It is so gratifying to step over the threshold of a brand
new residence. Odors from a completed punch list still linger, and in the misty
sunset, the door opens to a different life. The placement of furniture and
filled boxes may not be correct, but at least they found their way into the
right room. It’s time to thank God for the blessings He so graciously bestowed.
As my wife and I entered the first night in our humble
abode, nothing seemed comfortable. My worst fear was not finding the Coffee Maker
for the next morning. But, at bedtime we embraced, sharing prayers, for it was
God who made all this possible. We gave Him all the glory.
The days turned into weeks, and now a month later the
newness is slowly fading away. Comforts of the dreams we prayed for are a delightful
reality. God blessed our initiatives to find a location He planned for us a
long time ago. We waited for His perfect timing and word to move forward.
Tonight, in the candlelight, when all is quiet, our heads
shared the same pillow on our sectional. We agreed God anointed this house our
home. My honey-do list keeps mounting, but its prayer and perseverance which gives
me the determination. And so, I ponder… when
does a house become a home?
This is a very loaded question, but let me say, good
memories should reside in the four walls where you live; a nest which washes
away the outside world. It provides for your basic needs and safety, also known
as a house. But more significant than
this, it should be a foundation based on God’s spirit – a place where He
blesses your every intention. Now it becomes a home built on truth, understanding, and wisdom.
So do you live in a house
or a home? Are your walls professionally
decorated with a lack of the Holy Spirit, or can you feel God’s presence and abounding
love when you walk in the front door?
Tranquility is the light brought to you from our heavenly Father when you allow Him to reside in your home. Glorify His honor and let your house become a home.
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“Unity in diversity” is an old, prominent principle of many religions around the world.
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oneness of being’, namely reality is one, and God is the only true existence;
all other beings are merely shadows, or reflections of God’s qualities.” ~
Philosopher Ibn al-‘Arabi (1165–1240)
The 5,000-year-old religion of Hinduism pronounces one
unity among all of creation and a diversity in existence. Buddhists believe by
honoring diversity and finding unity in it, this forms wisdom. Islam’s Quran
upholds unity by encouraging respect and the dignity of all human beings–a
moral consciousness of God.
As Christians, we gather to praise the son of God, Jesus
Christ, as a brotherhood of believers bonded by a baptism of life. Grasping the
complexity of this concept, we should realize the shade of your skin doesn’t
matter. I may be light-skinned in the winter but in the summer it turns dark.
You may be a practicing Catholic or Buddhist but who cares when we are one in
You may remember the biblical stories of God bringing
peace amongst the Jews and Gentiles. That was based on unity in diversity. He
sent Paul to countries all over the world for twenty-five years. Because God
proclaimed the Jews were His chosen people, the Gentiles became irate and
slighted. Therefore, Paul planted God’s seeds to all nations:
We have a tendency to brand friendships by the length of
their hair, the vehicle they drive in, the community in which they live, and
the clothes they wear daily. This, too, is of no consequence. Why should we
address such things of little importance for we, as a body of people is so much
more in God’s eyes?
In the United States, the Pledge of Allegiance boasts
it’s unity in diversity (one nation;
under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all). We are a diverse
mixture of many nationalities forming this great country. Unity? Some will
dispute it because the political arena places a great divide between us, but
nevertheless, we are one. It is what makes us stronger.
A man and woman, from very different backgrounds, join in
marriage and develop a unity in diversity. They raise children forming the
family unit. Though each personality is dissimilar, they should learn to love
one another, live and work together in oneness. The family structure is a basic
foundation of loving, unconditionally, in God’s divine grace.
I pray my thoughts may be heard – we are a family and
world of God’s children. It is unfortunate many still reel from ramifications
of previous generations – prejudices, hatred, and labeling our brothers and
sisters. If we learned to remove the walls of division, the goodness in the
world would have an everlasting effect. Brotherly love, my friends, is all it
takes and forgiveness of those who trespassed our way of life. When you set an
example, it brings others to eternal salvation. God needs leaders who gather
together and heeds His words–unity in diversity.
Honor God, won’t you? The rewards are forthcoming. Christ
was, and always will be Head of the Church. His words are anointed so let not the
tongue be sworn to the sword. Christ is coming!
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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It’s a 4.5 minute read,if you have patience proceed..
Before we proceed further let us understand ‘friendship’.
“Friendship is a best ship which can lead you on world tour” unknown
It takes roughly 200 hours to become best friends with someone, according to science. Can you sustain it afterwards ?
Say 6 months ? 1 yr…..3 yrs…..7 yrs…. Or till one of them decides to knock the Heavens door ?
Don’t you think… friendship is a complicated relationship among people ?
It can last from one day to…. life long !
“Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest…it’s about who came, and never left your side” unknown.
It is said that true friendship is possible,having similar wavelengths,and the two sharing their true feelings, whether a happy or sad situation in an honest way,at the same time maintaining the confidentiality,helpful to each other whenever possible and not interfering unnecessarily into their personal matters.
with the invention of internet and followed by online chat facilities…..both distant & near friendship became ONLINE
What is online friendship ?( Unknown to each other initially )
It is communication between two unknown friends exclusively via internet.With the advent of social media,video chats etc,it became easier, simpler and importantly faster to develop online friendship.
What is great about online friendship ?
1.You can develop confidence in yourself. 2. Get support in times of depression (morally). 3.Emotional bond. 4.Can add value to your life.
Is it necessary for online friends to interact face to face ?
Depends on the parties concerned. It is said that for friendship to be real,better they have face to face interaction and be honest with each other.
Can one trust online friendship ?
How sure are you that the other side person is true to what he or she,as they describe themselves ?
But remember,It is not all that easy to find right kind of person and probably you should think twiceand must be lucky !
Initially it may be touch and go ,but make sure you listen to your sixth sense.Suspicions apart,I think if both of them are on the same wavelengths,the friendship can boost and lasts longer.
Can online friendship between man and woman possible ?
If the friends happens to be man and woman,it all the more imperative that they know their limits and keep things cool.We also come across many examples of people falling in love and taking the friendship to next level and break up later.Ultimately it is up to them to decide how to maintain the relationship to be long-lasting.
If both parties intend to have fun ( online ),share the moments,having jokes,exchanging the ideas,making recommendations,suggestions, even helping each other’s in difficult situations,(need not be financial),and may or may not be serious in taking the friendship to next level…..it can still be a lot of fun!
What about age factor?
I am not sure.For teenagers the relationship is obvious. For Middle aged people it can be different meaning.For older people they are in need of affection & some body to talk to.
What if friends happen to be young & aged?
It is up to the individuals concerned to continue or stop depending upon the individual feelings and priorities.I am not able to guess really and internet search giving different opinions.
And the secret of lasting online friendship ?
In order to achieve lasting friendship,I think a continuous communication is important.I feel it should be on a daily basis at regular intervals.
The beauty of online friendship is that you don’t know the other person, personally and your imaginations run wild !( if you are not into video mode the fun is much greater)You are in your own virtual world,enjoying every minute ! The discussion can even be a deep personal conversation !
My take…long-lasting online friendship is possible, provided
1.If the parties develop mutual TRUST and be HONEST (not exploiting).Don’t overdo chats or get addicted.
2.Be frank and have an open communication.Have a regular chat schedule ( timing is important,both the parties must allot mutually convenient time) and keep in touch,know each other even better.
3. Be a good listener and appreciate the other party when the person deserves the same.
4.Give importance to the common bond.
5.Don’t be possessive.Tune down your ego to ZERO
6.If possible turn online friend into a real life True friend.
What is your experience with unknown online friends ?
Would you like to add any more suggestions ? please go ahead.
If you are not a happy person,
If you are not living a happy life,
You don’t have to continue that way. There are two things that will give you happiness.
Pay attention to them
and you will be happy.
These two things are contained in the following words of the Psalmist: “Happy those who observe God’s decrees, who seek the Lord with all their heart.”(Psalm 119:2)
Do these two things and you cannot fail to be happy:
Observe God’s decrees.
Seek the Lord with all your heart.
May God bless you with happiness for the rest of your life!
A hanging photograph reflects my life, or does it? The
sun’s glare creates a haze over the frame of remembrance for it looks a little vague.
Faintly in the distance, reflections of my life are reduced now to an eight by
ten. Who am I? I think I am nothing but a picture sitting on a shelf. My story
is the same as yours – a few captured moments of smiles. The rest of your
breath is consumed in some kind of drama or struggle.
I see our moments posing for the camera, but no one knows
what life is like when the cameras are not rolling, right? After a lot of thought,
I’ve narrowed it down… life is like moving the forest. It’s difficult at best. We
must start by asking for a helping hand.
So, today, I asked the Lord to make me strong and heal my
conscious mind. I started the morning in prayer as there’s no one else who can
help with my struggles, except “me, myself, and I.” But suddenly, I realized
the “I” in this cliché is God, not me! Yes, God is always with each of us, even
in the most obscure picture of life. The selfies we surround ourselves with will
only become complete after we learn it’s God who brings us to the here and now.
Subsequently, I decided to investigate the old cliché a
little further. Who is me in “me,
myself, and I?” I see it explicitly – me
is the body, Christ’s body!
Myself is the spirit of the Holy Ghost lying deep within our soul.
The I is our wonderful and loving God, ever present in all our circumstances.
God blesses us with life, hope, and truth and the power to go forward, moving the forest we call life. The kingdom of God was born within you! God bless!
You are the spring
Of my joy, O Lord;
Of my blessings;
And my all;
The spring from which
I draw water
To quench my thirst;
As long as you flow,
And which is
Till the world comes
To an end,
Shall I never lack
Fresh water to drink;
From you alone
Will I draw my water.
You are the spring
Of my riches;
And my faith;
A spring that never
What a wonderful gift
You are to me!
What a mighty sign of
Love for me!
“How do I feel as I start 2019? Describe your feelings in loving detail.”
Take that this question has been given to you to answer. Are you ready to answer it? Do you have the courage to share your feelings?
Many people are shy when it comes to sharing how they feel. Such people are not free. They are like prisoners. They are inhibited. I think we should feel free to share our feelings with others if they can help.
I leave that to you to decide. Do you agree with me? Please, let me know. Your opinion counts.
Now, coming to the question, let me answer it. If my answer inspires you, I invite you to share your own feelings. If not, let me know so that we can move on to something else.
How do I feel as I start 2019?
As I start 2019, I feel happy. I am happy that I have seen this new year. Many have not seen it. Many that I know have been called to the next world whereas they would have loved to be here. My staying on is not by my own merit. It’s by God’s grace and love; and so I feel happy and thankful to God for this wonderful gift.
This is not the first time I am having this type of feeling of happiness. I felt this happy a few years back when my daughter had eleven ordinary level papers with four A grades in the General Certificate of Education exam.
My feeling of happiness is so strong it makes me want to cry.
When I imagine that I could have gone like the so many brilliant and good hearted people who have gone, I sincerely thank God for my life.
For God’s wonderful grace to me, I am taking a responsible decision to love him more and to show love to every fellow human being that I come across.
This is my way of expressing gratitude to God.
It is such a big favour that he has kept me in this world while many more worthy people have gone.
I feel happy sharing my feelings with you as we start this 2019.
I look forward to making the year better for some people no matter who they may be, where they may be, or what they may be.
Thank you for reading my thoughts. Kindly let me know what you feel about what I have shared. Has it touched you in any way?
Happiness is a hard thing to find In marriage; But not an impossibility; If there are people who think They can find happiness By making their spouses unhappy, I tell them They are mistaken; If there are people who think They can find happiness By running down their spouses, I tell them, They are mistaken. If there are people who think They can find happiness By hurting their spouses, I tell them They are mistaken. If there are people who think They find happiness By cheating on their spouses, I tell them They are mistaken. If there are people who think They can find happiness By neglecting their spouses, I tell them They are mistaken. If there are people who think They can find happiness By always criticizing their spouses, I tell them They are mistaken; I don’t think you can find happiness By making your spouse unhappy; Of course, there are people, Who look for happiness Through these wrong ways; You cannot find happiness By running down your spouse; You cannot find happiness By hurting your spouse; You cannot find happiness By cheating on your spouse; Instead, you may find sorrow; You cannot find happiness in marriage By doing wrong to your spouse. You can find happiness By doing right to your spouse. You can find happiness By being a loving spouse; And making your spouse happy.