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Same day…Two outlooks

February 25, 2013

On the same day, I go out twice and come home twice.

The first time when I came home, I felt really “good” about myself. My thoughts were something like this, “I am a good person and I deserve some of these things”. I left the second time and way before I reached home I was deeply grieved by the depth of my sin and incredibly thankful for what Christ has done on my behalf.

What was different about the two scenarios?. I cannot begin to comprehend the grace of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who blesses me with the wisdom of His incredible love. I never once want to feel that I am a “good” person.

The difference one day can make in our life is unbelievable.

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2013 – Seek Ye First

January 13, 2013

Worry has always been my good friend. In the gospel of Matthew, about 10 verses instructs us about worry. It is a challenge to be without worries. Jesus instructs us to not to worry. Worry and faith is intertwined and inversely proportional. More the worry, less the faith. Jesus provides us with a solution and that is in Matthew 6:33, a very familiar verse to the old and young alike, a verse I memorized early on in our childhood, and a verse that we sang through songs.

2013 will not be a year of any less worries than 2012, perhaps more. God has an antidote which is faith. Where does faith come from? From God!

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:33

My prayer this year is to seek first the kingdom God and His righteousness. I truly have no idea what the verse really means. One thing I know that a life of a Christian is not knowing everything but relying on someone who knows everything.

The video below is a reflection of our year 2012. Years from now, we can remember a large part of our year through this video.

2012 I ask for passion…

January 15, 2012

I have to confess about my lack of commitment with my (our) blog. I will try this year to be a little more disciplined.

I loved 2011 in every way. I got what I asked for. In January of 2011, I asked for more of God. I got a glimpse of it.  That just makes me so joyful. I fell short too many times but I was covered by His Grace. God was merciful all the way through.

2012 has a new title “I ask for passion”.  I ask  GOD for passion for GOD.  I have said it.  I have to be passionate about the Christ I have tasted and seen. So I ask Jesus to make me go deeper.

Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT)

18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.

19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

What Paul writes in the Word is so beyond awesome. The source, the provider, the answer, the subject, the goal is all Christ. Amazing! How can passion for Christ not flow out from a person who got a glimpse of the love of Christ? I have lots to understand, lots to give up, lots to change, and  lots to relearn in 2012. I am trusting in Your promises, relying on Your mercy, and yielding to Your grace.

-Be Blessed and Be a Blessing

Below is a video Ajo & I compiled remembering 2011.

One year since we left Reno

July 28, 2011

It’s been exactly one year since we left Reno. I finished my master’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno and we were moving back to our home state of New York after 2 years in Nevada. We left on July 28, 2010 last year and I remember the day clearly. It was a picturesque sunny day in Reno like one of the many bright sunny days they get year round. We said goodbye to the Koshy Family who was so kind and generous to give us a place to stay for 3 nights while we were cleaning and vacating our apartment. It was hard to say goodbye to the first Indian (malayalee) people we met in Reno and because of the close Christian friendship we developed. It was hard to say goodbye to so many of our friends.

We then went back to UNR to say goodbye to the university one last time. The pictures below are the last shots on campus – our home for the last two years. I remember pausing here and just knowing that the journey was about to begin.

We were really sad to leave Reno that day. Yes, there was the excitement of the road trip back to New York but we both came to love this quirky little city and the natural desert beauty it was surrounded by.

Looking back, I know God had called us to Reno and He is the one that directed every step of our lives there. When we were going there in 2008, I had no idea how it would turn out but I remember praying to God to provide for and protect me and Ann in a city where we did not know anybody. God came through in countless ways and answered many prayers that I know have changed me and Ann for the better.  So looking back, I know Reno was part of God’s grand design for our lives from even before we were born.

My brother-in-law told me recently that he used to tell people who wondered why Ann and I moved so far away when there were good colleges on the east coast. He used to tell them “God called them there.” That would have sounded funny to me too if I heard it early on while we were living in Reno, but in hindsight, that was exactly the truth.

God called my wife and I to Reno. He opened our eyes and understanding to a lot of things. He showed us great and majestic things we did not even know about. We visited and drove through every single western and mountain state. He changed and refined our character in so many ways. He brought such precious people into our lives.

If ever I was sure of one thing in my life, it is that God called us to Reno and was with us every step of the way.

More of God!

January 12, 2011

A recent email I wrote to one of our dear friend contained these words: “We are praying that 2011 is going to be a year of “more God”. Immediately after I wrote those words ‘more God’ ,  I had a rush of thoughts. What was I asking for really? Did I actually write that? How can I want something so bad and still have a lot of concerns and insecurities? and honestly my questions goes on and on. The more I thought  about it, I realized that what I typed that day was real. It was so real!

I cannot thank God enough for making me want something that I know for sure exists.  Sure, I have my share of insecurities. I am truly a work in progress in the hands of my awesome God. Where I got my drive to know Him more is real simple. First, God had placed that desire in my heart and secondly, I have tasted and known that the Lord is good. For instance, the past one year alone, God has taken both of us through a journey to engrave in us that the ‘Lord is good’.  The road was not always a breeze. Similarly, I can be sure that the road ahead is not going to be a breeze and He will get me through and show once again that the Lord is good. What an amazing journey I am headed to!  A journey which I have to do absolutely no planning. Yet, every step is clearly laid out for my benefit and for a purpose.

Below is a video of our God-experiences in the past year.

I am here!

September 29, 2010

I stepped into some mire yesterday and felt I was sinking.

Life is such, you don’t get everything you want, things don’t happen as you planned, and all of sudden there is this void and life starts to crumble down.  Sooner or later you realize there is an antidote to your problems. That antidote is our amazing God.  There is always a voice whispering behind you saying “I am here” but the voice gets dimmer and dimmer as you rush to move forward in life trusting in our own strengths. Stop and feel the silence. The voice is as loud as a trumpet.

The songs at TSC yesterday not only gave me strength but spoke to me. The very words of every song was meant for me. Why would the Almighty God be mindful of me?  Amazing love and unfailing mercy!

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55: 8 & 9

Not just another blog!

April 6, 2010

Ajo & I have been thinking about starting a blog together to share with each other and the world about our faith.  Today, out of the blue,  Ajo emails me about the blog. It was an inspiration and a spur of the moment decision but I am tremendously excited to start-off a new chapter in life through this blog.

The name of our blog is very apt and meaningful in the life of a Christ follower.  After reading what Ajo had written in the blog, I turned to the Bible and read a few chapters from the Gospel of Luke. I would like to share my thoughts here based on a few verses on Luke 8 and Luke 10.

1) Why the name “fruitfulness” is inspired and not just another blog name?

Luke 8:15 But the ones that  fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. (NKJV)

Ironically, the passage I  started reading today was the “Parable of the Sower” in Luke chapter 8. I don’t think it was just mere coincidence that I read that portion today.  It talks about the “seed” which is the “Word of God” and how it fell on four different types of ground.  Some seeds  fell along the path, some on the rock,  others fell among the thorns and still others fell on good soil.  Only one yielded crop or produced fruit. Only one!  That is what our God has called us to do, to receive the word like the seed that fell on the good ground. Think about it, a heart wholly committed and receptive  to our sovereign God and His teaching. It is definitely not as easy as it sounds. In fact it  is really hard to put in practice while living this life of vanity. Hence, as I share my thoughts and experiences, it is my challenge to persevere to the fullest and above all it is a journey to attain “fruitfulness” according to what God desires in my life.

2) Why a shared blog and why not  an individual blog?

Individuality is imperative in the society today and hence it is not the trend. Once again, I would like to draw your attention to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 10: 1.

1After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. (NKJV)

The true meaning of Christianity and  the duty of each Christian is seen here. Our Lord Jesus Christ sent them two by two to proclaim about His kingdom and the “Good News” to others. From reading few commentaries from John Mac Arthur, I was able to infer the following:

1) To validate the testimonies

Matthew 18:19- 20 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. (NKJV)

2)To multiply the work

Ecclesiastes 4: 9 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.

3)To strengthen each other

Ecclesiastes 4:10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.

I am not worthy, yet I am forgiven and granted life through “Grace”. I have no theological background to write about many things. Here I am blogging about my experiences.  I am learning how to crawl. I pray that my words be fruitful to others and edify myself.

Welcome to our blog where you will encounter our thoughts, read our words, and furthermore it a stepping stone to gain boldness to put our words into action through works and speech.

God Bless