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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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“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you. Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

                                                                                                                -Psalms 91v9-12

Have you seen the movie directed by Wim Wenders “Wings of Desire”? It is the original on which the unacceptable remake City of Angels was based. Only Wenders could have started with those amazing figures representing angels standing on high buildings looking down, being ready to attend humans. The extraordinary scene in the library where they stand and listen the thoughts and whispers of human beings. They are restless workers. I love this movie, it is a master piece as so many of Wenders.

It is thrilling! Picture it and live it! It is true and only true! There are angels all around. They serve the Lord and you. They guard you, they lift you in their hands as they are commended by the Lord. They stop any plague! I truly believe it and I have experienced it so many times in so many ways.

Yet, there is a CONDITION! “Because you have made the Most High your dwelling…” It is very vividly described. Not only to confess and believe Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, not only to get baptized in water and fire, not only to follow Him, not only to be a vessel for Him, not only to be used according to His plan…BUT Him to be your DWELLING. He is to be your home. Where our heart is, our home is. Where He is, our home is.

Home/house provides protection from the weather and enemies. Home is comfort, the place where we feel relaxed and peace. Home is the place where we eat, sleep, dream, play, dwell. Home is not always the house. Home can be a place, another human. But it is always what our peace, our security, our destiny is. That’s where we keep growing, aging and feel familiar.

It takes some dwelling for enjoying this and next life. Think about it, visualize what it really means “If you make the Most High your dwelling…” and watch His angels to keep working for you, lifting you in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Amen!

 

 

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“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

-Galatians 6v7-8

What is truth? How could we define truth? How about those “white lies”? Is it the truth when we speak part of the facts, hiding others or just not mention them?

Officially truth is the state or quality of being true to someone or something; true facts, genuine depiction, statements of reality.

I just remembered what a teacher mentioned once: when we want to say something to someone, we priory check if it is beneficial, if it is creative and if it is true. I strongly believe that is the base of any communication, statement and acquaintance.

It is a fact that there are people who love truth and many times they decide to keep silence than give up a truth that might hurt someone, that might create further conflict, to say a truth that will throw “oil on the fire” than little bit of water! It is not only to speak the truth but to be patient and wait till you know when to say the truth and how.

Truth is like beauty. We have the external beauty still the internal beauty exists as well. Which one will we choose, which one our perception will adopt? Truth is connected with perception in so many cases. Better make sure that you know what you are talking about.

Truth, many times, is perceived through assumptions and speculations. Is it a true fact which you describe or it is the way you consider “obvious”? There is “true truth” and there is speculated one. We need to make sure, judge our own selves whether the truth is certain before we act, before we speak.

“The Gift of Silence” is a previous article and speaks about the usefulness of silence. Highly recommended! Sometimes, it is better to keep your silence as it is more creative, compassionate and protective. It takes wisdom to know when and how. That’s why we need God’s wisdom.

God reads our hearts and knows all. Definitely, we cannot mock him. Don’t even try! You are losing your time!

Deception is all around. We live in a deceptive world. We love secrets and hidden places. Many desire the light and sunshine but they are more comfortable in darkness.

The scripture “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction” refers to many aspects of a sinful nature. Many identify the sinful nature regarding deeds and physical acts. I believe that sinful nature is the shape of our thoughts, desires, values, principles and expectations behind the acts. We really need to look at the details of our own motivations before the act. It will save us time and destruction.

Something to reflect on! Amen!

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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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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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Through prayer light comes in our lives, © DS

 

 

Last week as we discussed on Prayer –Part A, we agreed that we will use – just for our discussions sake – the terminology of “Personal Prayer” and “Collective Prayer”.

We understood, through the Holy Spirit, that we pray our personal prayers in our closet as being just us and the Lord. We do also pray our collective prayers with our fellow believers in Church or any place of fellowship. It was nicely said that even when we participate in a collective prayer, still it is a prayer between our own self and the Lord.

Matthew 21v13

“It is written,” he said to them” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’ ”

The above scene takes place in the area of the Temple, where different traders were selling their products. Jesus Christ overturned the tables of the money changers and the ones where doves were sold! The same incident is repeated at Mark 11v14 and John 2v14. At John’s Gospel except the money changers and dove vendors is added that people were selling cattle and sheep. In few words, the Temple was used as a supermarket!

It always amazed me that, in all Gospels, when this scene is described, traders of doves are mentioned. My thought runs to the fact that dove represents the Holy Spirit as we know from the scene where Jesus Christ was baptised. In my heart, I remind myself how important person is the Holy Spirit; imagine that only the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is not forgiven among all sins!  The thought is mostly how much we do respect or not the Holy Spirit within the Church. What I want to say is that in my mind – not biblically supported – speaking all times about the doves is like telling me to respect the spirituality of the Church and not to trade the Spirit.

It was written that the Temple, the House of the Lord, is a house of prayer. The House of the Lord during the era of the Old Testament was the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, the House of the Lord, the Temple of the Lord, is us. We are used to call the Church – building – the House of the Lord most likely out of tradition or understandable terminology. The scriptures, still, say something different:

1Corinthians 3v16-17

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”

2Corinthians 6v16

“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

We are the temple of God. Our body is the house of the Holy Spirit. The house of the Lord should be a place of prayer. It is so great to know that at each moment, each second, we can pray to our God, talk to Him, make petitions, pray for us and others and just pour our hearts out.

Prayer is an open line with God 24/7. In our modern terms we could say that we are “on line” at all times with our Lord, our Creator, our Provider, our Comforter. We can say anything and everything to Him, a friend and a listener 24/7!

Philippians 4v6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

He has invited us to speak to Him about every concern, anxiety, issue, problem, thought and need. We can freely present all to Him.

Additionally, I see that believers do not pray just to pray. Yet, it is not a bad idea to pray for just to pray. Just to talk, communicate, being thankful and praise the Lord. Our prayers should be a way to praise and worship the Lord. Do you remember in Part A of our discussion concerning the outlines of a prayer? Prayers prayed in the Bible include praise and worship, thanking and acknowledgment.

I understand that believers also pray as they wait results out of the prayer. As the Lord spoke and said that we should present our requests to Him, as he said that anything we ask in His name will be done, it is absolutely natural to expect answers on our prayers. Nothing selfish about it!

There are different schools of believers with regard to when, how and if prayers are answered. Some say that all prayers should be answered as exactly were prayed. Others say that it is up to the will of the Lord if answers will be answered or not. At last, a number of them believe that all prayers are answered but not necessarily they way we were expecting, which I think it is the same as the second school. It is interesting to meditate upon to various scriptures and come to an understanding, to conclude how the Spirit counsels us on this issue, in our Christian life than arguing among us!

The Lord has made some very important statements with reference to successful prayer, such as:

Matthew14v31

“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.”You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 

The above-mentioned scripture corresponds with the amazing story of Peter and Jesus. The Lord was walking on the waters and called Peter. He, without thinking, spontaneously followed the Lord and as a result he started walking on the water (something naturally impossible). But lasted only as long he did not doubt. It was a fact, he was doing it but still he doubted it. Imagine! In my own eyes, faith is absolutely connected with doubt. Or we believe or not. It is a black white situation and there is no grey in it.

Let’s read carefully more scriptures, they speak by themselves!

Mark  11v23

“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.”

James 1v6

“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

To me, it is very apparent that doubt should not exist in our prayers otherwise as we wave we cancel the prayer itself. We need to stand after we have done all. We need to remember that He is God! 

James 5v16

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

This scripture speaks for powerful and effective prayer. Powerful and effective prayers belong to the righteous men and women. It is up to us to study, to ask, to meditate and learn as we grow in our faith how to be righteous in the eyes of our Lord and to practice what we believe. Amen! 

 

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“I wanted to be forever surrounded in comforting darkness. In the dark I could pretend that the chugging of the train was the heartbeat of someone I knew, in the dark I could be anywhere, with anyone, because darkness is the same wherever you go.”

(Gem Squash Tokoloshe, by Rachel Zadok, p.246, Pan Books, 2005)

I read this book recently and even I did not really like it, I found the above paragraph so enlightening. When it was discussed in the Book club some readers felt that it was a dark book. There were those spirits and fairies. Darkness is connected with bad, with mystery, with anonymity, with dark spirits, evil, danger.

I never thought that darkness is “comforting”. Though, as I read it, I truly felt that it is amazing and real! How many times during my life I did feel comfort into darkness. It allowed me to hide, to think, to reflect, to lick my wounds.

The Lord has created nothing to go in waste or to be useless. Do you know that tobacco is a very beneficial plant? Thinking that smoking is an unhealthy habit, we ignore tobacco. When you are cut, open a cigarette get out some tobacco and put on the cut, it stops the bleeding or spread it around your garden, termites dislike it!

We ought to be more open and learn without bias.

1 John 1v6

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”

Yet, there are two kind of darkness, the physical one and the spiritual one. The Bible speaks a lot about darkness and light. We need to remember that we, followers of Christ, we are (and should be) the light of the world.

The physical darkness, as I said above, it can be convenient and comforting when we need to heal, to reflect. It can be used in a beneficial way. Don’t forget that many hours during the 24hrs day, it is dark. We rest, we sleep, humans and the majority of the creation. When we have a painful headache, we need some darkness to rest, to heal. This darkness was created by God Almighty and it has its purpose; do not reject it!

When we “walk in darkness” is about where our spirit is, how our spiritual life stands. In the spiritual world, darkness has no benefit at all. It is a truly dark place that depresses, oppresses, steals and kills.

Ephesians 5v8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”

1 John 1v5

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”

It is clear, crystal clear, that God is light so anything or anyone who is not light cannot claim is God. Whoever loves God, received the Holy Spirit to live inside him/her, cannot be other than light.

Light has shades, when it is dusk, the light is smooth, small, and colourful but still weak as it breaks the darkness. That’s how we are: we are light but not perfect, we make mistakes; we do sin and walk our own path, at times. Still, we are light, we reflect the light from Christ, it is not our own and through forgiveness we go back to His path. The main Light is Christ, we get from Him not by acts but by grace.

So, how do we light? We are the light of the world but how someone knows so? If it is not through works that we get the light from Christ, so what…we just sit there and we light like a solar lamp? Is it that a bright light comes out of our flesh?

I do not think so. It is our acts which reflect the light. When we have light inside us, our talk, our attitude, our joyful face, our relaxed movements, our good deeds, our offerings, and our care for our self and towards others, our sweetness and our trust reveal light!

When we are light, we act as light! We bring warmth, we bring hope, we bring care and we carry truth. It will eventually reflect to others! People might not know what it is that we manifest but they feel it!

I believe that the truth about light and darkness can be our guideline to clearly comprehend what we need to include in our life, what to avoid, how to look at our self and check our life, how to grasp what is from our Heavenly Father and what to follow.

AMEN!

 

 

 

 

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