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Bid Me Come:

It’s sobering to see how things can go from calm to a storm in just a matter of days. Who would have thought that a microscopic organism could cause havoc to humanity of such great magnitude?!!

Together with the virus’s rampant spread, we have begun to see a wide range of other bricks slowly falling, ranging from the slowdown of the business sector to the crumbling down of the stock markets, worldwide. At this point, it is quite evident that all our hearts are anxious as to what’s NEXT???

Everyone says, “Don’t Panic”, but in situations such as these, where death tolls are on the rise and the economy unstable, isn’t it a normal human emotion to be anxious because of the uncertainties that lies ahead?

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:19

God has been reassuring all of us through many ways, I’m sure! God is good! All the time! And today, I would like to quickly draw our attention to one of my favorite incidents recorded in the Bible – one which has spoken to me personally, in trying times.

Jesus had told his disciples to get aboard their boat and cross over to the other side. He was to join them a little bit later. While on their way on the sea, the disciples were caught in a raging storm.

Imagine yourself in the boat. The boat being rocked back and forth, the howling winds, the thunder, the lightning, and the water levels inside the boat slowly rising. Don’t you think you would have been terrified? I, most certainly would have!! Doubtless, the hearts of the disciples were melting in fear.

While they were struggling at the sails, their hearts weighed with fear, they saw Jesus coming walking on the Water toward their boat. At first they didn’t recognize him but when the Lord said, “It is I, don’t be afraid”, the disciples would have finally regained strength in their hearts – Just as we receive strength for our tomorrow’s, when the Lord comforts us with His Words and speaks to our hearts NOT to be afraid.

The story goes further. When Peter saw Jesus walking on the stormy seas, something inside of him was stirred up. He wanted to walk on the Water too! But He knew he just can’t get out of the boat and simply start walking. He NEEDED God to give him the WORD. He said, “Lord, if it’s you, BID ME COME.”

Jesus said, “Come.”

It was the WORD that proceeded out of the Mouth of God that kept Peter’s feet from SINKING. The Word of God had the power to help him keep walking on water. Even during these troubled times, what will keep us from sinking is the Spoken WORD that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Ref Mathew 4:4)

A man of God had a dream where he saw thousands of fish teeming in a lake waiting to be caught. As he kept walking, he saw that one or two fish were caught afresh but left on the banks of the lake without anyone to attend to it. As he kept walking further, he saw a huge bear come out of the forest nearby, to devour the man of God.

Just then he heard the voice of the Lord speak to Him and say, “Jump into the lake.” So he jumped into the lake and kept swimming on the surface. The bear jumped in too, and began chasing him. So the Lord spoke again and said, “Go deeper and stay there.” So the man of God swam deeper and sat on the bed of the Lake. As he sat there, he asked the Lord, “Lord how can I live here?” The Lord said to him, “I will keep you alive.”

When he woke up from the dream, the Lord taught him that the church needs to IMMERSE herself in the WORD, and not just be shallow in her knowledge of the Word. We need revelation. We need to be on our KNEES. And the Lord will be FAITHFUL to carry us through the storms.

The Lake was a representation of the WORD and the teeming fishes were a representation of His PROMISES. The fishes that were caught and left unattended was a representation of the lack of interest in God’s promises. The bear represented the turbulent days ahead.

Just as the Word of God held Peter’s feet firm, the Word of the Living God will also carry us through every single storm, just as He has carried us thus far, ALL OUR lives.

Just as Salvation for Israel came out of the Waters, (So she called his name Moses, saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.” Exodus 2:10) so shall our Salvation in these days come forth from the Living Water – the WORD.

“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;” Psalm 34:15.

Not the faintest cry of our hearts will escape his ears! Be of good courage, and let the Living Word, Christ Jesus, carry us through!!!

Blessed DAYS Ahead!!!

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LEAH!

About 2 weeks ago, I was meditating on the character of Leah in the Bible, who was the mother of six of the twelve tribes of Israel. Her personality made a profound impact in my mind and I wonder why she is seldom studied!! Maybe we could quickly dive into her life to see what we can learn from her life. 
We know that all of Israel’s twelve tribes came forth from 4 women. Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah. Of these 4 women, Leah was the mother of six of the tribes of Israel, including Judah, whose tribe our Lord, Christ Jesus came from.
If we do a brief study of Judah, (the tribe from whom our Lord was from) it isn’t too pretty. A lot of chaos and mess! So, I could not wrap my mind around the fact that God chose the tribe of Judah to send his only Begotten Son!! Frankly, Judah would have been any one of our last choices. But it was God’s Final Choice!!
I was trying to understand why?!! Let us for a moment step back in time a little bit and go a little bit deeper.
 Jacob fell in love with Rachel the very first glance he saw her. But when he asked Rachel’s hand in marriage, her father deceived the guy by getting her older daughter, Leah married to Jacob. From that moment on, Leah’s life was practically devastated.
She was on one hand the wife of Jacob, but day and night she had to live with the fact that the heart of her husband was not in love with her, but rather was enamored in love with her own sibling, Rachel. A place where NO WOMAN would want to be in. Even God took a note of her painful position!
“When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive.” Gen 29:31
Leah brought forth 4 sons in a row and after giving birth each time, we read in her confessions, how much she longed for the love of her spouse. Another fact that evidently stood out, was her OUTSTANDING pre-disposition about the goodness of God!! Not a SINGLE time do we see her complaining, although she had EVERY reason to do so!!
She could have been mad with her Dad for ruining her life. She could have been mad with her sister Rachel for stealing her husband’s love. And of course she could have been bitter with Jacob for quite obviously ignoring her for another woman! But Leah simply refused to let her circumstances determine what she would confess over HER life and the lives of HER CHILDREN!
Even through her personal sorrow and agony, she still purposed firmly to keep her Hope in the unending GOODNESS OF GOD!! She BELIEVED God to be righteous in everything He did, whether she understood it or Not!!
And God indeed was!! He was FAITHFUL to the tears of a lonely Mother. He sent His own Son through the Tribe of Judah, whose Mother was LEAH! He also chose the Tribe of Levi to minister before Him in the temple. No other tribe had that incredible honor of drawing close to God, under the Old Covenant, except the tribe of Levi, whose Mother was LEAH! God honored Leah!
Even as Leah was naming her children amidst all the pain, little did she know that she was calling out the DESTINY OF A NATION which was going to be God’s very own special people! The Nation of ISRAEL!!!
The name by which she called forth each son, by FAITH, was more powerful than some of the mess-ups that the sons actually DID!! GOD valued the FAITH and the HOPE of a lonely Mother and blessed Her Sons.
That’s My God! He sees what NO ONE else sees! He VALUES what EVERYONE else would discard! You may be a Leah, unloved and Alone, or you maybe a Rachel loved and adored! In God’s grand scheme of things, when we learn to SPEAK LIFE especially when circumstances get difficult, we are shaping INCREDIBLE DESTINIES for generations to Come!!
And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Genesis 29:35
And out of JUDAH, came forth the Lamb of God!! Incredible what a simple Mother’s DECREEING can do!!!
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Happy Women’s week to all the favored Women out there….Favored of God.
A Blessed Lenten season too!!!
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Jeev 💕

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, ” James 1:17
This was the verse that went on our wedding card…. when I barely knew my husband. Twelve years later, I see the truth in it more and more as the years roll by.
Hands down, Jeev is one of the Best gifts I have received from the hands of my God! 
About 13 years ago when my parents started looking out for a groom for me, there was one particular proposal which seemed good to all of us in the family. But when we sought God in prayer, the Lord said that He was bringing another, far better, who would be His perfect choice for me.
And when Jeev’s proposal came in, God spoke to Mummy, “This is the one”.
Looking back over the twelve years, He has been that silent voice of encouragement in everything I have done. When he first learned that I write, (I used to send my monthly thoughts through e-mail back then) he encouraged me to start a blog. I had no clue what a Blog was! The Word ‘Blog’ was something that he introduced to me. And by the grace of God, I have been blogging for over 10 years now, a platform where I share my personal journey with Jesus.
Jeev got me my first keyboard and my first guitar after learning of my love for Music. Not knowing to even strike a single chord, I started afresh on both these instruments. Today, If I can manage to strike some decent chords and make music, I think I owe much thanks to him.
“Sugam Belan” on my album Kanden is a song I composed on the Keyboard!! The song talks about how even when there are no medications for the new diseases that overtake this World, there is cure for everything at the foot of the Cross. What a Hope in the Blood of the Lamb, especially during this time when fears of the Coronavirus is at its peak!
When God compliments someone, it is usually not based on any external characteristics. It is usually based on the make-up of the heart. To think that God saw this man’s heart even before I would begin to discover it and thought that he was the right one for me, makes me stand in awe at the wisdom of our God.
There have been many times when after church is over, when all of us are still chatting or catching up with the weeks news, Jeev would quietly step to the back of the church and grab the mop and begin cleaning up. Many of my friends would walk up to me and say, “Varna, Jeev Annan, Chancey illa!!!”. Actually so many of my friends in St Louis have said that!! An incredible husband, a genuine friend and a loving Dad to his kids!  I’m so, so proud that God chose for the two of us to walk together!!!
Of course Time wouldn’t suffice to go into the incredible support he has been in my journey as a Mother, as a Writer, or as a Musician. Of course being a Mom has been the toughest, I confess. When I break down, he would gently hold my hands and say, “Don’t worry, it’ll be fine”.
While it is true that God brought us together, that doesn’t mean all has been perfect! Of course we have had our bad days/phases as well. But, I think we all agree that marriage is an incredible journey where we learn each other’s weaknesses and we learn to love them even through it. We learn to pick each other up when one of us falls down!!!
This month of February as Love is celebrated across the Globe, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my better half for all the loving support he has given me through the years! And in the years to come, together, we look forward to discovering all that God has planned and purposed for us as Man and wife!!!
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A little lesson I learned on my Birthday!

December 31st we had watch-night service at our church and so by the time we got back home and hit the bed, it was really, really late!
On 1st January, I  was awakened suddenly in the early hours of the dawn and was pretty wide awake! I really felt fresh awake, while all my family was sound asleep.
Since it was my birthday, I just thought I’ll spend some time worshipping and praying. If it was any other day, I doubt if I would have done it! But as I began to pray, I could sense the presence of the Lord, almost like you JUST DON’T want to leave that place of Worship!
After sometime, when I was done praying, I quietly asked the Lord, “Lord, is there anything you want to speak to me?” I just felt an impression to read 1 Peter chapter 1. As I began reading, the scriptures burned and settled like fire in my heart. I had been asking God certain specific things and as I kept reading, I was gaining more clarity in those areas.
I know I had fellowship with the Lord, because what do you think is the odds of your Pastor preaching from 1 Peter chapter 1 the next day at church? When Pastor Clive preached out of 1 Peter chapter 1 on New year’s day, all I could say was, “Thank you Jesus, for even remembering a wretch like me.”
The reason I share this story is coz’ almost ALL of us have been awakened suddenly in the early hours of the Dawn, perhaps many, many times in our lives. But most of the time we are either too naiive to discern that it could be the Lord, or simply that we are a little too lazy! I fall under category 2, most times, I confess.
Give it a thought. How many times, you and I have missed opportunities to have a conversation with Jesus when He gently nudged us, and instead just went on with our business anyways!!!
There is something about the stillness of the night. When your bridegroom comes and calls you, there are perhaps some secrets He wants to share with you! Don’t roll over to the other side, instead Hold his hands and step aside with Him and when He begins to talk, you may perhaps NOT want to retire to bed again, anyways!!!
“My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.” Song of Solomon 2:10.
Church, our bridegroom is coming soon. Very, very soon! Are we watching and waiting?? Are we building a relationship with our Maker? Do give it a thought!!!
When everything fades away…. friends, family, fame, name, wealth and power… only one thing remains…That’s your relationship with Jesus!
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Happy Harvest and a Blessed year ahead!!!
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End of the Year thoughts:

As we come to the close of 2019, what are some of the things that is wise for everyone of us to reflect about? Areas of successes, areas of weaknesses, how we handled personal struggles, our thoughts, intentions, attitudes… the list is surely exhaustive.

A few years ago, I heard this testimony from one of my favorite speakers, and ever since these two questions are questions which I ponder very often. Maybe you could make it a part of your prayer time meditation too!

A faithful minister of God had an experience of being taken before the very throne of God. After a short silence, he said, two questions came to his ears like peels of thunder. The questions that proceeded from the throne were, 1. DID YOU LEARN TO LOVE? 2. DID YOU DO MY WILL OR YOUR WILL?

The minister of God testified that he trembled and thought he would be doomed forever. After sometime, the sound proceeded forth again saying, “Your time has not yet come. Return to fulfill all My will.” Upon hearing those words, he revived back on the earth.

It seems to me like 2019 was just born, and before we knew how, we have come to the close of another year!

What has been the transformation in our lives in this last one year? Have we strived hard to live in Love? Have we strived hard to have a clear conscience before God? Have we resisted temptations? In what way have we changed into the image of Christ, however small the change may seem!

Personally speaking, I can think of tons of things I could have done differently!!!! I’m sure we all can see areas in our lives where we are terribly lacking, and I’m sure there are areas where we could say to ourselves, “Hey, not bad huh! By the grace of God, we climbed that mighty mountain.” 🙂

Whatever be our hearts position right now, for a moment, bring to your minds eye, the throne of God and talk to Jesus about your very own struggles. Ask the Lord to throw light in the areas of your shortcomings.

Let us throw down our pride, judgement, critical attitudes at the foot of the Cross and come before Him with a child-like heart!!! Observe intently at your own heart and ask God to help you. He is FAITHFUL to Help! Our God is not a God who is waiting to condemn but He is waiting to embrace, when we go to him with a penitant heart.

It is better to judge ourselves today in the presence of our Lord, than to be judged in the final day! The Bible puts it thus:

“Now if we judged ourselves properly, we would not come under judgment.” 1 Cor 11:3.

Aren’t we all waiting to hear those precious words from the lips of our Master? “Well done my good and faithful servant?”. But if we don’t do well, it is ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE to hear these words too: “And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

To think that each one of us independently, will have to stand before our Maker and give an account of our lives, should be the ONE prime factor that should drive us!!!

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13

Reflect, as we step into another brand New Year, with unlimited possibilities at our disposal! Let our highest priority be to draw nearer to Jesus than the year before! Oh! Yet another year before us to ADORE HIM!!

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Wishing everyone the blessings of the season 🎄🎄 and an abundant New Year! 🎉🎉

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How many languages does God speak?

I’ve not known many people who have a fascination for trees. But my husband is an exception to the norm. Everywhere we go…. guess what captures his attention. It’s the trees. “Look how tall that tree is…” or “Look how it’s branches are spreading out” or “I wonder how that tree is not uprooted, coz it’s trunk looks so fragile”, “I’m sure this tree is at least 200/100/50/25 years old!” 🌴🌳🌲

All the while, I’m looking with magnifying glasses 🧐 to see something that would stand out in my eyes!!! But after 12 years, I’ve come to realize it’s just not in me, to admire trees!!! 🌳🌴😯

About a year ago, it was a gloomy morning coz’ something was running in my head and I was fretting and awfully fearful over something. After Jaden left for school and Jeev left for work, I sat down on my favorite green chair, my heart sullen in despair.

In about a couple of minutes I heard a totally weird sound. I thought it was my alarm making an untimely wake up call, so I went to the bedroom to find that it wasn’t my alarm clock. So I came back and sat on my chair, my heart still very, very low. After a couple of minutes I heard the same sound again.

If I have to describe the sound, it was something like a sweet crow. It was a crowing sound, but sweeter…very very sweet. As I sat n’ looked around, out of my window on the deck railing, I saw a pretty little sparrow crowing in kind of a talking tone!

As I fixed my gaze at the sparrow, to just watch it’s beauty, I felt like it told me, “Hey girl.. Why are you downcast? Look at me. See how my father takes care of me. Won’t he take care of you?” N’ just like as though it’s job of delivering the message was done, it flew away.

I sat there thinking, “Am I Dr Dolittle or What!!!”…. I must be imagining BIG time!!!! So I brushed aside the thought, and decided to listen to some uplifting music. I went to YouTube n’ the first song that popped up was the song, “Consider the lilies”, by Charlotte Ritchie:

Consider the lilies, they don’t toil nor spin, But there’s not a king with more splendor than them;
Consider the sparrows, they don’t plant nor sow
But they’re fed by the Master
Who watches them grow!

So to the question, how many languages does God speak, the ideal answer would be: As many as the number of people on this face of Earth, coz’ Gods language with EACH person is different.

“For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.” Job 33:14

For one person, trees could be the language God may use, for a bird lover, a tiny sparrow could be the mailman for the day, for PM Modi recently, it was the ‘Ocean’ which inspired him to go deep in thoughts and write a poem. It is a wonder how uniquely beautiful each One of us are to God and the language He uses to connect with each of us, is JUST AS UNIQUE!!

In all these, here’s the common denominator:

God pursues EACH of us ever so passionately to turn our eyes toward him SOMEHOW….SOMEWAY…. in a language that was knit within us even before we came to be!

It is not the language of the tongue, but the language of the heart….from His Heart to Yours!

“I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.”
Hebrews 8:10,11.

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Blessed November!!!

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My Bible, Journal and Coffee:

One of my MOST favorite things to do is journaling. It is nearly impossible for me to travel anywhere without my journal.

I picked up the interest from my school friend Neha, when I was in my 8th grade. We collected a variety of stickers, we wrote about our favorite episodes in X-files🛸🛸, and also wrote down masala stories about our favorite cricket heroes!!! 🏏 🏏

But, what started as a fun thing to spend time on, has completely turned around and today, I can almost say that it is one of the MOST useful things that I do.

I record every scripture that God speaks to me, write down pressing prayer points for my own family or for dear ones, write  new songs,  and record anything that I sense, is from my Father above.

Another interesting thing that I do, is write down questions for which I would want a clear answer or direction from the Lord. And…. have been appalled by the way God gives his answer!! Looking back at some of my old journals, leaves me stunned many-a-times, at the goodness of God!!

I’m pretty sure most of you have experienced answers from Heaven, but I believe ‘journaling’ them down is an excellent habit to pursue – coz over a period of time, you would have learned to discern the voice of God, something that EVERYONE of  us, hunger for!!!

To me personally, it has been an incredible tool by which I learned to discern the voice of God. To be specific, to discern or distinguish between my own random head thoughts and the ‘still small voice’ as noted in 1 Kings 19:12.

I essentially write down anything which I feel is perhaps the Lord. And almost always, when God speaks, he confirms the word by 2 or 3 witnesses.

“By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” 2 Cor 13:1

God talks with everyone who has a sincere heart to please him and has a hunger to hear from HIM.
But many times I have been so confused, unable to discern clearly as to what God is speaking regarding a specific situation. If you have EVER been there, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you to start journaling! You will soon learn to tune into the very heart of God.

In the beginning we may have a lot of scratches n’ may have to write on the side, “Not the Lord”, but soon you will echo with John’s words: “It is the Lord.” John 21:7.

John was able to perceive what the other disciples were not able to. The reason I believe, is because John had a desire to lean upon the bosom of Jesus, WHENEVER Jesus was around! It’s  the same thing with Journaling. Every time you sit for your personal time with the Lord, lean closer to the Lord, and write down every little thing that you hear! Over time, you and I will surely be able to perceive Jesus with a bit more clarity, just as John!

The downside of journaling of course is that you get to see some of your own foolishness of years ago 😑- Of how I thought of myself to be Miss Perfect 2007 👑 🤦🏻‍, Of How I set deadlines for God to perform his miracles 📅; and at the smallest hurt of sorts, “Lord, where is your mountain quaking 🌋🌋, Earth shattering Fire and Brimstoneeeee ☄💥💥 ??”

What was I even thinking, I’ve often wondered!!! We faintly, but clearly see the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and marvel….simply marvel!! He picked an old rag like me, and gave worth to even me!!!

In essence, a Journal would remind you of 3 things – God’s Kindness TO you, God’s work IN you, and God’s voice TO you, quite well… Page by Page!!!

” …. all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16

Did you know, God has a journal too?!! It’s your story and mine that’s in there! Cool, ain’t it?? 🙂

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Blessed month ahead!