In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth.
At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above lightning starts a forest fire. She looks to her left sees a hunter with his bow extended pointing at her.
To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.
What can the pregnant deer do? She is in labor!
What will happen? Will the deer survive?
Will she give birth to a fawn? Will the fawn survive?
Will she die a horrible death at the hands of the hungry lion approaching her?
She is constrained by the fire on the one side the flowing river on the other boxed in by her natural predators.
What does she do?
She focuses on giving birth to a new life.
The sequence of events that follows are:
- Lightning strikes suddenly blinds the hunter.
- He releases the arrow which zips past the deer strikes the hungry lion.
- It starts to rain heavily, the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain.
- The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn.
Maybe we can learn from the deer.
The priority of the deer, in that given moment, was simply to give birth to a baby fawn. The rest was not in her hands any action or reaction that changed her focus would have likely resulted in death or disaster.
Ask yourself, Where is your focus?
Where is your faith and hope ?
In the midst of any storm, do keep your faith in God always.
He has your best in heart. Always.
- fwd: vc mathews
An old beggar passed through an old village. He knocked on the door of a big beautiful house, with a tall barn and a large iron padlock on the gate. In this house lived a man, known in the village for his miserliness: he never helped people, even though he was very rich.
“Please give me some meat or milk?” – asked the beggar.
The miser replied roughly: “No, I can’t! Go away!”
“Maybe you can give me some wheat or beans?” – kept asking the beggar, forced by hunger to humiliate himself.
“I don’t have anything!” – said the miser.
“Then give me a piece of bread, and I will be grateful.” – said the beggar.
“Go away, I don’t have bread!” – was the miser’s reply.
“At least give me some water? I’m very thirsty!”
“I don’t have water.” – screamed the miser.
Then said the beggar: “Oh, my son, why are you sitting here then? Stand up and start begging food from the good people. You are even poorer than I am!”
- fwd: reuben tellis
The two verses about Jabez are a case in point ( 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 ).
The chronicler paused to tell us that this man was more honorable than his brothers (v.9).
Why was he so honorable?
We don’t know for sure, but we can find some clues in his name and in a short prayer he uttered.
Oh, that You would bless me ….. and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain! (I Chro. 4:10).
The name Jabez means “he causes pain.” Who would want a name like that?
His mother may have given him that name because of the intense suffering she experienced at his birth.
He asked God to bless his life (v.10).
Bible scholars have translated the last part of verse 10 either as a prayer to be kept from pain or as a plea for help so he would not cause pain to others.
We believe Jabez was honorable because he pleaded with the Lord to help him live righteously so he would not cause others to suffer.
About Jabez’s character, we learn he had more honor than his brothers did.
Regarding his relationship with God, it is learned that he desired to be close to God.
He also wanted the help of the Lord to stand against the evils of the world.
Every difficulty in the life of any person who knows the Lord, irrespective of its severity, can be turned into a blessing.
God specializes in turning the curse into a blessing.
Thus, their circumstances only grow worse.
There is another way, and the 10th verse tells us what it is:
And Jebez called on the God of Israel. This is man’s answer for any and all problems.
There is no other. Regrettably, many turns to humanistic psychology, the latest fad, or even to the New Age movement.
The answer, and, in fact, the only answer, is that of which Jabez availed himself. He made five requests:
1. Bless me indeed.
2. Enlarge my coast.
3. Let your hand be with me.
4. Keep me from evil.
5. Keep me from grief.
God heard Jabez, and we have all the right in the world to believe that He will also hear all others who pray like wise from the heart, for He is no respecter of persons (Rom.2:11).
There is some indication that the city Jabez in Judah was named after him in (I Chro. 2:55).
No matter what your name is, you too can be a person of honor. Ask the Lord to bless you and to make you a blessing to others today.
- fwd: vc mathews
When the Snake is alive, the Snake eats Ants.
When the Snake is dead, Ants eat the Snake.
Time can turn at any time.
Don’t neglect anyone in your life…
Never make the same mistake twice,
There are so many new ones,
Try a different one each day.
A good way to change someone’s attitude is to change our own.
Because, the same sun melts butter and also hardens clay!
Life is as we think, so think beautifully.
Life is just like the sea, we are moving without end.
Nothing stays with us, What stays with us are just memories of some
people who touched us as waves.
Do you want to know how rich you are?
Never count your currency,
just try to drop a tear and count how many hands reach out to WIPE
that – that is true richness.
Never change your originality for the sake of others.
No one can play your role better than you.
So be yourself, because whatever you are, YOU are the best.
A baby mosquito came back after flying the first time.
His dad asked him “How do you feel?”
He replied “It was wonderful, Everyone was clapping for me!”
Now that’s what is called “Positive Attitude”
- fwd: vc mathews
2. If you are right then there is no need to get angry, and if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get angry.
3. Patience with family is love, Patience with others is respect.
Patience with self is confidence and Patience with GOD is faith.
4. Never think hard about the PAST, It brings tears…
Don’t think more about the FUTURE, It brings fears…
Live this moment with a smile, It brings cheers
6. Beautiful things are not always good but good things are always beautiful
7. Do you know why God created gaps between fingers?
So that someone who is special to you comes and fills those gaps by holding your hand forever
8. Happiness keeps you sweet so try n be as happy from within as possible
9. God has send us all in pairs… someone
somewhere is made for u… so wait for the right time n right moment..
- fwd: evarist ferreira
So, think what is good, speak what is kind,
and try to live your best.
Then this world will be bright and beautiful to you.
When money is lost nothing is lost.
When health is lost something is lost.
When character is lost everything is lost.
Live like a candle, which burns itself,
but gives light to others.
Impose your own terms upon life.
If you don’t you will have to accept the terms of others.
Look backwards with gratitude,
Upwards with confidence,
and forwards with hope.
When you truly care for someone,
you don’t look for faults,
you don’t look for answers,
you don’t look for mistakes,
instead you fight the mistakes,
you accept the faults,
and you overlook the excuses.
- fwd: valliamannil mathews
He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service…. Only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food… NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit at the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation…….. ”We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek …”.
The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation….
The homeless man sitting in the back stood up… And started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him. He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment. Then he recited -
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
- Matt 25:34-40
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame. He then said….
Today I see a gathering of people. Not a church of Jesus Christ.
The world has enough people, but not enough disciples.
When will YOU decide to become a disciple?
He then dismissed service until next week.
Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It’s something you live by and share with others.
May you always have love to share, health to spare, and friends that care.
- fwd: fatima dias
SMALL STORY. BIG MORAL
Once a boy went to a shop with his mother. The shop keeper looked at the small cute child and showed him a bottle with sweets and said ‘ Dear Child.. you can take the sweets… ‘ but the child didn’t take them.
The shop keeper was surprised… such a small child he is and why was he not taking the sweets from the bottle.
Again he said ‘ Child take some sweets… ‘ Now the child’s mother also heard it and said… ‘ son take the sweets… ‘. Yet he didn’t take any sweets.
The child was happy to get two hands full of sweets. When returned home, mother asked child, ‘ Why didn’t you take the sweets, when the shop keeper told you to.
Can you guess the response?
Child replied – ‘ Mom! my hands are very small and if I took the sweets, I could only take few. But now you see, when the shopkeeper uncle gave them to me with his big hands, see how many more sweets I got!
When we take we may get little, but when God gives…
HE gives us much beyond our expectations…. more than what we can hold….
The Lord says – I have come to give you life and life in all its abundance – an overflowing cup of blessings.
- fwd: valliamannil mathews
THE U IN JESUS
Before U were thought of or time had begun,
God stuck U in the name of His Son..
And each time U pray, you’ll see it’s true,
You can’t spell out JesUs and not include U.
You’re a pretty big part of His wonderful name,
For U, He was born; that’s why He came.
And His great love for U is the reason He died.
It even takes U to spell crUcified…
Isn’t it thrilling and splendidly grand
He rose from the dead, with U in His plan?
The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,
And this word resUrrection is spelled with a U.
When JesUs left earth at His Upward ascension,
He felt there was one thing He just had to mention.
“Go into the world and tell them it’s true
That I love them all – Just like I love U.”
So many great people need him just like U,
Don’t they have a right to know JesUs too?
It all depends now on what U will do,
He’d like them to know,
But it all starts with U.
- fwd: jude dsouza
When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless efforts… God knows how hard you have tried.
When you’ve cried so long and your heart is in anguish... God has counted your tears.
When you think you’ve tried everything and don’t know where to turn…God has a solution.
When nothing makes sense and you are confused or frustrated…God has the answer.
If suddenly your outlook is brighter and you find traces of hope…God has whispered to you.
When you have a purpose to fulfil and a dream to follow…God has opened your eyes and called you by name.
Remember that wherever you are or whatever you are facing…