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May my spirit fill the world with beauty and wonder.

May my mind seek truth with humility and openness.

May my heart forgive without limit.

May my love for friend, enemy and outcast be without measure.

May my needs be few and my living simple.

May my actions bear witness to the suffering of others.

May my hands never harm a living being.

May my steps stay on the journey of justice.

May my tongue speak for those who are poor without fear of the powerful.

May my prayers rise with patient discontent until no child is hungry.

May my life’s work be a passion for peace and nonviolence.

May my soul rejoice in the present moment.

May my imagination overcome death and despair with new possibility.

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(Extract from Prayer for the Decade of Nonviolence by Mary Lou Kownacki)

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1ST JAN 2016

Dear readers, Happy, Blessed 2016! It is here, it has arrived! I thank God for 2015, it was a great year, I learnt a lot, I finished unfinished business, I did different choices and definitely I grew emotionally, spiritually, mentally and aged gracefully.

2016 will be a year full of adventures in any level and I look forward to each day of all 366 days, yes, it is a leap year so it must be special! Why? No, no, I am not superstitious! I will have one more day to create something new and locate it within 2016. I am also happy for all those people who were born on 29th of February, so this year they can have a proper birthday celebration!

Simplicity is important in my life and I pursue it in my best ability. I believe that within the next 12 months I will learn new ways to simplify, I will understand my needs and wants in a new light and simplicity will become a stronger foundation in my life, by God’s grace and mighty hand.

I send my love to all of you. I am looking forward to share all next 366 days with you!

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A great day to all of you! Enjoy this day and I pray that we all move one step closer to our Lord and learn bit more about Him, that we praise Him a bit more and worship Him in our hearts and through our lips. I pray that the Holy Spirit continue teaching us, counselling us, guiding us and support us no stop, we need Him and we keep relying on Him and only, in Jesus Name, amen!

Luke 18v1

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”

Galatians 6v9

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Hebrews 10v25

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

I believe that our Lord clearly tells us that we are/should not be quitters. In fact, He speaks to us not to give up in prayer and keep believing. He says not to give up meeting each other and keep sharing, supporting and encouraging. He instructed us to do good against evil, not to pay evil with evil but with good. In addition, He says not to give up doing so, doing good under any circumstances.

Christian life is not easy but it is not so complicated as some want to present it. There are few basic principles to be followed and when they are followed with a clear, pure heart, victory is on the way, success is there and our success and victory is when the name of the Lord is glorified.

Don’t give up in anything you know that it is from the Lord – for your life, for your community, your nation – no matter what others say. Listen to what the Lord says! Amen!

Love,

Dimitra

 

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Love is Protection

We continue the series of what love is and what love is not! By now we have explored that love is communication and that love is not pride!

Love is also protection! When we love, we feel to protect the other party as our Lord keeps protecting each one of us. We desire for the other person to be happy, joyful, living in “green pastures”, a life well lived with joy, respect, dignity and full of physical, emotional, spiritual health.

The Lord loves us in a way of becoming our shelter; He is our safe place, our security, our stability and our shield. Each one of the above descriptions is about protection. I highlight what I just said: “the Lord loves us IN A WAY…” It is inevitable not to observe that someone protects you. Protection is not only in the natural world, such as, protection from physical harm. Protection expands to our emotional world, making sure that we are well, respected, well treated. People make sure that they do not physically abuse others, nevertheless many  do harm through their behaviour, their tongue, by trying to exploit or manipulate others. They consider their selves no abusers the moment that they are one of the worse cases.

The Lord is the definition of love and that’s why I start with Him. He is the measure, the comparison to understand love as protection. When there is protection, when we know that we are protected, we can relax, we can rest, be in quiet resting places.

Isaiah 32v18

My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,”

Joe 3v16

But the LORD will be a shelter for His people,

Proverbs 29v25

The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”

Psalm 119v114

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.”

I have so many testimonies of how the Lord kept me safe, protected, bringing stability in my life and truly feeling that I had a shield upon me. All those stories will be in my next  book. Today, I wish to write down one very recent experience I had.

It was about a month ago when I woke up as usual early in the morning and just before 6am I went out to remove the padlock that keeps the little door of the gate locked so the gardener to enter in. When I reached to unlock the padlock, I noticed that there was …no padlock! I was surprised and started looking around on the ground where it could have been. I thought that I forgot to lock the previous night or as I was sliding the gate, it fell down. Kept looking around for a while but no sign of it. Suddenly, as I turned my head towards my left shoulder, I noticed something strange about the steel door of the little storeroom. I walked closer and I saw that somebody had tried to open the door but had failed. They had tried so hard to the point that the door was crooked and the key could not open it. Instantly, I understood that thieves came in during the night. Not a second passed by and my eye turned at the borehole location and then I saw it: all piping from inside the borehole were laying on the ground. I got it: they stole the pump! Next, my sight went straight at my vehicle. The car was open – I left it like this the previous day – windows open, my MP3 inside and some spanners…nothing was touched.

At first, I got upset and sad…especially thinking the finance implication of it. It was not a kind of fear. I would never allow myself to become intimidated or panicked. At that moment, the gardener came and he noticed naked footprints all around, starting at the gate reaching the vehicle and my house door! My garden boots had gone as well. I spoke a bit with Bupe and went in the house, bathing and getting ready to go out. I would normally have gone to the police but only the thought of spending at least three hours in the police station reporting, gave me the clear picture of I was not going to report anything!

In about an hour my whole perception changed and joy came back into my heart! The upsetting mood and sadness left me when suddenly I realized that I never heard the thieves. I am convinced that they made quite some noise by braking the locks of the gate door and the one for the pump, especially when they bent the whole steel door of the store room. In addition,  my car had not been touched nor the loose items inside it, the garden chair was still there, I was alive and not traumatised in any way. Imagine if  I had woken up and look out of the window seeing strange people into my property…I don’t think that I could easily forget it. Imagine if they had come into the house…

What I felt at that moment was thankfulness and heavily protected. Yes, something bad had happened. At the same time, I was fully protected, safe and my dwelling was secure. This amazing peace and joy returned inside me and I felt His shield fully covering me, defending me!

The end of the story? The thieves – it seems – kept coming each night trying to cross the gate again, we saw their naked footprints outside my gate but this time strong sophisticated padlocks  were in place, plus a rapid response alarm! One of my neighbours was equally victimized as his pump was stolen few days just before my incident but he kept an eye of what’s happening. Few days later, he got them into his property and they ended up in the prison! I felt sorry for them – I heard that they were badly beaten – as I know Zambian prison very well but what else could have happened?

I am truly thankful and grateful to my Father in Heavens for protecting my emotions, my body and my spirit from any true harm. Financially, there was provision to replace the damages and cover security fees. No complains! The same night I went to my bed (before fixing the pump or security) with the absolute security that I could sleep peacefully as I had Him looking after me.

Is it not a wonderful feeling? Oh, yes, it is!

That’s how we need to express love towards to others. Our love will be in a way that provides the same confidence that we have in the Lord. Our love will materialize as our protection for others in a way that helps them to relax and not get stressed, manipulated and obliged. Can you see the difference?

We use to provide assistance or protection or services to others whom we love but then we try to get something out of them as an indication of appreciation or because we think that they ought to and so forth. I do not believe that this is love. Yes, we need to be appreciated but it is not the end of the world if we are not! We probably won’t be very motivated to do something soon for that person but it is OK. If they do not feel that we show love, they might never understand it in any case or in any event! We need to move around, to act and go on living with love and mostly with wisdom. What we call love could become an abuse if it is not applied with wisdom. Love is not an act or feeling that can be truly described as a picture but it can be painted through acts and deeds.

Isaiah 33v6

Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times”

It is very much about wisdom; wisdom is a whole subject by itself. What I really desire to emphasize is that we truly need God’s wisdom in our life to know how to practice and give love without hurting others.

It is also time not to take anything or anyone for granted but recognise the great provision in our life and that He is our hiding place!

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Dear Friends, Readers, Brothers and Sisters,

I send you greetings in the name of our Lord and plenty of warm sun from beautiful Africa and as an advertisement says, they call it Africa, we call it Home! I pray that you are all well and His Hand is upon you, His love, protection, provision, grace and mercy is with you. Amen!

You might have noticed that recently the blog is not as active as used to be. So, as I am sitting in a nice cafe where there is electricity and internet connection, I wish to let you know that I have not forgotten you. The issue is that water level in reservoirs is low that means electricity cannot be produced according to demand. So, for first time in Zambia, we are in 8hrs load-shedding a fact that influences communications as well. It is what it is, we just become practical and pro active, being prepared for even more difficult days as the hot season will come in few months. I am sure that humans, animals and plants looking forward for next rainy season.

No matter what we deeply love our land and we are grateful to the Lord for each day’s favour!

If we miss each other at times, know that I appreciate you and love you truly, looking forward always to hear from you and share as our days allow.

Talk to you soon, when no post on line please go back to all those previous posts (almost 200 in this blog and more than 400 in the http://www.lovingministry.org) and get some inspiration, download my e-books, are free, and refresh knowledge of our God.

Big hug and love,

Dimitra

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samaritans and jesus

This blog has entered its sixth year of existence. The supportive and faithful readers of LovingMinistry’s blogs know my passion with peace and search of harmonious ways, if possible. I believe that unconditional love is directly connected with peace. Unconditional love is not accepting abuse in the name of love. It does mean that while protecting one’s self at the same time one might extend a peaceful act towards the “opponent”! It can be a blessings and prayers, it can be a peaceful way of communication when it is creative or cover needs when it is possible.

Who is the “opponent” within our environment, community, workplace, family and friends? Obviously, anyone who attacks, manipulates, abuses, harms us in any physical, emotional and spiritual way. Also, “Enemy” – by many – is considered anyone who believes otherwise. “Enemy” is of another ideology, philosophy, culture. In few: the one who is different as we feel that s/he maltreats our “stability” and/or might, a probability of harm.

The platform of faith has to present great debates, great wars, great contradictions, great worries and discriminations.

Jesus Christ was not worried too much. We have examples in the Bible where He met people, such as Samaritans. Who the Samaritans were? Faithful Jews kept away from Samaria and Samaritans. Jesus, our Lord, was a Jew.

In Luke as He speaks in parables, He used a Samaritan to be the good guy! Strange eh! That’s from where the expression of the Good Samaritan comes. We are at the point that a man was injured by thieves and nobody cared for him except a Samaritan! Read:

Luke 10v33-34

“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.

So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he st him on his own animal. Brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”

Later on He met ten leper men. He healed them but only one returned to praise Him and give thanks.

Luke 17v11,16

“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

(…that’s where He met the lepers…one comes back…)

“and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.”

We see that Jesus Christ, at first, went through Samaria, not a practice of a Jew. In addition, He healed without asking who was who and strange enough it was the “bad” guy who humbled himself and gave Him the glory. The Samaritan.

We read in John’s Gospel:

John 4v4,7,9

“But He needed to go through Samaria.”

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“A woman in Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”

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“Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman? For Jew have no dealings with Samaritans.”

Truly, the Lord, turned the world upside down: healing Samaritans, passing through Samaria, using Samaritan for a good example. Not to forget that He healed during Sabbath…Genuinely radical!

Jesus Christ had no problem to speak parables, moreover good stories regarding Samaritans. He had no issue to go through Samaria when He had to, without changing His plans. He did not criticize the Samaritans. He had great conversations with them or about them, He did not feel threatened or minimized by doing so. He performed miracles upon them. In fact, I believe, He saw each Samaritan for who s/he was without contemplating any past experience or history between the people and according to laws.

I love Jesus, He is great! The true one to follow and honestly many times I loath in listening to teachings, preaching, acts and prayers based on personal insecurities and fears than on who really the Lord is, what He teaches and what He acts upon. The “suffocation” of His word truly breaks my heart.

Always remember that we live in the time of grace, grace we received, grace we give. Amen!

 

 

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BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL FAMILY, FRIENDS, BROs AND SISs, to the whole world. Remember that Christmas is not about santa clauss, cooking, gifts or family, it is about Jesus Christ…that’s why we call it Christ-mas!

For 2014 my word was humility, for 2015 is creativity!

My prayer for 2015 is not only health, joy and love but for less oppression, freedom to worship as one decides, equality, respect to human rights for all, true FREEDOM inside and outside one’s self, true love for TRUTH with no deception and manipulation.

Love to all, my prayers and thoughts with you!

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