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Take Off Under God’s Wings!

During one of my travels, as I was getting off the flight. I had an opportunity to see a plane take off in my sight as it was sunset time. At some take-off point, I saw how the plane flew above the sun. For a moment, my heart was captivated by that sight. I looked in awe at how man overcame nature and could supersede and take off against the earth's gravity.

I wondered how it must have been for The Wright brothers, Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright. When no one imagined flying in the sky, these brothers dared to think unconventionally. They dared to imagine something that didn’t exist in mankind. They dared to dream. Because they dared unconventionally, today, it’s the norm of conventional travel.

My thoughts went back to Bible times, people in the Bible, how when they had to follow God on an unconventional path, many were blessed. Many generations were blessed because of one man’s leap of an unconventional act.

God speaking to Abraham: Abram’s call

Genesis 12:2

And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you [abundantly],
And make your name great (exalted, distinguished);
And you shall be a blessing [a source of great good to others];

God chose and blessed Abraham to be a blessing to many.

When God wanted to tangibly love people and show the heavenly father’s heart to man, he chose Mary. God chose Mary's womb when he wanted to love the world in the flesh.

Yes, Mary, the mother of Jesus, is highly favored, and God blessed her womb to bless the world.  

Every one of us has a call to answer. Jesus is calling us today to say “Yes” to him, to dream with him, to participate in His dreams for us, to rise above and reach our God-given potential, to walk in our authority with authenticity, to become all that God has called us to be, to live life to the fullest, to experience joy, peace and walk in blessings so we can be blessing to our loved ones and the world.  

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 

Let us rest in God’s love for us that God’s got us! We can lie down peacefully in God’s arms, knowing that if we say “Yes” to God and surrender to His love for us, our lives will take off just like people sitting on a flight; they will reach their destination.

Seeing From Above!!

As I looked down from the plane, everything that was big appeared so small from a higher view.

As I was looking down at the city view from a higher plane. Just then Holy Spirit started to speak to my heart.

Every argument, every seemingly big fight, and every difficult situation will look insignificant when you see it from a higher plane!

Ephesians 2:6

For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.

We have been raised together with Jesus Christ and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

You’re seated with Christ, far above all principality and power and every organization of the adversary. That means you’re superior to even the highest-ranking demons!

Since we are seated in a heavenly realm, this verse from Philippians 4:8 came as a reminder!  

Philippians 4:8

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].

 
 
 

Happy Resurrection Sunday, 2023!!

I was visiting one of my sisters. After more than 24 hours of coming back home, I suddenly realize my pen drive is missing.

I searched every item, purse, and stuff that I had taken that day with me while visiting my sister. I also searched the home.

The final resort, I thought I will go back to my sister’s place and double-check for my own solace.

So, I went back to my sister’s house, not fully confident about finding it, as I didn’t remember the events surrounding my pen drive. As in, what did I do after I took the pen drive out? Where did I keep it? What happened when I took the pen drive out etc … the memory surrounding the pen drive completely was blacked out. It was as if that portion of the event was completely shut off, I had no recollection of it. I felt like a temporary loss of memory surrounding the pen drive.

Seeing my plight, my husband even offered me a new pen drive. That offer was breaking me down further at the thought of never being able to find it, so I was resorting to just buying a new one. I was breaking down with the thoughts of losing that pen drive forever and never being able to find it.

Out of broken heart, I went to my sister’s place, hoping for a miracle. My sister said, “Mahima, as soon as you told me, I searched the place. It’s not here”. I was just searching around, and after a while, my search turned into cleaning. The maid started cleaning whenever and wherever I lifted the sofas, teapoy table, etc.  

Suddenly as I was lifting one of the armchair sofas, suddenly the maid said – ‘Ma’am, it’s here”

Those words, my God, were magical, supernatural, miraculous. Words fall short of expressing my joy. I basked in glorious moments, completely lost in joy, transported to another realm. It took me some time to come back to normalcy after finding my pen drive.

What I realized after shedding a couple of joyful tears is –

It’s not the pen drive by itself that caused me so much heartbreak.

It’s what I had put inside that pen drive. My precious, priceless, eternal moments, media files, and data.

Even If I bought a new one, I would never get back the data I had put in this pen drive.

The loss of precious, priceless data was hurting me so much.   

Since I use lots of external hard drives and pen drives and if I line up all my pen drives. Each pen drive is so so so so precious because of what’s inside each pen drive.

Even if I have 10 pen drives, losing even one pen drive is so heart-wrenching at the thought of losing precious data that’s inside the pen drive.

At that moment, I had a glimpse of The Parable of The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Lost Son from the heartbeat of Jesus.

(Bible Reference of the Parables of the lost sheep, the lost son, and the lost coin is from Luke Chapter 15)

No wonder, The shepherd left 99 behind to go in search of one lost sheep. The father, even though had 2 sons kept waiting for the prodigal son to come back to the father’s house. The woman, even though had 10 silver coins when she lost one, searched carefully and thoroughly her entire house without giving up until she found it. In all three scenarios, the parable ends with celebration when they find what was once lost.

Isaiah 53:6

We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
    We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.

Hebrews 12:2

Let us look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

You and I were the joy that was before Jesus that He endured the cross for us.

The creator of heaven and earth has so much invested in us that he can’t afford to see us lost forever.

Colossians 1:27

This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. 

Christ in you, the hope of glory!!

Happy Resurrection Day!! Happy Easter!!

May we experience the manifest hope of the glorious resurrected Jesus, our saviour, our redeemer, our rock, our refuge!!

You and I are proof of Jesus' resurrection!! 

Lessons 2022 Taught Me!!

There are two types of suffering :

1 Peter 2:20

 After all, what kind of credit is there if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you endure it patiently? But if when you do what is right and patiently bear [undeserved] suffering, this finds favor with God.

Sufferings that are self-induced

Human weakness - like - anger, jealousy, greediness, unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, lust, pride, and so forth.

Ignoring warnings when the Holy Spirit gives.

Disobedience to instructions when you know deep inside your innermost core what God is speaking to you regarding a situation, relationship, and so forth.

Overcome by impulsiveness rather than by wisdom…

I could go on and on, and I wanted to share a few to magnify how self-induced suffering comes.

Sufferings that are an invitation to rule in life, to co-rule with Jesus

2 Timothy 2:12

If we continue to endure,
    we shall also rule with him.

Another translation says it like this:

If we are joined with him in his sufferings, then we will reign together with him in his triumph.

If we endure hardship,
    we will reign with him.

If we endure righteous suffering with a good attitude, we will rule over in this life.

I found God is faithful, merciful, long-suffering, and compassionate towards us in our sufferings, even if it is self-induced.

This 2022, I found suffering is an invitation to know our aptitude and capacity if we are ready to rule or still need to be in preparation camp.

In God's school, no one fails; we repeat the lessons until we are ready for the next level.

Nugget for relationship:

"The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for." - Bob Marley

I pray God's wisdom guides you to figure out and discern which suffering is rewarding and which is draining. 

In 2022 – I witnessed Jesus deliver me and set me free from a lot of pain, grief, and shame.

I am free indeed!! Thank You, Jesus!! Hallelujah!!

Happy New Year, 2023!! God's Got You!!

December 8, 2022 - Birthday Reflections and Promise!!

As I was meditating on what I should reflect on my Birthday, I was led to this chapter and verse in the Bible:

Psalms 41:2
The Lord will preserve and protect them.
They’ll be honoured and esteemed.

Note: In other Bible translations of the same verse, Psalms 41:2 says -

The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,
And he will be blessed on the earth;

The Lord protects them
and keeps them alive.
He gives them prosperity in the land.

The Lord will protect him and keep him alive;
And he will be called blessed in the land;

Jesus says - He will preserve, protect, and keep us alive, giving us honour, esteem, and prosperity, making us blessed.


I love how these verses are written
…. He will be blessed on the earth
….. He gives them prosperity in the land
….. He will be called blessed in the land …

Jesus is very, very intentional about our life on earth. On this earth, he is going to prosper us, bless us, preserve us, honour us, and make us esteemed and blessed in the land.

 

On my Birthday, for all readers whose hearts and ears are tuned to receive from the Holy Spirit, I pray, declare, and decree that – “You will be called Blessed in the land of the living; your life will be a life reflecting God’s glory, honour and are highly esteemed as you steward your heart and Jesus’ presence.

 

A Divine Pause | A Call to Prayer

This season I am becoming aware of the spirit urging me to pray in the middle of nowhere. I would be busy doing something and I notice that I have divine pauses to turn my heart to pray suddenly. I have observed sometimes that I am praying in spirit under my breath. I realize I am under a season to pray through in the spirit for whatever God is bringing forth in due season.

This year became a year of a lot of travel for me. On one of my recent trips, I noticed a praying mantis on my luggage. At first, I was amused at the creature, so I started recording it. While recording it, I had a close encounter with a praying mantis. I could see its eyes, mouth and legs. It was making some movements that felt like it was communicating with me.

After the encounter, I was pondering over how I had never previously encountered a praying mantis. I am not sure if it is a regular sight to behold in India.

My heart led me to do a small search on praying mantis. I was reading about its behavior patterns, preying characteristics and in general reading about its life and how they are in the environment.

I found these interesting traits:

⭐ Strike while the Iron is Hot. 

⭐ Peace and Understanding.

⭐ Patience, Balance, and Mindfulness.

⭐ Stillness and Focus.

Also, I read - Because of the “praying” hands, some Christians say that the praying mantis represents spiritualism or piety, and if found in your home, it means that angels are watching over you.

The most apparent biblical symbolism of the praying mantis is "prayer", due to their praying hands.

The whole encounter with the praying mantis gave me a divine pause affirming, confirming a call to pray!!

I feel the traits I found of a praying mantis resonate with that of a prayer life!

A person of prayer carries these traits, or I felt God wants us to carry these traits in our lives for our own upliftment and upgradation.

U+21A0.svg Strike while the Iron is Hot: With regards to discerning seasons of life, grabbing opportunities, discerning open doors, taking action where it matters, and so forth.

U+21A0.svg Peace and Understanding.

U+21A0.svg Patience, Balance, and Mindfulness.

U+21A0.svg Stillness and Focus.

I sensed in my heart these traits are a very powerful force to engage in the heavenly realm and for physical life.

Growing up, the mental picture for prayer was – do nothing, leave everything in God’s hands and wait for the magic wand to appear in the sky, and miraculously turn things over. But prayer itself is too magical that it actively engages you with heaven and becomes a catalyst for a miraculous breakthrough when we hear Jesus’ Voice and are being transformed from glory to glory bringing peace and understanding in our situations, circumstances, relationships, decisions, actions and so much more…

Divine Deposits!!

As this year, I have been travelling a lot. I realised Ram’s car is better mileage wise for long distance out of station trip. I usually don’t touch Ram’s car as I am just used to driving my own car around.

So this one particular time as I was coming back from Kurnool. I decide I will just try driving Ram’s car. As I put my hands to the steering wheel, I realised I am able to drive and I don’t need to take special driving classes to manoeuvre this car. I drove for quite some time on the high way.

It just hit me, Ram’s car was with us from 2013 and I never even tried once to drive the car. I had this mental block that I might not be able to control the car.

All it took was one thought, desire and will to want to try out the car.

 2 Peter 1:3

Everything we could ever need for life and godliness has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness.

  Everything we could ever need for life has already been deposited in us by His divine power.

Wow!! We have so much deposited in us – gifts, talents, divine nature, and potential and much more. It would be awful to never withdraw and never live out to our fullest potential.

How often we go through life exchanging the glorious life that is possible for a cheap alternative that was never designed for us to live.

 "Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter." - Francis Chan

I pray we choose every day not to compromise the glorious life that is available and get distracted for cheap futile, obsolete, meaningless, purposeless, joyless life.

"Remember who you are. Don’t compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth." - Lysa Terkeurst

Jesus is inviting us to come to Him, to experience his goodness, He calls us by name personally individually, lovingly to shower us with his goodness and to experience a glorious life that’s available and possible.  

"Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” – Corrie ten Boom

Shalom - God's Peace be upon you!! 

Divine Intervention!!

I have been preparing a day earlier to leave for Bangalore. Bangalore train was scheduled for 21:05 (9:05 pm). I was all set. Almost done except for some last minute few small stuff to tuck it in, as few of my stuff needed to be dried.

My train for Bangalore as per the schedule is at 9:05 pm (night). My previous experience with this particular train was it hadn't arrived at the platform post 10 in the night and didn't leave the platform before 11 pm. I had arrived 2 hours prior to the departure schedule and was waiting for another 2-3 hours before it actually started.

Nevertheless, I was all set and done and ready to leave. So I started booking for Uber since 6:30~6:45ish around that time in the evening for 9 pm train.

To my utter shock all the rides were getting canceled especially when I have been waiting. So in Uber App, once it’s booked there is waiting time that shows estimated time for driver to arrive. By the time it’s nearing to 3 minutes to driver's arrival, my ride is getting canceled.

In this way ample drivers were cancelling my ride since one hour and beyond. I tried all options in the App including the Auto.

Generally I don’t like to involve Ram as Ram is busy with his office and meetings and so forth.

By this time I am already down in the parking lot with my bags since one hour waiting for confirmation of my ride and driver to come.

Ram out of nowhere calls me. I had left the house switching all lights off and making sure Ram is having night atmosphere to sleep until the time he has to wake up for meeting.

So when he woke up, he saw House was dark and lights were off to let him sleep some more time.

But he had a dream, where he sensed I am getting late and waiting and waiting and even auto’s weren’t turning up.

So he called me, I told him I was still in parking lot not getting any car or auto booked via Uber.

Ram was like - Dream woke me up that you are getting late and he came down and personally drove me to the railways station.

Note: Ram rarely rarely drives actually never drives this was one of those rarest moments where he drove for me.

To my surprise this time train was in time and already ready in platform to leave . We were so neck on neck with train timings that I couldn’t capture the precious moment where Ram came to send me off ..

Today but for Ram’s dream about me getting late I wouldn’t have arrived to the railway station and boarded the train just in time ..

Personally I felt - it was divine intervention as I am always very intentional about not disturbing Ram and wanting to do stuff by myself.

Today I got to witness the power of miraculous intervention.

God can make someone dream of helping you!!

Dream can be divine intervention!!

Sometimes supernatural is so subtle that we mistake it for an ordinary dream.

God unlocks supernatural power through something as ordinary as dream.

There are so many magnificent ways that supernatural can be manifested yet time and again God reminds me to be mindful of everyday ordinary moments that has extraordinary display of God's love for us!!

Humbled once again by divine intervention on my way to Railway Station.

Mother's Day Reflections - May 8, 2022!!

This Mother’s Day, I am going through memories of trauma surrounding my mom’s death. I am so Thankful and grateful to God for divine interventions and for God’s beloved souls who were constantly by our side, supporting us in every way through unconditional love and prayers.

I am personally so humbled to experience God’s love manifesting through human vessels. Sometimes we feel - I and God are more than enough. Yes those supernatural encounters are breath-taking!! Supernatural manifestations are mind-blowing!!

Yet, Yet God in His wisdom and love allowed Ram and me to experience human love, human touch of kindness, care and compassion which helped us in our journey of healing. Helped us get back on our feet when we didn’t feel like standing at all. Helped us hope again when we felt hopeless.

These past two and half years, Jesus showed me that even though angels are truly magnificent beings and supernatural realm is breath-taking and beyond yet there is no supernatural power that beats a human soul who chooses to love unconditionally. 

Right here, right now if you are loved and are able to love it’s supernatural already.

May we never lose the awe and wonder of being loved as a friend, as a daughter/son, husband, wife, father, mother, uncle, aunt, grandpa, grandma or any form of relationship that we are blessed to have either through family ties or friendships.

May we never miss out on supernatural that is right there in-front of us and go searching elsewhere.

May we never lose out on God sent angels just because they are in flesh and blood and look so familiar that we mistake them for ordinary.

Yet they show up in our lives in extraordinary ways and choose to love us unconditionally. May we never lose sight of these magnificent breath-taking, mind-blowing eternal souls who are covered up in human form.

This Mother’s Day I want to remind you -

💘 You are supernatural!!

💘 You are heaven’s touch on earth!!

💘 You are tangible form of mercy, compassion and care!! 

💘 You are tangible form of love and grace!!

💘 You are tangible form of Jesus that we get to touch, feel and experience!!  (1 John 4:17 - In this world we are like Jesus.)

💘 You are a blessing in visible form!!

I declare these over every mom, mom-to-be, future moms, plus those who chose to take on the role of a mother due to circumstances - dads, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friend, and siblings.

Your labour of love is not in vain!!

Your tears will be rewarded with joy!!

Psalms 126:5 - They that sow in tears shall reap in joy

Don’t give up on Jesus love for you!! He hasn’t given up on you!!

Hey Blessed Soul – Happy Mother’s Day!!

Encounter With Fear!!

After a long time I rode a bike. As I was riding I remembered how couple of years ago when we first bought the bike and I began riding it,  I was always  fearful of heavy duty vehicles coming closer to me or by chance they were approaching near my vehicle.

My heart used to beat fast due to fear of being overridden by those huge heavy vehicles and me losing my balance and falling under those vehicle’s wheels.

To add to my fears the mirror on the bike said – “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear”. Most of the early beginnings I remember riding my bike with fear and over time I was able to overcome that fear.

Suddenly while riding the bike I had a glimpse of my past experience and I chuckled over those fears.

Just then I had a moment with the Holy Spirit whispering, even today’s fears will be a chuckle in future.

Except for the reverential fear of the Lord that leads to wisdom and life mostly all other (good) fears are just passing cloud that challenges us to take action towards our growth and benefit.

Note: I am not talking about being fearless or overcoming fear towards doing evil, committing crimes and other stuff. It helps to be aware that there are consequences for our choices in life. We keep a clear conscience in sight of men so our lives reflect the Light of Christ.(1 Peter 3:16)

It was quite a moment with Holy Spirit about chuckling over fear!!

What are some of the fears from the past, that when you look back you can only laugh about it!!

What are some of the current foreboding fears that hampers you or sabotages you!!

God is saying – This too shall pass and you shall laugh about it in the near future…

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Beautiful Article!! I loved hearing the interpretation of coming across a praying mantis. I have always loved looking at them from afar. Now I will look forward to coming across them. The affirmations were encouraging and heartwarming with a positive message. I especially loved how you captured the praying mantis, with the eyes and face so clearly seen that it feels as if its staring right at you. I feel like the praying mantis is having a wonderful conversation with you. If you look at the picture closely, you will also see its tongue sticking out. It is such a beautiful message, picture, interpretation, and affirmation.

Beautiful Article!! I loved hearing the interpretation of coming across a praying mantis. I have always loved looking at them from afar. Now I will look forward to coming across them. The affirmations were encouraging and heartwarming with a positive message. I especially loved how you captured the praying mantis, with the eyes and face so clearly seen that it feels as if its staring right at you. I feel like the praying mantis is having a wonderful conversation with you. If you look at the picture closely, you will also see its tongue sticking out. It is such a beautiful message, picture, interpretation, and affirmation.

Thank you Sudha 🙏🙌😇

Thank you dear Preetha 🥰❤️🙌