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Total surrender.

If you recall some of Jesus’s last words on the cross,
1. “My God, my God , why have you forsaken me?”
Mathew 27:46 & Mark 15:34

2. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

3.”Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Luke 23:46

4.”I am thirsty.” John 19:28

5.”It is finished.” John John 19:30

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Let’s reflect on the above scriptures.

1. Jesus knowing that the crucifixion was the last part of the journey in the plan of salvation, felt betrayed? Felt alone? Even when He is God (the Mystery of the Holy Trinity). Understand this, we will have our moments of weaknesses, even when we know God is with us, this journey is pre-planned. We will hit rock bottom sometimes, but it’s not the end, the pain could be excruciating & overwhelming. Don’t lose your faith.

2. He forgave everyone who betrayed him, who forsook him, who planned he’s execution. He forgave us even when we weren’t born, our sins against our Lord. He interceded for us in he’s last, such was/is his love for us.

3. The best lesson – total absolute surrender. The Lord of all surrendered to His Lordship- His Father, the Almighty.

4. Thirst for the life after – for the joining in celebration in Heaven, re-uniting with the Father.

5. Victory in the most tragic moment. He fulfilled the plan.

Stay close to the Lord. He makes all things beautiful.
You, life & your journey.

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Praise Him in the storm.

Even when you feel He isn’t worthy, because sweet lil one, in your bitterness you can’t un-see how worthy he has indeed made you to have received all the blessings he’s already given you.

My Dearest you who are hurting, breaking & dying,

I know this might not really reach you. But with all my heart I pray God’s will for you, he’s mercy in your suffering, he’s comfort in your pain, he’s love in your darkness, he’s presence when you feel broken.

May He overpower all that you feel, all that you go through, all that you stand in agony of.

May He help you understand that life cannot be measured by the years you have lived or by the time you’ve been given to be prepared for the worst.

We all are mortals, death being the beautiful rebirth into meeting are higher selves (our souls – something un-perishable- a part of Him ) .

In your fear, Call out to him, welcome Him, Talk to Him. Because He not only listens, he’s present beside you, within you and he has he’s angels around you.

You are beautifully & wonderfully made. You are chosen. You belong to HIM. You are precious to HIM. He is worthy of our love even when we feel he’s not befriending us, He is always worthy of all Praises.
Hosannah in the highest.

I pray for you to have healing & peace & joy that penetrates through your pain and leaves you wanting Him more. Thirst only for Him, he redeems us.

Measure your life by the faith you have in him, by the blinded trust of having his hand at work in your life. Measure it by the blessings he’s endowed you with. Measure it with all the suffering & pain he’s let you endure, measure it with the strength he’s blessed you with. Measure it with praise in your heart even in the storms of your life.

Bless you.

Love,
Lea.

Faith – the way to what you are looking for.

Scriptures to reflect on :

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

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

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They lost a key this morning , and her mom was all crazy and worried and anxious and already thinking of situations that how bad things could turn out because of this, she even started looking at strangers as suspects or should I say potential thieves? Also blaming God in the process and bringing up all the other hardships and questioning Him as to how much more had they to endure. Alice did reprimand her mom to not drag God into this, that they can’t blame Him for all petty things, have some more faith, they’ll find it.

Somehow Alice was so peaceful , even though she did help her mom and dad look around for it. They searched every possible corner but couldn’t find it. They kept looking and in it all Alice kept her peace , calm and faith.

Alice came back in after looking through the garden , it was a hot morning and her gut had a strong feeling that they would find it. She smiled as she looked at Jesus on her altar and heard her mom’s overly anxious thoughts and spoke in her mind, “Jesus, I know you are here and you are smiling just like me, and I also know you’ll help us find it before this day ends. Somehow I just know this. Why else would I feel at peace and not be a worrywart like mom then ? ”

They hadn’t had breakfast and knowing her mom, Alice knew better than to ask her to sit down and have breakfast. She sat herself down at the table and helped herself, watching her mom hustle around , hoping she wouldn’t flip seeing that she was sitting there all calm without a worry. It was an important key after-all.

Meanwhile, her dad had gone back on the path he had gone early this morning to run a few errands and guess what ?

He found the key sitting proudly at a stop he had had this morning.

Lucky him ? Or Amazing faith?

Alice thanked God in her rejoicing heart and had a smug smile as she looked right at her mom while she exclaimed , “Praise you Jesus!”.

Her mom was indeed alil stunned. She did try hiding the obvious though.

Isn’t it so extremely beautiful when you are so certain that God will lead you to the one thing you are earnestly looking for and that is exactly what you find waiting for you, like it was just meant to happen ?

Alice had faith , peace and the power of the Holy spirit in her. It was like she was casually conversing with Jesus, like this was all their naughty plan to create alil hustle in the calm. Alice did not ask God to help find the lost key. Alice knew that Jesus would lead them to it, so sure that she knew it was before the day ends . Much better, they found it the same morning, a matter of a few hours.

What a peculiar faith ?

She did not order God or gave him a set of instructions on how she wants things or when and where should the key be found. She simply said , ‘Jesus I know this is your doing, and I know you’ll show us the way. You will give us what we are looking for.’

In His time, Jesus not only did exactly what He would, but He also made His time inclined with Her’s.

Aren’t we all Alice’s mom most often ? Worrying way too much and taking off our frustrations on the people around ? Blaming God because we often can’t find what we are looking for ? Remembering all the bad things, listing them up and questioning the King of Glory of what do we glorify Him about? Sometimes we know what we are looking for and sometimes we don’t, but we are so involved in the what ifs, why not, how, what , when , where, why – that we fail to acknowledge the mastermind planning the hustle.

He stands patiently beside us and wait for us to become Alice. To remain calm and peaceful, and that can only happen when we can have a faith like her. A faith that is strong enough to be unbelievably brave in the storms and chaos and to know that there is everything good about the storm, the best is to have Jesus beside us, to realize the storm is not really a storm but our humane brain weaving a trap that is eroding our peace.

He waits patiently for us to become like Alice and talk to Him; To show confidence in Him rather than blaming and bringing up all the adversities that actually helped us to be where we are; To not forget the good that we reaped in the bad; To not ask Him for help but to accept the fact that He will help us regardless we ask for help or not if only we have more faith in Him than our situations.

He waits for us to acknowledge that it is not the situation that should rule our mind but our faith that should lead us through our mindtraps and rough patches.

And He also smiles and waits for us to have a heart of gratitude in it all.

How beautiful is the faith of Alice? Alice knew losing the key would be really a bad thing to happen, and while her mom’s worry was reasonable, what was unreasonable was that her mom let her worry make her see innocent people as potential thieves, much worse she relived all the past anxieties and fears and had not yet realised what greater blessings God had given them, she knew about them, yet in such times, her mom failed to weigh that their blessings were so much more profound, cherishable and generously given.

Alice knew all this. And even though she was the child, she was in a better place to understand How great and magnificent are the ways in which our Lord works.

Age does not count to confirm the intensity of one’s faith, a child may have a faith that is brighter and fiercer than that of an experienced older person.

Reach a state of calm like Alice, whether you lose a key or something or someone, whether you are waiting for someone or something, know in your heart that Jesus will lead you to it. Infact, be certain He is already leading you to it. Don’t stop looking. Don’t stop believing. And start talking to Him. He is listening and waiting to talk to us.

We all know this scripture that says, “Faith in God can move mountains ” , well we won’t need Him to move mountains for us, maybe a small stone, but often we’ll make these small stones seem like humongous godzilla’s chasing our leftover peace, sounds funny right ? But it does become gravely seriously when you are living in a situation like so. The situation can be assumed to be overwhelming as we let our mind weave a web about it’s enormity, half the problem is actually not even real, 98% of our worry we can do without, they are just our fears and anxiety resurfacing at the forefront wanting attention, and most often we give in. Try not. How ? Work on that faith sweets, Read His word, accept it and let it live in you.

Just imagine Him sitting beside you with a smile, in every situation, imagine Him stand by you and feel that sense of privilege that you know He is just there and only you can see Him with your eyes of faith, but the person before you can’t. Let this be your thing, like He is invisible to the world you interact with but very visible to your heart and mind and soul. And may be you could even let some know of His presence and how wonderful He is and let them too, have a secret friend at their side at all times ?

Sometimes we need to sit calm, and think how would Jesus want us to feel in a situation like so, ask Him if you want, ask aloud , what would He expect us to do ? And mind you , you will always find the answer almost clashing with the way you’d be feeling or thinking. And if there seem to be no clashes, you will have found the calm and peace you’ll have when there is faith radiating in your breath. You will not question Him then because you will automatically think and feel like He wants you to.

Stay vibrant in Jesus. Bless you. Bless sweet Alice and her mom and their family. And bless you all in your journey of finding your peace.

The Letter

Dear ALL-MIGHTY LORD,

Life has got me through many ordeals, and every time I face a new one, I feel smaller and weaker and lost. But each time I turn to you, you never cease to amaze me. For you never forsake.

Unlike the many who promise to be there but never really are. You watch me walk through the battlefield not from afar. And each time you smile and strengthen me with your words.

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When I am afraid and I feel rejected. You say :

“I did not reject you, but chose you. Do not be afraid-I am with you! I am your God- let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.” Isaiah 41:9-10

When I lose all hope and feel like giving up . You say:

“Fight. Tomorrow I will give you victory.” Judges20:28

“Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new things I am going to do. It is happening already- You can see it now. I will make a way through the wilderness .” Isaiah 43:18-19

“Stop your crying and wipe away your tears. There is hope for your future. I, the Lord , have spoken.” Jeremiah 31:16-17

When I am wounded, in pain, hurt. Your word heals:

“The Lord will heal the wounds inflicted by his blow.” Isaiah 30:26

“He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds.” Psalms147:3

When I feel lost. You word reminds me:

“God alone knows the way, knows the place where wisdom is found.” Job 28:23

“I am the Lord your God, the one who wants to teach you for your own good and direct you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17

“Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to test, He will give you strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

When I am tempted to believe you have left me to burn. You say:

“Do not be afraid- I will save you. I have called you by your name- YOU ARE MINE. When you pass through deep waters , I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burnt; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.” Isaiah 43:1-2

“I will give up whole nations to save your life, because you are precious to me and because I LOVE YOU and give you honour. DO NOT BE AFRAID – I AM WITH YOU.” Isaiah 43:4-5

“Do not let evil defeat you; instead conquer evil with good” Romans 12: 21

When I complain . You say:

“Mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants.” Mathew 13:32 You teach of patience and acceptance in times of trials.

“God will put his angels in charge of you, to protect you wherever you go.”Psalms 91:11

When I feel ashamed of all the wrongs I’ve done. I am reminded :

“He knows all that has ever been and all that ever will be; He uncovers the deepest of mysteries. He takes notice of our every thought.” Sirach 42:19-20

“Forgive; and God will forgive you.” Luke6:37

“If you kept a record of our sins, who could escape being condemned? But you forgive us, so that we should stand in awe of you.” Psalms130:4

When I am left with the “why?” hanging around me. I listen to your provoked voice:

“No one should ask why things are as they are, everything in creation has its own purpose.” Sirach 39:21

When I feel incomplete. You word says:

“Nothing the Lord made is incomplete. Everything completes the goodness of something else.”Sirach 42:25

When I am in need of strength. I say:

“ I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that CHRIST gives me.” Phillippians 4:13

When I think of all the miracles you do and be hopeful. You say:

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”Mathew 21:22

“Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; Knock, and the door shall be opened.”Luke 11:9

When your word advices me. I try to pay attention:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. If you obey the Lord, it will be like good medicine healing your wounds and easing your pains. When the Lord corrects you, pay attention and take it as a warning. The Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects his son. Hold on to your wisdom and insight. They will provide you with life. Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it.” Proverbs 3:5-27

There are times when I feel. I am not enough. I am not worthy. I won’t be able. But you always prove me wrong. You give me the push I need. You make me knock on doors that I would think would never open for me. But you always surprise me with your mercy and Love and acceptance.

I feel unworthy Lord, of your unconditional love. Because I fail to believe your presence in the most agonising situations. BUT YOU ARE THERE.YOU ALWAYS ARE.

“Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you. I have carved you on the palm of my hand.” Isaiah 49:15-16

There’s so much your words tell me. There’s so much wisdom you give. This BOOK of love you gave me is a reminder of How blest I am to be your child; OF HOW MUCH LOVE I HAVE WHEN I HAVE YOU BESIDE ME, IN ME, WITH ME.

It will always be less, what all I’ve written here. Because just like your LOVE , YOUR WORD is eternal.

It nourishes me in a way that no worldly thing can. I DO NOT WISH TO BE GREAT FOR THE WORLD. But I WISH TO BE SOMETHING FOR YOU.Names of God

I know you value me beyond anything. And yet I want to add more value to me, your creation, in a way you have already chosen for me.

Let me be humble, and let my faith burn and spread the warmth of your Love to all those who need to know THAT YOU ARE WORTHY OF EVERY PRAISE.

“You, Oh Lord, is all I have, and so I put my hope in you.” Lamentations 3:24

All glory and honour to you.

AMEN. HALLELUIAH.

THANK YOU JESUS.

-Your child forever.