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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Through it all

Acts 4:12New International Version (NIV)

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

I've had many tears and sorrows,
I've had questions for tomorrow,
There've been times I didn't know right from wrong:
But in every situation God gave blessed consolation
That my trials come to only make me strong.

Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God;
Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

I've been to lots of places,
And I've seen a lot of faces,
There've been times I felt so all alone;
But in my lonely hours,
Yes, those precious lonely hours,
Jesus let me know that I was His own.

Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God;
Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

I thank God for the mountains,
And I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms
He brought me through;
For if I'd never had a problem
I wouldn't know that He could solve them,
I'd never know what faith in God could do.

Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God;
Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word
.


Update to the previous post: Just two days before the test, I got fever and an insane body ache. But thanks to GOD, on the day of the exam, everything turned out to be just fine, as if I never had the wound or the fever or the aches. :D

Also, today I dreamt I saw apparitions of Mother Mary, thrice - in the sky and on the wall of a classroom I've never been to. I was trying to convince people in the room, and one of my friends said she saw it too. All of this was in the dream.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sutures!

Verse of the Day (BibleGateway)

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” -Isaiah 46:4 Listen to chapter 

So, last week I was watching an episode of House, and I decided to make a coke float. The ice cream was in a glass container in the freezer. It was insanely cold. Anyhow, I tried to close the lid. Nope, not happening. I kept the bowl on my hands and used my thumbs to do the same, which did work. And then I noticed that the bottom part moved upward. The glass had broken and caused multiple lacerations on my fingers. Blood started gushing out from my right hand. By the time my grandma washed the wound, I started feeling all light headed. My ears began to shut down. So did my eyes. Textbook syncope. However, thank GOD, no glass had gone into my body.

After regaining consciousness, I was taken to a hospital. Seeing pictures of Jesus everywhere made me a little calm, I have to say. After four inspections by nurses and doctors, they finally concluded that tight dressings and stitches would do the job. I felt like I was in an episode of House (hoped this was all just a bad dream, nope). I ended up getting ligatures on one finger on each hand with two stitches on one of those. Did I mention that they stitched the wound without any sedation and that it pained like crazy? I was prescribed a few medicines and was asked to come every other day to change the dressing, until the 10th day, when they would take the stitches out. In short, my hands were rendered inoperative.

Days passed by very fast, and my dysfunctional hands were supplemented by my mother's. The stitches were removed two days earlier than the expected date, and the wound started healing well. Thanks to GOD, the wound almost completely healed right in time for a couple of tests I have to write. The first two paragraphs were typed using just my left hand. Not so now! :D

Update: Just two days before the test, I got fever and an insane body ache. But thanks to GOD, on the day of the exam, everything turned out to be just fine, as if I never had the wound or the fever or the aches. :D

Moral of the (true) story: GOD is always in control, all you need to do is trust in HIM! :)






Monday, September 8, 2014

Do You Feel Useful?

Psalm 139:11-14New International Version (NIV)

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.





Ask a flower in the field:
‘Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over?’

And the flower will answer:
‘I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.’

Ask the river:
‘Do you feel useful, given that all you do is to keep flowing in the same direction?’



And the river will answer:
‘I’m not trying to be useful, I’m trying to be a river.’

Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God.
Not a leaf from a tree falls, not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use.

Everything has a reason to exist.

Even you, the person asking the question. ‘I’m useless’ is the answer you give yourself.
Soon that answer will poison you and you will die while still alive, even though you still walk, eat, sleep and try to have a little fun whenever possible.



Don’t try to be useful.
Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference.



Paulo Coelho

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Scope of Prayer

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18New International Version (NIV)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

The Scope of Prayer
Anon. Cure of all Ills



Through prayer there is no problem that can't be solved,
No sickness that can't be healed, no burden that can't be lifted,

No storm that can't be weathered,
No devastation that can't be relieved,
No sorrow that can't be erased,
No poverty cycle that can't be broken,
No sinner that can't be saved,

No perishing that can't be rescued,
No fallen that can't be lifted,
No hurt that can't be removed,
No broken relationship that can't be mended,
No difference that can't be resolved,



No hindrance that can't be shaken,
No limitation that can't be overcome,
No mourning that can't be comforted,

No ashes that can't be that can't become beauty,
No heaviness that can't be covered with the garment of praise,
No thirst that can't be quenched, no hunger that can't be filled,

No dry ground that can't be flooded,
No desert that can't blossom,
No congregation that can't be revived,
No preacher that can't be anointed,

No Church pews that can't be filled,
No church leadership team that can't become 'one,'
No community that can't be Christianized and
No nation that can't be transformed.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Broken Pot


2 Corinthians 12:9New International Version (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.


A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on an end of a pole which he carried across his neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his masters house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer.
"What are you ashamed of?"

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your masters house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts." the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said,
"As we return to the masters house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."




Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the Pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot,
"Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pots side?

That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my masters table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots.
But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table.

In Gods great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your flaws.
Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mother Mary

Virgin Mary appears over ivory coast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvyUnmBjxm8

The miracles of Rosa Mystica:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uvLjoko_F4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNwuYwHKrVU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srPlNJQwsFY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fNx_L5lrdU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcMrHdGwbMw

For people who don't understand Malayalam, the second set of videos is summarised below, as seen in the description on youtube.

This video is about the miracle of 'Rosa Mystica' that happened in the house of Mr.Jobin in the village of Erumely in Kottayamdistrict in Kerala on September 2006....... Jobins wife had some illness related to her brain and was under treatment.Their son Albin lost the sight of his left eye at the age of 1.5 years.Doctors said that he will never get his sight back........ Their life was full of sorrows and miseries. Seeing this it is a priest called Fr.Joy who gave then the picture of 'Rosa Mystica'. They kneelt down and prayed infront of this picture everyday.................. On September their son Albin saw blood drops flowing down from the eyes of the picture of Rosa Mystica.When it became more and more they informed the church.Due to the large crowd that came to see this miracle they moved the picture to the church.......... After this miracle happened in their house Jobin's wife recovered completely from her illness and their son Albin got back the sight of his left eye................. After the picture was moved to the church the family became very sad.So Fr.Joy gave them another picture of 'Rosa Mystica'.After a few days honey and oil started flowing down from this picture. Hearing this miracle somebody from Germany sent them a statue of R.M and oil started flowing down from this one too.They kept the statue in a plate collected the oil and started giving to the believers......... Because of these miracles this house has now become a prayer center for the believers.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Apparitions Of The Blessed Holy Virgin Mary To Millions In The Coptic Orthodox Church Named After Her, In Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt (1968-1970)

For more than a year, starting on the eve of Tuesday, April 2, 1968, the Blessed Holy Virgin Saint Mary, Mother of God, appeared in different forms over the domes of the Coptic Orthodox Church named after Her at Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt. 

Read the full article here: http://www.zeitun-eg.org/zeitoun1.htm