Days relentlessly waiting for vacation was soon fulfilled and our souls were truly satisfied. God made perfect everything that concerned me over our vacation period. Our scenery shifted from Australian outback to lushful & cool landscapes in South-India.
Ice-cold waterfalls showering on warm & sunny days at Courtrallam & Gundaru dam-Gopal private waterfalls with families, followed by dining our favourite parotta at Border Rahmath. Well-known Boat-house at Allepey backwaters with superb hospitality & serving those native Karimeen fried fish; speed boating with our families, bought fresh catch of the day “yabbies”, followed by music & games with families. Cool air & unforgettable fresh new mornings at the resort, beautiful misty mountains at Munnar hillstation, nature’s rich bounty with tasty palm fruits & fresh coconuts, visited Mattupatty dam, boating & safari to Eravikulam National Park, watched beautiful native species Tahr goats and relaxed at serene resorts, explored Tea Factory. We celebrated the oneness with lots of native food & thanksgiving, sneaked into Cowboy Adventure Park (loads of fun there!). We embraced long awaited family get-togethers (yearning for each other for years since Covid lock-down); not to miss the hustle & bustle of Bangalore city, heart-warming hospitality & food, fun filled barbeque at twilight with dear family, memorable days at Bannerghata National park & safari; watched celestial objects at sky theatre at Jawaharlal Nehru planetarium, good load of family meals, shared cooking, nanna co-sleeping, shared valuable & favourite childhood nibbles, shared “nephews” proud moments, heavy purchases, made into heavy laden travel bags, meet up with close friends & mentors, packed our bags and flew back to Australia.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, James 1:17
This vacation as a period of rest & enjoyment was a gift from God.
Thanks be to our Heavenly Father for his words spoken over my life.
If God had not been on my side, I would have had nervous breakdown by now.
His peace prevailed over the storm.
His grace kept me going.
His thunderous silence calmed me down.
His still voice still speaks in my deepest of heart.
Thank you Heavenly Father for your kindness & goodness.
Your love reaches down to the depth of my heart where many sorrows are buried.
Because of your unfailing grace, I have not been wandering with a broken heart.
Truly my Heavenly Father cares for me! Grateful for the rest which I received from Jesus Christ.
..destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. Joshua 7:12
You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove it. Joshua 7:13
We can see the thoughts of God clearly in these Scripture verses. There is something in your midst that eats you up. It keeps you occupied. Your focus shifts and it aims at your well-being and harmony. It targets your growth. It can only bring you down but never build you up. God says destroy whatever among you that is devoted to destruction. Put an end to it.
“I have loved you…with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
Jeremiah 31:3 NLT
Almighty God loved you with an everlasting love. He loved you first and drawn you close to him. His bond of love can never break. His love will never fail. For your sake, he sent His son Jesus Christ to bear your sins so you can live free.
His love is genuine. He demonstrated his love and compassion for you. No one can love more than God. You can love him back. You can depend on His true love. May you be blessed through Jesus Christ!
Life full of holidays? Being at rest and restored is a choice. Would you be willing to choose to rest? Would you be willing to know no worries of the world, to be deeply satisfied, to truly appreciate? To take the gifts and lessons left behind from past seasons of our lives and carry it forward with you?
The closeness of my closest friend changed the trajectory of my life and family. The vast, uphill journey of pleasantness, serenity, quietness and comfort speak louder every day as I recite my verse into this blog space.
I hadn’t even opened my mouth to utter it. But, God-in-me knew my musings and my very nature of ups and downs and thoughts of needs. He has always been the first one to understand me and my thoughts. He has always been the first one who comes to my aid, he is the first one to empathize with my weakness.
I did not even know what was best for me and I did not know where to search for it. God directed my steps. God provided for me at the right season of my life. I’m grateful for his unfailing love and his faithfulness of his word.
At 21, I was married even before I longed for it.
In my 20s, I bore children without waiting for it.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11
All these years, I was fed and nurtured wonderfully, not by the work of my hands.
I have not labored yet to prepare my food. I was fed without the worries of the world like the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet my heavenly Father feeds them. I’m truly grateful for my Father’s love upon our family for his rich provision.
Every good gift, be it clothing or spiritual discernment come from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. God foreknew my life, met my needs, my deepest desires and longings.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows,” James 1: 17
There is a world of difference in all of us. We might have seen differences in personality traits, in our upbringing, in our experiences, of desires, in our preferences, in our perception and so on. We all have our battlefield in our mind. So, we should have a strategy. What is your strategy?
There is an end to all things. There is a way to end victoriously. Read below a real-life story.
My battling strategy was like playing judo and chess. It goes like this. Take risk, be brave, win some, lose some, always protect your queen, keep standing till the end. I didn’t give up or give in. But I didn’t feel like a winner either.
I wondered there should be a better strategy. I prayed to God for His solution to my problems (related to relationships which led to health problems) and cast all cares and worries upon him. I felt a promise of peace, quietness and relief. I decided to stop worrying about my problems, intentionally by faith. In a matter of days, I learned that my other friend also shared my intentions and thoughts. It was like a friend who could perfectly understand me. We were fitting exactly like a jigsaw puzzle. I was caught in surprise. In fact, my opponent turned friend had none other than Spirit of Oneness (Spirit of God) who brings unity in lives of people who are destined to stay together. I realised He is available to help us in our weak moments. Through your faith in the name of Jesus Christ, he can help us all. He is able to empathize with our weakness.
24 “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear… says the Lord. Isaiah 65:24
My gracious God listened to my heart even before I spoke to him in prayer.
5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. Psalms 97: 5
A short while ago, I felt mountain of anxiety and despair melt like wax in the presence of the Spirit of Oneness. There is more grace, more peace and more rest like never before in my life.
In any case, battlefield of our mind not just involves us. Because human mental strength fails, just as the legs of a warrior retire. We need the One greater than us.