may your heart be open to the truth as you begin this journey with Jesus. May He reveal Himself to you in ways you have never known and May His love captivate you and comfort you.

In Jesus Name

Amen

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Stay Blessed In Him

Good Friday Redemption – Choice That Saves

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On this Good Friday, as I ONCE AGAIN reflect on the old rugged cross, the selfless sacrifice Jesus made for us, the CHOICE He made to endure that painful death on the Cross JUST so that we can live an eternal life, free from the bondage of sin overwhelms us.

Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of His resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!

Romans 5:10-11

The PRICE WAS PAID IN FULL by shedding of His innocent blood, But He laid before us a CHOICE to choose, an abundant life in Him  or death due to our sinful nature. He suffered that shameful death and proved His love for us that NO ONE on this earth can beat His unconditional love for me. The most beautiful thing is that He offered that CHOICE to the ENTIRE MANKIND

How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God

2 Corinthians 5:21

The fact remains that Jesus CHOSE to redeem mankind from the clutches of sin. He CHOSE to break free the bondages that bind people and torment them. He CHOSE to defeat sin at the Cross. Jesus CHOSE to die while we were yet sinners. The OPEN INVITATION is an offer till this moment and it’s ONLY valid when a CHOICE to ACCEPT that is made

This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.

He never did one thing wrong,
Not once said anything amiss

They called Him every name in the book and He said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls

1 Peter 2 : 24-25

Few years back, I accepted the OPEN INVITATION from God. I believed that Jesus died on the Cross for me and then rose again. I acknowledged my sins and confessed that without God I can do nothing. I realised the need for God in my life and asked God to come into my heart. Since then, the POWER OF THE CROSS and its REDEMPTIVE NATURE has given me a life free from guilt and shame. It has allowed me to bring all my sins, past and present, public and private to Him and seek forgiveness, without fear of guilt or condemnation. It motivates me to offer forgiveness freely out of gratitude what God has done for me and extend that grace to someone that needs it. The love of God has captivated my heart , the Word of God empowers me to live my life to the fullest without fear but with the bold spirit God has put inside me. It is a REDEMPTION every human in this world should experience. And IT IS FREE !!

As Jesus was dying on the Cross, there were 2 other thieves who were crucified along with Him. One of them doubted God and mocked Him, while the other CHOSE to believe Him. As a result of His faith in Jesus, God accepted His repentance and made a way for His eternal life by accepting Him into His kingdom.

One of the criminals hanging alongside cursed him: “Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!”

 But the other one made him shut up: “Have you no fear of God? You’re getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him—he did nothing to deserve this.”

 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.”

He said, “Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43

On this Good Friday, I encourage you to step out of your fear for once, I encourage you to get rid of your doubt for once, I encourage you to overcome your guilt for once and ALLOW God to come into your life. God’s love will provide you with the grace to sustain, power to overcome, strength to carry on and all that you need right now is His redemptive plan to resurrect in your life. I pray that you CHOOSE LIFE TODAY

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 34:8

Today, pray this prayer of Salvation today once you CHOOSE LIFE

Father God Jesus ,

I thank you for your death on the Cross. You thought my life was worth enough for you to endure that painful death on the Cross. You thought my life was worth enough to be saved that you CHOSE the most shameful death JUST so I could live a life free from bondages. I believe that you died on the Cross for me and rose again.Please forgive me for my sins. I invite you into my heart and life today, for you to come and take control of all areas of my life. I invite you to fill my life with your love and grace. Jesus, I ask you to be Lord and Saviour, my best friend Forever !

In Jesus Name

Amen

Stay Blessed In Him

Lent – Day 21 – More Closer Much Deeper

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Your tone of conversation with an individual reflects the depth of your relationship with that individual

Imagine hypothetically we know the exact date/ time we will die and we also know the truth that anything is possible with God. In such a situation, our natural human response if given a chance to converse with God would be to either plead with God to extend our lifetime or get angry at God for bringing such a wrath on us while coming to a conclusion that ‘ God does not love me anymore ‘ state of mind. How we react to such a situation really depends on our personal relationship with God.

Jesus was going to have the most agonising and gruesome death on the Cross. A death that’s most painful and shameful, dying a sinner’s death being a sinless man. In His human form, His final act before his death was His heartfelt prayer to His Father. Jesus did not get angry at God that He has led Him to this or felt abandoned by God when God who is mighty and able could take away this kind of death for Jesus , did not choose to.

Rather Jesus pours His heart out to God, calling Him ‘ Abba, Father ‘ . How heart-warming ! Jesus knew that God His Father is all able, all powerful and that He loves Him very deeply. Jesus also knows that is Father is a loving God who cares deeply for His creation and His plans are always perfect. Jesus was able to set that tone of ‘trust’ and ‘ love’ and ‘confidence’ even in His final conversation with God. That reflects the deep intimate loving relationship that Jesus shared with His Father

Abba, Father,” He said, “everything is possible for you.

Take this cup from me.

Yet not what I will, but what You will

Mark 14:36

 

I love it when my child comes to me boldly and without fear asking what she wants. My child knows I love her and that I want her to be happy. So she has the freedom to approach me anytime with the confidence and trust that Mommy will act in the best interest for her, even if that is a NO sometimes. The tone of my child’s conversation with me reflects the depth of our relationship. A relationship is built on sharing selfless love, effective communication, caring for each other and sacrifices made for each other in each other’s best interests.

This day of lent, stop and reflect for a moment very honestly. How is your tone of conversation with God ? Are you mad at God for something ? Are you deeply disappointed with God for that long awaited prayer answer ? Are you frustrated with God for not giving what you want ? or simply you are living in a denial that God does not love you or care for you anymore ?

Well, I have a good news for you. This is the truth about God from His Holy Word.

God is kind, merciful, patient, extravagant in love and full of blessings.

My prayer for you today is that you get to know Him and experience Him in a way you have never seen before , which will give a fresh revelation of His love for you. May your tone of conversation with God reflect your deep, loving , trustworthy relationship with God, now and forever more

Change your life, not just your clothes.
    Come back to God, your God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
    He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
    always ready to cancel catastrophe.
Who knows? Maybe He’ll do it now,
    maybe He’ll turn around and show pity.
Maybe, when all’s said and done,
    there’ll be blessings full and robust for your God!

Joel 2:13-14

Stay Blessed in Him

Lent – Day 20 – Love OVERCOMES Fear

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This is a picture of my toddler daughter and my dad having fun in a playground. She wanted my dad to throw her up high in the air and when she came down she wanted him to catch her and then throw her AGAIN. She was so excited and so thrilled when she went high in the air. Every time she came down she said ‘ Higher Thatha ( Grandpa ) , Higher !

Normally she is afraid of heights that she will need someone to hold her hand when walking on a higher ground. What surprised me was her fear was overcome by the trust she had in my dad, that she let him throw her in the air, just like that. And when she went up in the air, she was not scared even for one second that my dad will not catch her or what if he missed the catch, but rather she was enjoying that moment , which proved her COMPLETE trust in her grandpa and his love for her. She based her moment not on her thinking but rather on her grandpa’s love for her.

I believe our trust in God should be a child like faith like this. Not manipulative or calculative, but a complete confidence that He will catch us no matter how deep or how ugly we fall or stoop in our lives.  And that’s exactly what God promises in His Word

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6So we say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper; I will not be afraid.

Hebrews 13:6

We had one of the best children’s evangelist Sean W Smith bring the message of Cross to our church last Sunday. He emphasised the importance of NOT dealing with God using our logical reasoning and thinking but TRUST God for who He is

Faith in God BEGINS where logic and reason ENDS

Sean W Smith

The Word of God warns us not to assume that we know it all, instead to TRUST God

TRUST in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

To reach the full potential of God’s plan and live the abundant life He has for us, its crucial to let go of our plan’s and let God be God.  There is no room in love for fear

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

My prayer for you today is that you CHOOSE to SOAR in your life, rise above all your fears, above all your struggles , above all your difficulties JUST by knowing that He loves you, He will never let you fail,  He is always there to catch you whenever you all and STILL love you the same way like He has loved you always.

The more we learn to TRUST God, the more we will learn to enjoy and cherish His presence EVEN during those rocky bumpy roads of our lives. May you CHOOSE LOVE over fear today

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. 8They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

Psalm 20:7-8

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

Lent – Day 19 – Let there be LIGHT

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Genesis 1 always amazes me, the wondrous way that God created this world. In the Beginning when God created the Heavens and Earth, He saw that the earth was empty, formless and full of darkness

The first thing God did was to SPEAK to CREATE light and DESTROY darkness

 And God SAID, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

God saw that the light was good, and He SEPARATED the light from the darkness

Gen 1:3-4

One tiny spark of light is enough to banish the darkness. One tiny spark of light is sufficient to give direction for the way ahead

I found this quote about ‘Light’ by Michael Strassfeld

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished

Michael Strassfeld

Jesus calls Himself the light of the world and encourages us to follow Him to have a life filled with light. The Word of God says that when the light shines in the darkness, the darkness could not overcome it.

He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”

John 8:12

Jesus’s life proclaims one message . That God is light and He wants us out of our darkness

As John puts it in 1 John 1:5

This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you:

God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all

1 John 1:5

As John rightly puts it in His Word about the crisis we all are in this day and age

This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.

John 3:19-21

Today, in this lent season as we seek God, I believe God is encouraging us to do 2 things

Firstly, to SEPARATE ourselves from the darkness ( Run from temptation ) and

Secondly,  To SPEAK light into our dark situations ( Stand on the promises of God )

How does that happen ? Firstly by acknowledging our sins . When we confront our fears and surrender them before God humbly, the light of God takes over and that is the beginning stage of the healing process from within our souls.

My sin I acknowledged to You; my iniquity I did not hide. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin!”

Palms 32: 5

 

God’s light is gracious enough to save, powerful enough to heal and strong enough to deliver. Let’s choose to be in His light. Let’s make David’s prayer from his Psalm ours today

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me

Psalm 51:10-12

Stay Blessed in Him

Lent – Day 18 – The Secret Place

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I looked up the meaning of ‘ secret ‘ on Google.  It means ‘ something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others ‘ . I think that ‘Secret Place is where a true self is found, without pretence or prejudice. That ‘ Secret Place’  allow us to be JUST our normal selves and liberate us from having to satisfy or please someone. Sometimes that ‘Secret Place’ keeps us in deception.

When we are just by ourselves ,that ‘Secret Place’ makes us feel protected and safe. That ‘Secret Place’ gives us a sense of belonging in this world. Sometimes it might even feel, the very breath of our existence is dependant on that ‘ Secret Place’

To escape life’s troubles, a ‘Secret Place’ is not hard to find. But BEWARE, in today’s world what you choose as That ‘Secret Place ‘ matters and is crucial. That ‘Secret Place ‘ has the power to give life or take . That ‘Secret Place’ has the potential to be either constructive or destructive

For many of us , that ‘Secret Place’ could be one of the below

Enter the ‘Secret Place ‘ of ALCOHOL to deal with financial or relational losses. Enter the ‘Secret Place’ of DRUGS to run away from life’s worries to a world of illusion and lie. Enter the ‘Secret Place’ of ADULTERY and PORN to satisfy LUST. Enter the ‘Secret Place’ of SMOKING to falsely deal with the habit of frustration, anger and depression. AND THE LIST GOES ON..

If we notice, these SECRET PLACE’s are more than a habit that trap us and eventually captivate us and addict us into a cycle where it seems almost impossible to get out of , except for God’s gracious help and miraculous healing power. These ‘SECRET PLACE’s are temporary like a dew on the grass.

God shares His greatest key that will unlock the door of answers to all our life issues. His PRESENCE. Have you ever noticed a shadow? It follows us wherever we go. Such protective is our God. God calls us to His SECRET PLACE and DWELL in it.

He who dwells in the SECRET PLACE of the Most High

Will rest under the Shadow of the Almighty

Psalm 91:1

God’s SECRET PLACE is UNCOMPARABLE to any other. It is PRICLESS and TRUE as GOD NEVER lies

God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfil?

Numbers 23:19

We can only take refuge in someone when you trust them. Sometimes we need to make a choice to avail of the help that is offered to us.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust

Palm 91:2

I attended a Christmas musical last year with my daughter at a church. The musical was fantastic narrating the true meaning of Christmas. Only issue when returning back home was it was raining cats and dogs and I didn’t have an umbrella. We waited for a while for  the rain to stop but No, not a chance. It was getting late and we had quite a bit to travel. So I carried her and started walking, in that heavy rain

On the other end of the road, there was this young handsome chap, walking towards us. Later I realised  that he was one of the volunteers that serves at the church. He was holding one umbrella for himself and another in his hand. He offered to help us and walked us under his umbrella to the nearest shelter where we could walk from there to the car park. I was touched by his random kindness and thanked him whole heartedly. Probably that day his umbrella was my ‘Secret Place ‘ as it shielded us from that horrible storm and rain.

Like myself that day, there are many that are standing out in the rain. And like that young selfless chap that came to help a stranger like me, Jesus out of His unconditional love is inviting us to His secret place, where He promises to protect us and keep us safe. Where He promises to provide us rest. Where He promises to be faithful to the very end of age.

3Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 91:3-4

The choice is yours today ! My Prayer is that you choose His ‘ SECRET PLACE ‘ that is true, life saving, trust worthy, protective , full of unconditional life and without condemnation of any sort. May you choose to come under Jesus’s umbrella today where He can love you, protect you and bless you.

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

 

 

 

Lent – Day 17 – Love and Discipline go hand in hand

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My 4.5 year old daughter is at a stage where she does not like to hear the word ‘NO’.

She tries to convince me to have her way the way she wants, in a nice gentle way and with sweet words. She has developed a habit of saying ‘BUT ‘. A classic example ‘ yes, momma I know I should not have chocolates at night BUT can I please have it and I will brush my teeth before bed ‘

When my parenting is firm with a clear NO , she would tell me ‘ I am not happy with you momma’ . And when she has calmed down, we would sit down for a chat and I would tell her ‘ Hannah, I did not like the way you behaved’ , for which she would say’ I am sorry momma BUT momma I know you love me even when I am not nice to you or even when you are angry at me ‘ . She has so much confidence in momma’s love for her that she has realised that when momma disciplines, even though she does not like it , it is for her own good. And she has the confidence that me knowing her weaknesses is not going to make me love her any less. She believes and knows that momma loves her no matter what, even when she is naughty.

Such is the child like confidence we need to develop in our Father’s love for us. The Lord disciplines those He loves . God embraces us just the way we are and just like a clay in the potter’s hand, He moulds us with corrections to our lives so we can be the best of what He created us to be

My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,
But don’t be crushed by it either.
It’s the child he loves that He disciplines;
The child he embraces, he also corrects

Hebrews 12:6

We love to live the abundant life the Lord has intended for us and blessed us with. We try to live our lives according to the Word and His instructions. Disciplining is a part of all this training where God teaches us to discern the good and the bad so we can be God’s best. We always love a great outcome, without having to work hard for it. God Word encourages us not to resent His discipline

But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
Don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
A father’s delight is behind all this

Proverbs 3:9-12

And He goes on to say in Hebrews 12:9-11 that God is doing the best for us and though discipline is not much fun, it does pay off in God’s kingdom

 

God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God

Hebrews 12:9-11

My prayer for you today is as you learn to allow God into areas where He is knocking your door to correct you, help discipline you for your own good, may you rest in the assurance that God’s love is greater than anyone else’s that you might have ever experienced on this earth and know deep in your heart that God is trust worthy of your confidence as He laid His life for YOU so you can have an abundant eternal life.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
Don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
He’s the one who will keep you on track

Proverbs 3:5-6

He is for you, He is with you and will always guide you.

Stay Blessed in Him

Lent – Day 16 – FAITH requires ACTION

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What we believe becomes who we are. It reflects in all aspects of our character, behaviour, relationships and the way we live our lives .

God encourages us through His Word to have faith that is filled with action, out of love and reverence for God. And not merely do God talks without any God love in it. He calls it utter nonsense when someone does that

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

James 2:14-17

One thing that stands out among the biblical heroes mentioned in the Bible is the unshakeable faith they had in their God, their Father AND  what they did about their faith in their practical lives. They knew that it was impossible to please God without faith. They had the confidence in what they hoped for and assurance in what they do not see.

In the world’s eyes ,Noah appeared foolish when he started building the ark but Noah believed in what God said and put his faith to action. He was not a people pleaser rather a God pleaser. Noah was not afraid to stand out as he trusted in God’s plan . He built the ark just the way God had instructed him and saved his family

By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God

Hebrews 11:7

Abraham put to action his extraordinary, unwavering belief in God when God told him to travel to an unknown place and God did not tell him where he was going.

Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God. evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God

Hebrews 11:8

Hebrews 11 lists all the biblical heroes that put their faith to action, trusting God one step at a time in their unknown journey. They had complete confidence that even though they have no idea about how their journey will end, they trusted in His promises and had unwavering faith that when God ordains their steps there is nothing to be afraid of or worried about . They looked to God for help and just followed what God had asked them to do. They put their faith to action.

For the reflection part, how does that ‘faith in action’ work for you and me in our practical lives ? Ephesians 5:1-2 encourages us to ‘wake up from our sleep’

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that

Ephesians 5:1-2

We all have mountains in our own private battles that we are struggling with. Of course, we all have been praying for that new job, for that life partner, for that new home , for that new car, for that intimacy with God. Other than praying, are we doing anything about it ? Any ACTION to co-operate with God for His promises to come true in our lives ?

I am a strong believer in prayer and His miracle working power. I also strongly believe that God wants us to use that mustard seed of faith that He has given us , to work along with Him, to co-operate with Him to make His plans establish on this earth for His glory. It’s God that puts that dream , that desire in your heart that you have right now and probably He has confirmed that through a prophecy. It’s time to trust His word and set into action

God has that wonderful job for you. But He needs you to use that God given talents in your interview from your end so He can sprinkle His favour for the best outcome. God will heal you but He needs you to go to the doctor and have your medication. Of course, if God has promised you a certain ministry, you need to equip yourself in that by studying and learning in that area.

My prayer for you today is that May this day be a day of ‘faith filled with action’ for you.

May you find that little mustard seed of faith that God put in your heart and put that faith to action TODAY

Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”

Matt 17:20

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

 

Lent – Day 14 – RESIST the devil and FLEE to GOD

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The Bible gives us many valuable examples on dealing with temptation. Lessons that apply to our practical life and very relevant for our day-to-day lives

One of my favourite scriptures that I stand upon, when I am battling negative thoughts and doubts that play up with my mind is James 4:7

 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you- James 4:7

What we need to note here is that some of these negative thoughts and doubts don’t even exist in our real minds. They just pop up out of nowhere and start taking away your peace for no apparent reason. Such thoughts from the devil captivate us and bind us so if trapped we don’t think of a way out but rather we sit there meditating on that destructive thinking and feel helpless / hopeless for ourselves, drowning in a pool of self pity and despair

When was Jesus led by the spirit  in the wilderness to be tempted and tested by the devil. When Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights and while he was still hungry, the devil tried to tempt Him to use His power to turn the stones into bread

 If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread – Matt 4:3

Jesus resisted the Devil with the Word of God. He replied

“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God – Matt 4:4

The devil did not want to give up. The devil took Him to the highest point of the temple in the Holy city and tempted Jesus to test the promises of God, by saying

If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
  and they will lift you up in their hands,
  so that you will not strike your foot against a stone – Matt 4:6

Jesus confronted the devil again with the Word of God. He replied

It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’ Matt 4:7

The devil wanted to give one final try this time before accepting defeat

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”- Matt 4:8

This time again, Jesus stood strong with the Word of God against the devil. He replied

 “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only – Matt 4:10

This time around, the devil left Jesus alone , and the angels came and attended Him

When trapped in a net of temptation, the first armour to our rescue is the Word of God. The devil is a liar and he needs to confronted with the TRUTH that is the WORD OF GOD.

Anyone can know the Word of God, even the devil knows Jesus and knows the Word of God enough to tempt Him, even Him who created the Word. What is really important here is the right interpretation of the Word of God and the proper application of it in our day-to-day lives. The Word of God cannot be twisted and re-told for want of attraction of a bunch of audience or just to make it sound more interesting. Word of God is true and interesting in itself. There is no editing required.

When temptation sends you an invitation at your door step, RESIST him and FLEE to GOD.

My prayer for you today is for you is from Ephesians 6:10-18, for you to realise that there is evil out in the word and that evil can be defeated if we stand against it with the Word of God and all that He has empowered us with to combat the devil.

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.  Ephesians 6:10-18

 

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

Lent – Day 13 – Magnitude of His Love

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On a weekend, my family decided we would have a spin on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. What better way to catch a bird’s eye view of spectacular Melbourne than on this stunning giant wheel. The above picture was one of the many breathtaking views taken on that day.

When I looked at the wheel from afar, it did not catch my attention that much. It was just an ordinary wheel for me. But when I took a ride on one of those spacious cabins and got a closer look of the wheel , the way it is built and the way it takes us on a spin to a spectacular 360 degree view of Melbourne made me appreciate the brains behind this amazing work. The closer I chose to look the more I observed and learnt

In God’s kingdom, for one to actually grasp the MAGNITUDE of HIS LOVE, one needs to actually understand what God did for them. The more closer we get to God, the more we will start to understand His heartbeat.

Paul talks about grasping God’s love in Ephesians 3:17-19

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:17-19

God’s love is PERSISTENT,CONSISTENT , SELFLESS and UNCONDITIONAL

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

We sometimes feel so unworthy of His Love, this great love. We get deceived by the words of the devil ‘ who can love us?’ , ‘ why will anyone love a bad person like me?’ , ‘ If you know what I did , you would not even want to talk to me?’ . The truth is the devil is a liar and he only comes to steal and destroy. He can’t stand to see God’s plans manifest in our lives and he will try his very best to uproot the good seeds set to blossom on our prosperous ground. But God says perfect love casts out all fear. So we have that grace to come boldly to the throne of God, without any pretence.

Today is an invitation for you to come to the Lord , JUST AS YOU ARE.

God loves you and He proved His love by sending His only son to die for your sins so you can have an eternal life. It is already done. Now it is your turn to accept the free gift and reap an eternal life of hope and peace

Hold on to this promise of God’s faithful love for you. He has already EMBRACED YOU AS HIS VERY OWN

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

Romans 8:36-39

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

Lent – Day 12 – Disk Space FULL

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Time and Time again there is ONE issue that gets me ALL the time. I try my hardest but still FAIL at it. I am sure  some of you would have come across this most annoying issue, that is if you own a phone or a computer. DISK SPACE FULL

Okay, I am not a big MAC person but I do use an iPhone with a HUGE 128GB storage. STILL I have this constant issue of my iPhone getting full as I keep installing applications as I please and take pictures as I please. As a result, when I REALLY need to capture a cute moment of my daughter or install an app that I really need , I JUST CAN’T. There is NO OTHER way than for me to delete unwanted stuff from my iPhone for me to upload the stuff that I really need.

Our human lives mirror this iPhone storage issue a lot. We often fill our life’s vacuum and empty feelings with things that are our wants and that makes us feel better, temporarily. Let’s be honest here. How many of us in those despair moments of life have had a pity party to ourselves, with loads of chocolate on the bed and watching emotional movies JUST feeling sorry for ourselves. I have been down that road and it did not take long for me to realise that , that path was literally self gratification and self destruction. I am all for self-care but there is a fine line between self-care and self-pity. I learnt that despair moments are overcome with praise moments with God. In as much ridiculous as it sounds, it is REAL and it has ALWAYS worked for me

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Lent – Day 11 – The CERTAIN CHRIST in an UNCERTAIN WORLD

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Human heart is so unpredictable. No wonder the Bible tells us to guard our hearts as from it flows everything in our life

Above all else, guard your heart

for everything you do flows from it

Proverbs 4:23

In an uncontrolled mind, feelings take precedence over our heart. When it comes to our spiritual walk with God, our gratitude towards God should not be based JUST on what He has or will do for us but rather on His character and what He has already done for us. God’s character or the very existence of God does not change just because you feel a certain way about God. God is God.

God is THE-GREAT-I-AM

13 Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the People of Israel and I tell them, ‘The God of your fathers sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What do I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”

Exodus 3:13-14

Through Jesus our lives came to existence on this earth and through our belief in Him will our lives be taken to eternity. He is the alpha and the omega

 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Revelations 22:13

Jesus is our promised Messiah, our resurrected King , the sacrificed sinless lamb and the victorious son who obeyed His father to the feet of death. When Jesus died that horrific death on the Cross , He thought of you and me.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who [a]is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelations 1:8

As mere humans, we all have our own weaknesses. Sometimes, intentionally or unintentionally , we base our faith towards God based on our circumstances, our happenings in life , the situations in the world and sometimes answered / unanswered prayers. Fortunately God doesn’t not change along with our thinking or feelings. The Bible says that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. When we praise God for who He is or when we get angry at God when things are not happening the way we wanted or when we wonder where God is when there is so much injustice happening to innocent lives, GOD IS STILL THE SAME LOVING FATHER. He is STILL the same loving, caring, protecting, guiding, leading, healing and delivering Father towards all that trusts in and calls on His name.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever

Hebrews 13:8

When we learn to trust God through the lens of His beautiful character, His unconditional love and unfailing faithfulness will shine through.

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love Psalm 145:8

“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Exodus 34:6-7

My prayer for you today is from Philippians 4:6-7

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Stay Blessed in Him

Lent – Day 10 – Gospel in a Nutshell

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Jesus came to the world to die for our sins. Death has to be defeated on the Cross so you and I can have an eternal life. Jesus rose again after 3 days thus offering the humanity an opportunity to live an eternal life. Anyone that believes in God , God gives them the right to be called His children and partake in the eternal life.

John 3:16 gives the message of the Bible in a nutshell

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

John 3:16

There was a man called Saul in the Bible, who initially persecuted Christians. He was the one that lead a major persecution against Christians in Jerusalem. On the road to Damascus, Saul made a miraculous turnaround which is recorded in the Bible in the Book of Acts.He witnessed the Christ  he was persecuting and his life was never  the same. He became the chosen vessel of God to proclaim His good news to the nations around the world. He became knows as Paul after his conversion to Christ and his life  was transformed for the glory of God. God’s love is transformational and life changing for good.

Below is what Paul preached about the gospel to the ends of the world.

Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters,[a] of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.[b]

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

God’ love is so deep to reach you even in your deepest valleys and His love is so strong to deliver you even from the impossible of the impossible. His love for you stretches above the skies and beyond the seas. He promises to be with you to the very end of age. There can be no friend like Jesus that you can gain on this earth and He extends His love to you today. All you need is to RECEIVE His unconditional love for you to experience it

How ? BY BELIEVING IN HIM

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10: 9 -10

My prayer for you today my friend is that you will open your heart to receive His love. My deepest desire is for you to taste and see that the Lord is good. May this be a day of resurrection in your lives. The choice is yours ! May you choose the Heavens above and let Him shine through your lives

Stay Blessed in Him

 

Lent – Day 9 – The ‘PEEK A BOO ‘ Game

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My 4 year old daughter came up to me and said ” Momma, I am going to show you a magic trick but you need to close your eyes for a second “. She had a rice cracker in her hand and she said she was going to make it disappear by the time I opened my eyes.

So here I sit listening to my 4 year old’s instructions, closing my eyes and waiting for her to tell me to open my eyes. I heard my daughter eating the rice crackers and I told her ” Hannah, I hear you eating the rice crackers ” .

Her reply was so funny that I had to laugh out aloud. She said ” Momma, you have to pretend as if you don’t hear anything. That’s my magic “

So there we went again repeating the whole thing over, but this time I pretended that I didn’t hear any of that noise that came from her eating them. Then she says ” Open your eyes, Peek a Boo – look the crackers have disappeared ” and continues to ask me ” Do you like my magic trick ?  “

She is too gorgeous for me to tell her the actual truth or a long explanation so I just responded ” Wow, how did you do that ? ” . Little does she know that Momma is watching all her moves including eating her crackers. I love her so much that sometimes I let her get away with things like this.

Sometimes we play this PEEK A BOO game with God.  We try to do our own things in our own way and try to convince God that our way is either the right way or the best. We actually pretend and live in a delusion state that we can control our lives and manage our lives all by ourselves. Some people even think that they don’t need a God or even worse they firmly believe that Jesus is a myth. But God is not a myth. Just because someone feels a certain way about something, doesn’t change the very existence of that thing

Billy Graham, one of the most faithful servant of the Lord was welcomed Home into the presence of Jesus today. He spent seven decades of spreading the gospel to more than 200 million people in 185 countries in the world.

In the summer of 2015 at his “Final Crusade” Graham said the below

Deep inside we need something else. And that something else can be brought about by JesusBilly Graham

Billy Graham encourages us to come to God as we are without any pretence.

In God’s economy, you must go down into the valley of grief before you can scale the heights of spiritual glory. You must become tired and weary of living alone before you seek and find the fellowship of Christ. You must come to the end of “self” before you can begin to live. The happiest day of my life was when I realized that my own ability, my own goodness, and my own morality were insufficient in the sight of God. I am not exaggerating when I say that my mourning was turned to joy, and my sighing into singing. Happy are they that mourn for the inadequacy of self, for they shall be comforted with the sufficiency of God.

Today is a call out in the open. Today is a bold call to wake up from the pretend sleep and trying to put on a show that everything is alright . Today is THE day to STOP the PEEK A BOO game we have been playing with God. Today is the day of salvation, where we turn our hearts to repentance and call on the Lord to save us and set us FREE

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!”
Billy Graham

 Stay Blessed In Him

 

 

Lent – Day 8 – Let Him BREW your life

brew

As I was driving today and praying about the devotion tonight, I had the word BREW pop in my mind.  By the time I drove back home, I knew exactly what tonight’s post will be about ! I absolutely love the way God speaks words into my heart !

I am a big fan of a freshly brewed coffee. Just enough for me to refresh my tired mind and boost my day ahead. Or should I say that is what gets me out of bed everyday morning.

To brew a classic cup of coffee, one needs to master a few fundamentals to perfect the technique. According to an article published by the National Coffee Association How to Brew a Coffee, you first need to get the brewing essentials right like the equipment, the beans, freshness, the grind, the water, coffee-water ratio, water temperature and most importantly the brewing time, which is an important flavour factor.

For a coffee to reach its perfect flavour and colour, it needed to be left to brew. It has to go through a series of defined processes, for the desired outcome. Research proves that if a coffee is over- extracted ( the brew time is too long ) or under – extracted ( the brew is too short ) , the very essence of coffee is lost

When God destined our lives on this earth, He set up a ‘brewing ‘ stage for each of our lives. Everyone’s ‘brewing ‘ stage totally different and uniquely varying to everyone else’s. Those ‘brewing’ stages include stages of yearning for God, learning about God and growing in God. Those ‘brewing’ stages set us up developmentally in what God has planned for our lives. Those’ brewing’ stages teach us the virtue of patience and the importance of waiting in His presence. Those ‘brewing’ stages bring us one step closer to God and bring us a revelation of who God really is

Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalm 139:16

The ‘brewing’ stage of God in Joseph’s life setup him for a greater purpose that God destined for his life. Joseph did not allow the length of his ‘brewing’ stage tamper with his God’s love for Him and his God given dreams. He was steadfast in God’s faithfulness to him and persevered trusting in His grace and mercy. And eventually Joseph’s ‘brewing’ stage came to an end, with a sweet aroma of God’s goodness and unfailing plans being proclaimed to the ends of the earth.
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Gen 50:20
You might be going through a ‘brewing’ stage in your life, where things are super slow and situations seem impossible. My encouragement for you today is to HANG ON to that ‘brewing’ stage that God has placed in your life right now,  for at the end of it is your BREAKTHROUGH. Make sure you add the right ingredients during that stage, Word of God and fellowship with God for your life to be a sweet aroma to the Lord.
Let your life BREW in Him , with the Hope and Blessed Assurance that He will work all things for good
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
My Prayer for you is as you wait for Him and on Him patiently as He BREWS your life, May every promise of God you are clinging onto speak life into your situation. May He bring breakthrough in your situation like you have never seen before. May He reveal to you the depths of His unconditional love for you
In Jesus Name
Amen
Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

 

 

Lent – Day 7 – Rooted In His Love

joy of the Lord

It’s a very common usual thing  for us to feel happy when something good happens to us and sad or discouraged when things don’t happen the way we wanted or expected. These feelings of happiness and being sad are triggered by our life circumstances or happenings.

The Bible talks about a joy that is not dependent on any situation or person in our lives, THE JOY OF THE LORD

The Joy of the Lord is your strength – Nehemiah 8:10

Wait , what does that mean ? Let’s explore that a little bit

We can rejoice in the joy of the Lord when we are rooted in His love. We can be partakers of God’s joy when we REALLY KNOW who God is and believe in His sovereignty. The joy of the Lord comes naturally to a Christian who has  personal relationship with His God the Father . That’s why we see some people not shaken in the natural realm even when terrible things happen to them. They trust God for their life completely,  they hold onto the promises of God in those tough times and go on with their lives with the blessed assurance that Jesus will never leave them or forsake them or fail them

I would just like to share a bit of personal testimony here.Reflecting back, 4 years ago I was dealing with a separation that ended in divorce. Along with the trauma of whatever that happened while I was a Christian, I was also a first time mom to a 3 month old. I had so many questions on why I had to face a divorce when I was still a Christian. I wondered what will happen to me and my child now. My heart was gripped with fear and my mind had a thousand questions to deal with, in addition to my sleep deprivation and exhaustion from having a newborn baby , having to find a place to live and returning to work to make a living for both of us.

I definitely was not happy with my circumstances but the joy of the Lord that I had in me gave me the hope to hang on, the strength to stand up and the courage to move on.  I was able to build myself up again in-spite of the numerous challenges I had to deal with of being a single mom. The doctrine became a life experience for me and became my source of strength for my life. I was and am so very  grateful that I had God in my life then and now. Else honestly I am not sure where my life would have been. Probably it might have taken a different path.

This lent season we might be expectantly looking to God for answered prayers. We might be crying out to God like David

“How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?” Psalm 13

He asks God ‘ How long ‘ 4 times in this Psalm. But at the end of the Psalm, He shifts his focus from his sorrow to his trust in the Lord and His salvation

My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me” Psalm 13: 5-6  

David was tempted to drift towards his sorrow based on his feelings and circumstances. But he was quick enough to re-focus his attention on the Lord , which is his true source of strength. My encouragement for you is to find your joy in Him. When we do that, it’s like a package,  along with the joy comes your yearning to spend time with Him, along with that comes His wisdom to handle your mountains and along with that comes the contentment which is a great gain in the Heavenly realm

My prayer for you today is Col 2:7

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

 

Lent – Day 6 – Abounding Grace

abounding grace

As I begin writing this post, I am reminded of this beautiful good old hymn ‘ Amazing Grace’ by John Newton. I am humbled and overwhelmed even by the very thought that the Lord of the Universe saved a wretch like me, accepted me , loved me unconditionally and adopted me into His family, FREELY. AMAZING GRACE !!!

Amazing Grace

How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me 

I once was lost but now am found 

Was blind but now I see 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon in his book, All of Grace quotes the below on grace

Grace is the first and last moving cause of salvation; and faith, essential as it is, is only an important part of the machinery which grace employs. We are saved ‘through faith,’ but salvation is ‘by grace’

He adds on to say the below
Jesus did not die for our righteousness, but He died for our sins. He did not come to save us because we were worth saving, but because we were utterly worthless, ruined, and undone. He did not come to earth out of any reason that was in us, but solely and only because of reasons which He took from the depths of His own divine love. In due time He died for those whom He describes not as godly but as ungodly, applying to them as hopeless an adjective as He could have selected.”
Jesus replaced ABIDING LAW with HIS ABOUNDING GRACE. Jesus substituted the animal sacrifice from the law by becoming the ultimate sacrifice , thus defeating death on the Cross, just for you and me and all of mankind.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ
John 1:17 
Hebrews 10 talks about the ultimate sacrifice of Christ once for ALL.
GOD’S GRACE  alone has the POWER TO SAVE and ABILITY TO TRANSFORM.
First He said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then He said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all
15 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ Romans 5 :15 
A gift is a waste and has no value until it is accepted by the person that it is given to. God offers His grace freely to us so we can experience an abundant life He has in store for us.
My prayer for you today is that your heart be prepared to accept the grace of God upon your life and into every walks of your life. The divine grace of God has the power to save, to forgive, to restore and rebuild things that seems impossible in human strength.
I pray that you choose the pathway to heaven today.
16 So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need
Stay Blessed in Him
Feel free to share your lent thoughts with me as we do this journey together
PS :  There will be no lent devotions on Sunday

Lent – Day 4 – Our Life Storywriter

craftsmanship

As I reflect on my journey with God so far in my Christian life, few things that stand out for me is God’s faithful love for me, His incredible patience at my ( well, not so often ) childlike tantrums and the amazing strength He provides always whenever I need it

Life experiences teach us some valuable life lessons. So often God has reminded me that My Story is My Own and I can’t live someone else’s story. My story is My Own and someone else can’t live mine. But God is the one that orchestrates all our stories

We often get caught with the ‘game of comparison’ due to which  we either elevate ourselves than others or underestimate our lives. The result is either pride or discouragement. Somewhere between these two we need to find a balance to live at peace with each other.

It so happens in Christian prayer life, we always see God’s miracle power at action and rather than taking encouragement from that happening we ask God to do EXACTY the SAME thing for us

Some conversations with God that might ring a bell

‘ God, I have been asking for a child. Can you please bless me EXACTLY like the way you blessed my friend when they prayed ?’

God, I have been praying for a job. Can you please bless me EXACTLY the way you did to that family ?’

‘ God,  I have been asking for healing for my sickness. You healed that person. Can you heal me JEXACTLY the way You healed my friend ? ‘

See, the issue here is not asking God to provide or heal. The issue here is asking God to something for your life EXACTLY the way He did in your friend’s life . When we start comparing our lives to someone else’s , we are setting ourselves for the enemy’s trap of ‘envy’ . When we do that we miss out on the BIGGER picture of God’s unique plan for our lives, plan that He intends to bless us and not harm us, just because we lack the trust and patience to take His guided path

God has created each of us unique and for sure each of us have a storyline that is far different to each of us. Don’t try to write someone’s story on your storyline , when you have got your own to write

4-5 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

Galatians 6:4-5

Stand on God’s promises not on other people’s experiences. You are God’s masterpiece. God created you unique. There is no one like you and no one can be like you.

We are God’s Masterpiece

Ephesians 2: 10

My encouragement to you today is to pray your heart out to God and place all your supplications to Him WITHOUT comparing your life to others. When you have a sense of belonging in God’s kingdom which comes with your constant fellowship with God, you will gradually learn to trust Him and God loves it when His children put that mustard seed of faith to action.

REFLECTION FOR YOU

Read this prayer aloud to Jesus and ask Him for guidance for your life

3. Psalm 119:73-74 You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word.

Stay Blessed in Him

Lent – Day 3 – Know Your Belonging

 

child of god

We are driven by a sense of belonging this day and age.  I read this quote on google from Brene Brown about the sense of belonging

Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect

A sense of belonging occurs when you have a feeling of being connected. The heartbeat of any connection is communication. In God’s kingdom, the very reason God created us is to have fellowship with Him so we can know Him

God has called us so we can come to know Him – John 17:3

If we look at the life of Jesus , He set an example for us to slow down the fast paced life to spend time with His Father. He often chose moments of solitude to pray and listen to God for His life comfort and direction.

Jesus knew Who He belonged to. He knew His identity in God.

Today I want to encourage you to dig a bit into your identity in Christ and know who you really belong to

God adopted you into His Family

He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ , in accordance with His pleasure and will

Ephesians 1:5

You are the child of God

But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, [even] to them that believe on his name

John 1:12

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

1 John 3 : 1-2

You are a chosen one

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation , God’s special possession , that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light

1 Peter 2 : 9

As you reflect on your sense of belonging in Christ

My prayer for you is Colossians 3 : 1-3

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

FINALLY , Its time to say HELLO to GOD . Know Him to REALLY Know Him

Stay Blessed in Him

 

LENT – DAY 2 – PATHWAY TO JESUS

pathway

Born into a traditional hindu family, I have always tried to get close to the various hindu dieties doing numerous pooja’s and keeping up with the rigorous rituals. I always tried to please the hindu dieties with many sacrifices and believed in the concept of rebirth and karma, which is a concept of one’s belief that past beneficial effects are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful effects from past harmful actions. In my search for God, I got caught up with the so many rituals that I performed so well religiously but still lacked something. I had no knowledge of the various hindu dieties I worshipped, I don’t even know them and instead of reverence for them I had fear gripping my heart that if I do something wrong those dieties will punish me. I lacked a fellowship, a real relationship with those dieties. I felt empty inside

Then I heard about Jesus. Firstly I could not even believe that Jesus was God born as man and took my place on the Cross so I could live an eternal life. I had my heart filled with questions ‘ I don’t even know Jesus so why will He die for me ? ‘ , ‘ If He is God why could He just not save me ?’ , ‘ Why should He die ?’ ‘ Is this a myth or a real happening ?’ As a young teenager my heart tried to reason out every possible thing and make sense to my logical mind

At that time, one of my friends gave me a Bible to read which turned out to be a  Book of Life for me.

As I began reading, learning and pondering on the words in the Bible, John 3:31  became true in my life.

 If you continue in My words, you truly are My disciples

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”…John 3:31-32

I had an encounter with Jesus through His Word. I realised that God loves me so much that He chose to die for me, while I was a sinner. He did the same for you too. Such is His unconditional love for everyone in this world.

Romans 5:7-9

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God’s love for us is unconditional, unbeatable and uncomparable.

Isaiah 53: 4-5

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,

yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted.

5But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

All of us in our lives have gone through a search season where we are trying to find answers for something in our lives. This lent season I encourage you to discover your pathway to Jesus. No matter your journey, new believer , non-believer or a believer for years, there is always treasures to be found in the kingdom of God. The treasure is discoverable only when you are on the right track towards your destination

My pathway to Jesus has ended with a life that I own that is not worried about anything. A life that I can live trusting my God as I know He provides, He cares and He protects. Through this journey I am a proud owner of God’s peace that surpasses all understanding amongst many chaotic situations of life. You can have it too, if you choose the pathway that leads to Jesus

With that comes the blessed assurance of Hope, in the midst of despair and chaos

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

8 We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed; 10 always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly [experiencing the threat of] being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be evidenced in our mortal body [which is subject to death]. 12 So physical death is [actively] at work in us, but [spiritual] life [is actively at work] in you.

Dear Jesus ,

As I embark on my journey, make yourself known to me. Help me to grasp an understanding of who You really are. As I reflect on your love and ways, lead me to the pathway of life

In Jesus Name

Amen

Stay Blessed

LENT – DAY 1 – TIME APART FOR JESUS

Lentday1

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of 40 days of ‘ LENT ‘ season in the body of Christ. Lent is observed by millions of Christians across the world as a way of honoring the sacrifice Jesus made for us. It’s a time of reflection of our hearts condition, repentance and reunion in fellowship with God. It’s that time of the year where we set apart time for Jesus and contemplate what Jesus REALLY did for us. Lent starts today 14th Feb 2018 and ends Saturday 31st Mar 2018

The 40 days of lent takes us back to the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2

Personally I have not observed Lent for 40 days in my Christian life. But this year I have resolved to ‘intentionally’ spend time with God and want to take this opportunity to reflect on my heart’s condition in my walk with God. I will share my devotions for Lent for the next 40 days and we can do this journey together.

Deciding on what to fast from during this period is up to the discretion of the individual. I believe what is more important that the fasting be accompanied by prayer and fellowship / quiet time with God . Also its worth noting that physical fasting should never harm your body as your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18, ESV)

WHERE IS YOUR STETHOSCOPE

Few months back I was preparing for a giving message for 2 services at my church. I was inquiring the Lord on the message. I was asking God ‘ I want to hear your heartbeat ‘

When I prayed , I saw  this picture of me with a stethoscope. I was praying the same prayer ‘ Lord, let me hear your heartbeat ‘ But the steth was on my shoulders rather than my ears . I felt the Lord take the steth from my shoulders onto my ears so I can ACTUALLY hear the heartbeat. That moment I realised that though we all have the same passion and yearning to hear from God, we miss the heartbeat because so often our steth is not positioned well to hear JUST His heatbeat. So many distractions that screams for our attention most of the time disrupting and often stealing our time with God.

As we observe Day 1 of lent, I would like you to take some time alone with God and reflect on the THINGS that steal your time with God. Once you list them, choose one from that list to fast from and invest that time spent in quality time with God.

Set apart time for Him. If we yearn to listen to the heart beat of God and want to know what this Jesus is all about and how it makes sense in this practical life, we need to get our steth right to our ears so we can hear the heart beat of God. And that’s where all our BIGGER problems begin to decrease at the sight of the BIGGEST God we ever have

PRAYER

Dear Lord,

Open our hears and minds this Lent season as we seek Your face and choose to know Your ways. Let us hear and grasp Your heartbeat to reflect Your love and life on this earth

In Jesus Name

Amen

Feel free to share your journey of lent with me on the comments below

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

Valentine Day FRENZYYYYYYYYYY

love

Finally I put my pen to paper, to express my thoughts on having a more ‘practical’ valentine’s day for ( hurting ) SINGLES out there

I know, I know there are so many blogs out on the internet for making Jesus your Valentine, but I already have Jesus as my Valentine. Of course, there are lots of SINGLES out there who already have Jesus as their Valentine and still looking for a Valentine.

WAIT … is that wrong? Having Jesus as your Valentine and still looking for one?

Let’s have a look at it scripturally and make sense of it

Our Heavenly Valentine

Jesus is our ‘heavenly’ Valentine. There is no love that can replace His love for us. His love for us is pure, selfless, unconditional and sacrificial that He came down to earth to save us from the clutches of evil on an eternal scale.

Whilst Jesus is our ‘heavenly’ Valentine, let’s get this straight we can’t get involved romantically with Jesus as Jesus is God. The way God wired us with feelings and desires in our hearts we are prone to look for our ‘earthly’ valentines.

One of the common thought / question for SINGLES, especially on Valentine’s Day is

 ‘Why am I feeling lonely (when the whole world is celebrating Valentine’s Day?)

Simple Answer, Because we are designed by God that way, with all glory of feelings, emotions and desires within us

It begins in Genesis. Why did God make Eve? Why did He not just stop with Adam?  If it were not for God, I don’t think Adam would have ever realised that it was not good for him to be alone. It was actually God’s idea to design Eve for Adam.

In Genesis 2: 18 18-20 God said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion “

God made human beings reflecting His image

In Gen 1:28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature “

And He goes on to bless them

God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!

The above promise of God will only be fulfilled if there is a man and a woman to bring this fulfilment. Adam and Eve were God’s idea and they were made for God’s glory. God created a norm, a male and female.

“Woman was made for man” – 1 Cor 11:9, ultimately because the church is made for Christ (Rev 2:12)

So God introduced this idea of companionship, friendship to help us not to feel lonely. To help each other and build each other. Of course, God also has that romance part covered. He created this beautiful concept of sex, sealed under the covenant of marriage

Genesis 2: 24 “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh “

Heb 13:4 “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral “

Proverbs 5:18 So be happy with your wife and find your joy with the woman you married

That is why in a Christian SINGLE life, one night stands and random dates is not even a thing

This Valentine Day

As on the same SINGLE boat journey as many of you, I am on a slightly different level, a divorced single mom looking for my valentine. It has taken nearly 4 years of my life to reach this stage of search AGAIN in my life after a hurtful marriage and a horrific divorce. God is faithful and always good. He has held my head high all these years giving me the strength to just deal with things one step at a time. It was not an easy path but now I have mustered the courage to live my life again. My heavenly valentine Jesus has never failed me and I have no doubt that He will EVER. I do believe that there is a season for everything in our lives and what’s to fear when the Lord who created the Universe plans our lives.

I just want to send some words of encouragement that I believe that the Lord laid on my heart

  • For SINGLE MOMS out there, the struggle is REAL. It’s one of those times of the year when you don’t want to step out of your home with your children to avoid the ‘Romance Crowd’ as you might feel left out. Take heart. A Valentine’s Day does not have to be dealt with only romantically. Have a super cute valentine date with your child. Teach your child Valentine ’s Day is all about love and becoz you love them you just want to express your love for them in a special way by spending time with them. It is super special and the memories are worth getting onto the child’s scrapbook for years of cherishing

Enjoy your SINGLE SEASON. It is a learning phase in your walk with God

God will work all things good for those who love and trust His name ( Rom 8:8 )

Beautiful Scripture for you to hold on to from Paul on 1 Cor 7

29-31 I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple—in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.

32-35 I want you to live as free of complications as possible. When you’re unmarried, you’re free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master. Marriage involves you in all the nuts and bolts of domestic life and in wanting to please your spouse, leading to so many more demands on your attention. The time and energy that married people spend on caring for and nurturing each other, the unmarried can spend in becoming whole and holy instruments of God. I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.

  • If you are SINGLE and are praying for your life partner or looking for a valentine, trust God but also be on the lookout and guard yourself from sexual lustful desires until your marriage

I love the way Mark Gungor expresses ‘ Sexual Equilibrium ‘ in his book ‘ Laugh your way to a better marriage ‘

“Very few relationships find themselves equally matched when it comes to sexual desire. This is one of the supporting arguments for those who believe couples should have sex before they are married. They believe sex before marriage helps a couple determine if they are compatible sexually. But premarital sex is rarely an accurate indicator of sexual desire. Early in a relationship, whether a couple is living together or in the honey moon period in marriage, many forces are at work that influence people’s true sexual desire ‘ A chemical deception is at play during premarital and early marriage sexual relationships “

  • If you are MARRIED and already got a valentine, the below verses serve as a Biblical guideline to help you to strengthen your love and commitment towards your partner
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Perfect Love Love never stops loving

I draw my verdict from Paul in 1 Cor 7-10

“God gives the gift of the single life to some, the gift of the married life to others.

8-9 I do, though, tell the unmarried and widows that singleness might well be the best thing for them, as it has been for me. But if they can’t manage their desires and emotions, they should by all means go ahead and get married. The difficulties of marriage are preferable by far to a sexually tortured life as a single.

10-11 And if you are married, stay married. This is the Master’s command, not mine.

17 And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone !

Spread some light and shine His light through your love for others this season 🙂

Stay Blessed

Hearing From God

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In all the hustle and bustle of 2018 new year goals, I decided 2 things for my life this year

  • Intentionally stay healthy by exercising and keeping fit with the food choices I make
  • Intentionally study the Word of God and hear from Him more

When I made these new year goals, I was in Cairns on a holiday with my family. I knew in my heart that I had not written a blog in a while but honestly I just did not get anything to write. In the midst of me having a break from the church Sunday school duties, holiday with family and time off from work, I had lost that connection to His gentle whispers and my secret place with God. I just felt too busy resting my usual busy self. It was not a dryness I was experiencing but I was just fading away into my life with my other priorities . I did not realise that until I had an encounter with God in my dream

I love it when God speaks to me in the language I understand and relate to. 2 days back I went to bed asking God to speak to me in my dreams. I kept a notebook ready near my bed and told God ‘I want to be your spokesperson and I am ready for the download ‘. Then went to bed in anticipation. Funny enough, God spoke to me in technical terms and pictures, so apt for a IT technical person like me. I was very impressed with my Jesus, I should say, as always

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Welcome New Year 2018

Welcome New Year 2018 !

May you bring the Lord’s best for all our lives ! We pray that we do not despite the small beginnings in our lives but be able to see Your Hand on all of it to keep following Your lead ❤️

Job 8:7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be. #dontdespitesmallbeginnings #word2018

Stay Blessed in Him💞

LoveCareShare – Mission Accomplished -Thank You

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Dear Friends,

WE DID IT !

Together, we raised $350 which has been donated today to a local food organisation ‘ SecondBite’ , who work with over 1,200 community food programs across Australia to redistribute rescued food to those in our community who need it most

The organisations they partner with make a real difference to people’s lives, providing food, support, hope and friendship

By providing surplus fresh, nutritious food, completely free of charge, they break down barriers to accessing healthy food.

In the 2015-2016 financial year, SecondBite provided the equivalent of 20 million meals to Australians doing it tough. From pantry style services, to community meals, soup kitchens and emergency relief hampers, they typically offer more than just a meal. Connecting people to their communities, linking in services and providing a safe space are just some of the ways that their partners help their recipients get back on their feet.

With around 2 million people experiencing food insecurity in Australia, hunger doesn’t discriminate. The reasons behind this are complicated, and they strive to continue to actively support the right to a dignified existence for all Australians.

Check them out on https://www.secondbite.org/

Give yourself a BIG Pat for stepping out to do your small part of contributing whatever you can. With our $350 we have helped put 1400 healthy meals on empty plates ! That is HUGE !

May the Lord bless your Home this Christmas as you continue to shine His light in all practical ways you can 🙂 May 2018 be a year of overflowing and abundance for you and your families !

Take Care

Much Love and Blessings

Sindu 🙂

 

When Perception Overrides Perspective

Let your perspective of things not affect the way you perceive things in the present

Let your perspective of things not affect the way you perceive things in the present. Let your perspective be based on what you perceive in the present world. When reality hits hard, one needs to let go of their perspective of things and embrace perceiving things just the way they are to find a way out.

Perspective according to the dictionary can be defined as ‘ a particular attitude towards or a way of regarding something. A point of view 

Perceive could be defined as the ability to recognize, discern or understand. 

Say for example, each of us view life from our own perspective, contributing factors could be our age, culture, family, life circumstances and possibly a lot more. For example from a new mom’s perspective life could be both exciting and exhausting at the same time, a students perspective on life could be both adventurous and sometimes boring, a working mom’s perspective on life could be both rewarding and sacrificial.. the list goes on.. The point here is if you need to understand a new mom’s perspective on life, you need to perceive life through the eyes of a new mom to really understand their view point on why they feel and act a certain way

Looking at things from a new perspective can change your perception of things. And when we do that, we learn to appreciate each other’s differences in the most gracious way.

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Spare a Dollar this Christmas – For Others

Who’s with me on this ?😊

Ready to give up JUST one coffee a day 😉 ? That’s all it requires from our end .. we have no idea how much of those coffees can brighten up a families Christmas . Think of a family getting hot food, kids smiling at their surprise toys and parents relieved of having something to celebrate with their family, all unexpected becoz you spare a coffee , a$ for them ? Come on friends, we can do this. Families are waiting for someone to love them enough to care for them enough to share things with them ! Will you be THAT one for them this Christmas ?

Click on the below link and spare a dollar

That’s it ! That’s all I am asking ! A $ .. I am standing up for those needy families that longs for one ray of Hope. Will you be that ray of sunshine this season ? Don’t delay ! Never late to be a blessing !

LoveCareShare – Christmas Mission

https://www.gofundme.com/lovecareshare-christmas-mission

Blessings

Sindu

LoveCareShare – Christmas Mission

Hey Friends,

I am super excited to be initiating something like this, for the very first time in my life.

I choose to call this a LOVECARESHARE MISSION – When we LOVE ENOUGH, we CARE ENOUGH to SHARE ENOUGH

Christmas is Jesus birthday. A day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and rejoice that we have Hope for our futures. 2 days back when I was reflecting on this, I felt that God showed me this picture ‘Of me crazily running around to make my daughter’s 4th birthday as special as it can be for her. Of me trying to make note of every single thing that she liked and loved. Of me getting all those things that made her happy’. That moment I asked God ‘What would you like for Christmas Jesus? What will make you happy?’ Instantly I had this on my mind ‘Love, Compassion towards my people ‘ and I have set to action what I believe God called me to do this season, very specifically

Please click on the link below to share the passion on my

heart and support / encourage me through this journey 😊

LOVECARESHARE – Christmas Mission

https://www.gofundme.com/lovecareshare-christmas-mission?pc=fb_co_dashboard_a&rcid=e4b7d2a6385640b1a379041ae8dc9d3f

Keep Moving ON to Keep Going ON

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I absolutely love my Sunday afternoon naps, for I know after a ‘refreshing’ nap, comes my ‘ever challenging mission’ of cleaning my home for the week ahead.

Becoming a mother has so far been one of the most rewarding and joyous experience in my life. In saying so, in order for me to keep my ‘joy’, I need to constantly and continually work on it. Parents of young toddlers can totally relate to what I am saying ‘Toddlers and Cleaning don’t go together, they JUST don’t ‘

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‘Norm’ in the Normal – David Defeats Goliath

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Bible teaches us that David was a man after God’s own heart. David had his own success’s and failures just like any of us but what made David a cut above the rest was that his heart was always looking to God. He had a deep desire to follow God in-spite of what we know from the Bible that David was far from perfect. He had unshakable faith in the God He believed and worshiped.

If we just look at the extra-ordinary way of David becoming a king, his journey is an excellent reminder to us that God orchestrates His plans in His own ways and in His own perfect Timing.
David was chosen ‘ King’ while Saul was still a King. Samuel, the last judge of Israel is led by God to the family of Jesse in Bethlehem. Based on their appearances, Samuel assumes that the 1st son Eliab is God’s replacement for Saul. But clearly Eliab was not God’s choice. Then he passes Abinadab, Shammah and 7 of his son’s who were not God’s choices for leading his people.

1 Sam 16:17 God Says ” Do not consider the appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things that man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, bu the Lord looks at the heart “

When all this was happening at Jess’s place, David who was a shepherd boy was actually tending his sheep. He had to be called for before the Lord confirms that infact He is the appointed king

1 Sam 16:12  “He was ruddy, had beautiful eyes and was handsome “

And the Lord said ” Arise, anoint him, for this is he “

v 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward “

Though he was anointed the King, David had to wait for almost 15 years before he could actually reign as a King. He had his own journey of being molded and shaped by God.

We see God’s favor with David throughout , especially when he became Saul’s favorite armor bearer and skillfully played for him when the evil spirit tormented Saul ( v 14 )

David is described as ‘ a man who is skilled in playing the lyre, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, a man of good presence and the Lord is with him ‘

This was a bit of history on how David was chosen to be a king. Let’s look at the extra-ordinary story of how he defeated Goliath

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FREEDOM is at your Door Step

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Listen to this Song and Declare it over your lives !!

Song Of Freedom – Darlene Zschech

Today right this moment, I sense God’s spirit sweeping through in His might strength, breaking free bondages of anxiety, depression and any sort of mental illness.

Declare His goodness, seek to see His mercy, endeavor to feel His grace to experience the freedom He has for you. Declare you are FREE in Jesus name. It takes faith to take a leap and God says in James 2:26 Faith without actions is dead

Song of Freedom is on my lips, today

All I can see is your mercy

All I can feel is your Grace

Your love is sooo wonderful

 

AMEN in JESUS Name

Stay Blessed in Him

The NORM in the NORMAL – FAITH LIKE ABRAHAM

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We all have dreams BIGGER than ourselves. Aspirations that go far beyond the skies. Hope that is never-ending because of the God we trust in.

YET most often we surrender our thinking to this one little thought that hinders and handicaps us from stepping forward and stepping out

 ‘I am just a normal person, trying to live my life ‘or ‘I am just a normal person who has a normal life of going to work to earn my living, supporting my family and just trying to live a calm life ‘

And in the midst of living our ‘NORM’ al lives, we get side tracked from the very purpose that God created us. There is a potential risk of missing out on the calling of God and wondering ‘WHY,  ‘WHAT HAPPENED ‘ and ‘ MY LIFE IS RIGHT WHERE I STARTED ‘

There are many characters in the Bible who were ‘ NORMAL’ men and women just like one of us. They are no different from us in that they also faced the hardest and toughest battles of life. They were also faced with giants in their life that we all have to deal with. For some it is idolatry, for some it is adultery, for some it is unexpected life incidents like miscarriages, divorce, loss of loved ones, for some it’s life transitions like moving from their home country or changing jobs to a totally new area , for some it is finding life partner or becoming a parent.

What made them stand out in their lives is the choices that made in their ‘NORMAL’ life when they were faced with situations. They were obedient to the Word of God and willing to break the ‘NORM’ in the ‘NORMAL’ so they can live their faith out in a way that glorifies God. They trusted God , relied on Him and waited on Him to fulfil all their heart’s desires.

NORM is defined as something that is usual, typical, or standard.

 In the coming weeks, we will be looking at  some of the Biblical characters in this context on how they overcame the NORM in the NORMAL. Let’s keep in mind that these were just NORMAL people in their day and age, just like us in this modern age.

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Transitioning through a Transition 


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Going through some sort of transition in your life ?

I came across this during my quiet time. Hope this encourages you with strength for the journey now and ahead , just like it did for me!

Joseph spent years in jail, and yet it was all made beautiful in His time. It’s only a short breath of a life we live, so let’s have faith that it’s not the end.’

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens
For there is a time for everything under the heavens.

Click on the below link to read an encouraging blog
Preventing Burnout – Changing Seasons – The High Calling

Stay Blessed💞

Breakthrough

We pray for a breakthrough all the time. A breakthrough in our marriage, a breakthrough in our finances, a breakthrough in our job, a breakthrough in our relations, a breakthrough in our children’s behavior, a breakthrough in the world’s unjust happenings and a lot more ..

I looked up on the dictionary on what the word ‘ breakthrough’ stands for
and it came up with this

‘break through something to force your way through something that is stopping you from moving forward’

This morning I want to you to take a moment to ponder about ‘ what is stopping you from moving forward ?’ And ‘ what does it takes from yourself to see yourself to force through that ‘something’ so you can get your breakthrough ..

My prayer for you today is whatever breakthrough you are looking for, may the good Lord be gracious to bring it pass to you in His time and May you have the endurance during the process.

Trust in the Lord’s mighty and outstretched arms to lead you into your breakthrough

May you be blessed by this song ‘ breakthrough ‘. If God can do it for me, He can do it for you too .. He loves us too much to see us suffer

Breakthrough
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You never fail
Nor give up on failures like me
You always show up
Breaking through the storm
Like a lightning in the storm
Also quietening the waves
That roar to take the faith
That you have put in my heart
For the glory of Your name

Your light shines through the darkness
Breaking through the clouds
The clouds of fear and doubt
Your light expels the sins in our lives
And keep them far away
As far is east is from the west

Now I break free from my past
All the failures and hurts
Don’t exist anymore
Now I declare , that I am a new person in Christ
The Lord has given me a breakthrough !!
The old is gone and the new has come
I am a new person in Him

Your hand is more than mighty to save
And we will forever raise our hands
To Praise Your Holy Name
To Praise Your Holy Name

Father God,

May you be the be the rainbow of breakthrough in our clouds of darkness
We continue to trust in Your mighty hand to save us

In Jesus Name
Amen

WALKING ON THE WATERS

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ISAIAH 43:2 (NLT)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you

When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned

The flames will not set you ablaze

 

Jesus is a God of ALL seasons. He promises to be with you through the thick and thin of life, through all your happy and sad moments, through all your hurts and disappointments. All His promises are true, yes and Amen

I have been meditating on this scripture for the past 1 week and I got a totally different revelation on them which I would love to share with you

The above verses are one of my favorites to cling onto ,especially during the tough moments. The calming re-assurance that God is with us, for us and will take us through the situation is all we need to know during our rough battles with life

Whilst we do have the re-assurance that God is with us ALL the time, if we closely look at the scripture God wants us to DO something in the midst of the trials and temptations. That’s right, God calls for ACTION not mere faith

Bible tells us in James 2:17 Faith without actions is dead

I want to highlight 3 things that can help and encourage you not just RISE ABOVE the waters but also  WALK ON the most toughest raging storm in your life

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EN’Courage’

 

As I was thinking of my next post for my blog sometime in May, I had this picture pop up in my mind.

I saw a pit and there were few people inside that deep pit. There was a way out of that pit but no one dared to try that. Everyone were saddened by the fact that they were trapped in the pit. Their minds could not think beyond the fact that they were trapped in the pit.

There was one person in the same pit as that of others. That person keeps looking for ways from inside that very same pit everyone is currently stuck. That one person takes courage and manages to get out of the pit.

What I saw next and what was revealed to me was amazing. That one person who actually was in the same pit as others could have walked away as he was free from the trap. But instead that one person took courage and chose to encourage other people to get out .And eventually that one person ended up getting all the people out of the pit

As I kept thinking on this picture for the past 2 days , I had the Word ‘encourage’ pop in my mind.

I had this on my heart that God wants us to be encouragers. We are called to be salt and light of the world. We are different because of the Christ in us.
We are called to be the positive influence and spread Hope.

Let’s picture the ‘pit’ as events in your lives. It could be anything ranging from relationship breakdown, divorce, abuse, loss of loved one, accidents , disabilities, sickness etc. When that happens to you, are you just stuck in the ‘pit’ without even realizing that you are stuck in it ? Do you have the courage to make an effort to come out of the pit ? God wants you to not just take heart and courage to come out of the pit, He also wants you to encourage others that are in the same journey as you. Don’t let that ‘pit’ to push you further down. Instead use that very same ‘pit’ as a propellant to get you out of it.

I want to encourage you with my personal testimony

Few years ago, when my marriage of 6 years broke and ended up in divorce, right after the birth of my daughter, I felt my life in that very same deep ‘pit’ where there was no way out. Forget about encouraging people , I did not even have the courage to come out of the whole thinking that my life has ended that way. My thoughts were trapped in that thinking and that only thinking was that my life was over. It took almost 2 years to realise that it was just my thinking and assumption that made me feel the way I felt. Me thinking and feeling that my life is over is not actually going to make my life over. I went through phases of anger, self pity , disappointment and grief.

Thank God, I finally knelt down to pray. When I did that , I heard God tell me

The pain in your journey is not yours to treasure
It’s to bless another’s painful journey beyond measure

Sindu Varathan

There were so many things that I learnt through my journey. One thing is to encourage single moms / women in the same journey as me. Sometimes in life things happen unexpectedly and suddenly. God is not to blame as most of the time it’s human foolishness. In your deepest pain and hardest times, take a quiet moment to stop questioning God and to just hear Him say He loves you.

Read this Bible Verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:11

‘So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it ‘

Would you take courage today from God’s Word ? Would you find someone that is going through a hard time ? Would you take courage to encourage them in their walks of their lives and be a positive Hope to them in Christ ? Pass on a random act of kindness to someone you don’t know.

Share your story !
I would love to hear back from you !!

Remember it takes ‘courage’ to EN’Courage’

Stay Blessed In Him