The Real Me!

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Recently I was fascinated (hooked on actually) by a photo editor app on my phone. I was only familiar with the brightness and cropping to edit a photo until I came across this app which had many more options beyond what I knew. I was just stunned to see the options – slim face, large eyes, slim nose, many types of makeup tools, hairstyles, eye colours, skin tones, tools etc. Out of curiosity, I tried them to see how my picture would look with all these alterations. Even though this app made me look better and different, I knew that wasn’t the “real me”. It was just a trick of the app which made me feel happy for a moment in what I appeared to be.

In the same way, when I look at my life, I so wish to have it look different. I try to present it as best as I can. I put a smile on my face, hide the tears in my eyes, and try to make my voice as bold and cheerful as possible. I pretend that I am very strong in facing all the challenges of life and I am just happy being all I am. I am no different than my next door neighbour. I also want to appear better emotionally by answering: “Yes! I am doing fine and all is well here”, to the questions of my family & friends. But deep down in my heart I know that isn’t the “real me”. I am just trying to appear different than who I am.

Sometimes we feel so much relief not to show our real self to the world or show a better version of it. Maybe because we think our real self will disqualify us from people’s approval, their acceptance and any significance. Maybe we think that no one will understand our struggles and pain even if we share them. We might even think people will judge us for who we are. We want to be part of the crowd and have a picture-perfect life without any flaws or failures. But in the attempt to appear perfect and flawless often the “real me” gets buried and hidden. We can be at ease in this pretend play but deep down in our hearts we know that isn’t the “real me”.

But the beautiful truth I want to share with you is: God knows this “real me”. He sees your heart, he knows your emotional state, your hurts, your fears, your doubts, even your lack of faith, your not so good thoughts, and your each and every feeling. And He invites you to be the real you in His presence so He can bestow His grace upon you. In those quiet moments with Him, He wants to search your heart and revive your soul letting you remove all the masks and allowing you to be the real you, inviting you to bring your brokenness to Him, shed tears in His presence, lay your hurts, your confusion, fears, and your every feeling at His feet.

Dear Father, I come into your presence setting aside all my pretensions and masks. Please search my heart and fill it with your joy and peace today. Here I stand; broken, worried, confused, angry, hurting, resentful and trying to grasp onto the little faith I have in my heart. And deep down in my heart I know it’s the “real me”. Thank you for embracing me with your outstretched & loving arms. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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When all you need is endurance..

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Every month I flip the page on our calendar, I stick labels on the dates of important days, I also place my hand on the month and say a prayer for God’s favour for the plans and goals I have made for that particular month for myself and for my family. I ask God’s protection and provision for the month. As, in the beginning of every month I do this, I thank Him for all His grace over me in the previous month.

28309524_1766363293384004_386204527_oOver the last few years, as I have been doing this, there is something I have learned: God’s timetable is totally different from mine. His plans are unlike my plans. Many times, what I have planned or fixed the stickers on the calendar just didn’t turn out the way I desired but that doesn’t mean it never turned out right! It has just taken a bit longer than I expected. It all fell into place in His timing.

The strategies I made for my son to improve his speech and behaviour, for my daughter to get regular physiotherapy and see her develop, to give her the best care possible, for my family to have a schedule & a well-planned life (which is too challenging), for me to be more productive in my God-given skills and my family to be more effectively contributing to the Kingdom haven’t fully been achieved the way I thought.

Sometimes I would find myself struggling, trying to reason everything and getting frustrated by my failed expectations. I would even question God, “Why don’t things ever turn out the way I want?” Why do I face setbacks when all I do is right? Why does life get harder for me with each single day?…and so on…

And it kind of felt unfair many times when I put a lot of my efforts in trying to change my circumstances with all possible ways I could, with all the possible plans I could, and with all my understanding and intuition. But at the end of the day, all I could see was no result, no change, not even a slight glimpse of the possibility of change!

But in the process of setting goals and plans, praying over them and believing for the desired results, I realised that all I need to do is to keep trusting His plans for my life, keep enduring, keep going even if it gets harder, keep depending on Him instead of depending on my understanding and strength, and most of all give it all to Him and rest…being confident that He holds the key to my future.

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I don’t know which circumstances you are battling in. It could be a family issue, a prolonged depression, a struggle in your workplace or with a relationship or you can name it. If you feel you have hit the limit, you have done everything you can do and you can’t see a way out, and all you want is just to quit, let me encourage you to keep enduring, keep giving your best, keep your focus on Jesus and His promises for your life. Don’t withhold your hope, prayers or faith. God has not brought you thus far to leave you in the middle. Remember that every trial you endure has a purpose. Let these truths continually strengthen your heart and encourage your faith to be stronger on your endurance journey.


Unseen doesn’t mean unimportant

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Recently, on the “About” page of my blog I received a comment from a reader which made me think deeply about what really is a service to God. The comment kept on crossing my mind and helped me to develop a new outlook about the importance and influence of my day to day life and how it ultimately serves the Lord.

“Elizabeth, I must share with you that because of the fact that God gave you children, He was sending the message to you that your children would be your primary responsibility, but also (please understand this it is so important) in the process of raising your children He would be readying you for further service to Him. In fact, the basic thing is that we are in service to God 24 hours a day 7 days a week, not just in a meeting or a class, it is every day as you do what is primary, you are setting an example not just to your children but to those who witness your accomplishments with your children. When you cook for your family you are doing for God, when you teach your children you are doing it for God. When your husband teaches others he is being obedient to God. Bless you in your work and always remember you are doing what you do for God. It is all God’s work.”

Many times I disregarded the importance of daily tasks! I do like raising kids, cooking for family and other household works…but thinking that these are mundane jobs which aren’t prominent enough to give any value to my life. I didn’t put them into the ‘service to God’ category. But these unseen tasks I do, definitely created a difference in my family’s life. Each time I served food, each time I spent time playing with my son, each time I did some massage and exercise for my daughter, each time I spent talking and listening to my husband I was investing in their lives. I was giving out a part of my life to them. Eventually, I served the Lord by serving my family.

It’s very true that we are in service to God 24 hours and 7 days a week. He wants us to live an intentional life daily. And our influence resides in our day to day life – when we raise our kids, look after our family’s needs, encourage a friend, serve elderly parents, offer hospitality to others, make a phone call to ask about our friends & relatives, offer help to people in need or just say thanks to people who help us.

These tasks might seem unimportant but they do matter and make a great difference in the lives of people God has placed in our lives. Our parenting, relationships, works and all that we do become meaningful and rewarding when we do it unto Him. Even though most of the works are unnoticed and unseen by people they are definitely seen and rewarded by God.

I want to encourage you to continue to be faithful with all the daily jobs God has entrusted you with. Give it all you have knowing that everything you do, you do it unto Him. Don’t despise them because they aren’t glamorous enough to give value to your life or to become your FB/Instagram posts or come under the ‘service to God’ category. You might feel invisible and insignificant while doing them but God is aware of them. This is where He prepares you for the greater responsibilities. Through each work you do, you bring glory and honour to your creator.

Dear Lord, help me become a glass of refreshing water to the thirsty souls you placed in my life. Help me become the person you want me to be. Grant me your guidance and strength to play each role in my life and do all my works faithfully which will bring glory to you! In Jesus’s name, Amen!




The Joyful Wait!

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“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering”.   Hebrews 10:23

There are times in our lives, when we feel like our prayers are just not reaching to God. No matter how hard we pray, how much we pray, how ceaselessly we pray, somewhere we feel we are not able to move that “mountain” from our lives. At the end of the day, it looks like our prayers have just reached the ceiling and returned back to us. Disappointment creeps in as we wait for the answer to our prayers day after day, month after month and year after year.

Have you been there before?

But waiting on God can be joyful too when we have full confidence in His faithfulness, when we choose to trust Him despite our circumstances, when we have complete faith in His promises and when we depend on His strength rather than our own.

I want to share a small incident with you, which has given me an insight into joyful waiting.

My husband was out of station and he promised to my 5 years old son that he would return soon. Every day with each sound of our front gate opening, my son would think his dad was back. He would run to me and say “Papa came”. Each time I would tell him that it’s not his papa but our neighbour who opened the gate. He wouldn’t get disappointed as he knew maybe the next time it will be his papa who will open the gate. And after 5 days of long waiting, finally this morning, it was his papa who opened the gate. His joy had no bounds to see his dad returned as he jumped into his papa’s arms.

How I wish to have such a faith in my Father!  A faith which joyfully waits, which doesn’t get disappointed, which is so confident, which isn’t wavered by the circumstances, which is determined and which finally finds what it seeks.

If you are in a waiting season, I know how hard it is. But I want to encourage you to hold on to the promises, be steadfast in your faith, don’t be moved by the opposite circumstances, but be joyful knowing that He who promised is faithful. Even though all the opened doors will not be for you, one surely will be opened for you. Trust His heart of love. Because those who trust in Him will never be disappointed.




What Christmas means to me!

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Today I am inviting my friend Bincy Cherian to the Blog. She is sharing her insights on Christmas with us. I am sure, her words will bless you as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

Welcome Bincy!

The coming of our little baby girl seven years after our marriage brought hope and light, joy and warmth into our family. Cheerful and delightful, she won our hearts.

The birth of a baby boy two thousand years ago in a manger in Bethlehem brought with Him the special message of love, joy and peace from heaven.


1.GOD IS WITH ME: This special baby, Jesus ,brought the message from heaven that “God is with us”. He was called Immanuel, which means” God with us”. For me this means God came down to be with me in all my situations. He came to help me overcome and rise up above those difficult situations. The assurance of His promise “In this world you will have trouble, but I am with you always” keeps me going.

  1. GOD IS AT PEACE WITH ME: This means He is not angry with me. At his birth the angels sang “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favour rests.” Jesus came to be my friend and connect me back to Father God although I strayed and went far away from Him .I don’t have to fear that God is angry with me anymore. I can boldly go to Him anytime and anywhere.
  2. GOD’S FAVOR IS THERE FOR ME: As the angel sang, I believe I have the favour of God in my life. Although there are setbacks and failures God has good plans for me and for all who believe in Him—plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us a future and a hope.


I enjoy God’s peace, favour and joy in my life, not because I am good.A wretched sinner I am, I stand today only because of His Unconditional Love .

For the Word of God says, all have sinned and deserve punishment—“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal Life in Jesus Christ Our Lord “.(Romans 6:23)

Truly Love came down at Christmas. God’s love touched me. He took the punishment I deserve for my sins on the cross and saved me. Jesus is the best gift I have today.



Bincy Cherian, is a dentist, relocated to Trivandrum recently. She loves people and loves to help people find their purpose in life.




Christmas, through the eyes of a village girl!

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I am so excited to welcome my dear friend Neibano Yhome( Nibu) to the Blog today. She is sharing with us a beautiful message on Christmas. She narrates  lovely Christmas memories of her village here. I am sure her message will touch your heart and guide you into a new realm of Celebration of Christmas.

Welcome Nibu!

Growing up in a Christian state, my sleepy village wakes up from her slumber like old Rip Van Winkle every December. The air gets thick with Christmas carols played over loud speakers and the dry, dusty village sparkles at night with cheap fairy lights and handmade colored stars hanging on top of bamboo poles. Christmas trees and simple decorations decked the churches and homes while most shoppers crowded the stores to buy that once in a year Christmas clothes for their children and food supplies.

“Christmas Day!”  the very word still evokes a lot of happy childhood memories . Waking up early to have Christmas cake and tea after mom prayed, going to Church nicely dressed up in my brand new outfits and even getting to sing special numbers with my Sunday school class occasionally. And of course, there is always the Christmas feast for everyone at church after the service. It also brings back memories of caroling in the neighborhood, community feasting and endless games and singing around bonfires  with family, cousins , neighbors and friends that  goes past midnight  for weeks. Christmas was a time when the young and old, the rich and poor, the educated and illiterate seem to come together as one to celebrate. A time when everyone contributed what they could so selflessly to keep the celebration going so that even those who can’t afford a celebratory meal were not left behind. With the onset of Christmas week all work cease and everybody seems to forget the harsh realities of life and a mini heaven seem to descend upon the community filled with joy and laughter. But as I mature I realized that those innocent memories of perfect Christmases weren’t so perfect since the reason for Christmas was hardly acknowledged.

Looking at Christmas celebrations then and now, I can say that a lot has changed. The decorations and gifts are grander and a lot more expensive, gourmet meals have replaced the simple dishes in many homes and Christmas carols are mostly confined to churches and headphones. Most people seem to be busy creating that perfect ambience for that perfect party to make Christmas as memorable as possible. Yet, the heart and Soul of Christmas still seems to get lost in the busyness and festivities.

The more I reflect on why Christmas is celebrated , the more I realized, that it is because of the choice that Jesus made to come down to earth for you and I. Christmas is the greatest love story that transcends all other love and defy  logic and human reasoning  .It is this  pure  unconditional love that compelled the only  Son of God , the  king of Kings and Lord of lords, creator of the universe to empty himself  and come down to this broken world to die for the  sins of fallen humanity. Christmas is about our creator, willingly giving his life so that we can have life in all its abundance. It is about Jesus making a way for us to spend eternity with him, having fully paid the penalty of eternal damnation that we deserved by his own choice. It is about the unrelenting love of God that keep pursuing  us to bring us back to where we belong  no matter how much we have fallen  short of his glory . Christmas is all about Christ and without Him it is meaningless no matter how grand and joyful the celebration is.

 So this Christmas, May we truly Celebrate Jesus by giving him the centre stage in our lives and communities. May He receive all the glory and honor due to him since He is the reason of our celebration. May we intentionally take time off our busy schedules and festivities to thank him for choosing to come down for us. And may His freely available unconditional love fill our hearts so that we can spread it to people around us . And may this Christmas truly be a celebration of love coming down from heaven that overflows and touches every heart.

    Shalom and a very blessed Christmas to you all.

14064285_10155117265463332_4761852860470115447_nNeibano lives in Kohima, Nagaland the north-eastern part of India. She is a former DTS Leader in Ywam, Pune and presently she is working as a Youth Evangelist in Baptist Revival Church, Kohima.

What Christmas means to me..


During my childhood, Christmas was not of much celebration, but a time of family get together. It was filled with love and fun. On 24th night we used to visit branch church and there they used to have lot of cultural programs and 12 in the mid night we used to travel back home.  After coming home we used to spend a little time decorating the church. On 25th we celebrate Christmas in our local church and then we go to another branch church. Our mother used to pack food for us and returning time we used to have lunch near a dam which was always our picnic spot.

Unfortunately, few years back during a Christmas season my father who was pastoring in Valparai, Tamilnadu for 30 years was diagnosed with brain tumour. It was the biggest shock for us. He had to go through a surgery. He struggled much with his health. He was not able to recover and on 25th December he went to be with the Lord.

So every year it is painful to remember, as he loved all people. He was father for all the believers. This year 25th June my mother also went to be with the Lord. She was very friendly and energetic person. After father’s death she was taking care of the church and facing all challenges boldly.

So Christmas brings those bitter-sweet memories to me every year. But it also reminds me that God Emmanuel is with me. Jesus was born as a child and he was named Emmanuel God with us. In our life journey we may go through different trials or lose our beloved ones, but we have a Saviour who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. On this Christmas season let us travel with God who is always present with us during all the ups and downs of our life.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Evangelin Laji lives in Tamilnadu, the southern part of India. She is doing her Doctoral studies in Tamilnadu Theological Seminary and also Faculty of Bethel Bible Institute. She is taking care of the ministry in Valparai, Tamilnadu where her parents served the Lord.