Category Archives: Encouragement

What Makes a Good Mentor – Lesson from the Life of Eli

We are all familiar with little Samuel’s Bible story when he heard a voice calling his name repeatedly. Each time he ran to Eli the priest thinking he was calling him, but he kept sending him back. On the fourth call, Eli realizes it is God’s call and guides little Samuel to respond “Here I am Lord, speak to me”. God speaks to Samuel and conveys His judgment upon Eli’s household for their sins.

Eli is often remembered as a bad father and usually gets blamed for his sons doing evil but I would like to share 2 characteristics of Eli that caught my attention, in regards to changing the life of Samuel. Continue reading What Makes a Good Mentor – Lesson from the Life of Eli

How to Deal with Mental Scars?

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Last year we visited UK and spend a few days with my brother in London. I had looked forward to this vacation for a long time, but a few days after landing, both Nathan and I fell ill. The remaining vacation was spent in bed, recovering. All I wanted at the time was to get back home to Sharjah.

Every time I thought of London or UK, there was a mental bitterness because of my experience there. A few months later, Continue reading How to Deal with Mental Scars?

A Walk in the Desert

One of the most exciting and unforgettable experience I’ve had since I moved to the UAE was to see the Desert. I’m sure some of you may be thinking ‘what’s the big deal about that?’

I was born and raised in a city in India and the greens were a common sight even in empty spaces. But miles and miles of sand is something I imagined when I read about the Israelites walking through the wilderness. To experience it first-hand was an exhilarating experience! I know a lot of foreigners even spend a small fortune to come and witness this beautiful array of nothingness.

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HE is in Control!

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Filled with anxiety and intrigued for any update, my fingers reach to refresh the news app on my phone every few minutes. This has been one of the biggest events to hit the world since the 911 attacks in the US. The shocking and mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian airline MH370 aircraft and the fate of 239 passengers and crew on board, has gripped many eyes and ears to the media over the last week. The best technology and resources are being used by several nations around the world to find the whereabouts of the aircraft and what could have caused it. Continue reading HE is in Control!

The Perfect Recipe

perfect recipeAs believers we often go through short dry spells in our Christian life, and it is at times like these that we seek to hear something specific and different from God. I too went through a similar phase recently and want to share the valuable lesson God taught me. What I am about to write may not come as a new revelation to many, but I am hoping it may be an eye-opener for some of you. Continue reading The Perfect Recipe

How to Overcome Intimidation?

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Think of a time when you had to fight aggressively for something you believed in, felt strongly about and how you stood your ground. Recently I read a story about an old donkey that fell into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway and it wasn’t worth to retrieve the donkey. Continue reading How to Overcome Intimidation?

Are you plugged in?

Get plugged in to Jesus

Imagine yourself as an electric guitar, playing your best piece of music, but you are not plugged into an amplifier and no one is able to hear the music you produce.

I heard a preacher recently state- “Being Switched On is necessary, but being Plugged In to the right source is more important”. Wow… that’s deep! This got me thinking of all the times that I was so busy working hard, but ultimately ended up with no result or left incomplete. I’m sure we’ve all been there!

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Unless You Become Like a Child!

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If given a chance, most of us would love to go back to our childhood days.  No worries in life! We always had someone to look after every need. We could cry and get almost anything done for us. But one of the key things would be the absence of extra weight such as ‘Unforgiveness’ that we adults carry around.

On most nights, as I put my son Nathan to bed, I ask him few questions and specially the days Continue reading Unless You Become Like a Child!

The Sound of your voice

Every morning as I leave for work, I make it a point to kiss my wife and son bye without fail. Occasionally, my 2 year old wakes up and says ‘daddy bye…love you’ and hugs me, even in sleep mode. Hearing those words always brings a smile to my face. On most days, when I return from the office, I hear his excited voice as he screams ‘daddy’ and runs to me. And then, there are days when he simply ignores my arrival because he is too busy or engrossed in something else.

This made me realize Continue reading The Sound of your voice

What do you HAVE?

 

I learned a valuable lesson from the Bible story of a widow that we read about in 2 Kings 4:1-7.

 

The story is about a woman whose husband died and dramatically her life changed. Subsequently, the widow fell into debt and the creditors were ruthless and demanded her sons as assets or collateral. She became desperate and cries to Elisha, an anointed prophet of God, for help.Elisha asks her what she had of value to sell. She said she had nothing except a jar of oil. The prophet then asked her to Continue reading What do you HAVE?