God says –
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
– Isaiah 55:8,9 –
I happened to stumble upon this song & love it.
This song beautifully depicts the love of Jesus & how He sees us while we may hang on to the negatives, shame & failures.
“I see your story, I see My name
Written on every beautiful page
You see the struggle, you see the shame
I see the reason I came.
I came for your story I came for your wounds
To show you what Love sees when I see you”
One of the most powerful & inspirational messages that I’ve listened to. Riveting.
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls –
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Let All Things Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
Awesome song of worship by Delirious. Enjoy!
A beautiful song of worship by Hillsong United
One of my favourite stories about the love of Jesus in the Bible is the following incident. What a mighty lesson on the art of being non-judgemental.
“Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
[John 8 : 3-11]
Below are some positively uplifting songs. Click on the song name for the youtube link –
Amazing grace has rescued me
You paid the price, You set me free
I will sing Your praises forever
My Savior and King
~ From Mi Corazon by Don Moen
If I was a rainbow I’d show my colors for You
And if I was a songbird I’d sing my song for You
And if You take the sun and the moon
Take away the stars at night
Your faithful Word will always be my light…
~ From Rainbow Song by Lenny LeBlanc
Enjoy & pass on..
The things we may ask & do when you visit our beloved country – India.
I have taken the liberty of using ‘we’, though no generalisation is intended!
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We will ask where your from.
We will ask about your country.
We will ask if you like our country.
We will ask if you like spicy food.
We will ask if you are married.
We will ask your age.
We will ask your spouse’s age.
We will ask how many children you have & won’t be embarrassed when you tell us you are not married to begin with.
We will ask if your home is your own or if it’s rented.
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We will ask if you like our Bollywood.
We will get you hooked onto Kolaveri Di. (Holy Cow-u)
We will tell you we are an emerging superpower.
We will make sure you are enlightened that English words like mantra, avatar, guru, mulligatawny, juggernaut & catamaran have their roots in India.
We will show you how to calmly cross the road during mad traffic.
We will teach you to enjoy it as an adventure sport, which is free at that.
We will teach you to play kabaddi…the art of pulling leg.
We will ask you to take the auto rickshaw for local travel.
We will take you to Fabindia for shopping & hope you make your mind up in one shop.
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We will teach you to say Namaste.
We will ask if you had tiffin.
We will ask if you prefer milk chai or filter kaapi & hope you will confirm you enjoy both.
We will take you home, give you idli & red chilli chutney & hope you can understand our fiery spirit of hospitality.
We will give you samosa to eat & forget to mention it has sharp green chillies within.
We will offer you cold water when you jump 5 feet in the air.
We will offer you ladoo or jalebi to cool the tongue.
We will recommend you try betel nut & paan.
We will not warn you not to smile after that.
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We will tell you (without your asking) about our relatives – immediate, distant, in-between, mother’s side, father’s side …& watch you pass out.
We will discuss wines like there is a vineyard in our backyard.
We will tell you about our religious diversity.
We will patiently explain the meaning of Karma & Maya to you. Including the right pronunciation.
We will get you to join Yoga classes.
We will recommend a bout of Ayurveda.
We will not meet you during rahu kaal.
We will ask that you don’t meet us during rahu kaal.
We will insist on visiting you in hospital – does not matter that you have a headache & would prefer not to meet anyone – we have to show you we care.
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We will take a photo with you to ensure we remember your visit.
We will ask that you do not gift us aromatic candles to express your appreciation of our hospitality.
We will show you the number of candles we have been gifted so far. Infact a candle shop is in plan.
If you insist on giving us a gift, a villa or two in the South of France or Hawaii (or both) should be fine.
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We will do all this & more when you visit India.
Please do visit our country.
Else we may miss an opportunity to ask, tell & do all of the above.
Finally…it is a fact that you would be richer at the end of your visit with a taste of India’s openness, warmth & hospitality!
And…we would have taught you the true meaning of living. Indian style!