Monday, 30 May 2011

Likes

Now a days I have started to realize how much of what I say or think is driven by what others “like”. But I have also realized that the results are not so good. It not only takes my life off track but also becomes a hindrance for other too.


This also can be related easily using a face book “likes”. I would like to know your thoughts about the following couple of questions.

1. When someone “likes” what you write in your FB how do you feel?

2. In life, whose “Likes” is important to you? Is it the “likes” from people whom you live with or is it the “Likes” from God?

Friday, 27 May 2011

Book Review: Max On Life

If you know me, then you know i love Max Lucado's writings. Max Lucado has written another fine book. Max on Life is a great resource book, especially if you are like me, a great fan of Max Lucado. It is a book in sections based on subject matter, then filled with questions folks have asked about the subjects, and then Max's response. Answers were taken from his already existing books.


Questions fall under these categories:

Hope - God, Grace, and Why am I Here?
Hurt - Conflicts, Calamities, and Why me?
Help - Prayer, Scripture, and Why church?
Him/Her - Sex, Romance, and Any chance of a second chance?
Home - Diapers, Disagreements, and Any hope for prodigals?
Haves/Have-Nots - Work, Money, and Where's the lifeline?
Hereafter - Cemeteries, Heaven, Hell, and Who goes there?

If you have a question or a struggle or difficulty, this would be a good book to go to and easy to look up and find what the bible says on the subject. Also, the answers are not too long and easy to read and completely bible based. It is a great addition to any Christian library. It will also make a great gift. This would be an ideal book to give to someone who has a lot of questions. I would highly recommend this book.

***I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. Above review is completely based on my own opinions.***

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Review: Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends : A Bug Collection Vol 3

Finally the long awaited DVD i requested from BookSneeze arrived.
In this Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends : A Bug Collection Vol 3, there are three discs with three different topics.



1. Milo, the Mantis Who Wouldn't Pray—it's about prayer.
2. Buzby and the Grumblebees—it’s about bee-having.
3. Haily & Bailey's Silly Fight—it’s about getting along.


These stories are truly engaging for both adults and children alike.

In Milo the Mantis who wouldn't pray, Milo does everything he can think of to hear from God. The storyline is comical but sad because we do relate to his struggle with not being willing to wait on God to answer our prayers. The characters used in all these three DVDs are beautiful.

Buzby and the Grumble Bees, shows us what life would be like if everyone only did what they wanted to.

Hailey & Bailey's Silly Fight: Sometimes we lose sight of what's really important and then fight over the small things.

I also loved the teachings by Max Lucado and Hermie in all the three DVDs.

Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends: A Bug Collection Volume 3 is one you will definitely want to get for the kids.

***I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. Above review is completely based on my own opinions.***

Time to Remember!!


Yesterday, I was searching my mobile phone for 2 minutes until I realized I was actually talking on phone. ( I know you would want to stop reading the blog of such a dumb person. Well if you are still there let’s continue) I laughed at my forgetfulness. But sometimes we are not able to laugh at our forgetfulness since it may cost us so much. That too to forget the God will definitely cost you more. The first step in moving away from the Lord is forgetting is love, grace and care and the first step to come back to the Lord is by Remembering him and his goodness. Let me give a few characters from the bible.

In revelation chapter 2, as God was giving remedy to the Ephesus church that has lost its First Love, the first thing that he tells them is to Remember the height from which they have fallen. God wanted to correct their forgetfulness first which would in turn lead to their repentance.

In Luke 15, the prodigal son who lived a wayward life and ended up in pig pen, Remembers his father’s house and how even servants in his father’s house had enough food and then he starts to walk towards his father’s house. The first thing he did was to Remember his father.

In Judges 16, Samson forgot the Lord, his commandments, and in the end lost his anointing. At the final state of his life, he remembered his Good God and called unto Him. His desire for the world and women made him to forget His God.

In the book of Jonah we see Jonah was trying to flee from God (How could he ever think of that. Didn’t he know psalms 139 ) He wanted to forget God and the task that God gave him. But God had other plans. So as he was in the Fish’s belly, in chapter 2 he says “As my life was ebbing away, I Remebered the Lord.” After he remembered he started to pray. As he remembered the Lord, the Lord started to act on his behalf.

So the first step in restoring back you First love for the Lord, restoring your relationship with your heavenly Father, restoring back your strength, and restoring back your Life’s purpose is to REMEMBER YOUR CREATOR.

Remember HIM while your doing Good. Or Atleast remember HIM in pig pen or fish’s belly. But please Remember Him while you are alive. As you Start to Remember Him let the Lord Start to Remember you and Restore you.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Till I entered the sanctuary of God...


Recently psalms 73 became a reality for me. I started to look around and see people who don’t care about God let alone pleasing Him, become prosperous. I began to envy them. My foot began to slip and I began to lose my foothold. I envied them because they had no struggles, no health problems, no common human burdens, and no negative things in their life. They don’t even think of God in their life and yet they are carefree and accumulate a lot of wealth. I felt that like I was trying live for the Lord in vain. Every morning seems to bring on new punishment on me. When I thought about all these things my heart was troubled. I began to think that all these things, wealth and things of the world is what I needed. It was then I began to read this wonderful psalm, which resonated with my heart so much. These struggles that I mentioned was not only mine but also of the person who wrote this psalm. After penning down all his struggles, the prosperity of the wicked and also calling his walk with the Lord vain, he was troubled till he entered the Sanctuary of the Lord. He thought he needed wealth and prosperity and that’s why he envied the wicked. But as he entered the Presence of the Lord, the most beautiful place in the whole world, look at the change in his words.
“When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant;
Then he goes on to say this wonderful verse.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
Did you see that? Is this not the same person who wanted the wealth of the wicked? Actually he was troubled because he didn’t get the things that others had. But after spending time in the presence of the Lord, after experiencing God himself, his desire changes and he says Earth has nothing I desire besides YOU. Then I realized, many times in life we think we need this and we need that. But in reality it’s the presence of God we need. It is Him we need. I, like this psalmist, am senseless and ignorant many times. But as I enter his presence, as I experience God, my heart’s desire changes. Today I am beginning to say Earth has nothing I desire besides YOU Lord. May be you are struggling thinking that your needs are not met and may be you are troubled. Why don’t you enter His sanctuary today?