How to stand in the time of your personal adversity

Adversity is any situation that comes up against you. It is difficulties, hardship, misfortune, calamities, disaster or affliction.  Adverse situations are often painful and cut through all levels of human existence affecting every area of life. It is unfortunate but adverse situations have driven many to a form of civilized insanity which has gradually broken … Continue reading

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Strange Land Song: Lesson in Adversity

There are many things that come to you and me   Many hidden things we may not see  Would that they would always be a source of pleasure and glee But no, they are sometimes contrary Even so can we dare to raise a song instead of a sigh? Can we dare to lift up … Continue reading

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Beyond Wishes

New beginnings speak of new hopes, new horizons and perhaps new opportunities…As the new year dawns, our once dead dreams come alive again; our hopes and aspirations once buried, resurrect. There is something about newness that propels us to hope for the best even in the midst of the contrary. It’s like a blank open page waiting to be written … Continue reading

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Lambs, wolves and the Good Shepherd

The scenario of a lamb in the presence of a wolf seems like a foregone conclusion. We could easily assume that a harmless innocent and pure lamb would become a prey to the vicious maliciousness of any ravening wolf. Yet when Jesus used this imagery in Luke 10:3 to commission his disciples, I don’t suppose … Continue reading

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Bitterness in Focus-Part 3

Dealing with the root of  bitterness In the same way we would treat an infected wound, we need to be open about our bitterness. The more it stays hidden, the more it is festered with germs and the more destruction it causes. Personally, I have realized that the more I am open to share the way … Continue reading

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Bitterness in Focus-Part 2

Identifying the Root of Bitterness Bitterness can infuse every aspect of our lives, resulting in a harvest of bitter, angry emotions. Since none of us is immune, these are some of the ways to identify it. 1. It accuses or blames It causes us to accuse others, self or even God for  unpleasant circumstances we … Continue reading

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Bitterness in Focus-Part 1

Life presents you and I with more than enough opportunities for becoming bitter. With each failure, disappointment or setback, we are pushed to take a step towards bitterness. Bitterness could be the trigger for some physical as well as spiritual health conditions and should therefore not be ignored. It could remain quiet like a dormant volcano … Continue reading

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Questions, Time and Faith in God

There are some questions I sometimes wish no one would ask me but wishes are just wishes…People I meet for the very first time in trying to make meaningful conversation, ask about my children… Of course who wouldn’t want to talk of their children? Indeed it’s a great joy to talk about one’s children and … Continue reading

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Mouth Control

In this age of information, there is almost always something to talk about.  Moreover most ears would pop up at the sound of fresh gossip…we all love a ‘juicy’ story.  The more negative it is, the better… What does the Bible say about our speaking?    As Christians, how should we carry our ideas across?   … Continue reading

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What to do to a Cold Case

Challenges come to all of us.  We might have done all we know to do and then gradually given up hope. We classify such situations as cold, dead and impossible. We place them safely in the archives of our mind and try to forget they ever existed. Our challenges could be a rocky marriage, an unpleasant … Continue reading

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Light of Day for the Dark of Night

In my growing-up years, it was not uncommon to have sudden power failures at home. If this happened in the evening or at night-time, after a brief outburst of appropriate expletives at the Electricity Cooperation, the next  important thing to do was to find out the whereabouts of the rest of the family(we did this … Continue reading

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A Close-Up View of Forgiveness (Part 2)

‘Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me’- Anonymous Our world places  significant value on rights. We have so many of them; from human to animal, natural to legal, women to children… Yes, we all have rights and some of us have had them violated in unimaginable ways. It touches us to the very … Continue reading

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A Close-Up View of Forgiveness (Part One)

Why should I forgive? What if they hurt me again? How should I relate to someone who has hurt me? These are some of the questions that come to mind when we talk about forgiveness. At some point or other in our lives we will  need to either give or receive it.  Forgiveness implies that … Continue reading

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Prevention is better than cure

I recently went for a general medical check-up and at a point I had a strong urge to tell the doctor who was asking me a hoard of questions that she should mind her own business and stop encroaching on my privacy. Of course, I did not, but rather smiled sweetly and answered her questions … Continue reading

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A Wake-Up Call

Time is moving fast, things are happening, children are born, others have left, some situations have improved, others have worsened, there have been disappointments, surprises, questions, answers…Well, it looks like the world is just waiting for time to happen; for things to come and go. We are indeed doing our best in this rush hour, … Continue reading

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The things we waste

Most of us have moments when we look back on our lives, no matter how old we may be and wish we had done things differently. This is very much so when we seem to have run out of time with the future we have. In other words,  there may not be much that we could accomplish … Continue reading

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A Word to the Wise – Fear God

Fear, dread, terror, panic, alarm-these are all synonyms for that emotion that causes our knees to wobble, our tongues to be caught in the back of our throats and our hearts to race abnormally. It is a real force and it exists in abundance  in our world today. Our hearts cry out in silence when the … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Day Blues

It’s Mothers Day in the part of the world that I live in. I must admit that it’s been many years since I’ve been praying, hoping and then praying again that the very next Mothers Day would see me with my own little bundle of joy….It’s been a very long wait and as each year … Continue reading

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Action v. Words

The song ‘Action speaks louder than words’ by Jimmy Cliff from his album ‘Don’t let it die’ (1975), brings memories to some of us. Although I was very young then, I remember the tune and rhythm very clearly. Well, don’t ask me my age… He made this idiom quite popular and some of us used … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Sabstory – One Word Makes the difference:
The song ‘Action speaks louder than words’ by Jimmy Cliff from his album ‘Don’t let it die’ (1975), brings memories to some of us. Although I was very young then, I remember the tune and rhythm very clearly. Well, don’t ask me my age… He…

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Originally posted on Sabstory – One Word Makes the difference:
Fear, dread, terror, panic, alarm-these are all synonyms for that emotion that causes our knees to wobble, our tongues to be caught in the back of our throats and our hearts to race abnormally. It is a real force and it exists in abundance  in our…

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A gentle lesson in love:My love cup

One day I got home to find a lovely parcel  from my dear husband. It was a beautiful red mug with the words ‘love’ on it. Oh I simply loved it! In no time it replaced all my other mugs and became ’the’ mug. Tea lovers would agree with me that there’s nothing like a warm snuggle at … Continue reading

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This Thing Called Lust

A fiery deception Corrupting the affections A compelling desire An unruly destructive fire  It rages making a compulsive  prisoner  Of every heart that would aimlessly wander Into it’s arena of lies There, every reasoning is enticed By this thing called lust   Satan’s snare, his bait  Where he lies in wait     To attack … Continue reading

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