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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The True Meaning of a Poised Life!

It has been said, living a poised life is to carry yourself with unwavering balance.  Not everyone lives a perfectly balanced life. A poised life is embodied in one who is composed, dignified, and self-assured, and does not waver from the truth. 

I met an angelic soul once whose life demonstrated the true meaning of a poised life. The fruit of the spirit was her virtue. Ever since then I’ve been craving her character. Her gentle voice was evidence of her kindness. She listened with compassion. Her hands were ready for generosity, and her heart was filled with immeasurable love. When she was silent, it affirmed her trust in the Lord.  Her character shined the brightest when she sincerely prayed for those who did not like her.

I’m so grateful to have known her, this woman who left a great mark on me. What was so greatly noticeable about her was that her focus wasn’t on how others lived their lives or what they believed, rather, she was more focused how she lived.

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Her genuine demeanor and her boundless love confirmed that what centered her life was her trust in the Lord.  It was evident to all that she lived for the audience of One — God alone.  As I watched her, a seed was being planted in my heart. Ever since then, I have desired to live a life that is God-centered. I learned some lessons from the way her life was filled with the Fruit of the Spirit. 

One of the essential lessons I learned was to be patient with others, regardless of what they may think of the way you follow God’s calling on your life. You may live a life that is obedient to God, but still others judge you by pointing out, “How come your loved ones are not following your footsteps?” Don’t let that discourage you. God knows how to reach your loved ones in His time. 

It’s important to remember that we’re all standing at different places in our lives. It doesn’t matter how slow some people, including your children, are growing in their path of life. You can’t force someone else to walk your walk as God’s plan and purpose is different for each of us. It’s about His timing, not ours.  Let’s be merciful to others and patient, not so quick to judge. More importantly, never cease to pray for them, asking God to allow you to see everyone, including yourself, through His perspective. Let us live a life that exemplifies poise. 

[Miracle]

When I was at the end of my tears

You heard me and

Called me by my name

I witnessed your wonders

You pulled me out of

The miry pit

And clothed me with

Strength

You lifted the blindfold

From my eyes

Enabled me to see

What you see

You gave me a new life

‘Cause Miracles are what

you do

You tore down

The city-walls of my soul

You built your empire

In the center of it

Filled it with your

Precious jewels; your Word

You refreshed my cold soul

You made me bold

With strength

Your love gave me

A second chance of life

‘Cause Miracles are what you do

Now in my silence

Your voice is

The only thing I hear

No wonder why

My soul longs for silence

For it’s a miracle itself

Praising your name is

My greatest joy

My desire is singing

To your wonders

For you’ve given me

A new love song to sing

I’ve witnessed your wonders

You gave me a reason

To start again

Your immeasurable love in action

‘Cause Miracles are what you do

— Parveen Michalow

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A Childlike Faith!

What does it mean to have a “childlike” faith? Webster’s dictionary describes “childlike” as “becoming a child; meek; submissive; dutiful.”

Let’s visit (Matthew 18:3), and see what the Bible says. The disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”Jesus called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” (Matthew 18:1-5) 

This verse tells us that God wants us to come before Him like a child, because children are innocent and trust with a pure, uncorrupted heart.

Jesus used the example of a child to help his disciple get the point. We are not to be “childish”, but rather “childlike”, with humble and sincere hearts. At the time, the disciples had become so preoccupied with their organization of Jesus’ earthly kingdom that they had lost sight of his divine purpose. Instead of seeking a place of service, they sought positions of advantage in the kingdom of heaven. 

It is easy to lose our internal purpose or perspective and compete for promotions or status in the work place, in our community, and even compete with friends and family. But God seeks a “childlike” submission, a meek spirit, and a pure heart … a childlike faith. 

It’s difficult to identify ourselves as “children” — as weak and dependent people with no status or influence.  But that is not what is meant by having a childlike faith. Instead we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, and embrace our identity as children of God.  Faith is simply a humble quality, which resembles child-likeness.

As we study this subject, and examine our own spirits, we must be willing to be the least of all, and we should ask ourselves, “am I being childlike or childish?”

The Bible says, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6).

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