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One man’s faith, another’s helping hand:

Last week we were invited for dinner by a relative of mine, whom I lovingly call Celina Akka. My DIL who normally shy’s away from social gatherings and dinners, was looking forward to going, coz’ Celina akka’s husband and my Dad-in-Law are from the same village called Alangulam, in the Tirunelveli district.

After a SUPER DELICIOUS ooru saapaadu, Athai, myself and Celina ka were chatting, while Jeev, Mama and Annan were (I think) trying to comprehend Why our CM Edappadi made a foreign trip!! 😜 Just kidding!!!

Celina akka’s faith has inspired me on countless occasions. She ain’t a preacher, nor a counselor nor anyone this world would call great! But I have seen that her conversations are full of adoration to God. She was sharing with Athai and me about how she always prays and asks God for wisdom before she decided on a menu for the guests. I haven’t heard anyone say something like that before. Ask Jesus to prepare a Menu….. a simple Menu???!! She showed me the list. The list had about 10 items. And she felt
terrible that she couldn’t do all 10, but just 8!! 😄

Athai loves to work in our yard!! It’s her favorite thing to do!! The following Monday, after helping me out a little in the kitchen, athai told me she’ll be in the yard, to get the weeds out! She headed out.

After about 3 hours, athai came back in, super excited! She told me that, as she kept pulling out the weeds, she kept asking God to show to her eyes, the hidden weeds. Unusually, she was able to uproot about 50-75 weeds, coz usually she gets only about 25!!

I kinda realized that what Celina Akka had shared on Friday, (that one can depend on Jesus, even for menial tasks), had helped Athai reach out to Jesus, for her menial task! I think this scripture is JUST as what it says!!

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

It’s incredible how one person’s simple faith, can touch another to believe God for their circumstances!!

You, sharing your faith, can be someone else’s helping hand!! Don’t be shy of your simple child-like stories, coz not all of us may have a Red sea parting experience! To those that have a child-like heart, fixing a happy meal for eight or pulling out 75 weeds is probably greater than even the parting of the Red Sea!!

What a friend we have in JESUS!

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Blessed September!!

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Delight Coffee Creamer…??? Nahhh.. :)

About 2 years ago, I had purposed in my heart that I will get to the church half an hour early every Wednesdays, to spend sometime in prayer before the service began. It wasn’t easy, coz I had to ask Jeev to get home early, so he could watch Jiana while Jaden n’ I went to church. I had to even get dinner prepared ahead of time, coz it was easily 8:30 by the time I got back. I’ve always noticed that when we DO pay a price to worship the Lord, the Lord takes pleasure in that act of Worship.

One such Wednesday evening, Jaden n’ I got to church a little early, and I remember I got on my knees to pray. I was silently talking to the Lord, when I was suddenly engulfed by a strong presence of the Lord and out of that presence came a still small voice which said, “DELIGHT”….and then the presence lifted.

I was shaking after that experience for sometime before the service began. I didn’t understand why I heard what I heard.

We were looking for our new home back then, so in my naiveness, I sincerely thought that God was giving me the name of the lane that our new house would be in! Delight Drive, Delight lane…. or something of that sort. 🙂 I was looking at Zillow and realtor everyday to see if there were any houses on a lane called “Delight lane”!!

N’ then, since I couldn’t find any, one day I came across a coffee creamer called “Delight” in Walmart. After I learned about that, I kept opening the refrigerator in every open house, to see if I can find the “Delight” coffee creamer! Jeev was baffled! “Why on Earth are you opening the fridge everywhere”, he kept asking! Of course he didn’t know the great big secret! 😀

It was one hilarious episode, I tell you!!! But somewhere along the way, the Lord Jesus in his unending patience taught me that, when we DELIGHT in the Lord, he will give the desires of our hearts! Psalm 37:4

And sure enough, he blessed us with a beautiful home which we stepped into about 2 years ago!

When we think of experiences such as these, surely it tingles us and for a long time I was kinda lost in that experience. However it took time for me to realise that it is wrong to idolise such experiences because no ‘experience’ is worthy of honor, except the unchanging, eternal Lord Jesus alone!!!

The Lord delights to draw close to us when we draw close to him and give us spiritual experiences, but nothing can replace simple, devoted, faithful worship unto the Lord on a day-to -day basis!!! Experiences may come and go, but Jesus remains with us forever!

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

It is not about what God spoke to us a year ago…or a month ago….or even a day ago! The question is What did he teach you TODAY! Are we intimate with Jesus to hear the whispers of our Maker, TODAY???

Sitting at the feet of Jesus, the best place man can EVER BE!

Blessed day!

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Sometimes small little things makes a strong lasting impact:

When I call God as my Daddy, here’s what I believe he is to me – a person to whom I can turn to, no matter what kind of internal mess I’m in, coz I know beyond a shadow of doubt, that he’ll rescue me out of the muddy pit, that I got myself into! Not once, not twice, it has happened several times in my life and I’m more than sure that you have tasted the faithfulness of our Daddy God, just as much as I have, coz’ WE ALL are weak, frail, beings who need the Hand of God, every single day!!!

In a sense, earthly fathers are called to be a reflection of our heavenly Father above!!! They are strong on the outside, but there is an emotional side to them; they don’t cry very easily, but they do – and most of the time it is for reasons related to their dear ones; they don’t verbalise their love too often, but they express it in other simple ways – which most often is not perceived by his children, grandchildren or spouse.

My father-in-law is a very reserved personality. Doesn’t talk much. Very reserved. But during one of my visits to Coimbatore, when he returned back from a wedding, he brought me a small 100 ml cup of vanilla ice cream. Somehow that small little gesture of love, has left an impression in my heart!!! That was the day I kinda had a glimpse into the Father heart of my Father-in-law!!

The ways my dad expresses his affection to Bini and me is also very similar. I’ve never heard daddy ever say, “love you daughter”…or any of that stuff… but most often, he expresses it by simple gestures which has no doubt, made a lasting impression in our hearts, and how so often Bini and I, recall them!!!! Yeah, and Jeev does the same too!! He brings little doughnuts from his office wrapped in a little paper plate, coz’ he knows Jaden and I love doughnuts!!! 😋

Fathers!! Such an incredible reflection of our Father God!! Be it showing simple gestures of love to put a smile on our faces, or whether we’ve completely done something foolish, and need a listening ear, to untangle the mess we’re in- Daddy’s are always there!!! 💕💕

“There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” Deut 1:31.

A day late, but hey, anyways – Happy Fathers day to all the incredible Father’s – You are making a lasting impact on the hearts of your children!!! 🎉🎉💕💕

Pic below: Dad-in-law with grandsons Shadrach and Jaden.

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Limitless

When I say the word ‘Power’, what are some of the things that come to your mind?

Here are some of the things that came into mine. A Cheetah, Volcano, a Japanese bullet train, High voltage Electricity, Lightning and bolts of Thunder!!! It was interesting to note that in all of my thinking, the ‘Holy Spirit’, didn’t really cross my mind.

I guess it was because we often associate the Holy Spirit with gentleness, quietness and that personality of God with the still, subtle small voice, who can be easily grieved by our sin. As much as this is true, there is the other side of the Holy Spirit, whose POWER far supercedes anything, that our eyes can bear to Behold!!!

He was the force who hovered over the waters to bring form to the Earth (Genesis 1:2); He was the Wind who split the Red Sea in two; He was the Power who raised Christ Jesus from the dead. (Romans 8:11); He is the Power by whom the church has been marching on, for the last two thousand years!!

His POWER IS LIMITLESS!

Over the years, there have been several men whom the enemy has raised, to destroy the people of God to dust and ashes. But EVERY SINGLE TIME, the church has grown with more zeal from strength to strength!! Do you know Why? It’s because the source of strength for the CHURCH at it’s very core, is the MIGHTY HOLY SPIRIT, against whom, all of Satan’s armies put together has NO power, whatsoever!!!

As long as the Holy Spirit is the CENTRIC FORCE of the Church, storms may come, winds may blow, church buildings may be broken down and the people of God may be shamed for their faith- but the LIGHT of God’s people amidst all that they may have to endure, will only get BRIGHTER AND BRIGHTER walking in pure undefiled love for God and humanity – because GREATER IS HE that is in YOU than he that is in the World. (1 John 4:4)!!!

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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10

Blessed week ahead!

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Global Harvest

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“Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35

Such an incredible scripture that perfectly fits the season you and I live in, more than the bygone years!!!

True it is, there has always been a need for laborers in the vineyard but nowhere close to what is needed now! And that’s the reason I believe the Spirit of God precisely spoke through the prophet Joel that in the last days, he will POUR out his Spirit upon ALL flesh. Your Sons and your daughters shall prophecy, your old men shall see dreams and your young men will see visions. (Joel 2:28)

God has been POURING out His Spirit across the World like never before! ANYONE who is hungry can be filled…. ANYONE who wants more of Him can have Him! These are the days to keep the midnight prayer oil burning! And pray unto the Lord of harvest for a double portion, coz we need it!!

Just step back and take a quick look in your minds eye, as to what God is doing! It’s incredible! The prophetic ministries, evangelistic ministries and most importantly the 24*7 intercessory prayer ministries that are rising up in every nook and corner of the globe is phenomenal! God is on the move!

To expand a bit further, the number of Christian Television Networks, radio stations, Christian News Networks, YouTube channels, and of course Social media platforms have increased manifold times in the last 10-20 years touching almost EVERY part of the globe declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ, just exactly as Jesus prophecied:

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14.

And not to mention the final hour churches, and the minor scale ministries, that is digging the soil and planting the much needed seeds which God in His own way will water and cause them to grow! The gospel work has never seen an ACCELERATION, such as we witness before our very eyes!!

Anna and Simeon were two prophetic intercessors who prayed for the first coming of the Messiah! Now, in these last days, there is a host of intercessors and prayer groups that the Lord is raising, with a similar intercessory anointing that Anna and Simeon carried, to usher in the SECOND coming of Christ. Cry out for a Spirit of intercession, guys! YOU and I get to be a part of this incredible CALL – The call to prophetically pray and usher in the glorious second coming of Christ!!

Last week our family drove to a small City in Missouri called Kansas City, the home of International House of Prayer (IHOP). IHOP has such an interesting history!! The property that they are currently located in, was the property of Harry S Truman ( 33rd US President), who was an intercessor for the nation of Israel. God handed over his property to Mike Bikle(Senior Pastor IHOP), saying that He would continue the ministry of intercession for a Global Harvest, just as some of the leaders and fathers of the United States did!!!

Yes, we are living in crucial times!! Yes darkness will cover the Earth as mentioned in Isaiah 60:2, but these are also the days appointed by God for the CHURCH to shine in ALL HER GLORY and bring in the Global Harvest into the everlasting Kingdom!!

Church, Arise and Shine! Arise and Shine!

Blessed month of June!!!

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‘Walking a Mile’

I can’t count the number of times I have wanted to quit writing!!! There have been several, several times when I wanted to just quit. But every single time, the hand of my daddy, was ever so faithful to pull me up!

I remember one particular Wednesday night when I went to church telling the Lord, “Lord, I’m done writing…. Please Lord, I’m done.” The Word of God for that day which my pastor, Bro Ernst Dumeresq delivered, seemed like it was specifically designed JUST FOR ME. When I returned home, I had new strength and courage, to keep my journey going!!!

How can I give thanks, for all that thou hast done for me O’ Lord! I give thee praise! I give thee praise!

About 15 years ago, a man of God prophecied to me and said, “I see you write…. I see you write.” I had no clue what he was talking about back then! Several years later, I began to get it. I had my own plans, but the Lord had His plans too. I’m so so so thankful that His plans prevailed over mine!

I can’t thank God enough for helping me come out with my first book titled, ‘Walking a Mile’.

Dear friends and family, do buy it and read it and let me know if you enjoyed it and what portion of the book ministered to you! I would love to hear from you! Here’s the link where you can order a paperback or one in Kindle format. Friends in India, kindly wait for a couple of weeks. We are working on getting it printed there. As soon as it is available in stores, I’ll definitely let you all know!

A big ‘Thank you’ to all my loving readers. You are another reason which kept me going over the years! Trust me, everyone….EVERYONE around you needs encouragement. So give it freely! 🙂

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.” Psalm 138:8

To God be the Glory! To God be the Glory!

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A 12th grader’s song

When I was doing my 12th grade, I had to sing a song called, ‘Mother, sweet mother of mine’ for my school annual day. I don’t think I quite grasped the depth of that song back then. But as time unfolds, and I get a little bit more older, I understand that the tiny little things that Mum did back then, has truly accomplished the greatest miracle in my life – ‘To KNOW that I am a sinner, saved by Grace.’

I am convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that the greatest miracle in a person’s life is ‘Salvation’. No one can talk me into making me understand that I’m a desperate sinner. It is a divine act of God, to bring us under that conviction. But, in order for a child to truly understand that he/she is in need of a Savior, the role that intercession plays, can’t be understated.

All through my school years, I remember my Mum fasting as often as she could. I never understood Why, much less asking her if she had her dinner! I remember the days my Mum would take my feet and put them on her lap and I could feel her cold tear drops wet my feet. Little did I know that every tear drop, went into the hands of God who was careful to keep them in his record (Psalm 56:8).

And when the time was ripe, all the seeds of tears that Mum had shed at the feet of the Lord, came before the throne of God, and BAM! God stepped in and I had a powerful encounter with the living God, who changed my life forever! The tears of a Mother will Never, ever go in vain!

There are many interesting Mom’s in the Bible. But I have always been amazed by Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Not much about her personality is revealed in the scriptures, but the very fact that this young teenager was chosen by God to raise the Son of the living God, tells me that God trusted her to sow the seeds of intercession, that Jesus much needed, to walk the path that he walked. And also 3 of her other sons too, were chosen to serve God (Mark 6:3). I also believe, that even as she stood at the foot of the Cross beholding her first born marred more than any man (Isaiah 52:14), her intercession kept going before the throne of God.

Indeed the faithful prayers of a Mother, availeth much! (James 5:16)

To my dear Mum – Thank you Mee, for your faithful intercessions for Bin and me.

And to all the lovely Mom’s out there – Your intercession for them today, is what truly shapes their tommorow’s. So never quit getting on your knees for your kids. That’s the single most important thing that you can sow for your child – That they may one day know, that all the world’s glory is vain, but there is Hope only in Jesus NAME!

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17

The prayer of a Mother is powerful…. POWERFUL!

Blessed month ahead, folks!