Sunday, January 16, 2011

A historical match!! and a historical deal!!

Today’s experience was “AWESOME”. I witnessed a historical match between South Africa and India LIVE at the Wanderers Stadium, Joburg, South Africa. I just can’t explain the excitement, the environment, the happiness and joy I felt during the entire match.

To start from the beginning, on Friday it was raining heavily here and the newspapers had given a “Flood Warning.” We were discussing on Friday night whether the match will get cancelled. But today in the morning when the sun was shining, I was smiling. I don’t know how it happens or what the reason behind it is. But God has shown me innumerable ways to trust him with my life; he always listens to my prayers, always.

Well so we reached the stadium, and the match began. It was a very slow match. We didn’t score so much, considering the history Wanderers Stadium has.
The 2003 Cricket World Cup final was held at the Wanderers Stadium. This stadium also hosted one of the greatest One-day international matches. The match was played between South Africa and Australia in which a world record score of 434 was chased down by South Africa.
Considering this, the score that India made was disappointing. But as they say, hope is always there. And so India didn’t lose that single thing till the last breath.

I had got tickets for the grass embankment and it was an awesome experience. I feel one should experience the excitement that’s there sitting there and being so close to action. Watching the match LIVE was simply great, thrilling and happening. The joy and pride we felt after India won the match by 1 run cannot be explained. I am really falling short of words here…….

But I wanted to share something. I have a weird habit, whenever something impossible is about to happen, I always pray to God and make a pact with him. Tell him if this happens, maybe I would think of this other impossibility happening (real soon). And both the conditions are always the right things to happen. While I am an Indian, obviously the right thing for me would be that India wins ;-) and then I made the pact with God (and this time I prayed hatke, obviously the right thing in my life, truly the right thing :-). And I am so happy God told me what he wanted to tell, even though I want him to reveal His plan for me through such weird ways.
I really am wondering God speaks to us in so many ways, yet we fail to understand his plan sometimes. But he never ceases to do it. He always gives us opportunities, innumerable one’s to always make our lives better but we so often don’t notice them or simply ignore them. We can really be foolish at times ;-) including me :-)

I know this post has gone a different way, but I wanted to share it with ul. :-) it sounds too perfect for today. Just like how my life seems right every time I try to search God.
I wonder how God can be so patient with me :-)
I remembered a few lines from a hymn now:

He's still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me.

1. There really ought to be a sign upon the heart,
Don't judge her yet, there's an unfinished part.
But I'll be perfect just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master's loving hands.

2. In the mirror of His Word reflections that I see
Makes me wonder why He never gave up on me.
He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He's the Potter, I'm the clay.

Friday, January 14, 2011

My favourite verses regarding prayer in the Bible....

Sometimes, you are helpless, u just don't know what is to be done, you are confused..
But the answer is simple, Pray!

Not sometimes, but always its best to leave it to God for he knows best for us!
These are some of my favourite verses from the Bible... do read it will inspire you...!!

Psa 28:7  The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Mat 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Mat 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Mat 6:8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Mat 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Mat 6:14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Mat 6:15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Mat 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

1Th 5:16  Rejoice evermore.
1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.
1Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1Th 5:19  Quench not the Spirit.
1Th 5:20  Despise not prophesyings.
1Th 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1Th 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1Th 5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Ch 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jer 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Jer 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jer 29:14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Friday, January 7, 2011

Catholic pick up lines!!!!!!!!!!

Hey guys,

I have made many new friends here, as I have joined the Young Adults Group at St. John's Catholic Church here. One of them is Diana. This is one of her posts. Its hilarious :-) do read and have a laugh!!!!!!

:-) Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Moments: oUt-oF-tHE-bLuE

“Freedom loving Uranians” is how Linda Goodman describes an Aquarian and I am no different. I have always done what I feel like in my entire life, but until recently I have experienced a new-found joy in doing things without anyone’s consent and just listening to my heart.
In India, I would never drive a car, just occasionally and that too to practice so I could drive well here. And even recently my close friends would tell you that I wouldn’t enjoy riding a 2 wheeler for long…. I don’t know why.. Maybe I would be tired while riding the 2 wheeler or just bored with the traffic..

Here in South Africa, thanks to the crime scene of the country, having a car is a necessity. So the company I work for has given me a Ford Fiesta for my own convenience. And since then I love driving, love driving on N1 at 120/130, love driving on highways at 80/90. Love going when I want to, where I want to. Listening to my favourite songs playing and just enjoying the drive. And recently I was so obsessed with this love that on New Year’s Eve I wanted to go alone on a drive to a place. It’s a place just 10 minutes away from my home. The roads here are just not straight; they are all on a hilly terrain. And on my way to office, there is a hill and if you look below, the view is beautiful. I wanted to go there that night.

But as my colleagues believe in safety first and not taking risks, I chucked the idea after much persuading. But the idea to explore a new place was still there in my mind; so on 1st January 2011, at around 5:00 p.m I left for a drive. I didn’t know where I was heading, just wanted to explore a new place, wanted to go somewhere beautiful. And I kept following my intuition and taking turns, driving and I did reach a beautiful place. It was a hilly area, with hills and valleys all around, and kachcha roads leading nowhere. And I know why I reached there; I was following signs of a “Bungee Jumping (50m)” board because I knew the place would be beautiful. And there I was. I was so thrilled by my experience and so happy that I have discovered the place on my own without any instructions from anyone.

Doing this I have realized there are so many things I love to do, have always loved to do, but did not do it, due to such silly reasons. Now I am doing it, doing what I want to, enjoying my independence and knowing that life is short, enjoy every moment God has gifted me with. Sometimes we even know what we love doing, but other things crowd our minds and we don’t pay attention to those things. We are busy in living our routine lives, which is a good thing to do, don’t get me wrong ;-) :P but sometimes just out of the blue, do things u have always loved to do. You will experience a unique happiness, unique joy that will last for days to come. And I feel these little moments makeup for a wonderful life. Later you will remember these moments and smile.