Saturday, July 30, 2011

She is everything :)

She is patience when things get out of hand,
She is a pillar & a healing hand,
She is hope when there is none,
She is everything.

She is courage for the weak
She is Love when there is no love to give,
She is a friend, when no one can be found,
She is always around.

She is strength when giving up is on your list,
She is light, when darkness exists,
She is wonderful in every way,
She brightens everyone's day.

She is everything & more..
This page is not enough to keep score.
She is a treasure & always is,
The kind of woman I always wanted to be..
She is MOM to me :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Your fears & anxieties dissipate in God's Presence

The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord..
--Psalm 97:5

No matter where you are, the Lord is with you. Even in the midst of your fears, while you are alone in your room, He is there with you. The moment you begin to be aware of His presence & cultivate His presence, all your fears, anxieties, & worries will melt like butter on a hot day, or as the psalmist David puts it, "the mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord.." 

You cannot psych yourself out of fear nor can you psych yourself out of worry. You can't just tell yourself, "Come on, stop worrying. There is nothing to worry about." It just doesn't work.
The debt will still be staring you in the face & your problems will still be as insurmountable as ever no matter how hard you try to psych yourself up. That is what the world is trying to do, but it does not work. It takes the presence of the Lord to keep you free from worry.

Jesus is not asking you to psych yourself up & live in a state of denial. No way! He is saying to you,
"In the midst of your affliction, I am your shield. I am your defender. I am your fortress. I am your refuge,.
I am your supply. I am your healing. I am your provider. I am your peace. I am your joy. I am your wisdom.
I am your strength. I am the glory & the lifter of your head!" (Psalm 3:3). Amen! 
He is not asking you to pretend that the facts are not there. He wants you to realize that HE IS THERE WITH YOU! 

When you know that He is with you & for you, & you put your problems in His mighty hands, you will begin to get a more accurate evaluation of just how "big" your problems are. When they were in your hands, the weight & burden of your problems may have crushed you. But when you involve Jesus, the once monumental problems become microscopic against the largeness of His love & goodness toward you!

Today, as you consider all that you need to do & the expectations placed on you, see Jesus there with you.
He is your supply, wisdom, peace, & strength.

Father, I acknowledge the fact that I cannot psych away my fears & worries. 
Therefore, I cast all my cares into Your hands, to the One who is my shield, my fortress, my healing, my provision, my peace, my wisdom, & my strength. Thank you for Your grace & for taking care of all my problems today.

Once you cast your monumental problems to Jesus, they become microscopic in His mighty hands.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jesus- Our Perfect Hero

His mouth is most sweet , yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem! ---- Song of Solomon 5:16

Jesus is someone whom you can be completely real with. You can hang out with Him & be yourself, with no pretense & no play acting. Jesus is ever loving toward you & you can talk to Him about ANYTHING. He enjoys conversing with you about your dreams, aspiration, & hopes. 
He wants to heal you of things in your past that you may be struggling with.He is interested in your present challenges. 
He wants to weep with you when you are down, and rejoice with you in all your victories.

Jesus is LOVE & TENDERNESS personified. Be careful not to confuse His tenderness with the effeminate & weak images that you have seen depicted in some traditional paintings of Him. 
VELVET & STEEL. You see, sometimes, when we attempt to be assertive & strong, we bulldoze over people's feelngs & end up hurting them with our words. When we attempt to be tender, we overdose on niceness & reduce ourselves to doormats to be taken advantage of by others.

Let's turn away from ourselves & look at Jesus. He could sternly force a pack of scheming Pharisees to back off in one instance, challenging them by saying, " He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first " (John 8:7).
In the very next moment, this same Jesus could look straight into the eye of a broken woman caught in adultery, & with compassion resonating deeply in His voice, ask her, 
"Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you? Neither do I condemn you;
go & sin no more" (John 8:10-11).


In one moment, a tired Jesus could be fast asleep in a wind-swept fisherman's boat, oblivious to the rough Galilean waters crashing against the hapless vessel. 
But in the very next moment, you see Him staring unflinchingly at the lashing waves, His well-toned carpenter's arms raised to the sky. With His single declaration of absolute authority over heaven & earth, the waves submitted & calmed instantaneously into a placid mirror of stillness (Mark 4:37-39).

Jesus is 100 percent Man, & at the same time 100 percent God. 
As Man, He understands & identifies with ALL that you have gone through, are going through, & will ever go through in this life. 
But as a Loving God, all His power, authority, & resources are on your side.
Beloved, whatever you are facing today, let your heart rest easy in His perfect LOVE for you.

Father, help me to keep my eyes on JESUS, the One who is altogether lovely. For my sake, Lord Jesus, You become a Man so that today, You understand everything Im going through & every emotion I feel.
Thank you Jesus, for not condemning me, but loving me always & for reassuring me today that I have the Presence of the All-Loving & All-Powerful God-Man in my life to help & prosper me in every area of my life.

JESUS understands & identifies with ALL that I have gone through, am going through,
& will ever go throughin this life.

My throughts:
As I read this chapter today, I have felt & experienced God's supernatural strength & unfailing Love embracing my entire being. I just felt immersed in God's ocean of Grace. We have a God, a Heavenly Father who knows us from the inside out, yet loves us unconditionaly. We don't have to fear rejection or condemnation. We can come boldly to Him because we are His Righteousness, we have been qualified by the Blood of Jesus. 
My prayer for you today is that, May the Holy Spirit give you a revelation from this truth that you may see more of Jesus & experience More of His grace & power at work in your life. 
Know that you are deeply Loved by Jesus, that He cares so much about you. Everything about you. 
He desires to bless you, to strengthen you in every area of your life. 
He has won it all for you & me at the cross. It's a done deal. 
I found the strength to hurdle all the obstacles I face in life because He gives me supernatural strength to be able to come out strong & immovable despite the challenges. That I will be able to rise above my circumstances, to reign in Life through Christ. 

Regardless of your circumstance, You have Victory in Jesus. You are Blessed, Favored, & Loved beyond measure.

(Taken from 100 days of Favor)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The price of my freedom -- PAID IN FULL!

It's the 4th July, today the United States celebrates independence day. The American flag can be seen almost everywhere, in vehicles, homes, shopping centers, restaurants, to name a few, & not to mention the beautiful fireworks display that's hard to miss. Homes, parks, stadiums, even the streets are filled with people who came to celebrate this momentous event. Its just one way of saying that the American people are grateful for the freedom that they have.
Looking back in history, a country's freedom is not just something that is given away like its free.
Its something that is won by virtue of sacrifice & selfless passion of fighting for it regardless of the cost/price. Many have given their lives fighting this great battle, & now the country & its people are enjoying the benefits of that which was paid for & won by those who passionately fought for that right to FREEDOM.

In John 3:16, a famous bible passage talks about FREEDOM too. Our Blood bought freedom, the great price that was paid so that we can enjoy the benefits of His finished work. It is for freedom He set us free. We no longer live under condemnation, under the curse of sin & death, but we have redemption, abundant life, wholeness, peace, healing, favor, success, & provisions through the One-Jesus Christ. Through Him & His finished work we have ALL things. We no longer live under the law but under GRACE.
When God looks upon us, He sees us as an object of His love & as the righteousness of God.

The cross is the symbol of Christ's finished work. Its also the symbol of our victory through His sacrifice.
Our Redemption & freedom. Just as the flag is a symbol of a country that is free, a country that stands upto this moment, One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty & justice for all.
May this country be blessed, may its people be blessed. Happy 4th of July U.S.A!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I wish I knew when I was younger...

It was just time for dinner when my mom got home from work & handed me a piece of paper, she told me, "I saved this for you". It was a newspaper article that she cut out to give to me. It went something like this..

" I wish I knew when I was younger "

1. That failure was an option
2. That there's a difference between friends & drinking buddies
3. That honesty, in all situations is always, always, always the best policy
4. How to feel comfortably weird about being a little weird
5. How much my mum & dad loved me, & all the warnings I got came from a place of love
6. That my thoughts dont have to dictate my life
7. That home really is where the heart is
8. That intelligence is not something you're born with, it's something that can be worked on
9. That being positive can really change your thoughts , which can indeed change your life
10. How to say NO
11. That the phrase "just try it" should apply to everything we do in life
12. That not being perfect is ok, that in fact striving for perfection is an impossible task
13. That not being "well off" didn't mean I didn't have a rich life
14. That losing myself in a book wasn't a substitute for living
15. That my thoughts actually control how I feel, & how I feel affects the way I see the world
16. That sex is a physical act & that love is something different altogether
17. Never to settle for second best, whether it be in relationships, product choice, or employment
18. That loving yourself was a pre requisite to truly loving others
19. That my mistakes would define me as the person I am today
20. Never to actively participate in gossip, it's the black death of the soul
21. That nobody can be changed no matter how hard you try to change them. People change because the pain of changing is less than the pain of not changing
22. How to express my love more
23. That my regrets in life stopped me from moving on, when it's done, forget it & move on.
24. That helping others was the real path to helping every area of my own life, business &  personal
25. Not to waste my time & energy on people who didn't matter in my life
26. That although responsibility can be scary, when embraced it gives understanding, acceptance, & choice
27. That one of life's skills is to be able to spot genuine people
28. That happiness is not defined by financial wealth

These statements contains nuggets of wisdom that we can either ponder on & apply in our own lives, or disregard if you don't believe in these ideals. The choice is up to you. Each one of us has only one life to live, lets make it a point of living everyday as if its our last, take every opportunity to impart love, & happiness to those around you. You'll never know, how your simple gesture can touch a life & that you in your own special way can make a huge difference in our world.
My Mom, when she gave this piece of paper to me & as I read the words, I just felt that warmth of love touching my heart.