The Patience Zone

Today I am privileged to share my words of encouragement through a devotion on my friend Kelly Basham’s Blog ” Blossom in Faith”.

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Being the impatient person I was, I never liked waiting. I wanted God to answer my prayers as quickly as possible. I didn’t like the idea of God putting us on hold, seeing our tears, our struggles, our difficulties but yet making us wait for Him to answer our prayers. I couldn’t understand why I had to wait when He is the all-powerful, all-knowing God who can easily put an end to our problems.

Please read the devotion here:   http://wp.me/p45OCW-X9

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This entry was posted on May 25, 2017. 4 Comments

The magical words

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 My son came to me last night with his new story book named “The Secret to Teddy’s Happiness”. He is always excited to read a new book with pictures. It’s one of my favorite activity too to read him stories at bed time after a long tiring day. I was excited to read a new story (I too enjoy reading children’s stories!) for him as he sat on my lap.

This story was unlike any other children’s stories I have ever read. It caught my attention and made me think deeply about it.

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One night, while all the house was sleeping, the toys in the playroom discovered an old abandoned bear that the children had found. Its fur was tangled and its ears were worn. It looked like the most messy and unhappy teddy bear that ever was.

The toys cleaned it up and found the bear some clothes. They made a small bed out of whatever they could find, and set it by the toy box in the playroom.

But despite all their efforts there was a problem. The shabby old bear seemed just as sad as when they had found it. “It’s his heart”, said the giraffe, ‘it’s broken. That bear needs more than clothes and a comfortable bed to sleep in. It needs to feel happy again.”

So that night, the toys decided to find the secret to Teddy’s happiness.

 

They caught a train, and then a plane….

And sailed on a carpet sea.

They searched the playroom and hunted around. But they could not find the secret. Then the friends encountered a rabbit who knew everything that was to be known. But the little velvet rabbit had longed for one thing since the day it was fashioned and sewn. “I will tell you the secret”, said the kind little rabbit, “if you bring me a star of my own.”

So the adventurous toys went in search of a star in a rickety old toy car.

They found some hanging in the baby’s room, attached by strings to a luminous moon. “I will give you a star,” whispered the moon, “but then, you must shine a light upon me so I can glimmer again.”

So the brave little toys went in search of a light as all the clocks in the house struck midnight….

They found one on an island by a sleepy old lion, but the lion wanted something in return.

“It is cold on this island,” said the sleepy old lion, in a slow and slumberous yawn. “But I will give you this light if you bring me a scarf that will keep me nice and warm”

So the toys set off in the moonlight to search for a scarf and along the dark murky hallway, down a mountain steep, they found one, piled up with some coats in a heap. Then the party of friends returned to the island and wrapped the scarf around the lion’s mane.

Then they shone the light upon the luminous moon to make it glow and glimmer again. After taking the star from the moon, they flew to the bookshelf on a rocket ship where the little velvet rabbit lived all alone. They presented it with a tiny star, the one which he could call his own.

Then the rabbit revealed the secret and with an air of cheerfulness, uttered three tiny words into the shadowy gloom – the secret to Teddy’s happiness.

So they caught a train then a plane and sailed the whole night through, with three tiny words for a sad old bear. The three magical words….WE LOVE YOU!

Story time was over and we set off for our bed, but as I lay down to sleep, this story wouldn’t slip out of my mind. “How true it is that we all long to hear the magical words sometimes to revive our shabby spirit”, I thought to myself.

Everyone longs for one thing and it’s someone to understand the secret to their happiness, especially in those miserable, troubled and chaotic times when they just can’t keep up with life. They want their friends, their family, or their spouse to know without being told that they want to be felt loved. All they want to hear is these magical words that they are loved, cared, valued, understood and accepted.

 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

The Word of God tells us to encourage one another. We are called to share God’s love with others; those who are broken, messed-up with life, lonely, abandoned and rejected. Maybe they are our friends, colleagues, our relatives, our spouse or children. There are many around you who are fighting their battles alone. There are people sitting in the church next to you with minds fighting a worse fight and hearts burdened with sorrows. There are people in your work place who need to hear one magical word of hope and assurance or just an appreciation. Your magical words can make a difference in their lives to cheer them up and help them find their secret of happiness.

Is there anyone near you who is feeling miserable today? May be your spouse, your friend, your child, your co-worker or your neighbor? Would you speak the magical words to them?

This entry was posted on May 17, 2017. 1 Comment

Be bold by His Grace

Today I am honored to share my story at my friend Rachel Britton’s Blog.

Fear, heartache, questions, and uncertainties filled my days. I knew there was only one place to go where I could find peace and comfort for my agonized soul and that was at the feet of Jesus. I brought my burdens to His cross. As I prayed and cried out to Him in my anguish, He whispered His calm assurance to my weary soul that He was beside me throughout the storm.

Please read it here: https://rachelbritton.com/be-bold-by-his-grace/

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Are you quitting?

“When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.” Mark 5:15

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When Jesus and His disciples came to the region of the Gerasenes, a demon-possessed man came from the tombs to meet him. This man was suffering terribly because evil spirits were controlling his mind and body. He lived among the tombs, separated from his family and loved ones. For a long time he had not worn any clothes or lived in a house. No one could bind him, not even with chains. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to calm him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. He lived a pathetic life. No one had hope for him. His family and loved ones probably gave up on him. He was equal to dead in the tombs. Nobody cared for him. He wandered among the hills and tombs without any proper food, clothes or shelter. His body was all wounded. The demons had tormented his life and he was left alone in the tombs without any hope for his life.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of Jesus. He shouted at the top of his voice and begged Jesus not to torture him. He was possessed by a Legion of demons. When Jesus commanded the evil spirits to come out of this man, they begged him to send them among the large herd of pigs that was feeding on the nearby hillside. Jesus gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. The man was delivered!

This story reveals that Jesus values each single life. In Him, there is hope for everyone. The demon-possessed man was not only delivered from demons but He also received a new life and a purpose. He met his saviour. He desired to be with Jesus and follow him. People who saw him sitting near Jesus, well dressed and in his right mind, were surprised. He wasn’t the same anymore. His life story was changed. He began to tell others, what Jesus had done for him.

Are you struggling to keep up hope in your life? Are you thinking of quitting? Are you tired of making it through your trials? Do you think you are too messed up to ever get better? Be encouraged and know that your life is precious to Jesus. He values you. You are worthy because of His perfect love. He alone knows your circumstances. No matter how dark the night is, His light will surely shine through it. He promises to give you a new life, a new beginning and a new purpose. He promises to bestow on you a crown of beauty instead of ashes, oil of gladness instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. When you meet Him, your life will never be the same again. Your story will not end in defeat but victory because Jesus is the hope of your life!

This entry was posted on May 1, 2017. 2 Comments

You are on His mind!

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Several days ago as I was reading Psalms 33, I got hold of the verses 13-15 which say, “From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” It reminded me of my childhood memory.

As children, we were taught that God sees everything we do so be careful of the things we do. In Our Sunday school time, a song was taught to us which says

O be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little eyes what you see

There’s a Father up above

And He’s looking down in love

So, be careful little eyes what you see.

 As a child, my picture about God was something like this; He is always checking on me: what I do, what I see, where I go, what I speak, what I hear. If I do something wrong, He will be angry with me and punish me. So I was always conscious about what I do. As a child my interpretation of the song made me to think of God as someone who likes punishing people for their wrong doings.

But as I read these verses, they opened up a completely new meaning and understanding for me. There was a time I remember saying to myself that nobody cares for me, nobody sees my problems, nobody notices my hard work or my sincerity or nobody sees my struggles or my tears. In the midst of all these demanding aspects of my life, it was something amazing for me to know that God sees me. He sees my struggles, my tears, my fears, the uncertainty I face, He knows each thought that comes across my mind. He considers everything I do. He is concerned about every aspect of my life. He can see the smile on my face; He also sees each tear that falls; He is delighted to see me happy and He is near to me when I am broken. His eyes are on me and His presence is always with me.

He sees when I sit and when I rise; He perceives my thoughts from afar. He discerns my going out and my laying down. He is familiar with all my ways. (Psalm 139)

Have you ever felt unnoticed, unappreciated, abandoned, lonely and unloved? Have you ever doubted if anyone really cares for you, considers you, or notices your hard work, or applauds you? If so, just wrap yourselves with the beautiful truth of the Word and you can be confident that God sees you.He is near you and He is in control of your life in the midst of whatever challenges life presents.

He is behind the wheel!

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Going for a long drive with my family excites me a lot. But at the same time, I really get panicked during the travel. I have a travel phobia or whatever you call it but I can’t be at peace on a high way. I keep on telling (yelling at) my husband to watch out every car, truck, bike or bus that comes in speed from the opposite side. I sometimes squeeze his shoulder to reduce the speed. Even though he drives the car but in reality I control it. This sounds really crazy to me. But my dear husband got so much patience to deal with my “travel phobia” every time he takes me out. He says, “You just relax, I will take you safely, trust me.”

Often times we do the same thing with God. We want to enjoy our life journey but at the same time we are freaked out because of all the difficulties that come rushing from the other sides. All the fear that entangles us on the way. We yell at God, “God! Don’t you see I got financial crisis? Look! My child isn’t feeling well, God! Did you know I have got so much debt to pay, God! Did you see what the medical report says? Do you know my business is ruining, have you noticed? I have not succeeded in my life etc. We keep on telling him about the difficulties that we see as “threatening” to us. We let Him drive our life but we want to have control over it. But God is so patient with us. He knows our fears, our anxieties and our concerns. He loving says to us “Just relax, I will take you safely, trust me.”

Trusting Him simply means just giving your life completely in His hands and letting Him have control over it. There will be difficulties, rough roads, curves, and slopes but He will take you safely throughout the journey. There will be times you may face financial crisis, health issues, family disputes, bad breaks in your work place or business, difficulties in your career, your marriage, job or relationships. But when you know He is in control of every aspects of your life, you can just relax and enjoy the ride. You can be at peace even in the midst of the rough roads. Remember He is behind the wheel and He is in control of your life. So go on and have an adventurous journey!

Fruitful in the drought

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Those who trust in the Lord and put their hope in Him alone are like a tree which is planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It is not affected when heat comes and it never fails to bear fruit even in the year of drought.

Roots play an important role in the growth of the tree. Their most important job is to get water and nutrients for the tree. They usually live buried down in the ground. The roots send water and nutrients up to the rest of the tree to help it grow bigger and stronger. Roots also help keep the tree in place. Without any roots to tie them to the ground, a big tree might wobble and fall down.

A life which is rooted in the Lord and His promises has nothing to fear or worry about. It will neither be shaken by any storm. When we are deeply rooted in the knowledge of God and trust Him completely with our lives we will be flourishing even in the midst of difficulties. We will have His peace, joy and grace continually supplied to us. We will also be a source of blessing to others.

Our God strengthens us in the midst of our problems when we completely rely on Him for our source of strength. His river of living water-His Spirit will continually strengthen us inwardly no matter what the outside circumstances are. We will not be withered by the outer heat or a drought but have a fruitful life. Because our only confidence will be in Him and Him alone.  His Spirit will provide us with all the necessary nutrients which are needed for our sustenance and growth. Let’s have our faith rooted in Him and He will help us live a fruitful life even in the midst of our difficulties. Let our lives always be planted at His river of living water.