Our Church was in a week of fasting and prayer. What I had always understood is that after a few days of fasting I would be finally done with the devil. Contrary to my assumption I began to realize through the word of God, the real fact. Whether I like it or not, he is always around, trying to keep us busy and confused all the time. Well, that’s his job, isn’t it? So we need not have to worry about it.
The life of Jesus is a great example for us to learn and follow. Matthew 4:1-10 records about Jesus being tempted after fasting. Here are few points what God taught me from the scriptures.
The title of this article is a very famous song by a reggae artist Shaggy.
Listening to this song reminded me of a time in my childhood when my little sister and my elder brother used to fight. My sister would end up crying and my parents would come running and ask her what happened. Innocently or craftily (I don’t know to this day), she would point in my direction or call out my name. The repercussion for me was quite severe. This article is not a pay back, but just a reminder of how easy it is to blame someone else for whatever happens.
Nathan was just eight months old when I started my driving classes in Dubai. Someone had to look after him while I was away. My mother in law had to work hard on adjusting her shift timings according to my classes. After 2 months of struggle, I gave my first driving test and I failed it! It was quite disappointing! This meant there would be extra classes, more fees and more adjusting of schedules. I wished and prayed I would clear it the second test, but there was a sense of fear of failing inside me. What if I don’t do well this time? What if I make a mistake? What if….What if?? Ofcourse, I prayed about the test, but the doubt and fear kept haunting me. I finally got my results to know that I passed!
This is yet another post written by my friend Mrs. Anitha Abby. You can read her previous post here!
After moving to Saudi, I have begun to develop an obsession with cleanliness (especially of my kitchen, which probably has something to do with my fear of cockroaches) and hence I have begun to notice the speed at which dust accumulates at my home. I began to think of all the time I spend cleaning my home, taking out the trash etc. Even if I dust, vacuum and straighten up every other day, I would still find dust accumulated on nearly every surface of the house in a day or two. Dust just needs a small orifice and its back in our homes.
I started to reflect on how the state of our homes is a lot like our lives. We accumulate dust and filth through our everyday lives and sometimes we don’t even realize it. Continue reading Spring Cleaning!→
Recently I received an advice from a friend in regards to Nathan (my son) which taught me a great spiritual lesson. I was told not to let Nathan watch certain types of cartoons which promote violence, revenge or too much ‘dishum-dishums’. Ironically, this included one of my favorite cartoon in my childhood- Tom & Jerry. The explanation was quite simple. Kids tend to relate to the cartoon characters as real people and all the chasing, hitting, behavior etc as natural things and tend to ‘pick them up’ or copy them. Very often, it’s too late by the time parents realize the source of such violent outbursts. This is not their mistake as Continue reading Spiritual Heart Attack!→
One of the first things that people suggested after I got to Dubai was that I should get my driving license, and now I know why! Although there were struggles along the way, the word of God kept me strong. I still recall the morning when I gave my final driving test. I was so nervous I could count my heartbeat. After my turn was over, the officer looked me straight in the eye, paused for a few seconds (although it felt like hours to me) and told me ‘Phebe you passed’. Continue reading Did I Make a Difference?→
Have you ever woken up some morning and wondered who you really are or what is the purpose of your life? I have! It is surprising how God can answer your million dollar questions through the smallest things.
I was at the billing counter of a grocery shop when I noticed the cashier scan my items using the barcode on each product. This of course made the cashier’s job much easier as opposed to punching in numbers as in the good old days. All he had to do was put the item under a scanner and all the details would appear on the screen. My thoughts wandered around the bar code system. Continue reading What is your code?→