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Closing thoughts for 2014

As each year comes to a close it sends me quivers coz’ we are one more year closer to the coming of the Lord. I don’t know if you have ever thought about the coming of the Lord in serious terms!!! But the things that are going on around the globe sends strong signals to the beloved of the Lord, to ‘prepare’ themselves for the coming of their groom. Bride… it’s Time we got ready!!! These are not days we could afford to live in complacency or procrastination!!! Time is near, I believe!!!

Mid 2014, in the month of July an e-mail was circulated to the partners of Ravi Zac ministries. It was an e-mail that Mrs Anne Graham Lotz(Billy Grahams daughter) sent to Dr Ravi Zacharias and here is a little excerpt from it:

Dear Ravi,
As you may know, my husband is in declining health. I am no longer traveling and speaking as much as I have for the last 26 years since I am staying home to care for him. As a result, I have had time to be quiet and listen more to the whispers of the Spirit. He has revealed things to me in the stillness that I’m not sure I would have heard in my former busyness.

One of the things He has impressed on me is that we are living at the end of human history as we know it. In light of this, He has given me some practical assignments. One was to be the Honorary Chair for the National Day of Prayer 2014 this past May. He gave me the message I was to deliver, which was from Joel 1…the Day of the Lord is at hand. It was a message warning that judgment is coming.

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God seems to be sending His voice to the ends of the Earth to wake up His church from their state of slumber and to be prepared for His second coming, for which the church has been waiting for several centuries!!! It won’t be too long before ISIS conquers the world and our faith may have to go through fiery furnaces as well!!!

The Stage is fast being set around the globe!!! Every country has a leader who has an anti-judeo-christian worldview, though they have not made their claims public, obviously due to political reasons!!! IT is just a matter of time. O’ Christian…. these are the days to PRAY!!!! Much much more than ever before!!!! Gather your extra oil while there is still time!!!

“Blow the trumpet….sound the alarm …for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand–Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God…” Joel 2:1,13

Prepare… and Have a Blessed 2015 in the Lord!!!

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Releasing ‘Kanden’, my first album. :)

A big Hi to all!!! Hope everyone is doing well!!!

Jeev, Jaden n I are doing good too!!! Greetings to all from the Jeevagarajan family!!!! 🙂 This is a very special post, as I am so excited to announce the release of my first tamil gospel album, ‘Kanden’ (translated, ‘I have seen’).

How Kanden was born…

I have always wanted to make music of some sort even as a child. I remember telling my friends (at school, when I was in 9th and 10th grade) that I want to be a musician( I had no clue what musicians did, back then, ha ha) when I grew up. I guess it was a desire that the Lord planted in my heart even as a child. But as I grew up I saw several real ‘professional’ singers, even within the family and kinda backed out from that dream, completely convinced that I was not good enough!!!!

Later after I got married, the dream started coming back to my mind, and I can say I was almost pushed to do this by the Lord!!! Thanks to Jesus, alone!!!

Well, Long story short, the Lord had ‘Kanden’ in His mind even before I started thinking about it. Isn’t that how God is, even with our lives. He has such amazing thoughts in His mind for us and our future. If only we could get a glimpse of it, we would surely be blown away!!! One of the songs in the album is just about the thoughts of God toward us, based on the scripture, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Is 55:9.

I am soooo glad and humbled and excited to release my first album, “Kanden”.

Here are two songs from the album to listen to:

for digital downloads go to amazon.com or itunes.com. Just type varna jeevagarajan in the search column, it pulls up. The cd will also be available in all leading christian bookstores in india.

Listen to the songs and do share your comments!!! Waiting to hear from ya’ll!!! 🙂

Blessed thanksgiving season everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The girl and the news she got!!!

I read this in a book by Walter Beuttler. It’s a good read for the hungry in spirit!!! This story impacted me quite deeply, so I thought I’ll share it with you guys!!!

There are several of us who get on stage to sing for the glory of the Lord, but how often do we ‘REALLY’ sing for an audience of ONE??? This incident below really made me think deep and self evaluate. It is a good read for some self-introspection, to all the singers out there!!! The next time we get on stage, may we never forget that our audience is not ‘before’ us, but rather ‘above’ us!!!

Excerpt from the book:

We had a revival in school, and we were coming and going because the revival kept going all the time. I came back to chapel, and sat on one end on the girl’s side. I came in and just sat over there.

One of the girls was sitting at the other end of the row of seats – nobody between us, and she was singing….. It was beautiful. I think she was the greatest singer we ever had. Did that girl have a voice! She could sing way up to K (someplace up there – I’m not a musician though I love music, but know nothing about it.) Did she sing! The chapel was quiet. Everybody was listening to her, and so was I. Oh could that girl sing!

And the Lord spoke to me, I want you to go over to Susie (not her real name), and tell her that her singing is an abomination in My sight.”

Whew!

I said, “Lord, I can’t do that. I have a good relationship with the students, and she has never done anything to me. That’s a terrible thing to do.”

A second time He said, I want you to go over and tell her that her singing is an abomination in My sight.

I said, “God, I can’t do that to that girl.” She was one of those nice kids, you know. She’d get cookies from home from her Mom, knock at my door, “Come in,” I’d say.

Brother Beuttler, got some cookies. Would you like some?

I’d say, “Sure, I’ll take the whole box. How about it?” You know, that kind of a kid.

God, and I should tell her that?” I said. The Lord dealt with me, and I finally acquiesced. When I wanted to go over, she was gone. Oh, I felt bad. I said, “Father, forgive me. I’m going to go up to the office, and if You will bring her my way, I will obey.

I walked up, and down the hall comes Susie. We passed outside my office door. I said, “Susie, would you mind stepping in my office a moment. I have something to tell you.”

And she said so nicely, “Certainly, Brother Beuttler,” in such a nice way. Now I felt all the worse. If she had only demurred, but she was so accommodating. We went and shut the door. She stood here; I stood there. I looked her in the eye and said nothing. I guess she wondered. I thought, “Oh brother, that’s awfully hard, isn’t it?

I said, Susie, the Lord wants me to tell you that your singing in chapel is an abomination in His sight.” I said no more. And that girl looked at me as though lightening had struck her.

I could feel her think, “Brother Beuttler, you, of all people! What have I ever done to you?” What could I do?

Her head came down and that girl began to weep. She broke out into terrible sobs that I hear for the rest of my life. Oh brother! Her nose started to run, so I gave her my handkerchief. I told you I always have a clean handkerchief in school.

She took it and wept into it. Oh brother! That girl wept. Her whole body heaved. I could have put my arm around that girl’s shoulder. I could have and said to her, “I’m so sorry, what can I do?” but you can’t do that.

There she was, blowing her nose, sobbing. And then she went that way all the way down the hall to the girl’s dorm, crying and sobbing the whole way. And I stood outside the door and watched the girl walk down like that. Whew! What a job this school business is, and obedience to God.

She was the favourite singer. She was the soloist; she was in duets, in threeets, in fourets, in fivets, whatever ets there was, she was in it. She sang no more, and to her credit, she never told what happened. Neither did I.

Susie, will you sing a solo?” “No,” she would answer.

Why not?” “I’m not singing anymore,” she answered.

What happened?” “Don’t ask me,” she said.

That girl refused to sing for about three months. I had chapel service, and the Lord laid it upon my heart to ask her to sing a solo. So I looked her up and said, “Susie, I have chapel tomorrow, and I’d like you to sing a solo for us.”

She said, “Me?” as though saying, “After what you said, you’re asking me?” (She didn’t say that, that’s how I felt.) She only said, “Me?

So I said, “Yes, you.”

Her head She paused a bit and said, “I’ll sing.” And she sang. School was out very shortly after that. During the summer I received a letter from her:

Dear Brother Beuttler, I want to thank you for your faithfulness to God and to me for when I was singing in chapel, I was not singing for the glory of the Lord, I was singing to have folk admire my voice. I knew everybody was listening in admiration while I enjoyed their admiration. For some time pride had begun to build up in my heart, and I sang for my own glory. What you said made me realize the state I was in. God humbled me, and broke me, and took the pride out of my heart. I went to the radio station and asked them to cut for you a 12-inch record on which I’m singing for you your favourite hymns.

Your grateful student, Susie

She came back again the next year and was used again in singing, but her pride was gone. What a price for obedience!!!!

Some tough lessons!!!! Huh!!! …. heaven is watching…. with piercing eyes that look directly into our hearts!!!! We can pretend before people, but ain’t happening with God!!!

“O fear the LORD, you His saints” Psalm 34:9

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Blessed November guys!!!

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The Boring Book!!!

The book of Chronicles is usually considered boring, but I’m currently doing the book of chronicles…. and….. I am indeed enthralled by the life stories that are recorded in great detail!!! It is all written from God’s point of view. It is NOT just recorded facts… rather it describes in great detail as to how God viewed the life of each King. When testifying of some of the Kings, the Word of God says, “…… King did evil in the eyes of the LORD” and when talking about a few other Kings like Jehoshaphat, the Word of God says, “ He sought the LORD diligently” or “ He walked in the ways of His Father David” and so on…… One such life, the life of King Asa, made me ponder…….

Asa’s last years” is the title of 2 chronicles chapter 16. Chapter 14 starts off with a good testimony about king Asa. “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God” 2 chronicles 14:2. But during Asa’s last years of life (chapter 16), his focus on God had made a dynamic shift. His heart had shifted from trusting the LORD…. to trusting the strength of men. Big Mistake!!!

In chapter 15, when he was faced with a vast and a mighty army, King Asa diligently sought the LORD and prayed thus: “Lord, we do not know what to do.. ..but our eyes are on you”. In chapter 16, when King Baasha was about to attack Asa, he went and made a treaty with Ben Hadad, King of Aram to escape from the hand of King Baasha!!!! The LORD was watching and he sent word through the prophet:

At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand.

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” 2 chronicles 16:7-9

On the surface, it doesn’t look all that bad for a King of a nation to seek the help of another nation to strengthen themselves for the battle!!! Well, that’s what Kings with common sense are supposed to do!!! But God was looking just a little beyond!!! What seems ‘right’ to our eyes, may not seem ‘right’ in the eyes of God!!! I leave you with this question. Who is your first consultant????

Is It google/ friend/ mother/ pastor???? Just asking…!!! It may not seem wrong on the surface!!! But it truly reveals where our reliance is!!! If Prayer and seeking God is not our ‘first’ resort, anything else is probably the ‘wrong’ resort!!!

Pic below: Just an old pic!!! The men of the Inbasingh family. My hubby, his brother and their sons… 🙂

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Blessed month of August guys!!!!

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Praise away, Anyway!!!!

The unseen world is a reality. More real than the real world we live in. If angels are real, then demons are too!!! IF God is real, then Satan is too. IF God plans good for us, Satan toils day n’ night to destroy the good plans of God, in man’s life. Nevertheless, our focus need not be on the demons, but rather on Jesus before whom the demons tremble and flee!!!

However, satan and his demonic spirits are responsible for several of the problems that exist in the world today. The Bible says,Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

No matter what we are going through….. GOD’S plans for us is always ‘good’. But Satan’s strongest weapons from the age of the garden of Eden till the age of mobiles n computers, remains the same. The weapon called…… DOUBT!!! Satan makes us DOUBT the goodness of God, DOUBT the promises of God, DOUBT the plans of God… and eventually pushes the soul of man to the pit of depression and anxiety. Just look around you and you will see the people who are suffering from depression and fear and anxiety!!!

BUT, God has not left us helpless!!!! He has given us a counter- weapon to chase the enemy who whispers lies. And the weapon is in our MOUTH!!!

Everytime when evil spirits whispers lies into our ears, the lie causes us to be discouraged, depressed and disturbed on the inside. But, we CAN chase the discouragement away by using one powerful weapon that God has given us to combat the enemy!!! The weapon called P.R.A.I.S.E!!! Praise can chase the strongest devil away and create an atmosphere for God to move on your behalf!!!

Praising God is almost impossible, if there is no Faith!!! Faith causes us to believe the impossible. And when we believe for the impossible, a declaration of the things yet unseen, causes Satan to lose his grip on you!!!

 Jesus said “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move….” Matthew 17:20

Read, “Say to this mountain”. What do we say to the mountain??? Tell the mountain that God is faithful, tell the mountain that His promises will never lie, tell the mountain that God is eternal and good!!! Just Praise God….’to’ the mountain!!!! As long as we focus on the bigness of the mountain, the mountain will ONLY get bigger…. the moment you begin shifting your focus and begin Praising Jesus, your mountain has to disintegrate!!! Thats the law of GOD!!!

Today, don’t look at your high mountains and high walls. Turn your eyes upon Jesus and Declare God’s goodness…. Praise His mighty name…. Prophecy the promises to your situations…. YOUR MOUNTAINS HAVE TO MOVE!!!

“The tongue has the power of life and death…” Proverbs 18:21

USE IT WISELY!!!

Pic below: Summer time with cousins!!! 🙂

 

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Happy June folks!!! 🙂

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Our tomorrow’s, in safe hands! Fret Not!

When thoughts overwhelm me to the point that I can’t take it anymore, I talk to myself!!! I simply say these few words. Var, just ONE day at a time, relax, enjoy this day… and take, ONE day at a time!!!!” I love this old hymn:

One day at a time sweet Jesus, thats all I’m asking from you

Give me the strength to do everyday what I have to do

Yesterdays gone sweet Jesus and tomorrow may never be mine

SO for my sake teach me to take one day at a time. 

I love the allegory that the Bible uses between Jesus and His disciples. Jesus says that HE, is our shepherd and we are the sheep of His pasture. The Sheep is a very unique pick… that God decided to liken us to the Sheep. The Sheep simply CANNOT do anything on its own. It can’t find a safe place to eat its food…. it can’t clean itself up, it NEEDS the Shepherd for EVERYTHING!!! And if the Shepherd takes his eyes off for a moment, it blindly goes its own way and gets itself into dangers….!!!! One silly animal, I must say!!! And God likens you and me, to a Sheep!!! 

Well, the Lord is trying to drive a point here. “The safety and the well-being of the Sheep is not in the capacity of the Sheep,  but in the MIGHTINESS of the Shepherd.” Our tomorrows are NOT in our hands…. but in the hands of our gentle, yet All Powerful Shepherd!!! 

 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,…….See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:25,28

Fret not about your tomorrows, We are in safe hands!!! 🙂

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Family at Zest Resorts, Mahabs, Chennai!!!! 🙂
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But, Why????

Jesus was God in flesh. He loved and had compassion on all people. But He also had some people to whom He was close to and loved very dearly. In John 11, the Holy Spirit mentions three people whom Jesus dearly loved. Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. (John 11:5).

Now Lazarus was beginning to get sick. Initially maybe the sickness started off really mild…. but little by little the sickness began to get worse…. Those were days when they didn’t have equipments to have an accurate diagnosis. They treated the ailments with the help of the local physicians as best seemed to them. The sickness for Lazarus was building up….. and now he is probably near death point. The medicines have not worked….. and the healers have failed!!! Jesus was their only Hope!!! And so they sent word to Jesus who was ministering in a nearby town.

Now Jesus was a popular preacher by then. People thronged to Him from everywhere. People just wanted to have a glimpse of Him. People just wanted to touch Him. They wanted to hear His life giving words. Jesus was really really busy with His ministry. It was at ‘this’ time, when Jesus was at His peak in ministry, that the sisters sent word to Jesus…. that their brother Lazarus was sick.

Having full confidence in their friendship with Jesus, Mary and Martha would have expected Jesus to have come right away. If it were me, that was what I would have expected Jesus to do!!! But days were passing by and Lazarus was getting worse. Can u imagine the emotions the sisters must have felt???? They must have been in an emotional turmoil thinking day and night about their brother…… and they must have ‘wondered’ why Jesus ignored the word that they sent to Him!!! Didn’t Jesus care??? Didn’t Jesus love them anymore like He used to??? Has He become too busy??? And then they probably heard people talking behind their backs…. “Jesus is a big prophet to all Israel…. how will He come here just for this one man Lazarus…???”

When all of these questions were running on the minds of the sisters, the inevitable happens…. Lazarus dies. The sisters were broken. On one side they felt forgotten by God…. and on the other side they were grieving the loss of their brother. Hours and days went by…. four days had passed by. Then comes Jesus to the town of Mary, Martha and Lazarus…..

Martha runs to Jesus….. and after a little while Mary runs too. Jesus sees Mary weeping…. He understood those tears fully well. They were tears of helplessness, hopelessness….. it said, “Lord…. I trusted you… BUT, WHY did you let me down…????” Much like what we feel sometimes right???? But Mary…. Martha….. you still have no idea what Jesus is going to do for you!!! Something that He doesn’t do for everybody!!! Some special miracles are reserved ONLY for some of His cherished, special ones!!!! And take heart….. you are still in His Cherished peoples list!!!

And yes Indeed!!! Lazarus was raised from the dead!!! Jesus silenced the talk of all the people….. who questioned God’s love for this family!!! Despite facing threats for His own life in this particular town where Mary and Martha lived (John 11:8), Jesus came over, for just that ONE MAN Lazarus, God’s friend!!!

Do you feel forgotten??? Do you have BUT, WHY questions???? Take heart, you are always remembered….. even in the midst of the multitudes, His thoughts are about YOU!!! All that He says to you is this:

“Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40

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Believe, and Have a fantastic week guys!!!