A Single Lotus


“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth…” ~ Psalm 147:15

Flowers of various patterns and hues decorated the natural landscape. All who took a walk in the park were affected in way by their presence. It was either their fragrance, or their swaying in the cool morning breeze or their gentle and bright hues that made the morning walk a simple delight.

Tucked away in the distance, in a small pond stood a single lotus. ‘So beautiful’ I exclaimed. It stood alone planted in the pond whose stagnated waters had now turned murky. But yet it made a great difference to the entire natural landscape out there. It beautified the placed where it was planted. It was created in such a way so as to beautify the murky pond. The lotus in its own exquisiteness made a difference.

Are you finding yourself in the place of that lotus in a murky pond? ‘I wish I was born of a higher caste. I wish I could change the way I look. I wish my skin was of a lighter colour. I wish I had straight hair. I wish I was born in another family….’ Dear friend, let me encourage you to take this to heart – you can make a difference wherever God has planted you, be it your work place, your family or your neighbourhood no matter how squalid, dismal or gloomy your surroundings and circumstances be. God has put within you the potential to make a difference, to lend a different hue to the many lives around you. Remember there’s no another YOU! God created you and designed you to be YOU in your own special and unique way. So celebrate the good in you and use it to make a difference.

Prayer
“Dear Jesus, I thankyou for creating me and putting within me the potential to make a difference. May I do so always. Amen.”

Beautify the place where you are planted.

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Beauty out of brokenness


“…..a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…..” ~ Isaiah 61:3

Brokenness….. there are many things that break our hearts. A dream not realized, a desire not fulfilled, a hurting comment, a recovery that is painful and slow, a relationship that is trying, a failure that is disappointing, a target not reached, an ideal not kept, an example not followed, the loss of something precious, the demise of a loved one, an unexpected crisis, being cheated, abused, insulted, humiliated, a mistake that is hard to undo, a consequence that is enduring, a toil that is arduous, a covenant that is defiled, a tragedy that wounds, a trust betrayed, a labor that does not yield good fruit, an unaccomplished goal, a discouraging defeat, demands that are exacting, reality that stings….

Brokenness makes us feel so shattered inside. We feel so devastated. We feel as though our life has come to an end… that we’ve been broken into so many pieces, it’s hard to pick them up and begin life all over again. We feel hopeless and give up.

But God is still there at the end of our brokenness. It’s comforting to know that God is there to help us move on ahead from just where we think we cannot go further. God understands how we feel. In Psalm 51:17 the Bible says, ‘The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” That’s true. God will not despise us when we are broken. Instead when we trust Him and surrender our lives to His control, in loving care, God turns our brokenness into something beautiful.

Prayer
“Dear Jesus, I come to You. I offer my brokenness to you. I believe You can do something beautiful out of it. Mould me once again, I pray. Amen.”

God can make beauty out of brokenness

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As a memorial


boundry.jpg“…your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God” ~ Acts 10:4 

Cornelius was a notable person being a centurion of the Italian Regiment. He lived an exemplary life, quite different from the general image of a centurion. Being devout, and god-fearing, he gave much alms to the people and prayed to God always. And one day in a vision an angel appeared to him saying, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God’. Isn’t it amazing that what Cornelius did, faithfully, time after time, from his heart, with sincerity, actually permeated right up to the heavens, and into the very presence of God!

 

Prayer and charity are two very vital threads needed in the pattern that God is weaving. And it will do well for the soul that prizes them. In prayer, God’s sovereignty is acknowledged, private matters of the heart are laid bare before God, there is a pouring out of the hidden fears and anxious thoughts, cares and burdens are exchanged for comfort and peace. Prayer keeps us on our knees, reminding us that we make it through by His grace alone, leaving room for God to act. Now, as prayer nourishes the soul, charity nourishes the heart, making us channels of His grace, causing us to be willing to part with something that must be given away to bless another’s life.

 

Cornelius was not known for his commanding skills or his military expertise. He was noted for his uprightness and piety and this showed forth in his sincerity in prayer and charity. In prayer and charity the sublime beauty of the soul is shown. Let’s adorn ourselves with them.

 Prayer  “Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that there’s nothing like prayer and charity that creates an inner beauty within my soul, reflecting Your image. Help them take deep root within me, making me more like You. Amen.” 

Beauty out of brokenness


“…..a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…..” ~ Isaiah 61:3

Brokenness….. there are many things that break our hearts. A dream not realized, a desire not fulfilled, a hurting comment, a recovery that is painful and slow, a relationship that is trying, a failure that is disappointing, a target not reached, an ideal not kept, an example not followed, the loss of something precious, the demise of a loved one, an unexpected crisis, being cheated, abused, insulted, humiliated, a mistake that is hard to undo, a consequence that is enduring, a toil that is arduous, a covenant that is defiled, a tragedy that wounds, a trust betrayed, a labor that does not yield good fruit, an unaccomplished goal, a discouraging defeat, demands that are exacting, reality that stings….

Brokenness makes us feel so shattered inside. We feel so devastated. We feel as though our life has come to an end… that we’ve been broken into so many pieces, it’s hard to pick them up and begin life all over again. We feel hopeless and give up.

But God is still there at the end of our brokenness. It’s comforting to know that God is there to help us move on ahead from just where we think we cannot go further. God understands how we feel. In Psalm 51:17 the Bible says, ‘The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” That’s true. God will not despise us when we are broken. Instead when we trust Him and surrender our lives to His control, in loving care, God turns our brokenness into something beautiful.

Prayer

“Dear Jesus, I come to You. I offer my brokenness to you. I believe You can do something beautiful out of it. Mould me once again, I pray. Amen.”

God can make beauty out of brokenness

Beauty out of brokenness


 

“…..a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…..” ~ Isaiah 61:3

 

Brokenness….. there are many things that break our hearts. A dream not realized, a desire not fulfilled, a hurting comment, a recovery that is painful and slow, a relationship that is trying, a failure that is disappointing, a target not reached, an ideal not kept, an example not followed, the loss of something precious, the demise of a loved one, an unexpected crisis, being cheated, abused, insulted, humiliated, a mistake that is hard to undo, a consequence that is enduring, a toil that is arduous, a covenant that is defiled, a tragedy that wounds, a trust betrayed, a labor that does not yield good fruit, an unaccomplished goal, a discouraging defeat, demands that are exacting, reality that stings….

 

Brokenness makes us feel so shattered inside. We feel so devastated. We feel as though our life has come to an end… that we’ve been broken into so many pieces, it’s hard to pick them up and begin life all over again. We feel hopeless and give up.

 

But God is still there at the end of our brokenness. It’s comforting to know that God is there to help us move on ahead from just where we think we cannot go further. God understands how we feel. In Psalm 51:17 the Bible says, ‘The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” That’s true. God will not despise us when we are broken. Instead when we trust Him and surrender our lives to His control, in loving care, God turns our brokenness into something beautiful.

 

Prayer

“Dear Jesus, I come to You. I offer my brokenness to you. I believe You can do something beautiful out of it. Mould me once again, I pray. Amen.”

 

God can make beauty out of brokenness

 

As a memorial


“…your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God” ~ Acts 10:4

Cornelius was a notable person being a centurion of the Italian Regiment. He lived an exemplary life, quite different from the general image of a centurion. Being devout, and god-fearing, he gave much alms to the people and prayed to God always. And one day in a vision an angel appeared to him saying, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God’. Isn’t it amazing that what Cornelius did, faithfully, time after time, from his heart, with sincerity, actually permeated right up to the heavens, and into the very presence of God!

Prayer and charity are two very vital threads needed in the pattern that God is weaving. And it will do well for the soul that prizes them. In prayer, God’s sovereignty is acknowledged, private matters of the heart are laid bare before God, there is a pouring out of the hidden fears and anxious thoughts, cares and burdens are exchanged for comfort and peace. Prayer keeps us on our knees, reminding us that we make it through by His grace alone, leaving room for God to act. Now, as prayer nourishes the soul, charity nourishes the heart, making us channels of His grace, causing us to be willing to part with something that must be given away to bless another’s life.

Cornelius was not known for his commanding skills or his military expertise. He was noted for his uprightness and piety and this showed forth in his sincerity in prayer and charity. In prayer and charity the sublime beauty of the soul is shown. Let’s adorn ourselves with them.

Prayer

“Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that there’s nothing like prayer and charity that creates an inner beauty within my soul, reflecting Your image. Help them take deep root within me, making me more like You. Amen.”

As a memorial


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“…your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God” ~ Acts 10:4

 

Cornelius was a notable person being a centurion of the Italian Regiment. He lived an exemplary life, quite different from the general image of a centurion. Being devout, and god-fearing, he gave much alms to the people and prayed to God always. And one day in a vision an angel appeared to him saying, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God’. Isn’t it amazing that what Cornelius did, faithfully, time after time, from his heart, with sincerity, actually permeated right up to the heavens, and into the very presence of God!

 

Prayer and charity are two very vital threads needed in the pattern that God is weaving. And it will do well for the soul that prizes them. In prayer, God’s sovereignty is acknowledged, private matters of the heart are laid bare before God, there is a pouring out of the hidden fears and anxious thoughts, cares and burdens are exchanged for comfort and peace. Prayer keeps us on our knees, reminding us that we make it through by His grace alone, leaving room for God to act. Now, as prayer nourishes the soul, charity nourishes the heart, making us channels of His grace, causing us to be willing to part with something that must be given away to bless another’s life.

 

Cornelius was not known for his commanding skills or his military expertise. He was noted for his uprightness and piety and this showed forth in his sincerity in prayer and charity. In prayer and charity the sublime beauty of the soul is shown. Let’s adorn ourselves with them.

 

Prayer

 “Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that there’s nothing like prayer and charity that creates an inner beauty within my soul, reflecting Your image. Help them take deep root within me, making me more like You. Amen.”