Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Enough of the hot pestilential
glare of the sun
In the evening the sky became grey
and the air ached for the thunderstorm
which did not come.
A cool refreshing breeze tickled us ,
the precursor of precipitation.
I took these pictures of the trees waving up
at the heavens.
Trying to catch the attention of the
Let me show you this short video of an early morning dust storm
taken in the first week of June.
Abner is playing outdoors.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.Psalm 42:1-3 (Bible)
Friday, 26 June 2009
My dear friends Crown Of Beauty
and Annette gifted me this award.
Its your lovely blogs which inspire me.
Thank you for your love and kindness.
Your blogs have enriched my walk with God
Sorry to hear about Michael Jackson 's passing away. He was a great artist.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
People are performing all kinds of religious rituals to appease the rain gods.
Here is a newspaper report from a village in our district.
Allahabad, June 25 : Women ploughed fields and sang songs in a ritual to appease the rain gods in Allahabad.
Fervently praying for the timely arrival of the monsoon, people across the country are performing various rituals to appease the rain God.
"All of us together performed rituals with flowers and incense sticks. Together we ploughed the land on our
own, the way men do. We prayed to Lord Indra (God of Rain) so that he could bless us with rain for healthy crop yields and greenery," said Ramkali, a village woman.
In a country where nearly two-thirds of agriculture depends on the rains and two-thirds of the population is dependent on agriculture, the delay in the arrival of monsoon is a serious cause of concern for the people especially farmers.
According to the officials of the Meteorological department, monsoon is likely to arrive in the state by the first week of July.
I found more photographs on the webHindu priest conducing a pooja
Muslims raise their hands in prayer.
There is a severe shortage of water
(A man selling watermelon in Klkata)Food prices have shot up.
Fruits are a luxury
A liitle girl travelling in a rickshaw
The electricity supply is very erratic
and due to low voltage there is frequent tripping.
(An old man sitting in front of a ice cream advertisment)
"There are fears of drought if the rains are patchy
Indian officials say that monsoon rains in the country are likely to be "below normal" triggering off fears about crop failure and high food prices.
Forecasters say that rainfall is likely to be lower than predicted in April, when they said it would be near normal.
The government says there is no need for panic, and that heavy rains in July are likely to avert a drought.
A heat wave is sweeping the country and rains are delayed in many parts. Rains usually last from June to September.
"It [the monsoon] is late," federal minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters.
North-west India appeared to be worst affected by the slow rains with only 81% rains forecast.
Monsoon rains are critical to India's farm prospects, which account for a sixth of economic output.
Up to 70% of Indians are dependent on farm incomes, and about 60% of India's farms depend on rains. Irrigation networks are dismissed by critics as inadequate.
The summer rains are crucial to crops such as rice, soybean, sugarcane and cotton.
The Indian media has been full of reports about the patchy rains so far.
A heat wave is scorching the country
"Praying for rain, bracing for worst" headlined the Hindustan Times on its front page on Wednesday.
The newspaper said that in at least eight states, monsoon rains so far had been 60 to 90% below normal.
"There is concern but no worry as yet. There is still time," Farm Secretary T Nanda Kumar told the newspaper.
One analyst said delay in the rains in some parts of India could hit economic growth.
"Delay in monsoon will play the spoilsport and may hit GDP by at least 1 to 1.5 percentage points," stockbroker VK Sharma, told the Reuters news agency.
Economists agree that the delay will cause further stress in a country where food prices are already high.
"The delay is not a good signal. Food prices are already high and any delay could push food prices higher. Food price inflation could emerge as a concern," said DK Joshi, principal economist at credit ratings agency Crisil.
Politicians in many states are holding special prayers for the rains - the farm minister in central Chhattisgarh state held a prayer for the state to get rains soon"
This morning during my Quiet Time I read
the story of Elijah from 1 Kings 18 (Bible)
43" Go and look towards the sea, he told his servant. And he went up and looked. There is nothing there, he said. Seven times Elijah said, Go back.
44 The seventh time the servant reported, A cloud as small as a man's hand is rising from the sea. So Elijah said, Go and tell Ahab, 'Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.'
45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel."
I imagine Elijah 's servant running off to gaze unto the sky
and coming back shaking his head.
The seventh time dragged himself out of his master 's house
disgruntled and weary , cynically squinting at the
stark naked sky.
What does he see -
a cloud as small as a man 's hand.
He was not excited, but Elijah was.
He sent word to the King to run for cover!
James 5 (New Testament) tells us
17" Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.
18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. "
Our God is the God of Elijah
and as we Christians pray for God 's mercy to rain
down on us He will send it.
Please pray with us.
My computer has become very slow
and it trips because of the faulty power supply.
I took me a whole evening to compose this post.
Sorry, my visits to your blogs are slow too.
This room is so hot and stuffy I can barely breathe here.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
All your sons (and daughters)will be taught by the Lord
Monday, 22 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
This is a captivating video from Salten, Norway displaying the magical Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. My Norwegian friends Felisol,Brit and Bestemor Aud will enjoy these splendid heavenly fireworks
June 21 is Summer Solstice when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer (23.5* N Lat.) which passes through Mexico, Sahara - Africa , India and S E Asia.
It means that summer has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. But for us living in the tropics its mid-summer. Our summer in North India begins in March.
Today the Arctic will have its longest day. Friends in Norway can have a midnight garden party.And the Antarctic will have its longest night ...poor penguins.
But I am categorically euphoric as the hot orb will be travelling to lands down under from now on.I took this photo of an eclipse last August
Its thrilling to see how God had ordained the times and seasons. Each whisper of the universe is decreed by Him.Psalm 19
For the choir director: A psalm of David. 1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. 2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. 3 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.[a] 4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. 5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. 6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat.
7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. 9 Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. 10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. 11 They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19 New Living Translation Bible
Friday, 19 June 2009
Aang Saan Suu Kyi of Burma
Jun 19: Congress party's youth icon Rahul Gandhi turned 39 on Friday, Jun 19. Rahul will be celebrating his birthday in London reportedly with his close pals.
Reports suggest that the celebration will be a private dinner, most likely with friends from his Cambridge days and some old family friends. Rahul had apparently asked his partymen not to have huge celebrations and to visit Dalits and slums instead and distribute sweets. However, Congress workers gathered in large numbers at the party headquarters and state offices to wish their beloved lead all the best. Congress party has decided to celebrate Rahul Gandhi's birthday as 'Samrasta Divas' and hold the 'sahbhoj'. Rahul, who emerged as the key leader of Congress after the Lok Sabha polls 2009, will be joined by Sonia Gandhi in London. London is the favourite destination of PM in the making. Born on June 19, 1970, he is a Member of Parliament from Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Aang Sann Suu Kyi celebrates her 64th bithday
Remember to pray for the suffering Christians in Burma
Thursday, 18 June 2009
The central government is going to block the anti-conversion Bills that have been introduced by various BJP governments but the response is not uniform.
Home Minister P Chidambaram has decided to take a firm stand on the controversial anti-religious conversion Bill blocking Presidential assent. But the response is different for various state governments
So, in Rajasthan where the Congress is in power the Centre has asked the Ashok Gehlot government whether it plans to drop the Bill passed by the earlier BJP government.
In Madhya Pradesh where a BJP government is still in place, the Centre has decided to withhold assent.
Centre stops anti-conversion laws:
Rajasthan: Left it to Congress government to drop Bill
Madhya Pradesh: Rejected BJP government's Bill
Broadly the Bills provisions banned conversion by force or fraud or inducement and made it punishable. But all this, the Centre says violate the freedom of religion as laid down in the constitution.
"When I was CM in those 10 years there was no case for forcible conversion," said Digvijay Singh, former Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh.
"This is unacceptable and goes against Supreme Court judgements," said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Leader, BJP.
The BJP-led states had proposed laws in response to the increase in conversions by Christian missionaries.
But ironically they weren't the only ones, the Congress had passed a similar law in Himachal Pradesh and Orissa too has one which was passed in 1967.
Indian Christians should rejoice at this move of the present newly elected government. This is an answer to prayer. The anti conversion bill curtails the basic fundamental rights of a person to change his/her religion and humiliates minorities. It was aimed to obstruct evangelistic work and harass Christian workers .
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
(more recent with her son)
Since the past one week Namrita has been having severe migraines.
She cannot cope without painkillers.
She has a slight swelling on her head too.
A doctor said it could be an injury which she concurred
as a child and is now resurfacing.
She feels very weak and ill.
Cannot bear noise .
She has to go to Guwahati in Assam
for MRI tests and consultation with
She will travel with her husband on Sunday.
The proceedings will begin on Monday.
My dear baby sister has had many struggles of her own.
Her name means "gentleness" which is included in Gal. 5 fruit of the Spirit list. Namrita is an excellent home maker and teacher, very much loved and respected in her community and school. Pray for healing, correct medical intervention, spiritual comfort and strength.
If I did not have my caregiving responsibilities I would have gone to her.
God is with us in all our trials and troubles.
He never forsakes us even in the toughest of times.
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
I started reading this book and have not been
able to put it down. The message is really
challenging and reviving me.
George Verwer is Founder and former International Director
of OM or Operation Mobilization which is a ministry of
evangelism,discipleship, training and church planting.
The book narrates and assesses how, in spite of the amazing mixture of victory and defeat, success and failure, joy and pain, peace and battles, happiness and brokenness, lives that are committed to Jesus can move forward.The content of the book reveals George Verwers knowledge of 50 years ministry.This is an exposition of the most revolutionary message of God in the latter half of 20th century and the present days.It motivates us to embrace the pain and hurt and allows them to make us better people for his glory
ACCEPT YOUR BROKENNESS AND
EXPERIENCE THE TOUCH OF GOD
says the back cover.
- Our choice to walk with the Lord and to serve Him
will bring us good as well a unpleasant experiences.
- God answers prayers,but not all prayers will be answered
the way we want them.
- Victory is our privilege,but not all seeming defeats
can be erased from our history.
- Obstacles are sure to come into our lives, yet His
all sufficiency will help us
overcome them all.
The good news is that you can go to his website
and download this book free.
You can email George
and request free copies of a bunch of books
and he will send them to you anywhere in the world
and maybe in your own language too.
I wrote to him and he has directed his co-worker to send
me some of books.
I strongly recommend this for you.
God blessed me miraculously and I want
share this with you.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
These pictures are from the web.
BENEFITS OF SUGAR CANE JUICE
Fresh raw sugar cane has less calories than refined sugar or syrup
It is pretty good for digestion and can also work as a mild laxative due to its high potassium content.
It is also high in magnesium, calcium and riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
Traditionally, drinking sugar cane juice is good to ‘cool’ down the body especially during hot, humid weather like what we have here.
Best of all is that the fresh sugar cane juice is sweet to drink but it is not as bad / unhealthy as drinking syrup!
Saturday, 6 June 2009
sprinkling the withering garden with
splashes of color
The actress Ashwaria Rai is a former Miss World.