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

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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 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

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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

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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

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💞

Merry CHRISTmas 2017

Merry Christmas to all my dear friends and family ❤️ !

May you capture His heartbeat this Chrismas ! His magnificent love is greater than you can ever imagine and deeper than you can ever fathom ! May you catch a glimpse of the magnitude of the magnificent love He has for you.

KNOWING CHRIST is the real deal this Christmas !

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Much love and blessings

Sindu💞

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#christmasprayer

#christmas2017

#KeepChristinChristmas

Time to put ‘privilege’ to action !!

Hey Friends,

The ‘LoveCareShare’ campaign is still ON. Final 12 more days to go ! My heartfelt thanks to all the generous hearts that have donated so far ! For those that haven’t had a chance to donate yet, please have a read and donate as your heart leads. Your small donation even as little as $4 could make a world of difference to someone’s Christmas this year ! It’s a blessing to be a blessing and to do something for someone that can’t do it for themselves is a privilege we all hold ! Let’s put that privilege to action this Christmas ! ❤️

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

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