Sunday, February 18, 2018

Michael W Smith - Healing Rain

The twins,KBC......and the spirit of God.



I spent the weekend with my favourite twins Niya and Joana,my friends from Herbertpur days when they were seven month old wonders who used to brighten up my mornings,waiting for me through the netted door even as I crashed down unto the groundfloor of my quarter in Herbertpur.One of them ,with a naughty smile used to tease me and the other used to stare at the beautiful butterflies in the garden with wonder.They always used to carry such peace on their little shoulders.They are still the same ,beautiful little ladies ,engaging ,made a lot of conversation with me.As I listened to them intelligently describe what was happening to their lives in the UK now,I just felt like I saw a walking and talking miracle.The faces of the little toddlers actually grown up by five years or so.
I had a blessed time with Sushil and Anju,sharing ,talking and just revelling in the goodness of God.

I attended the Basildon church at KBC after almost four years.There was that hard-hitting message that reduced me to tears ...spirit of God will never let us be..it gets us when people pray.
The message in the church was Mathew 25 vs 31 eloquently expressed by the pastor.
''When the son of man comes in glory.......''

When you are one in the crowd,there are noises and more noises,there are jostling,stepping on each others toes, life happens,as life should and the dust it throws up becomes the platinum dust at the back of your throat and even as life chokes ,you thirst and the thirst that it brings you ,can be satisfied only by the living water.
Mathew 25 vs 31 is a vivid picture of all that the creation is moving towards one can palpate the awe,hope and the mood of the crowd even as ''Every knee bends and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord.''
The moods in the room are-
1)Deep regret.

2)Confusion-when Christ says,'Get away from me I never knew you..'

3)Surprise-When Christ says,'Good and faithfulservant.....'

The pastor mentioned Martin of tours.
One winter morning Martin of tours saw an ill-clad beggar at the gate of the city of Amiens.Martin had no money to give the beggar ,so he cut his cloak into half and gave it to him.
That night he saw Jesus wearing that dirty cloak around him in his dream.
He had been considering christianity, he gave his life to Jesus.
'Then the righteous will answer him saying ,'Lord,when did we....?
When we look beyond people's faults and see the potential...what you have done for the very least,you did for me...'
The Lord's sheep have a healthy hump.
We need to abide in prayer,in His word and in worship.
We will see the fruit.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Keith Green - Oh, Lord You're Beautiful (Live)-a life I covet!!short but worthy indeed.

'It is I,do not be afraid.'

Sometimes beyond the second breath
tired to the bones,
physically,emotionally and mentally
there is a light that falls on you....
Warmth,an aura that assures me I am loved.
It has to be grace..
Is it you Lord?

In an average day
when you least expect it
out of the blue
your presence just envelops me
I look around enquiringly
Who is it Lord someone carrying your presence
is it you Lord?

Pushed around by the mob,
left ,right and centre
somedays I just want to crawl back
into my room.
I look at a few coveted silver locks in my hair
and I smile a quiet smile.
There is a deep joy within.
Is it you Lord?

In the chaos
where everyone seems to be losing it,
I find a new leash of patience,
I never thought I had.
I am more gentle,more understanding
able to listen more without judging.
No knee-jerk reactions.
I step back and marvel
and wonder how it could be.
Is it you Lord?

The other day I saw a bubble
freeze into ice on a rose bush,
an ice bubble closely observed and photographed,
a marvel captured by a rich soul
to share a smile and wonder.
The clip brought joy to my heart ,
Like all things beautiful,
It was a tiny miracle ,waiting to be discovered.
Was it you Lord?








Sunday, February 11, 2018

Holy Spirit, Living Breath Of God {with lyrics} - //Keith & Kristyn Gett...

Church today.

It was the transfiguration day at the church today,a celebration of the mountain-top experience of Moses when he meets with God for the ten commandments and also the mount of transfiguration where Jesus meets with Elijah and Moses and Peter,James and John withness this first hand.
The preaching however was on the 40 days of wilderness experience of Christ after baptism,correlating it with the Lent which starts from Tuesday.
Just before the message we remembered North Korea in the persecuted church list which according to the open doors is the place where christians are most persecuted.
The christians parents are so afraid that they cannot teach the children the bible lest they tell someone.
50,000 christians are in prison because of their faith.
Isaiah 54:13 was the caption-'All your children will be taught by the Lord ,and there will be great peace.'
In the sermon the discussion was on the temptations of Jesus which were engineered by the devil to take him away from his calling.
Some areas the devil attacked were
1)his identity,
2)his need,
3)his worship,
4)the Word.
The temptation for Jesus continued into his ministry in the form of flattery,disciples who tried to mislead him ,even till the cross where the jews mocked him.
Some points-
Don't make decisions on the mountaintop.Come down and talk to people,sort out the various voices.
Where are these voices leading us?Is it leading us to growth of my soul and to God?
Stop and aske the Lord what he is saying to you?
there are different 'hooks' that try to steer us away from the ministry.Identify these hooks and deal with it so that it brings glory to God.
We are God's children and he is well pleased with us.The way of the cross,the way of service and the way of the Lord.
We heard the song ,'Holy spirit breath of life.'
We ended the church with 'Be thou my vision.'

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Meta-learning...

The last but one month has been a frantic shuffle through online CMEs and completing other courses which I fancied along the way one of which was the TEFL.Now I cannot make up my mind whether to register for the Oxford university's online course on advanced creative writing .I have done one course already with Elizabeth Garner which was fun because there was a lot of interaction and feedbacks and I just enjoy the process of writing.One important feedback I remember I got from her then was the fact that I never explained what the charecter in the story I was writing were thinking.I was a little taken aback and wondered if it was a psychological thing ,I have never pursued it,so I still don't know the answer.I have considered going for counselling sessions but the questions they ask are things like do you struggle with addiction,do you feel like crying all the time,do you feel sad?,the answer is no to all these things,so I guess I do not qualify for counselling.
One of the take home messages or a reiteration of what I have known all along and have shared with some of my students as well is that when one tries to solve complex issues while learning ,the learning curve dramatically goes up.I used to call it the top down approach while dealing with exams ,etc.
Today being a saturday,I spent some time practising plucking my guitar ,it requires a lot of concentration getting your muscle memory to obey so while I practised it at stretches I used to in between take breaks to play the regular chords .I found that when i had struggled enough with the strings the regular chords sounded better and I found myself getting more experimental with the music I normally play and I was more confident.The lesson is don't play it safe,go for it.
Meta-learning is a fascinating subject and it might help to introduce bits of it in the school curriculum so that the students are thinking as they are going through the entire schooling process instead of mindless mugging which is often how it is done,atleast that was how it was done.
At this age one learns while preparing for exams ,it is more effective to have subject based goals rather than time based goals to be more efficient.For instance,instead of charting out two hours of studies,I chart out fifty MCQs in this sitting.Maximum time one can actually concentrate on a particular subject is limited so it better to pepper the study time with recreation times in between so that the out-put is maximum instead of just holing oneself with books for hours at a stretch.
Sleep is absolutely essential for assimilating all that has been learnt so if someone thinks one can max a paper by studying without sleeping on the last day one is wrong.,,,there is another one,the environment in which one learns is essential when trying to remember facts ,for instance if one has a habit of learning with music on it is bad because music is not the accepted norm where one would have to recollect the fact ,both adults and children have better learning when there is application of the learning in their every day setting so I guess as far as clinics are concerned one might learn a lot more while at work than while burning the midnight oil behind a desk...and it goes on.