Saturday, December 16, 2017

Who is your Life Jacket?

Am I sounding funny? There's a reason for this question.When we took our son to swimming pool , we used inflatable swim tube as a safety measure for him to avoid drowning in water. My son who is 2.8 years old started to question my husband of the need to use it. He tried to explain him and used this term something similar to a life jacket which will save his life from drowning.This actually hit me strong.

I realized it's nothing but a life preserver.Then a sudden question which popped in my mind as "Who is your life jacket?". Without much ado,I told myself that my life jacket is JESUS. Do you know why I say that and what HE does to me?

1.HE saved me from sins and made me to realize the unconditional love that HE has for me.
2.HE saved me from self pity and made me to know my identity that I'm the child of the most high living God.
3.HE saved me from the worries of the world and taught me that the Joy of the Lord is my strength.
4.HE saved me from all my wrong choices and helped me understand HIS ways because HIS ways are always higher than my ways and it's the BEST for me.
5.HE saved me from low times of my life and backed me up with HIS constant whispering of HIS words and helped me not to go down on my Faith level until I receive the promises of HIM.
6.HE saved me from insufficiency, loneliness and all life's endangered situations.

HE is worthy to be called my Life jacket. Who or what is your life jacket?  Have you ever considered the following as your life jacket?

 1.Your job
 2.Sufficient Insurance policies
 ‎3.Wealth/Financial backup
 ‎4.Your goodwill
 ‎5.Your abilities and fame
 6.Your relationship etc..

If so, request you to rethink on those aspects. These would fail you at some point of your life. However, the one I recommend you to try will never leave you nor forsake you at any circumstances.

Try JESUS , not as a religion but as a Friend and a Father. I bet HE will be your BEST FRIEND and your FATHER and your perfect Life Jacket.

HE is the King of all kings and Lord of all Lords. Wouldn't you be proud enough to say that you are HIS friend / Son or a daughter of the most High one.

Do you wonder how to friend him? Click on the link and download the bible app.

Start Reading and you will find the answer. You don't need none to explain you. HE will reveal himself to you and the plans HE has for you. Are you ready to wear your life jacket? :) God bless!

In Christ alone
Justina Stephen

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Is stress your lifestyle?

Whilst I was thinking on what could be my next post title, the word just flashed my mind is STRESS.
Then I let my thoughts to ponder over this word. Recent years this word is the reason for many cause in personal and social schema.

A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances is called Stress.

Do you remember this word used by our grand parents?My personal feeling is it became a part of our lifestyle only in this generation.In fact it has been a prestigious word uttered by everyone. When people around asks you how was the week or the day? How many times our immediate response was " oh boy it had been a horrible week, completely stressed out" . Be it a office work, household work, business, even some people who does social work and ministry started using this word.

Let's come to its definition part, so the stress arises out of mental or emotional or tension when the demanding circumstances are to be met. Alright, just wanted to post you a couple of questions for you to rewind your mind and renew your spirit.

Would you not agree that our ancestors had demanding situation? Have they not used their brains and does physical work for inventions and tasks to be accomplished?
Then from where does this word suddenly jumped and took over our lifestyle? Okay my next question would be what is the remedy or the steps taken to avoid this stress.

People who are working from Monday to Friday,  desperately waiting for Fridays to burst their stress out. Am I not right? We hear about TGIF ( Thank God its Friday) how funny it might sound.So Friday evenings is a party time, whatsoever it might be a metropolitan city or a small town . Metropolitan city pubs are full on every Friday's and they have night outs just to burst their stress level. The places which is not so familiar for pubs have tasmac and other recreational activities.

These days stress impacts all areas of our day to day life. Starting from toddlers and up to age old man. It affects significant areas of our lives includes education, job, relationships specially husband and wife.

Husband might sound that he is having lots of stress to meet the deadlines. Wife would say the same thing in a different version ( if a stay at home or a women who takes care of both family and her career). Whatever it may be the ultimate reasoning is everybody is under stress.

I would say its just an attitude problem. How we look at things and act and most importantly how we speak. We all talk about being positive and there are hell lot of seminars, conferences, training which is all to keep us motivated.

Was this all a part of our grand parents lifestyle? In fact they worked hard more than us. Nowadays life is pretty much simplified but we make it very much complicated.

In bible there is a verse,
Proverbs 18:21
" The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.".

So let's use the tongue to build ourselves and our lifestyle and not for destruction.. Stay focused and Stay blessed..!

In Christ alone
Justina Stephen

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What is Joy to you?

Joy meaning as per definition is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

I would be keen to trigger your thoughts for few seconds on the recent factual happiness which you had felt it wholeheartedly.

Was it because of your long term desires coming to pass, accomplished any victory, Surroundings and people brings you the happiness( by meeting your expectations), financial benefits, healing ?

Recent days I have realized many of the times extreme happiness comes when our desires are met. Right time I was reminded of John Piper's quote " What is the deepest root of your joy? What God gives to you? Or What God is to you?" made me to think deeply and its also the reason for this post.

May be you have been longing for certain things to come to pass in your life. Waiting for a dream job, promotion,marriage, financial benefits, to be free from debt, free from long suffering sickness, to be blessed with a child, right opportunity to show your talents?. We have all gone through this stage some way or the other.

We would have been praying for this earnestly and sincerely waiting for God's provisions. It's not wrong but how do you really feel or react during your waiting period.?

Honestly I was not always happy during those times. I had ups and downs in my emotions when waiting for God's provisions and answers. Though i had complete faith in God, though i walked by faith and not by sight , i wasn't happy at all times and this question made me to think and realize my happiness was dependent on the outcome of my desires and prayers been answered.

So my focus was on supply not on the supplier(God). Was it not an embarrassing moment to be focused on what we get alone? I was reminded of the verse Philippians 4:4 -
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!".

Have we truly rejoiced during our afflictions? If not, let us learn to rejoice in all circumstances. Let our eyes be fixed on Jesus and not on the provisions.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
God bless you!..

In Christ alone
Justina Sam