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.

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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.

Revelation 21:5

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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In The Eye of a Life Storm! 

Are you prepared when the storms of life approach? Do you listen to your FEAR or to your FAITH?

When we come face to face with a painful or hopeless situation with an uncertain outcome, our initial reaction may be tied to many emotions — fear, worry, frustration, confusion, or anger. We may question [why?].

In most cases, storms include rain. Without rain nothing grows. Metaphorically speaking, the rain of life can have the same effect, cleansing away the miry clay of life which may be impairing our growth. So it’s wise to embrace the storm, trusting God for a beneficial outcome according to His rich promises.

There is no point in running away from the turmoil of life, because difficulty is often a spark for growth.  The life we live is not only ours alone. We are a part of the lives of everyone in our circle of friends, family and community.  Whether we like it or not, we make each other’s lives complete.  Embracing the struggles of our circle will help us to grow and learn together.  Humbly allowing God to navigate our experiences will surely produce a peaceful, less troubled life.

Sometimes listening to your faith may feel foolish, as if you’re looking for a quick fix.  But if you take a moment to quietly ask God to shed his  LIGHT into your dark thoughts or circumstances, He promises to help you find  your way through unbearable circumstances — you can entrust the heart of your faith into His loving hands.

God called us to pray and carry each other through times of trouble, reminding one another of His word; [Isaiah 41:10], ”So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

[Hebrews 13:5]

God’s presence overcomes our fear, worry, and dissatisfaction.

[Romans 8:31]

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Based on God’s word, let us be bold, prayerful and fearless. He is with us and provides each breath that we take. For that reason alone, let us pour out our praise.   Amen!

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Dear Desiring Light blog Followers.

Wishing you beautiful moments and treasured memories. May you begin this New Year on a prosperous note!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” [Proverbs 3:5]

As God has done in my life, He will use your past to create a beautiful future!

My life journey with God has been one of awe inspiring moments, and at times filled with hard lessons to learn. But it has been blissfully rewarding. I’m grateful to be travelling it with you [my family, friends and blog followers].  Thank you for following and sharing Desiring Light with your friends.  Much love to you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Why Did God send Jesus to Earth?

What do His birth, life, death, and resurrection mean for us? Did God send Jesus to erase the law of Moses? Did He come to condemn us? It is written in the gospels that God sent Jesus to complete and fulfill the law of Moses, to redeem us from sin and to teach us the truth.

We can’t see God face to face, but there is plenty of evidence around us, pointing us to the reality that God exists. The beautiful world that surrounds us, the birth of a child, our bodies, and the love we have for each other are the affirmation of God’s love for us.

We all know the drill, how we were conceived and born. Based on biblical evidence and other religious and historical writings – God did something miraculously different over 2,000 years ago. A happening that human minds can’t comprehend, one of the greatest events to occur in the history of the universe – the birth of Christ.

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

Since God is pure light and Holy, we can’t begin to reach to His holiness without a bridge between himself and us. So He sent His Spirit over a young woman, a virgin named Mary. Because of her purity, God chose Mary to be the mother of the Messiah. And she gave birth to a son, Jesus, whose name was chosen by God. So if Jesus is born of God’s Spirit, than He is definitely part of God. The story of His birth written in (Matthew 1:18-25)

God provided a WAY for us to come close to Him so that we might become the true children of God. Jesus is the WAY for our life. He is the WORD of God. God sent His WORD (His beloved son) to teach people about God’s Kingdom, a government in heaven which will ultimately bring peace to all mankind and help us to live righteously.

In (John 14:6) Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 1:1 says; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

For me, His birth was the one confirmation that He is who He claims to be.

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”— a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).

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The Wounded Daughter!

She tried to hide her

bleeding wounds

Yet, her vulnerability was clear

She was done with “so called love”

She was in search of an ointment

To heal her raw wounds

She walked through clouds of tears

She stopped for a final shout

Her wish was to find

A love potion

To cure the pain inflicted by others

Then, the heaven gave her You

O You, the one who came from God,

Were the antidote to her bruised soul

On the empty pages of her soul

You wrote your love melody

O You, who are the healer of all

To you she was a precious,

Fragile child

Who was in need of your healing touch

You rubbed her wounds

With the balm of love

You collected all her tears

And became her mighty rock

O You, you’re her new name

The heavens gave her, You

The storms are no longer

Against her

For you’ll never leave her side

O You, you’re above all healers

You set her free from all evil.

You’re the new face of love

You’re a gift from God

O You, you’re her new name

She is healed by your wounds

Your last breath saved her soul

~ Parveen Michalow

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Gratitude Calms The Chaos!  

C04DFBEE-59B9-46A5-AFD9-120A0D36EC61It’s easy to be grateful when everything in life is going well and events unfold according to your desires and plans.  But how do you react when you’re in a state of great distress? Are you still grateful?

Someone once asked me, “How can you thank God when you’re in the midst of turmoil?” I said, “Let’s look at the choices I have.  I can be miserable, worried and angry. Or, I can give up my ways and surrender to the One who is in charge of every breath I take.”  It’s very difficult to praise and thank God in the midst of turmoil, when you or your loved ones are suffering and nothing seems within your control. We are not thanking God for our pains and adversity, but we acknowledge that He is sovereign and He will never leave us or forsake us. We are thanking God because He is a good and loving God and He will use our situation for His purposes, bringing good out of even bad circumstances.

Surrendering with thankfulness is a difficult inner battle that we all must fight. Cultivating a grateful spirit leads us first to salvation, and then to an ever deepening level of relationship with God.  As a result, we will feel His peace and find a place of rest, knowing God has our back.  God doesn’t want His involvement in our lives restricted to just one area.  He wants us to submit completely, with every ounce of our being to Him. Give Him the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 107:1)

One of the great teachers in our church taught me the following truth: “It is the attitude of gratitude that can change lives.” It was God’s perfect timing for me to hear that message when I did. One of my loved ones was suffering with an illness. I kept praying for healing, but my prayers were heavy with heartache and worries. As I began to embrace an attitude of gratitude, the worry, sadness, and heaviness lost its power over me.  As I started thanking God, praising and worshiping Him instead of complaining, not only did I receive the peace of God, but also my love one’s suffering began to lessen. 

The Bible says in (Philippians 4:6)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Gratitude brings acceptance, clarity, peace, and beautiful moments…

A Particle of Dust!

In order for great beauty to rise from ashes, a gem [someone or something precious] first must burn. In other words, restoration and reformation will happen after a person has been through difficulty or apparent calamity. 

The familiar story of a woman who eagerly waited to know the purpose of her life and to be lifted up from the ashes of this world comes to my mind. 

Her story may not be unique, many can relate to her pain. As this woman sought to fulfill her purpose, the ride of life took her through layers and layers of adversity and distraction.  At times, she felt as though she was walking through the remains of a fire — a fire caused by misguided early life-choices. The haze from the embers made her wonder if she herself was a particle of ashy dust.

In spite of the tug-of-war that she felt within her, she had come to realize that she must muster the courage to stop bowing to others wishes and stop listening to the lies, and instead let the Spirit of righteousness dust off the ashes of her painful journey. 

While she was hoping for a power to lift her out of the land of pain, heaven was calling her. She knew in her heart that God was telling her, “Get up, it’s time to move and rise.” She fearfully pondered whether to stay in the land of pain or allow God to raise her up and take her to a place unknown to her but known by Him, according to His mysterious plan. 

Although the smoke around her was dimming her sight, she was still aware of the hope of the Invisible World [Heaven]. The Word of God says, whoever will draw near to God, He will draw near to them. Trusting His Word, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, she started moving toward God. As she did, He began to reveal His mystery to her.

She could hear that the “Deep” was calling to the depth of her soul, encouraging her to keep walking. She kept her focus on the Light that was beaming through the dusty air. Suddenly, something stirred within her, giving her strength. Instead of walking, she started running to the Light. As she did, the wall of embers started crashing down. The world around her began to witness God’s miraculous work in her life. She was being transformed from the inside out. She was no longer walking in the valley of ashes, but rather walking under the shadow of the Lord’s beauty.

BELIEVE AND TRUST, GOD’S STORY NEVER ENDS WITH “ASHES.”

“God takes our ashes and gives us beauty. “ (Isaiah 61:3)

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