Saturday, July 28, 2012

God still talks...

Di's account - GOD Spoke about 3 people yesterday to me. Two of them I dont even know very much.
Here are the details:  One of them he called "Sweet smelling Fragrance", Another he called "Rock of his faith" and to Other he said "I am waiting for you to call." I am amazed and humbled by his love for us. I am sure there a lot of Miracles in order for all those THREE of them. GOD BLESS!

Note: This experience is new to me, beyond my comprehension and I do not want to rationalize coz I know its divine intervention. Let us hold hands spiritually and pray to the ONLY GOD of heaven and earth. Amen!

Worship,..Singing...Praises

Di's account:
This weekend church was a jolter for me. It was about "Turning Problems in Praises". Praises how,...by singing i.e. Worship.

Past 1 yr or more I have been going to church 15 mins or 20 mins late and have been missing "Worship". The Only time we open our mouth, heart widely and loudly to rise our voice with praises. But I have been missing something. I tell myself, I am not missing sermon. God knows how much I love and adore I know in my heart thats not right coz I dearly love the worship. I cry, I hail, I dance, I clap and rejoice the love.

I know I will have 1001 reasons for not being there on time to Church, but I have ONLY one reason to be there on time, Christ himself.

ACT16:19-34 was quoted in the sermon. It talked about Paul and Silas singing from their prison cell and how it broken open the prison doors for them and ALSO the prison doors to OTHERS who "listened" for those who JUST LISTENED. Such is the power of praises..in songs. It is important to you and important to the NON-BELIEVERS as well.

Yes,...PSALM is a book of Songs. Thank you Jesus for the nice sermon this weekend. I will sing praises, I will be on time to church to worship you. I might sing out of tune, but I will tune myself to the holyspirit and your will. If you had been like me,..please heed to what David, Paul and others have to say about singing praises.

Come, join me and Sing Praises to GOD, for the scriptures say

Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.

Psalm 95:1-2
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.


Isaiah 52:9
Burst into songs of joy together,

Ephesians 5:19
Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,

Friday, July 27, 2012

God Of Restoration - By Yamini


God not only sees our tears , but he records them  and wipes them away .

Hagar cried over her child that was about to die . The widow at Nain cried over her son that was dead . Mary Magdalene cried over the loss of the dead body of her beloved savior . All these three women had their tears wiped by our Savior. Hagar’s son lived to be the father of a nation; Widow at Nain got her son back; Mary Magdalene saw the resurrected Lord.

You may be crying over a situation or person or relationship that is about to die like Hagar. Or it is already dead like the widow or it is dead and even buried like Mary. God will wipe your tears and bring to life the dead situation, if your prayer is in God’s will.

When God restores, the restored situation or person or relationship is far better than before restoration. When Jesus created wine out of water that was the choice wine according to the Master of the Banquet . The original wine was cheaper. When God healed Naaman’s leprosy his skin was restored to that of a child and not to that of an adult . The skin of a child is so smooth! The glory of the latter temple was better than the former one.

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy .
Promise: ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you’. 2 Kings 20:5




[1] 2 Kings 20:5
[1] Psalm 56:8
[1] 2 Kings 20:5
[1] Genesis 21: 8 - 20
[1] Luke 7: 11-16
[1] John 20: 10 - 18
[1] John 2:1-11
[1] 2 Kings 5: 1- 14
[1] Psalm 126:5

What the world wants from you,..a follower, a believer, a child of Christ?


Di's account - I heard someone say y'day. You read Bible and yet you are like this...That someone is my husband while discussing on a matter so trivial. A person who is agnostic (which means he will eventually find god in all his glory) and his expectation of a believer of Christ made me wonder so much. 

Here is the point...The world wants you Christ like. Its a privilege to serve Christ. It is ...a blessing to be forgiven. It is a miracle to have his grace and mercy to follow. It is a GREAT RESPONSIBILITY to be called as a child of christ. Christ has set the standard. Every step we take needs more attention and care. There are souls who are waiting to turn to God. We can define that. 

 O.k. About my story, I was bit shocked at his comment. I tried to hide my feelings. Then I confessed and asked for God's forgiveness and then apologized to my husband "I am sorry. I will do better next time". 

Good shepherd, please lead this ignorant sheep so we bring glory to your name! Amen!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Miracle from our friend - Sivashankar Ramamoorthy

Miracle from our friend - Sivashankar Ramamoorthy
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Miracles of Jesus (08.07.2012) :-
My son Santhosh had a abnormal high cylindrical eye power of Left eye 2.25 and Right eye 2.25 and was wearing a thick and heavy specs as on 13/07/2011. We were praying regularly in our daily prayers for his eyes.
We went for the yearly eye check up for him on last week 08/07/2012 and to the surprise of all of us (including the optical shop staffs) my son's eye power was drastically and magically reduced to Right 1.25 and Left 0.50 .He is posing a thin glass now and is comfortable with it. With Faith in God any thing is possible.
Glory to Jesus !!

My Story - Jenni's account

~My Story - Jenni's account~
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Hmm.. I do not have a dramatic event about how God touched me but a gentle love story of hope the Lord never let me go anywhere. Even though born in a Christian family growing up days reminds me was more on the boring Sunday churches that I hardly paid attention and my mind was lingering at home as I was missing the only movie on TV Sunday eveni...ngs. I can still recall it was a long walk to church and back and all my energy would be
geared towards getting back home quickly. All my schooling was in convents and that made me want to become a nun during high school days. I remember how much of pep talks I used to get trying to get me away from one of the career path I choose for myself :) 


Now I just look back and wonder at my thought process during that time. It was during college, as my aunt became a born again Christian, she took the whole family a step closer to the Lord. I still recall and glad I did of the times Pastor Paul Moses sat and spoke to me about how compassionate the Lord is to us.

But still there were certain decisions I made in my Life which took me further away from the Lord but he made sure I come back to him and I am glad I have the Lord who is compassionate and never leaves you or forsakes you. As the promise in Psalms 23; "His rod and staff comforts me."

Obeying God - Some Thoughts

Obeying God - Di's account
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We know what GOD want us do. Yet we doubt, we stumble, we just dont get it. Until it hit us hard that it is GOOD to follow god's plan. If you wonder in worldly terms your justification seems just right for not taking the plunge like - Fear of Unknown, Fear of Failure, Doubts etc. This is what we have to remember such times of confusion, unless we show GOD we obey, he cant trust us to bless more. You will eventually obey. But there is a strain in the relationship between you and god when you did not respond to him at his first call. Just like how it happens between a child and a mom. - Gist of the sermon at my Church last Sunday. An Eye opener.

Bible Reading

Bible Reading: - Di's Thoughts/Reflection
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I had trouble reading Bible. I love the word of god, but I couldnt develop the habit of reading bible regularly. I dont know why. I could read Da Vinci, Chetan Bhagat's & any motivational books in a day. I dont know why I couldnt lift the bible and focus. I have collected so much different bibles and any books related to word of god last 12 years.... You will find different copies of bible in my car, by my bed, at my office desk, my carry bag, many types in my book shelf. I have to have a bible by pillow before I sleep. Yet, they were not sincerely read.
Today, God has put a love for reading his words...I just cant stop. Every word rings in my mind. Bring out so many hidden truths. Let me reflect. Guess what,..It takes nothing to read other books. It takes so much to read a bible...It took me 12 years to develop the habit of reading bible. I am overjoyed and so happy reading it. If you are like me, just ask God he will fulfill the desire of your heart not thru your strength but thru his. We serve an amazing god, Amen!

I know, So what do you think?...;-)

I know, So what do you think?...;-)
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This morning, my son with so much smiles and glowing eyes pointed to the backyard and exclaimed “Did you see, IT RAINED, IT RAINED” I replied “I know. So, what do you think? :-)”

Its drought here in US. Chicago winter was so mild which we happily enjoyed but it kinda gave us a headsup summer is gonna be bad. But it was worse than w...e thought, we skipped spring. No April showers for May Flowers.

It was reported the great land of America has not suffered such drought since 1950. The 10 acre some natural reservoir behind my house dried up from swamp to arid dry ground. Days were so hot with blows of dry air. We were parched and torched :-(

Rain was in the forecast now and then, but all we had was couple of drizzles for few mins.

Last night before going to bed, My son and I made a special prayer for Rain. There was severe thunderstorm last night. Praise to the lord. Half asleep I could hear the wind, thunder and rain as I tossed and turned in bed, my lips uttered “Hallejuah, Hallejuah”.


Prayers get answered. Today, My son know that God listens and prayers get answered.

I know, So what do you think?...;-)

What & How do I know Christ? – Di’s account

What & How do I know Christ? – Di’s account
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My first experience or encounter of the word “Christ” was at the age of 5 or 6 during my kindergarten years at Auxilium convent, Tanjore. Hallways flanked by the Ash blue color “Habit” Nuns/Sisters and Big bright flowers Frock cladded anglo Indian teachers, it’s a different world to me from Temple & Sculptures cov...ered Tanjore.

Going to Chapel during recess was fun. We friends will play until we pant and gasp and would rush to the pipe lines by the chapel for water. Final stop is at the chapel to line up at the front, knees down, head bowed, hands clasped for few mins and would sprint to the class as we hear the bell ring. It was fun, praying with friends, it was part of my socialization in that tender age. 



But I know, something so different about the figure who hung on the cross. The face so humble, crowned with thorns would leave me with awe. If I have been asked in that age to describe Christ. I would have said he is god and he is a very nice person.

Little did I know then that he would be the one who is gonna stand by me at my adverse miseries and pour blessings in bounty.

Even right at this moment, I feel like the same little girl in blue pinafore with a big pony tail wondering about him with awe….

Theres A LOT more…My aunt studying in MMC would tell me about Christ. Will tell you as my friends share their experience…

God's Unconditional Love For Us!

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

LOVE

Matthew 22:36-40
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” - Our coming posts will discuss about LOVE described in Bible.

Prayers & Praises

Dear Friends,
5 Years ago, God put a desire in my heart to start a webpage like this. Why it took 5 years,...What I underwent? Who stood by me? Where that path took me?...A Long story with dramatic turns and twists. :-)
5 years ago I was a PROUD daughter of Christ, Today I am humbled (still in making) maid/daughter of the Almighty. I guess it got delayed coz I had more praises to give and more pr...ayers to get answered to understand his depth and breadth of his love. Praises and Prayers like the name say had made a big difference in my life and in my friends' life. Bible says "Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Mathew 18:19" Join let us shake the blessings from heaven. God is so good!
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