This video was made my family friend David Phillips.Its a ride through the busy streets of our city. You will see vehicles of all sorts vying for space together with animals. Modern cars and horse carts nudging each other and an elephant ambling along. In the beginning there is a clip of his wife in a modern confectionery. The chocolate donuts cost Rs 40 a piece ( 80 cents) He takes us to the fruit and fish market also. Pretty graphic. The noise , confusion and colour will grab you.
See various worlds and economies converge, merge together and flash past -
Modern - ancient
Rich - poor
Human - animal
Slow - fast
Like a mighty river full of all forms of life.
In the famous lace shops of Brussels, there are certain rooms devoted to the spinning of the finest and most delicate patterns. These rooms are altogether darkened, save for a light from one very small window, which falls directly upon the pattern. There is only one spinner in the room, and he sits where the narrow stream of light falls upon the threads of his weaving.
"Thus," we are told by the guide, "do we secure our choicest products. Lace is always more delicately and beautifully woven when the worker himself is in the dark and only his pattern is in the light."
May it not be the same with us in our weaving? Sometimes it is very dark. We cannot understand what we are doing. We do not see the web we are weaving. We are not able to discover any beauty, any possible good in our experience. Yet if we are faithful and fail not and faint not, we shall some day know that the most exquisite work of all our life was done in those days when it was so dark.
If you are in the deep shadows because of some strange, mysterious providence, do not be afraid. Simply go on in faith and love, never doubting. God is watching, and He will bring good and beauty out of all your pain and tears. --J. R. Miller
(Adaped from Streams in the Desert)
Yesterday I shared a story which I entitled "Don 't Be Discouraged". Little did I know that I needed to be shielded from discouragement anxiety and people with evil intent.
I had a harrowing day today, but I did find time to visit a shut - in aunt on her birthday and spent the afternoon with her.
Please pray for my protection and safety. I need God 's comfort , strength and peace.
There are many times when we begin a certain task that God lays on our hearts and because we think our efforts are minimal and not making a difference, we quit the job that God told us to pursue.
The enemy loves to plant seeds of doubt and lure us into thinking that we are not capable of making a difference in this world, but with God's help we can overcome and fulfill the destiny that God has for every believer.
If you are going through a situation of doubting your task unto the Lord, then I hope this story will bless and encourage you to never quit what God has laid on your heart because you may never know of the lives that you are touching.
I read of a man who was involved in a tragic accident. He lost both legs and his left arm and only a finger and thumb remained on the right hand.
But he still possessed a brilliant mind, enriched with a good education and broadened with world travel. At first he thought there was nothing he could do but remain a helpless sufferer.
A thought came to him. It was always nice to receive letters, but why not write them? He could still use his right hand with some difficulty. But to whom could he write?
Was there anyone shut-in and incapacitated like he was who could be encouraged by his letters? He thought of men in prison--they did have some hope of release, whereas he had none--but it was worth a try. He wrote to a Christian Organization concerned with prison ministry. He was told that his letters could not be answered because it was against prison rules, but he still decided to commence this one-sided correspondence
He wrote twice a week, and it taxed his strength to the limit. But into the letters he put his whole soul, all his experience, all his faith, all his wit, and all his Christian optimism.
Frequently he felt discouraged and was tempted to give it all up. But it was his one remaining activity, and he resolved to continue as long as he could.
At last he got a letter. It was very short, written on prison stationery by the officer whose on duty, it was to censor the mail. All it said was: "Please write on the best paper you can afford. Your letters are passed from cell to cell till they literally fall to pieces."
No matter what your situation may be like, you still have the ability to encourage someone who is discouraged and lift up someone who is feeling low.
Take this story as an encouragement to give your all for someone else and do not worry about the results. No good work will go unseen and only God knows of the impact that your life can have on someone else. Let us not do our good works so that we may be praised, but let us do good works so that others may be lifted up and God be praised because of our intervention.
The only thing that we can take with us into eternity is what we have done for the Lord. There are no bank accounts in heaven to show how much your net worth was on the earth, but there will be accounts in heaven of what you did to show your life as an example in leading others to Him.
I have fallen many times as I suffer from hearing loss, vision impairment and arthritis - deadly mix. This lesson from David Jeremiah speaks to me.
...Incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding.
A new study by John Hopkins found that people with mild hearing loss are nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling than people with normal hearing; and moderate hearing loss doubles the danger yet again. Losing your hearing could mean losing your footing.
The same is true spiritually. When our hearts grow hard and our ears dull, we can lose our spiritual footing. The Bible tells us to listen, to hear, and to give ear to His commands.
A tender heart toward the Lord means eager ears and guided feet. Spend time daily listening to the Lord and meditating on His Word, like the prophet who said, "The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away" (Isaiah 50:4-5).
"For if you do these things you will never stumble" (2 Peter 1:10).
The best way to show someone you love them is to listen to them.
The next time you’re mired in a bad day, check your outlook with these three questions:
1) What do I feel guilty about?
2) What am I worried about?
3) What am I about?
Reflect on your answers with these reminders!
Yesterday — forgiven.
Tomorrow – surrendered.
Today — clarified.
Here’s my proposal. Consult Jesus! The Ancient of Days has something to say about our days. In Colossians 3:2, the Apostle Paul says, “Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground. Look up, and be alert to what’s going on around Christ–that’s where the action is.” In Matthew 11:30, Jesus says, “The load I give you to carry is light.”
Jesus’ design for a good day makes sense! His grace erases guilt. His oversight removes fear. His direction removes confusion.
Saturate your day in His grace. Entrust your day to His oversight. Give the day a chance!
fried rice (pilaf) with chick pea curry and yogurt and vegetable salad
called raita. A couple bought a new scooter
and they celebrated by sharing sweets
with everyone. In India when you buy something
new and expensive you share your joy by sharing sweets with friends.
In the afternoon we had our church management
committee meeting which went very well.
Earlier in the afternoon something happened which
upset me greatly and hit me like a sledge hammer, but the Lord comforted me by His Word.we don 't understand why trials come
but we have to surrender to God.
.1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
The long awaited rain bearing clouds have finally arrived giving us respite from the searing heat. Flora and fauna, man and beast heave a great big sigh of relief.I took some rain washed photos on Friday.
The rain washed the dust off the graves
in this cemetary of the Empire.
It is a heritage site.
This ancient building has seen
a hundred or more monsoons.
A modern highway in the far back
River Yamuna drinking in the rain
India 's economy predominantly agriculture based and our farmers depend upon rains. The delay and scarcity of rains becomes a great cause of concern in agrarian, political and economic circles. Over the years farmers have committed suicide when their crops failed. Government support doesn 't reach the poorest of the poor. Ansd the compensation is not enough. This year the monsoon is delaying
causing unrest and unease.
The North East is under floods while the rest of our land has had scanty rainfall. Its raining hard in Mumbai on the West coast too.
The prices of food and other essential commodities have shot up.
In the face of this our government has pledged million of dollars
to support the crisis stricken European economy.
Please feed your own people before indulging in international
Politicians and diplomats can literaly cross any border to acomplish
Anyway God Almighty rules and He will hear
the cries of his hungry and waterless creation.
I am having trouble commenting on some
blogs which have a word identification option.
I try so hard but bloggeer doesn 't accept me.
So please don 't think I am ignoring you. I am simply
At a meeting of Baptist leaders in the late 1700s, a newly ordained minister stood to argue for the value of overseas missions. He was abruptly interrupted by an older minister who said, "Young man, sit down! You are an enthusiast. When God pleases to convert the heathen, he'll do it without consulting you or me."
That such an attitude is inconceivable today is largely due to the subsequent efforts of that young man, William Carey.
Carey was raised in the obscure, rural village of Paulerpury, in the middle of England. He apprenticed in a local cobbler's shop, where the nominal Anglican was converted. He enthusiastically took up the faith, and though little educated, the young convert borrowed a Greek grammar and proceeded to teach himself New Testament Greek.
When his master died, he took up shoemaking in nearby Hackleton, where he met and married Dorothy Plackett, who soon gave birth to a daughter. But the apprentice cobbler's life was hard—the child died at age 2—and his pay was insufficient. Carey's family sunk into poverty and stayed there even after he took over the business.
"I can plod," he wrote later, "I can persevere to any definite pursuit." All the while, he continued his language studies, adding Hebrew and Latin, and became a preacher with the Particular Baptists. He also continued pursuing his lifelong interest in international affairs, especially the religious life of other cultures.
Carey was impressed with early Moravian missionaries and was increasingly dismayed at his fellow Protestants' lack of missions interest. In response, he penned An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens. He argued that Jesus' Great Commission applied to all Christians of all times, and he castigated fellow believers of his day for ignoring it: "Multitudes sit at ease and give themselves no concern about the far greater part of their fellow sinners, who to this day, are lost in ignorance and idolatry."
Carey didn't stop there: in 1792 he organized a missionary society, and at its inaugural meeting preached a sermon with the call, "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God!" Within a year, Carey, John Thomas (a former surgeon), and Carey's family (which now included three boys, and another child on the way) were on a ship headed for India
"This is indeed the valley of the shadow of death to me," Carey wrote, though characteristically added, "But I rejoice that I am here notwithstanding; and God is here."
Postage stamp issued in honor of Carey
Gift of tongues
In October 1799, things finally turned. He was invited to locate in a Danish settlement in Serampore, near Calcutta. He was now under the protection of the Danes, who permitted him to preach legally (in the British-controlled areas of India, all of Carey's missionary work had been illegal).
Carey was joined by William Ward, a printer, and Joshua and Hanna Marshman, teachers. Mission finances increased considerably as Ward began securing government printing contracts, the Marshmans opened schools for children, and Carey began teaching at Fort William College in Calcutta.
In December 1800, after seven years of missionary labor, Carey baptized his first convert, Krishna Pal, and two months later, he published his first Bengali New Testament. With this and subsequent editions, Carey and his colleagues laid the foundation for the study of modern Bengali, which up to this time had been an "unsettled dialect."
Carey continued to expect great things; over the next 28 years, he and his pundits translated the entire Bible into India's major languages: Bengali, Oriya, Marathi, Hindi, Assamese, and Sanskrit and parts of 209 other languages and dialects.
He also sought social reform in India, including the abolition of infanticide, widow burning (sati), and assisted suicide. He and the Marshmans founded Serampore College in 1818, a divinity school for Indians, which today offers theological and liberal arts education for some 2,500 students.
By the time Carey died, he had spent 41 years in India without a furlough. His mission could count only some 700 converts in a nation of millions, but he had laid an impressive foundation of Bible translations, education, and social reform.
His greatest legacy was in the worldwide missionary movement of the nineteenth century that he inspired. Missionaries like Adoniram Judson, Hudson Taylor, and David Livingstone, among thousands of others, were impressed not only by Carey's example, but by his words "Expect great things; attempt great things." The history of nineteenth-century Protestant missions is in many ways an extended commentary on the phrase.
It was too late when I discovered it between her paws.
My hearing aid is a necessity, I can 't do without it.
So this morning I bought another one.
It is very expensive and I was not happy
as you can imagine.
But its something I can 't do without.
I couldn 't say anything to Sheeba either,
a playful animal.
But when I was down in the dumps I opened the Bible,
and read a lot of promises found in there.
James 1;2 -4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I am a single , evangelical, born-again Christian woman, I was my mother 's care giver till she died on Jan 29,2012.I am serving the Lord in my church and community.The purpose of my blog is to share the trials and triumphs of life in India and encourage friends to pray for us.You can call it a cross cultural blog
8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
9Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
10Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.