A house without pets would be so lonely. My favourite pet remains the dog but i love Cats just as much. My sister and I will be welcoming our new pets soon. Meet Princess Diana and Sir Leon. They melt my heart in their awesome cuteness!!
GOD. Friend, lover, creator, hope, on and on His titles go. The only being who knows you intricately, every detail of your life yet still loves you all the same. GOD has been a friend to many over the ages, from generation to generation and He is still a friend today. Someone you can talk to, anyday and any time. One who can help you just because He is goodness.
In this world we live in, it’s very hard to find a friend who will stand by you in every weather – cold or warm. There are friends who are there, by your side when times are rosy and leave you when times are hard. GOD is not like that. In His infinite goodness, He comes down to our level to be our friend, to console us in hard times, to listen to our prayers – both those we utter and the ones left unspoken.
Many may feel deserted, isolated and lonely during hardships. They may feel GOD’s abandoned them but i’ve got a word for you – GOD has never left your side and believe it, because it’s true. GOD is still active in our world today and He still speaks; the question, my friends, is are you taking the time to listen? We must be still to hear that quiet voice of reason which is GOD’s. We need to shut out the world’s noise to be able to hear Him. Shut out the noise of anxiety, anger, regret, malice, etcetera to hear Him speak to you. HE can speak life into your situation, once you’re sensitive enough to listen.
While the world gives you conditons and terms, GOD’s gifts are free. He requires and needs nothing from us; He is the source of all good, goodness Himself. He gives out of His bounty and abundance. The moment when you’ve lost everything and everyone and realize GOD is all you have, then He is the only one you need. We NEED GOD. He is a necessity in our day to day lives. GOD will keep you from losing your mind, He will keep you clear-headed throughout the storm, He will be a source of Hope when your situation seems hopeless. He is these things and much more to us. Don’t cry about being unfortunate for when you start to count your blessings – one by one- you’ll come to realize just how much blessed you are. The biggest blessing of all being knowing Him and experiencing His awesome presence in our daily lives.
Be a good soldier of CHRIST, in times like this is when the world needs to hear your loudest Hallelujah. When you worship Him in hardship, you’re taking your worship to a whole new level. Not many can reach this point of worship. Grumbling and complaining would seem the first thing to do when caught up in the thorns of life but when you elevate yourself, above your trials and go the extra mile by worshipping in hardship; that becomes true worship and it is pleasing in the sight of our Father.
Praise your way through!! When it’s sunny – sing. When it’s stormy – sing. And watch how you connect on a deeper level with our great GOD. You’d connect in whole new ways with HIM and you’d become a better follower of His.
May GOD Bless you as you learn to sing and praise in the times of trials and to always worship Him whatever your circumstances.
JESUS Bless you all
Just few minutes, yes, few minutes back, i had chicken for dinner. It was a late dinner because i was so busy the entire evening. Okay, so after dinner, i started to have a very funny feeling. My chest and stomach hurt so terribly. The pain was so intense, infact, extremely intense that i had to drop everything i was doing and lie down for a few seconds. Suddenly, i felt i was losing breath. I started to pray “For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and the whole world” (Part of the Divine Mercy prayer) I turned this way and that on my bed as the pain grew intense. I honestly didn’t think i was going to make it and tell you all the story. Many things ran through my mind, all in just a few minutes. I felt maybe my body was reacting badly to chicken.
Now, it was only days back i’d read about St. Charbel in the January 2013 edition of the Messenger of St. Anthony. My sister was reading the article on him and recommended i do same. I was awed after i read about him and ever since, he became one of my favourite saints. I’ve been looking for a Novena to him for days now.
Back to the chicken-incident. So, as the pain grew intense, i placed my hand on my chest and prayed “St. Charbel, pray for me” That very instant… A Miracle happened. I have heard of instant miracles time and time again but this one was blazing fast. Within only a few seconds as i continued to say “St. Charbel, pray for me” the pain in my chest subsided as well as the pain in my stomach. WITHIN SECONDS, yes, ONLY WITHIN SECONDS, the pain had vanished altogether and i got up like the incident had never even happened. I just stood there, so shaken, filled with awe. Marveling at the wonder and greatness of GOD all over again and thankful for the help of His Holy Servant, St. Charbel.
I am back to normal now and the pain is all gone. But this incident is going straight into my diary. I want to take a moment to promote St. Charbel. I have now witnessed for myself how powerful his intercession is. Believe me, call to him in sincerity and he will be there to help and pray for you to GOD. And if anyone of you finds a Novena or devotion to him, please let me know. It’d be a plus if you can lay your hands on the January 2013 edition of the messenger of St. Anthony magazine. You will be filled with awe as you read about miracles that have taken place in his name.
GOD bless and remember, each and every one of us should aspire and aim for Sainthood!!
My beloved friends,
How’s your Sunday going? Fine, I hope. Right here, I’m exhausted but decided to take a few minutes, just a few minutes to write you these lines. And I hope they bless you.
Many people under-estimate the power of listening. Yes, I’m going to be talking about the power of listening today. So, never under-estimate the power of listening, it can go a long long way. When someone comes to you with a problem, listen. If you’re talking and they’re talking, guess who’s listening? Nobody. Of course, you may have something to chip in or say, one or two things here or there but it’s courteous to let the other party finish first. This happens time and time again in arguments or rows; one party’s trying to say something and before they’ve even had time to finish off their sentence, you may ASSUME, you know what they’re trying to say and interrupt and in the end, you miss the whole point or leave out a few vital or cardinal points they’ve raised.
Even in normal conversations, listening is essential. You may ask a question or ask them to explain further about an issue and along the way, you interrupt. They might try to emphasize again, what they’re trying to say, but then, you interrupt and come up with your own points causing the other party to either shut down entirely, become disinterested in talking further or leave the conversation altogether. JESUS always knew what the scribes what had to say, HE is LORD but HE liked to listen to them nonetheless. Sometimes, they asked questions and sometimes they merely expressed foolishness in their words and actions; HE accomodated it all and had answers readily waiting for them which made them to come to the conclusion that HE was too smart for them. The reason why they were desperate to eliminate HIM.
Listening. This key to a bitter-free communication. The other party mightn’t listen sometimes but don’t be like them; give them the exact opposite and listen to them. Listening doesn’t necessarily mean you agree to their ideas or beliefs, it only shows respect. And it means you’re taking in every word they say. It’d be nice too (In heated conversations) to always ask “Have you finished? May I speak now”? Before speaking. Sometimes, words may not always be required but listening is essential. And it shows you are, of course, listening to whatever they have to say.
Conversations can serve to pull people together or tear them apart. Don’t get too engrossed in what you’re saying, that you OVERLOOK what the other party is saying. Misconceptions stem from not listening well, sometimes. And if you don’t understand something the other party’s saying, by all means, confirm by saying something like “I think this is what you’re trying to say, correct me if I’m wrong” Doesn’t hurt.
So, this is my two cents for today. Feel free to share how listening, genuinely listening to someone else has impacted your life and changed your conversations below.
GOD Bless you all as you seek to please HIM in everything that you do.
January is almost drawing to an end. Let me know, what are your best moments of January 2013, so far? Share below. Would love to know
Worship is not all about just singing in Church. Worship is a lifestyle. It’s about honouring and glorifying GOD in our daily lives.
Romans 12.1 says: “I urge you brothers, in view of GOD’s Mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, Holy and pleasing to GOD, this is your spiritual sacrifice”
Other verses of reference are:
1 Corinthians 10.31
1 Thessalonians 5.16-18
Worship is not just something that happens on Sunday mornings. CEB Cranfield put it this way: “Worship which is consonant with the truth of the gospel is indeed nothing less than the offering of one’s whole self in the course of one’s concrete living, in one’s inward thoughts, feelings and aspiration, but also in one’s words and deeds”
Worship is a lifestyle of joyful and total dependence on GOD, an overflow of thanksgiving and service rooted in an immense understanding and appreciation of who GOD is. A desire to please HIM in all that we do. That’s why we were put on earth in the first place; to know HIM, serve HIM and worship HIM.
I pray these words bless you today.
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