Loving Someone Without Speaking the Truth is a Shallow Love!

From what place have you been speaking to others? Where are you standing? 

The universe is always speaking to us, either through someone or something, reminding us to look around, to stop, to feel, to touch, to believe, and to speak.  

I think the best and the most beautiful human characteristic is when one speaks from the heart with love. 

You may be a shy, timid individual, who’s afraid of rejection and conflict — not expressing your feelings or your beliefs, allowing fear to paralyze you and hold you as a prisoner. 

Or maybe you are an audacious person who speaks his/her mind with boldness and interacts with others in truth and self assurance. Though you encounter people who may not agree with you, you place a high value on living out the truth in love, because you believe that lovealways wins. Though we’re all blessed with different gifts, I think it’s a great quality to be blessed with affirming boldness. I salute you! It takes enormous courage to be yourself and speak your mind without fear. Not everyone can do that.

Indeed, anyone who believes in God, reads His word and actively strives to obey it can confidently speak from God’s platform. Yet God’s word reminds us to stop for a moment and take care not to judge, but rather to give one another a chance to speak and to be heard. 

Have you ever wished that the good hearted people would be the ones who are bold and outspoken about their beliefs? They don’t pretend who they are and their deeds are pure from the heart. They know their truth, and they see with God’s perspective. When they are emboldened to speak truth with their own voice, God’s will is revealed. 

It has been said, ”Kneel down and listen to the heartbeat of God. Then, and only then, can the house of lovespeak to the house of fear, from God’s sanctuary into the depth your being. After you embrace his love, then speak to others from that place.”

We must remember that when we speak from our hearts with love, people will hear us with theirs. They may witness that their house of fear has replaced with God’s dwelling place. 

Paul the apostle of Christ says in [Ephesians 4:15] 

“…, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

And David asked the Lord in prayer, as I do:

“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” AMEN!  [Psalm 86:11]  

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What is Your Legacy? How Will People Remember You?

When you think of the word “legacy”, you might think of an inheritance — anything handed down from the past, from an ancestor or member of a previous generation.  

Yet your true legacy includes not only the things you leave behind when you leave this world.  The impressions and footprints you leave behind at the end of each day are an invisible but powerful part of your legacy.  

Everyone desires to be liked, loved, recognized and remembered by others in the community after they are gone.  But have you ever asked yourself, “How would I like people to remember me while I’m alive?”

In all of history there have been many great men and women who have carved their names on the hearts of others by leaving behind the mark of their beautiful lives. We’re drawn to them. Though we can’t see them any longer or hear their voices, we remember them. We honor their history, cherish their lives and share their stories generation after generation. Throughout their lives, they built their legacy day in and day out and in the process, left their fingerprints on the world and changed many lives forever. They worked for the cause, not for the applause. Many didn’t seek to make their presence known, but their absence is felt.

What about you and me? Can we be the ones who make a difference in someone’s life? Can we improve the lives of others by practicing love, honesty, selflessness, compassion, and generosity? If so, we will leave a great inheritance to the community (children, family, friends and others) blessed by our endowment. After all, we’re the ones who get to choose the legacy that we leave.  I don’t know about you, but I want people to remember that I have loved well, even when the love was not reciprocated. You might say, “How can I love those who are against me or dislike me?” The answer is,  my faith and belief compel me to pray for them, and prayer is an act of love.

The word of God tells us, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  [1 Corinthians 13:7] “The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!” [Proverbs 20:7]

The legacy of LOVEis the richest legacy of all. Here is how it’s described in the law of God: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ”[Luke 10: 27]

A life’s legacy can be like a great show on the stage of life — the greater your performance the more likely people will remember you after you leave the stage. But at the end of the day, the quality of your legacy will come down to one great thing: How did the people whose lives you touched benefit from the love you gave? How we live and how we make others feel is not only how we are remembered, but partly determines the quality of their lives too.For that reason, we must be mindful of how we live our lives…

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A Mother’s prayer has the scent of heaven! 

Someone once said, “If a mother had to choose between loving her children and breathing, She would use her last breath to tell them, ‘I LOVE YOU’!”

Although this is not everyone’s experience, those who are blessed with a close relationship with their mother know that not only is her love precious, her prayers are as powerful as her love —especially if she is one of those mothers who abides in God.  God has promised that His spirit abides in her, and Heaven hears her prayers. I remember my mother’s prayers. They have followed me and shaped my life. I’m very grateful for her unceasing prayers while she was alive.

 It’s hard to understand a mother’s love, unless you’re a mother.  But if your mother is a woman of prayer, her prayers have been covering you up to this day. 

When a mother gives a birth to her baby, she has no idea what to expect in the days to come — the hardships that she will endure while raising her child.  But one thing she knows for sure — that she will love her baby with all her being as long as she has breath in her lungs.  She does her best to learn the rules of motherhood as her child grows. She sees her hopes and dreams in her children’s eyes.  Her heart is always with them. Her love is without measure, and knows no law. If anyone dares to get in her way, they must know that she will like a mighty warrior, shielding her babies with tender prayers. She will not allow any harm to come near them. Her love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Her love never fails her children.

 Do not underestimate the power of her prayers or the strength of her love. And please do not make your mother cry. Nothing is as painful as a mother’s tears, because her love is pure.

The word of God says in [Deuteronomy 5:16] “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

[John 15: 7] “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

This post is in the honor of all the mothers who have dedicated their lives to their children! 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! 

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The Message of Easter!

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Based on God’s unconditional love for us and by His authority, He has done something that no human could do or even hope to understand (except through faith). The world witnessed God’s mighty power in the most important truth in the history – the death of Jesus and His resurrection. Surely it was God’s perfect plan, just as He planned Jesus’ miraculous birth (another event that’s beyond human understanding).  

His resurrection has enormous relevance and impact to the lives of all of humanity.

This event was not only predicted by Jesus himself (that He would die and rise again after three days – the description is in Mark chapter 8), but also foretold in ancient times by the Old Testament prophets. Why would God hand His perfect and sinless Son over to religious but blindly misguided people who would harm and kill him?

God’s love and mercy are great, even to the point of His willingness to send His own Son to die on the cross of Calvary to pay the penalty of sinful mankind. He did this so that He, in complete justice, could forgive those who are willing to turn away from self-dependence and sin and turn to reliance upon Christ and His finished work.

As it is clearly stated (in Romans 6), with the death of Christ, our sins become powerless to rule over us. Without the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ as the lamb of God (who was perfect, without any blemishes), we would still be in our sins, unforgiven, unsaved, and unloved. The cross erases our old lives. So the cross is not just a symbol, it is the mark of our salvation.

The story of Christ did not end with his death.  His resurrection is equally vital to the message of the gospel. He rose from death just as He told His disciples he would (in Matthew 16:21).  If He is not risen from the dead, then we would still reside in darkness with no hope.

Because of His resurrection, his promise holds true. He said (in John 14:19), “Because I live, you also will live”. Our great enemy, death, will be defeated.  It is impossible to separate the death of Christ from His resurrection. You can’t believe in one and not believe the other, as that would be a false teaching of the gospel. We are forgiven of our old sins by His blood on the cross and receive our new lives by His resurrection. Now we as believers and followers of Christ are no longer under the power of sin. And that is why we celebrate Easter. Our Lord is risen! Nothing can separate us from the love of God.  Amen!

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”[1John 4:10]

Rest Your Soul at the Foot of the Cross!

If you believe that Christ is the anointed one [the Messiah], what’s keeping you from trusting him for who he is? If you believe he is born of God’s Spirit, he must be all powerful. Don’t you think he can save you from the despair of this world?

 These questions bring us to the Cross and the second coming of Christ.

The second coming is a Christian and Islamic belief. It represents the literal return of Christ Jesus to the earth, to rule over the world in power and glory. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I prepared for such a day?”  Do we even know what it means to be saved and ready?

 Some may ask, “Saved from what, and how can one be prepared?”

The answer is, we need to be saved from our sin. Sin is falling short of God’s righteousness.

Billy Graham has said in one of his messages, “We don’t realize what sin is in the sight of God — how deeply it offends Him and how it separates us from Him. He cannot look upon sin.“  Then he went on and gave an example; “A diamond may be perfect to the natural eye. But if you take it to a specialist and he looks at it through a glass, he sees a defect in it. And God looks at us that way.”

In order for us to be acceptable to the eyes of God, someone had to sacrificially pay the price for our transgressions. In Old Testament times [before Christ], animals were sacrificed for forgiveness of sin. This practice foreshadowed the eventual sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. The cross shows us the depth of our sins. God’s word repeatedly tells us that we can only be saved by the blood of Christ, not by the blood of animals.

The Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” [John 15:13] And in [Romans 5:8] Paul echoes God’s love; “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

 What matters most is to know that the Cross is a symbol of abundant life, a gift of love to us — where Jesus took the death, hate, violence, accusations, sin, and brokenness of the whole world upon himself. In return he offered life, love, peace, forgiveness, purity, and wholeness to all of us. The cross is a place where all was lost yet everything was gained.

 I see the victories of the Cross — His suffering made a way for my salvation. What about you? You may be a good person, a moral person, a forgiving person, a generous person, but have you ever been before the cross, offering your heart and asking Christ Jesus to be your Lord and Savior?  Have you received the abundant life that God has offered you?

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The Song of Pain!

I said,

I’m the one

Who wrote the song of pain

I’m the painter of 

Many shades of heartache 

O, how I wish

They could see 

 

But you can see

You can hear

My silent tears hold 

The loudest pain

O, I beseech you

Breathe life into my lungs 

If not, I won’t last 

 

You said,

O, You said,

“I wrote the song of love

I know how it ends

I’m the painter of the universe 

I’m the life, and the light, 

And the way, 

And ‘I AM’ with you”

 

Then Your light broke

Through my darkest nights

Through the layers of different 

Shades of pain 

It delivered the truth 

You broke down gates of bronze

And cut through bars of iron

You moved the mountains

You spilt the sea of my agony 

So that I could walk through 

 

Now

My life is a love song

Cuz’ of you

 

O, how I love when your 

Peace surrounds me

O, how much joy 

Brings me to know 

That I’m loved by You

The heartaches are diminished

My songs are harmonized

With praise, love and hope

— Your child,

Parveen H. M

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The Book That Can Breathe Life!

Being around people from different cultures, religions, and also with people who have no faith, encouraged me to learn about the lives of others and their beliefs. Surprisingly, I came to a place where I was able to test my own beliefs with lucid minds of all faiths.  Many questions came to me as I looked at the myriad of beliefs and ideas. 

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I wanted to understand humans and life. But I was stunned by finding hidden questions within my own questions, such as “Who am I?” 

Growth comes from a willingness to change your ways and climb to higher plateaus of knowledge. The answers to some of my biggest questions have been delivered to me through knowledgeable, wise friends and leaders. 

But I still am searching daily for more knowledge about the mystery of life. 

I’m an emotional person, but I have learned if I want to understand life in its depth, I must not tap into my emotions and feelings, but rather examine the words of wisdom. The wise friends and leaders provided me with important insights for which I am deeply grateful. They made it clear that the only way to gain wisdom and understand life is to read a “meaningful book” that’s relevant to our lives.

A Book that can breathe life. A Book in which the Author is immensely in love with the reader. This divine Book is the Bible. This Book is not only fulfilling in every aspect of life, but also unveils the mystery of human life. It is abundant with stories of mankind, both good and bad and with valuable lessons to learn. Even though the bible was written two thousand years ago, our lives can still powerfully relate to the lives of the people in it. The bible tells us about God’s divinity, sovereignty, love, faithfulness, provision, mercy, grace, hope, faith, and tells of the vastness of His forgiveness. He has revealed His love and power to the people of Bible and He does the same for you and me.

Says the Lord in [John 16:7]

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  The Bible tells us that God’s mercy is greater than our past, present and future sin. 

So, my friend, once you read this divine Book, you will never go hungry or thirsty. The craving and the lust for worldly bliss will gradually diminish. Your life will change miraculously. It may be a long haul but you will be free at last.  As you grow in faith and Bible inspired wisdom, you will know that you are taking part in His divinity.

We are Bound by Time!

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

Are we a prisoner of time?  Yes, unfortunately we are bound by time… Since we are frail creatures, time is for us a blanket of protection. Most of us want always to be the one who calls the shots, forgetting that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. [Ecclesiastic3:1]

If we stop and think for a moment, our time on earth is fleeting — in fact, it is miniscule compared to eternity.  In our limited mindset, time can be a tyrant, ticking away relentlessly.

If we instead choose to live as God would have us live, we make the best possible use of our time.

The first step in order to manage our use of time is to seek God’s grace, yoking His plans with ours.

After all, He is the one who gives us the time. Knowing that we will have to give an account of our time to Him should motivate us to use it well.

How can we learn to master time, rather than allowing time to master us? Time well spent is a gift from God. The Bible teaches us to pray like Moses prays, [Psalm 90:12], “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”.

The apostle James echoes this: “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” [James 4:14].

And Paul cautioned the saints, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” [Ephesians 5:15–16]. Living wisely involves using our time carefully.

This can only be done when you focus your attention on God, seeking His presence the present time — it’s neither done in the past, nor in the future.

As you begin to change your focus, you will notice that the demands of time will begin to diminish.

There are great changes that can occur when you spend time with God. In God’s presence is the only place where you can become more like Christ. Once you spend time with God, He not only changes you, but also creates in you an appreciation of the value of time. The world will be astonished to see fruit that grows in your life when you have been in the presence of God through Jesus Christ.

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Be The Light!

3D7E4CFA-342F-48D6-BEA2-FB54A82A3F25“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” [Luke 8:16]

Light is the radiance or illumination from a particular source. In the Bible, light symbolizes righteousness. If light is a metaphor for living an upright life, then darkness signifies an evil and destructive life. God Himself is light. He is absolutely Holy and there is no hint of injustice in Him. Those who walk in darkness live and act against God. There is no truth in their life’s walk. Therefore, God holds no heavenly fellowship or intimacy with these unholy souls.

People who live near God and walk in His brilliant light are partakers of His divine energy, and they experience glimpses of His power and His love in their daily walk. They illuminate His light to the world around them.

God’s nature is pure and perfect and it should be represented as such to the dark world. 

Unfortunately, sometimes we cling to our old ways for dear life, instead of embracing the reality who we belong to, the God of all creation. When we are determined to get our own way and insist on our agenda, we actually block God out of our consciousness. Rather than single-mindedly following some selfish goal, we must make a quick turn to God and ask Him to shine His light on our mission, so we can see clearly from His perspective. Cling to God, not to His favors. All it takes is a quick prayer, a simple conversation with our Creator. It must be done with faith [an open mind and heart]. As you began to immerse yourself in His light and glory, asking for His will to be done in your life, the creator of Heaven and earth will gladly comply.

God wants you to be a lamp on a hilltop that shines His light over your city. Imagine what an honorable life it would be to reflect His light.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”[Matthew 5:14]

Let God Mend the Broken Pieces!

If you’re desperately waiting for God to tell you what to do, continue to trust and expectantly wait for His guidance. He may use a situation or a someone who is close to you to speak to you.

In the past, I would foolishly try to hold on and fix the things that were broken and harmful to me emotionally and physically.   I didn’t know that the broken things can become blessed things, until God spoke to me through an angel friend’s post (@_delight_in_him). I learned an important life lesson from this experience; I realized I must let God do the mending.

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He who was seated on the throne said, “Be still, I am making everything new!”

Sometimes, we attempt to fix things by our own efforts, unaware that we may be standing in God’s way. He wants us to move aside, and allow Him to do His work.  As the famous quote says, ”Let go… and let God…” That’s what we should do.

If there are relationships or things that are not meant to be in your life, move away from them. God knows who and what belongs in your life and they don’t. Trust and let go.  Whoever and whatever is intended to be there, will still be there.

The Bible says:

When you’ve done everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.

[2 Corinthians 12:10]

Blessed are all who take refuge in God. [Psalm 2]

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. [Romans 8:28]

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