Category Archives: Spiritual Titbits

Prayer

What is prayer? It is an age old question that many sipitual gurus have tried explaining to us, after all what is prayer. Yet there is no one understanding of it. 

Fr PI Thomas during the mass explained prayer as ‘resting in God‘ and I found it very meaningful this explanation. 

Even if we don’t understand it, I should say prayer must resting in God, for rest is not a luxury, rather a necessity of every human being…we feel refreshed after the rest, energetic for another day of activities, prayer should lead us to the same experience.

Resting in God, we must be made strong for doing good. 

Nothing in the World Will Ever Be the Same

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As I listened to this song during the adoration service, I was just fascinated. Looking at Jesus I really felt, this words are 101% true. Reflecting over my life too I feel, it is love that made all the difference…

So I thought of posting it;

For all those who are in love – that they may feel power of Love.

For all those who have find difficult to find meaning in their love – that they may relive the beginnings of their love.

For me that I may ever savour the beauty of my Love.

Love, love changes everything,
hands and faces, earth and sky
Love, love changes everything,
How you live and how you die
Love, can make the summer fly,
Or a night seem like a lifetime
Yes love, love changes everything,
Now I tremble at your name
Nothing in the world will ever be the same

Love, love changes everything,
Days are longer, words mean more
Love, love changes everything,
Pain is deeper, than before
Love, will turn your world around,
And that world will last forever
Yes, love, love changes everything,

Brings you glory, brings you shame
Nothing in the world will ever be the same

Off into the world we go,
Planning futures, shaping years
Love bursts in and suddenly,
All our wisdom disappears
Love, makes fools of everyone,
All the rules we make are broken
Yes, love, love changes everyone,
live or perish, in its flame
Love will never, never let you be the same
Love will never, never let you be the same

May Love Change Everything….

An inspiring witness of Faith

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Why go to Church?

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can’t remember a single one of them. So I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.” This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: “I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my spouse has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall what the menu was for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: they all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my spouse had not given me those meals, I would be dead today.” No comments were made on the sermon contents anymore.

-Author Unknown

Where is happiness

Not in unbelief — Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote: “I wish I had never been born.”

Not in pleasure — Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure, if anyone did. He wrote: “The worm, the canker, and the grief are mine alone.”

Not in money — Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When dying he said: “I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.”

Not in position and fame — Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote: “Youth is a mistake; manhood, a struggle; old age, a regret.”

Not in military glory — Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept, because, he said, “There are no more worlds to conquer.”

Where, then, is happiness found? The answer is simple: In Christ alone. He said, “I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man can take from you.”

Is that Jesus knocking?

A nurse on the paediatric ward, before listening to the little ones’ chests

would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts.

Their eyes would always light up with awe. But she never got a response to
equal four year old David’s. She placed the disk over his heart. “Listen,” she
said, “what do you suppose that is?”

He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up-as if lost in the
mystery of the strange tap-tap-tapping deep in his chest.

Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin. “Is that Jesus knocking?” he asked.

Spirituality of Guardian Angel

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For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (Ps. 91:11)

The Lord has blessed every one with an angel to guard one in all his/her way. He is a guardian par excellence, the voice of the one who is crying out within each one of us, it a voice that has assumed a presupposed responsibility for the one who is entrusting to him. I feel this is the spirituality of the guardian, a spirituality of responsibility which demands my presence in the face-to-face encounter with the other. Continue reading Spirituality of Guardian Angel

A love story: Because U r mine!

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One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah the beauty of God‘s creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord’s presence with me.

He asked me, “Do you love me?”

I answered, “Of course, God! You are my Lord and Saviour!”

Then He asked, “If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?”

I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t be able to do, the things that I took for granted.

And I answered, “It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You.”

Then the Lord said, “If you were blind, would you still love my creation?” How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation.

So I answered, “It’s hard to think of it, but I would still love you.”

The Lord then asked me, “If you were deaf, would you still listen to my Word?”

How could I listen to anything being deaf? Then I understood. Listening to God’s Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts.

I answered, “It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your Word.”

The Lord then asked, “If you were mute, would you still praise My Name?”

How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me: God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks.

So I answered, “Though I could not physically sing, I would still praise  Your Name.”

And the Lord asked, “Do you really love Me?”

With courage and a strong conviction, I answered boldly, “Yes Lord! I love You because You are the One and true God!”

I thought I had answered well, but God asked, “Then Why Do You Sin?”

I answered, “Because I am only human. I am not perfect.”

“Then Why In Times Of Peace Do You Stray The Furthest? Why Only In Times Of Trouble Do You Pray The Earnest?”

No answers. Only tears.

The Lord continued: “Why only sing at fellowships and retreats? Why seek Me only in times of worship? Why ask things so selfishly? Why ask things so unfaithfully?”

The tears continued to roll down my cheeks.

“Why are you ashamed of Me? Why are you not spreading the good news?  Why in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on? Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My Name?”

I tried to answer, but there was no answer to give.

“You are blessed with life. I made you not to throw this gift away. I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn away. I have revealed My Word to you, but you do not gain in knowledge. I have spoken to you, but your ears were closed. I have shown My blessings to you, but your eyes were turned away. I have sent you servants, but you sat idly by as they were pushed away. I have heard your prayers and I have answered them all.

“Do You Truly Love Me?”

I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had no excuse. What could I say to this?

When my heart had cried out and the tears had flowed, I said, “Please forgive me Lord. I am unworthy to be Your child.”

The Lord answered, “That is My Grace, My child.”

I asked, “Then why do you continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?”

The Lord answered,

 

“Because you are My creation.

You are my child. I will never abandon you.

When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you.

When you shout with Joy, I will laugh with you.

When you are down, I will encourage you.

When you fall, I will raise you up.

When you are tired, I will carry you.

I will be with you till the end of days,

and I will love you forever.”

Never had I cried so hard before. How could I have been so cold? How could I have hurt God as I had done?

I thanked the Lord for everything that He had blessed me with and then I asked God, “How much do You love me?”

The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail-pierced hands. I bowed down at the feet of Christ, my Savior. And for the first time, I truly prayed.

Author Unknown

 

One Sentence Sermons

friendshipBe Fishers of Men…. You catch ’em, He’ll clean ’em.
A family altar can alter a family.
A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.
Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church.
Exercise daily. Walk with the Lord!
Forbidden fruits create many jams.
Give God what’s right, not what’s left!
Give Satan an inch and he’ll be a ruler.
God grades on the cross, not the curve.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
Having truth decay? Brush up on your Bible!
He who angers you, controls you!
He who is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.
He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back. Most people
want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity. Never give the devil a
ride! He will always want to drive!
Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.
Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
“Pray” is a four letter word that you can say anywhere. Prayer – Don’t give God
instructions — just report for duty!
The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect
you.
This Church is “Prayer Conditioned!”
To be almost saved is to be totally lost.
WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning!
Watch your step carefully! Everyone else does!
We don’t change the message; the message changes us.
We set the sail; God makes the wind.
We’re too blessed to be depressed.
Wisdom has two parts:  1) Having a lot to say. 2) Not saying it.

By: Author Unknown

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU: THE HUSTLING BUSINESSMAN

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In the morning go to work; in the evening don’t let up. You know notwhen success will come, wither morning or evening. ( Ecclesiastes 11:6, paraphrased ) 
I have given you time as a gift. Whether you succeed or whether you fail depends upon what you do with the time I have given you. I know the tremendous responsibilities you are facing, and the decisions you are constantly making. I am not removed from the pressures of the business world. 
 
You must remember that when I was here I was surrounded by working people, business people,                                                               
professional people. 
 
One of My followers was a tin merchant.
One of My followers was a tax collector.
Many of My followers were commercial fishermen.
I had followers who were students.
I had followers who mended nets.
I had followers who worked in the fields.
I had followers who knew responsibility,
who knew decision,
who knew how important it is to properly utilize time.

This is what I am saying to you:
I am interested in your success.
I am interested in your character development.
I am interested in your happiness and blessing.
This is why I teach you of time.

I will show you how to save time, if you will seek My face, turn to My Word and draw near to Me. I will even show you how to save your funds and manage your finances. I will cause you to make the most of your time, so that you are not doing that which is non-productive and that which is fruitless.

I will show you how to save your energy so that you are not merely running for the sake of running, returning from your day exhausted, without having achieved your goal.

I will show you how to save your funds so that you will not be putting your money into a bag with holes in it.

With My help, wisdom and guidance, with Me directing the affairs of your life, you can prosper in the wise expenditure of you time, energy and funds.

Therefore, be sure to keep busy. But busy as I direct you and lead you.  Then you shall see My blessings overtaking you.The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (Exodus  14:14 )