Lest We Forget

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Today, Sunday, 11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. Join us wherever you are to honour the ultimate sacrifice of these heroes, who paid their today’s for our tomorrow’s !

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” John 15:13 

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Hallow(IN) or Hell-No (OUT)

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My insight into Halloween

My daughter was so excited since last night. She said she decorated a spooky cardboard house at her daycare and all her friends were going to celebrate Halloween the next day. I can definitely say she was all for the fun with zero facts on what Halloween is all about 

As a Christian, I choose not to participate in any Halloween activity. For me, I find no fun or any sense in getting my child dressed up as a monster, fake blood dripping from her mouth and scaring people away with a ‘trick or treat ‘. 

Trust me, I have had dilemma’s in the past and also dressed up my daughter as a fairy for her previous Halloween day at daycare , thinking if she is a fairy then it should be NO problem. But this year, I had a conviction and I took my stand 

I had a ( atleast tried to ) have a conversation with my daughter that as Christians we don’t associate with anything dark or spooky stuff as we believe in light and everlasting Hope. Well, as you know it was hard for her little mind to comprehend what I was trying to tell her. So I took advantage of something that she loves to do and we made a deal, swap the Halloween party for a day spent with her grandpa , where she can have lots of play and most importantly watch Dory ( even if it is a 1000th time ). She probably might be ready for a more serious conversation next year. At the end of the day, she told me she agreed with me that there are much more positive things to celebrate about than celebrate Halloween which makes no sense. For her playing with grandpa and watching a movie with grandpa was a massive win. 

What I am trying to get across here is , as a parent we have the BIG responsibility of teaching our kids to discern the right way from the wrong. With younger kids, it’s our responsibility to take a decision on their behalf when they are too young to make a choice themselves. We might have a 1000 reasons to celebrate Halloween and twist it to suit our opinions thinking that ‘my child is not going to turn up like that but it’s just a days fun and lots of chocolates ‘ but deep down it has a lasting impression on the child’s heart and could send a wrong message for a life time . Children are like clay, they become what we shape them into 

Whenever I have a dilemma I run my thoughts through this Bible verse Phil 4:8-9

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

Does Hallow(IN) fulfill Gods way of living life ?  Think for yourself , then you will agree with me that it’s Hell-No(OUT)

May God give you the discernment when making choices for your children and the boldness to stand out from the crowd. Sometimes it’s best to stand alone than to follow a senseless crowd 

Stay Blessed in Him💞

When CHOICE Matters

Experiencing a burnt out moment right now ? At some stage all of us go through that phase in our lives. Let’s check what the Word of God has to say about burnt outs and the best solution to tackle those gloomy moments

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Says Jesus

Matthew 11:28-30

You are ONE of a kind – UNIQUE & SPECIAL

Today this gorgeous skyline reminded me of how unique God’s creation is. The sun rises and the sun sets. It’s a daily occurrence in the creation of God. As I was just admiring His beautiful creation , not wanting to take my eyes off the sky, I felt a gentle whisper in my heart ‘ No 2 sunrise or sunset are the same at any given day/ evening , JUST like YOU, there is no duplicate of you ‘

‘You are UNIQUE, You are SPECIAL, You are PERFECT in EVERY way. That’s the way I created you. You might have a resemblance but I did not create a replica of you. You are CHOSEN to do ONLY what YOU can do. So don’t try to COPY or COMPARE. I LOVE YOU just the way YOU are. DO NOT be afraid. You are MINE . I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you’

Knowing your Identity in Christ will enable you to Walk in your God-Given authority

Isaiah 43:1

But now, this is what the Lord says—

He who created you, Jacob,

He who formed you, Israel:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

 I have summoned you by name;

you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and 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.

For I am the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

Today right this moment, take courage in Him. Do not fear. The God of Heaven and Earth, has called you by name. Rise above the lies that have been roaring at you ‘you are not good enough, you are not smart enough , you are not beautiful enough ‘ and replace those lies with the truth about what God tells you who you are ‘ I am chosen, I am beautifully and wonderfully made, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’. There is no battle that can’t be won with declaration of praise and worship to God our Saviour. Declare it, experience it and live it loud !

Obedient Small Beginnings

Obedient Small Beginnings

A call for obedience ! Been praying about something and wonder why nothing is happening ? Probably you are missing that gentle whisper of God to take a leap of faith, thinking the beginning is small or insignificant. Here’s a reminder for you that God is with you, every step of the way. YOU ARE NOT ALONE . He wants you to take a leap of faith, trusting Him with your small beginnings.

Isaiah 41:10

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The Good Shepherd -Psalm 23

 

 

A declaration for your life when everything seems STILL and you wonder where your future is heading !! I seem to reflect on this Psalm countless times whenever fear tries to grip my heart and EVERY single time I rise with Hope from God that He is a good shepherd and He will NEVER let me down. His goodness and mercy will follow me and my family all the days of my life.

 

Declare this Psalm over your life. When songs of praise and declarations begin, the enemy doesn’t have a foothold on any circumstance or stronghold on any burden that is weighing your heart down. The victory is already His.

 

The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.

    I always have more than enough

He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love

His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss

That’s where he restores and revives my life.

    He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness

 so that I can bring honor to his name

Lord, even when your path takes me through

    the valley of deepest darkness,

    fear will never conquer me, for you already have!

    You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.

    Your authority is my strength and my peace.

    The comfort of your love takes away my fear.

    I’ll never be lonely, for you are near

You become my delicious feast

    even when my enemies dare to fight.

    You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit

You give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows

So why would I fear the future?

    For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.

   Then afterward, when my life is through,

   I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!

Let GO and Let BE

It was a busy Tuesday morning in our household. As usual I got ready for work and Hannah for her daycare. As we hurried to the car, Hannah sat in her car seat and I started to buckle her up to ensure she is safe during the drive

A typical near 5 year old, my daughter was wriggling and complaining that the seat belt was too tight while I was STILL trying to buckle her. She was being so impatient telling me that I was hurting her while all I was trying to do was to buckle her up to ensure her safety. Hannah said ‘Stop it Momma, you are hurting me ‘.

By this time, I stopped doing what I was doing and looked into her eyes and said ‘ Hannah, Mommy is not finished yet . If you just stay still and not move, I can quickly do what I am supposed to do, to buckle you to keep you safe while we drive’ . With that, Hannah stopped moving and within minutes ‘click’ , she was all buckled up and we were set for our drive

The Holy Spirit said something to me and I could not stop smiling at myself the whole drive. He said ‘Sindu, can you see yourself in Hannah’s actions today ?’

The Word of God says that He has the best plans in store for us and all His plans are to prosper us and not harm us.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

And not only He has the plans for us , He is also faithful to complete what He started for our lives . Sometimes a stern voice like I said to my child, is what He does to grab our attention to what He is trying to tell us

He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it

Philippians 1:6

As our Heavenly Father, His concern for us is our safety as we navigate through the abundant life He has given us. Out of His unconditional love for us , throughout the journey, He corrects, He disciplines, He guides and He leads the way for His children. As mere humans, our concern is always about our comfort. The moment we are taken off our comfort zone, even if it is for a short period of time, naturally then comes the whinging, complaining, ‘Why God Why?’ ‘Why Me?’ questions and ultimately doubt and uncertainty in the presence and very existence of God

Today God wants to tell you this. ‘My dear child, will you LET GO off your control over your life and LET ME BE God over your life ? I am not finished with you yet. So don’t draw your judgement line yet based on your circumstances or feelings , as the best is yet to come. Trust me to take you through this , Believe me for your healing , Hold onto me for your provision and see if I will not make a way for you in your wilderness. I parted the Red Sea for my children, I am the same yesterday and today and my love for you STILL stands the same. You are the apple of my eye and I have engraved you on the palm of my Hand. I knew you from your mothers womb and you are so very precious to me. Take me into your life once again and you will never have to be alone or do this alone . Come to me my precious one, I am not finished with you yet so don’t bring to an end the dreams and desires I have laid on your heart ‘

31 So, what does all this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?

32 For God has proved his love by giving us his greatest treasure, the gift of his Son. And since God freely offered him up as the sacrifice for us all,[a] he certainly won’t withhold from us anything else he has to give…

35 Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations,dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love…

37 Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!

Romans 8

God wants to remind you of His promise ‘ Be still and Know that I am your God’. There might be giant like circumstances roaring around you or situations trying to scare you , God wants to tell you today that you are more than a conqueror and you have victory in Jesus already. Believe it, Claim it and Live it !

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for speaking to me. I lay my burdens and my hearts longings at your feet. I let go off my life control and surrender my life to you. I ask you to take control. Lord, I believe there is nothing impossible with you and I ask for your intervention in my life situation right now and I speak your power over my life. I speak your life over my life. Thank you for your Word

In Jesus Name

Amen

A Beautiful Reminder

This is a beautiful note that was sent to me by my amazing friend at my previous workplace. It literally sets the tone for my day reminding me of God’s love for me and that nothing, absolutely nothing that’s happening in my life is far from the reach of His hands. I then start my day with a smile, determined to be the very best for the day.

Today marks exactly 1 year since I quit my most loved, very secure job of 7 years in a health sector , to embark on an uncertain journey determined to improve work-life balance just so I can spend some quality time with my daughter. Long commute to the city really didn’t contribute to the work life balance I was looking for. I wanted a change but was afraid to step out of the comfort zone. What if I don’t end up getting a job ? Fear gripped my heart and became an obstacle to put my trust in God to action

Funny enough, most of my conversations and tantrums with God happens in the rest room. So here I am arguing why He should give me the job I so badly want in my life and listing my reasons on why God should consider my request . ‘I know you love me but please love me the way I want you to love me ‘ – trying to convince God at my best

I heard a gentle voice when I stopped my ranting ‘ Ok, I will bless you but what action are you taking for your prayers to get answered ?’ God reminded me that without faith it’s impossible to please a God

Faith without action is dead

James 2:17

God’s Word stirred my faith and set it into action. I started my uncertain journey with a prayer and took a massive leap of faith. I quit my job without another job on hand. As per the world’s standards it’s regarded foolishness, but for me it was listening to what God told me to do mattered the most.

That was a real faith check for me in my life. Am I trusting God enough to let go of my ONLY source of income , just because He said so ? I wouldn’t say I was full of faith like Abraham and just DID it, but I could honestly say that it was a journey for me, a journey of preparing my heart to listen to His Word and a journey of reminding myself that God would never fail when things didn’t go well after I quit the job. It was definitely not a bed of roses but the transition journey and the lessons learnt along the way was well worth it, as I experienced God as my sole provider.

When I look back at the last year, it certainly had its own awesome ups and terrible lows, but today my heart is filled with gratitude for the journey I boldly stepped into trusting only God .. I believe that God not only blessed me with a job I prayed for but also sent some beautiful friends along the way as a bonus.

So today I want to pass on this beautiful note that inspired me to be my best everyday and to keep my SMILE ON irrespective of the circumstance as it’s a beautiful reminder that GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS, not my time or your time, but in HIS time and it will be the perfect timing for your life !

He has made everything beautiful in His time

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Take heart ❤️ ! Whatever stage your prayer is from being answered, today is a gentle reminder that God has not forgotten you. Every drop of your tear is bottled and kept track of by Him. In His time He will repay back all that the locusts have eaten . God is never too early nor never too late. His timing is just perfect.

Dear God,

I pray today that as I wait on the answers to my prayers, help me to keep walking unwavered in my faith , be strong and confident trusting in You. I pray against doubt and fear in the name of Jesus . I intentionally choose trust over doubt, faith over insecurity and strength over weakness as Your word says that I am more than a conqueror in You and He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world

In Jesus Name I ask and Pray

Amen

Stay Blessed in Him💞

Propel the CROSS Catalyst 

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The word CATALYST can be defined as ‘ a person or thing that causes a change or event to happen ‘ , be it good or not so good

In our lives we often have numerous situations that demand our attention and energy. We have relationships that need to be rebuilt , blessings to be rejoiced over, injustices we fume over addressed , hurtful emotions to be dealt with , in addition to an expectation to keep our current life intact, pretend nothing is wrong and keep going on.

My thought for you today is

Who/What are you turning to, to propel the much needed change in/for your life ?

God has definitely, without doubt given us capabilities and abilities to deal with our own issues and situations. But is our emotional intelligence and high IQ combined with our physical abilities sufficient enough to act as a catalyst to propel a change to achieve the desired outcome of rebuilding, restoring and rejoicing over what God had blessed us with and live the abundant life God has promised us.

The simple answer is NO . The reason being though God has clearly given us what we need for our lives , our life is a partnership with God. We all have a choice to make. We can try our best to be at our best without God but ultimately we will fail

Let me share a simple secret with you that will potentially give you a totally different perspective to deal with all of your life issues

Your relationship with THE ONE that created you determines EVERYTHING

It may sound ironic, as you might ask me how can I have a relation with someone that I can’t see, someone that I can’t hear and someone I can’t feel? Someone who is not tangible in any way or form.

My friend, let me run a parallel example for this spiritual truth. Air is something we can’t see, feel or touch. But breath (air) is the essence of life. If we stop breathing, there is no life. Our acceptance or denial of the existence of air, is not going to change the very nature of air, to give life. It’s the same with God. One’s opinion or assumption is not going to change the very nature of God, to love you unconditionally.

The Bible encourages us to taste God first, before we make our own assumptions or judgments about Him. It’s like us getting a recommendation for a restaurant through a friend. We can’t really make a review on that restaurant’s food and pricing, until we personally visit that restaurant and taste / experience that for ourselves. Same with God, if we run by other people’s assumptions / experiences / knowledge of God in our lives, we are actually missing out on everything that God has for us

The Bible talks about God being the vine and us His branches. It clearly teaches us that without Him / apart from Him we can do nothing

4 Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me

5 I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless

John 15:4-5

Personally in my life, I turned to the Word Of God to propel the change in my life. I was and is not perfect but when the WORD started consuming my life, my worldly nature started diminishing. The CROSS catalyst that I pursued had totally different standards to what the world expected of me to react to my situations. When the world does not understand something, usually it is labelled as ‘ insane’ . But that insane standard ( according to the world ) was the one that literally saved my life, from living my life like a victim to living a victorious life.

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Where the world expected me to act out in anger towards people that hurt me, the WORD catalyst propelled me to BLESS them instead

Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you

Luke 6:28

When my whole world was tumbling down and when I have to face the consequences of other people’s choices in my life, when I thought that I have absolutely no strength in me to move forward, when the world roared the lie ‘ There is nothing worth in my life ‘ , the WORD catalyst whispered the life giving truth into my ears, which propelled me to move forward with courage and boldness

My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Where the world propels a destructive change with all its negativity, chaos,lies, self-gratification,  the WORD (CROSS) catalyst propels the constructive change of bringing positivism, peace, life, hope, sacrifice and purpose to people’s life, that choose it

My friend, today is the day when I encourage you to stop looking to the world for answers and start looking to the WORD,  that when you allow will propel the change, that will transform your mind by the renewal of your spirit !

God is waiting for you !! Join me on this journey ! Propel the CROSS Catalyst for your life today

Dear God,

I come to you as I am. Thank you for the CROSS ! As I lean onto your WORD looking for answers for my life , I pray that you meet me right there in my deepest pit. Help me to propel the WORD catalyst to bring about a positive transformation in my life, in my family and in this world

In Jesus Name

Amen

Stay Blessed in Him

Sindu

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