Thursday, 11 March 2010

Walk the Talk

God is not a distant impersonal force
disinterested in the affairs of men.
He converses with us through His creation,
His recorded Word - The Holy Bible,
His Spirit speaking to us ,
His people,
and I believe God speaks to us through
the various circumstances of our lives.
I found this "Interview With God" on the web.
Herein is valuable wisdom

I dreamt I had an interview with God. "Come in," God said. "So, you would like to interview Me?"
"If you have the time," I said.
God smiled and said: "My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; what questions do you have in mind to ask me?"
"What surprises you most about mankind?"
God answered:
"That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.
That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health.
That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future.
That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived…"
God’s hands took mine and we were silent for a while and then I asked…"As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?"
God replied with a smile:
"To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved.
To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives.
To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis!
To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them.
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.
To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally differently.
To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them…and likes them anyway.
To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."
I sat there for a while enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for his time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and He replied, "Anytime. I’m here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I’ll answer."
People will forget what you said.People will forget what you did,but people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Source Unknown ~

I found the thoughts in there really awesome specially the sentence

"a rich person is not the one who has the most,

but the one who needs the least".

Never looked at it this way.

I need to practice it more in my life

I find myself desiring much more than I really need.

Yesterday afternoon my Pastor 's wife Sunila had a Ladies Fellowship

prayer meeting at her place.

She is pursuing Bachelor of Theology at the Seminary,

the ladies were her fellow students and teachers.

Auntie Clara gave the message.She is also fondly called Bishop Auntie
as she is the Bishop 's wife.
She taught at the seminary for several years
and even after retirement she is involved in women 's ministry.
She took us through various passages in the New Testament
in which women came to Jesus with their
physical and spiritual problem s and how He responded.
She began by talking about our Indian tradition of touching
the feet of elders as a mark of respect
and submission. In return the elders
lay a hand on the person 's head and pronounce a blessing.
Similarly when we submit ourselves at Jesus ' feet
we are not denied a blessing.

Some of the sisters.
The woman on the right is married.
I could tell that by the mangal stutra (marriage necklace)
she was wearing.

Anuradha on the left is a new convert awaiting her baptism
with her husband.They have a 5 year old daughter.
Please pray for her, she lost two 4 month old
pregnancies in the past one year.
She has to take extra care.
Anu radha is a housewife. They come to our church.

Reading the scripture

Praying for each other.
A sister from Germany on the right.
She was the leader.
After the meeting we were served tea
with potato patties.
(In the west they are known as turn overs,
stuffed pastry triangles)
and kheer - sweet rice pudding.
You can see the patties here.
Mrs S, from South India.
She teaches Old Testament.
There were about 50 people.
So no leftovers after tea.
Tomorrow is our Friday church prayer meeting
and on Saturday morning there
is a ladies outreach meeting at the seminary.

7 Fertilize my soul:

David C Brown said...

He is certainly always ready to listen, and He is certainly always ready to speak.

(Although I do prefer His real words from the Scriptures.)

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

All the pretty outfits!!!

That was an excellent turnout for the meeting. I will admit I would have come for the refreshments.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Amrita:)

Amazing words of wisdom. Every single line should be etched in our hearts and minds. This is worth reading again and again. It clearly shows what we should understand and practice in we want to gain the Kingdom of Heaven.

Interesting photos of the meeting along with a write up.

Very inspiring post and full of wisdom.

Have a nice day Amrita:)

David Edward said...

seeing this made me smile

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Wow, what a powerful message your post carry. Truly, God knows our needs even before we ask anything from Him. We just have to trust Him to provide us with all our needs. Your photos are all wonderful and very revealing. As they say, a picture paints a thousand words more than many words can convey the meaning. Thanks for the usual inspiring post. God bless you all always.

Gerry said...

This was a rich entry. The many photos made the meeting seem very real. I was interested to read how you practice your faith. There is much wisdom in what you have chosen to share with us here.

Crown of Beauty said...

I love this post, dear friend Amrita.

I love personal posts...helps me connect with you and what is happening in your life.

The pictures are beautiful, with all those women dressed in different saris. Isn't that what it is called?

Praying for the continued blessings of this retreat upon your lives.