Why you need to lift heads and hearts?

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Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. (Psalms 24:7, 9 NKJV)

Why we are to lift up heads? Our hearts?

What does it mean?

Lift up from the usual issues of earthly life. As the king of Glory is coming down from heaven, from up..our focus should be on Him and not down on the earth. Many of us get so absorbed in our struggles of life , busyness, our quests for success, changing, knowing etcetera. But, the most important quest that is coming of His glory, is neglected.

Try tying a helium filled balloon with a stone! Can it lift up? The moment it is released from the stone, it goes up in the sky freely. Same is with our hearts. A heart burdened with issues of life, can not be lifted up! So, we need to watch and get our hearts cleared for out of which flow the issues of life.

So, to enable The King of Glory to enter our lives and work in us and through our lives, we first need to lift the gates of our hearts and lift up our heads.

(Disclaimer: this is just a personal revelation of the quoted verse to apply in our lives. People may differ in their opinion. Thanks for reading this blog! )

What is your Creative Value?

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Go on creating (Photo credit: fotologic)

As America and allies contemplate attacks on hapless Syria, already bruised by its own people, the other half of dumb and mute world looks on wondering if they are moving towards another string of destruction. The gas attack killings were crime against humanity. But, what do we call the killings that will be caused by the armed forces? Legitimate? After seeing series of such attacks as military interventions in the name of humanity with deceivingly positive outcomes none other than quiet rubble devastated for generations, one is forced to question this as – legitimate killings? We are late enough though to rethink what the role of man, of you and me, was in the beginning, could have been, is and should be? – To create or to destroy? 

God created world in Genesis 1:1 out of nothing – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  And, then, He created the beautiful world out of earth that was formless and empty. (Genesis 1:2“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep..”)

The verb here is to create – the word ‘bara‘. This term applies to creating – something new and also creating something out of something. V1 & 2 are examples of it. Our God is the God of creation. All the beautiful things that are created in this world are by Him. And, He created man in His image – Then God said in Genesis 1:26, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule...” The man is supposed to live in His image, and, for that reason, is to create. Only man has the faculty to create as a conscious plan of God to carry forward his partnership with man.

Whenever man creates something, if it is a new invention or out of something God sees that as good. It pleases God. And, God prospers it. Whenever man does something he is creating or contributing in the process of creation, it gives Glory to God.

So, we have important reason and logic to create and not to destroy. How you spend your day ask yourself before you sleep, “what constructive, creative things I (as an individual, as a team) did today?” And, you will have some revelations.  More creative value you have for yourself, your family, your environment, your professional team, your organization, your country, the world around you. How to assess your creative value? You can assess the creative value by seeing the growth and positive changes in yourself as a person and as a professional, in your relationships, in things and people in your environment.

More you will create, more your world will grow. And, you will grow in the likeness of God the purpose for which He made you. It’s never too late. So, let’s start. Let’s create as we are made to create!

Chashme Baddoor and Chashme Baddoor!

I have been wanting to share this for a long time.. in fact many things waiting to be written about that I am going to share one by one..First of these is Chashme Baddoor, the movie, that I saw sometime back…..

Old Chashme_BuddoorName was enough for me to bring back all the fond memories of my favourite movie     Chashme Baddoor that starred Deepti Naval, Farooq Shekh, Rajesh Bedi and Vivek Vasvani by Sai Paranjpe.

I have been an ardent fan of comedies. The moment I realise there is a comedy going       on  add to it couple of good reviews , I generally take a chance to watch it and a chance to  laugh aloud while no one’s watching me. Only thing i hear is other people laughing along with me. And, even if they don’t, I don’t care. I pay to laugh, so I do. I am suddenly reminded of Pastor Aries, in my earlier church City Harvest Church, Singapore, who hasn’t been to a doctor past 10 years. Because he laughed all the time..he laughed the stress off, he laughed the negative comments off..etc. And he is super healthy. Laughing flushes out all the toxins away.
You know, I feel so bad for those grumpy genes. I look at them and I feel like giving them an injection of laughter even if it works temporarily. They are so engrossed in their own unhappiness and the rest,  unhappy by seeing others happy. Remember the dialogue of Raju and Farhaan in 3 Idiots when their friend Funsuk tops the engineering exam. That was funny, true and sad, all in one.
So, after much contemplation and listening to reviews on radio, I decided to watch the new Chashme Baddoor by David Dhavan.  Yeah! Same guy who made Govinda’s films. They were comedy too. But, most of it was slapstick that I never liked. ‘Cause that won’t make me laugh.
So, if one expected, and many of us did too, Deepti Naval’s sadagi ( innocence), Farooq Shekh’s bholapan, Rakesh Bedi’s and Vivek Vasvani’s originality, they could and must’ve been disappointed.   But, I had already heard that warning from Radio Mirchi and conditioned my mind.
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So, i went for the sake of laughter. And, i laughed to my heart’s content, so much that somebody remarked from behind “Arre bhai, ye kaun itna hans raha hai?” ( who is laughing so much). As I watched, my memories of the old version came alive. There had not been too much of connection between the characters of old and the new, except the story. It was old wine in new skin..okay! Okay! It was Sai Paranjpe’s spirit in David DHavan’s Body!
But, I liked this one too. Good situational comedy and lots of David Dhavan movies styles dances..Ali Zafar was impressive as always. He reminds me of old  film heroes, each having ones own style.  But, my true stars of the movie were Rishi Kapoor and Lilette Dubey who just immersed in their characters Joseph Furtado and Miss Josephine. Seema was good and the new Jai & Omi were funny enough. Don’t apply your mind, just simply laugh.
I won’t mind buying a CD of it! But, this time i bought DVD of Old CHashme Baddoor. Recommended watch..Both of them!

Catching up with new life!

Its been ages that i have been wanting to come back to this corner of my life. My very own personal place. 2011 and 2012..Umph!!! Two years of my life- very absorbing. First, School of Theology, City Harvest Church in 2011 was nothing else but the divine appointment with God and i could set my time apart for my creator. And, what did i get in turn? A new life!

Manna, yes, that’s what i prayed for fervently. Lord listened to my prayer request and gave me the biggest fruit of my life. Yes, i gave birth to Manna in July, 2012.

Such a simple thing but so experiential. One can’t learn until one goes through the process, of pain and new birth. There can’t be a new life without pain, trauma and, of course, supernatural energy. It is traumatic to break free. Not so easy. Love has to sacrifice to give way to a new life. Love that is accompanied with great supernatural energy to push a brand new life through into the universe.

Some more patience, perseverance, courage, trials & testings. And, a new me to enter a new year! Happy New year 2013!

3 – Word phrases that can touch a life!

I have been reading this book, Cafe’ David: serving coffee for the soul – Relationships and i want to quote author, David Oh, ..”I heard an ad on the radio about 3 words that can change your life. So, i started to think of 3 words phrases that can touch a life. Here’s my list:

I love you
I’m really sorry
Please forgive me.
You’ve done well
You are beautiful
I need you.
You’re my hero.
I forgive you.
I accept you.
I was wrong.
Don’t forget me.
I’m yours forever!”

Then i thought what are my 3-word phrases. Ones that i have used are –
I love you.
I am sorry.
Really appreciate it.
I missed you.
You look pretty.
You are gorgeous.
You are right.
I was wrong.
Jesus loves you.
You are there!
How are you?
God bless you!
Love you too.
Life is good.

It will be so much fun to know your list of 3 word phrases that you used to lighten someone’s spirit! Waiting for that (OOPS! that’s a 3-word one too). Okie…All the best (Oh my Gosh! Again 3-word phrase…)

I just happened to listen to my favorite song and all my memories of growing up refreshed. How we sang together whatever our mood allowed..our moods changed pirouettes the way life does, exactly expressed in this song sung by Asha Bhosnle in Umroa Jaan filmed on Rekha to make it picture perfect.

Jab bhi milti hai mujhe ajnabi lagti kyun hai

zindagi roz naye rang badalti kyon hai

tum se bichhade hain to ab kis se milati hai hamein

zindagi dekhiye kya rang dikhati hai hamein

I laughed at how we cousins & friends sat together listened to this song and cried as it left its cathartic effect on us. So funny is that we didnn’t even realise what it meant. As life went on and on…it unfolded what these word meant.

“Life is such a suspense, a perfect stranger. How it changes its colors everyday. We meet people for seasons, perfect ones, as if designed by someone and we estrange and then we meet some new ones..and on and on. Let’s see what life has to show now…” – meaning of above lyrics.

Life has taken me to all the unknown places, to unknown situations..taught me some lessons that i didn’t want to learn..showed me what i didn’t expect to see..also, gave me so much that i didn’t expect to receive.

Life is a barter. It gives & takes and then gives..Life is a respecter – Just respect life of yours and of others and it will respect you. And, life is a perfect teacher – if you wanna learn, it will teach you a lot.

I’ve never known what zindagi has to offer..But, one thing that I’ve known…not to be at receiving end but at the giving.

Taking the surprises of life, beating the circumstances, overcoming the pain – Being a warrior. Surprises, circumstances & pain will be there. But, it is your attitude that will make you hug life than hate it.

“It is your attitude that determines the altitude” says Rev. Kong Hee, international speaker and pastor of City Harvest Church, Singapore.

Endure it, enjoy it and Live it – Zindagi…Life!

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.” – 1 Chronicle 16:23

Good news is that Jesus dies on the cross for our sins so that we don’t have to face the penalty. He took all our sicknesses & infirmities, sins, shame, pain, hatred, malice, jealousy, wickedness, evil talking, evil thoughts, and everything that is not according to the will of our good God; nailed on the cross with Him, disarming & making a public spectacle of the enemy (Satan). That we are bathed in the Holy blood of Jesus, cleansed, redeemed and made holy. So that, renewed in spirit, soul & body, we are, now,  new creations in Christ Jesus, wonderfully made for the good works by carrying His Cross everyday.

May you have a wonderful day today! Blessing!

Shahi (Royal) Toast with Vanilla Ice cream

On October 2o,  my closest friend Aditi came with her mum over lunch. I wanted to make a dessert with a difference..So, i made these Shahi (Royal) toast with a little bit of innovation. They really really liked them. Have a look…you’ll surely love ’em as you try out.

Preparation time: 10 minutes!

Serves 4

Required:

4 white breads (1 for each).

Ghee

Condensed & sweetened milk (Amul Mithai mate or whichever available)

Vanilla Ice cream

Almonds: thinly chopped (You could use ready made ones available in supermarket.)

Method:

Cut breads diagonally into halves. Toast them in oven for about 5 minutes @ 175 degree until crisp. Then take out.

Place a non stick pan on flame and put Ghee (clarified butter) or unsalted butter.

Once ghee is hot, keep flame at medium.

Then place 2 halves at one time in pan and cook till golden. Turn sides and cook till golden. Repeat the method for all four breads.

Spread condensed milk on one side of each just as you spread butter or cheese.

Put one bread (2 halves) in each plate and place one scoop of vanilla ice cream beside the Shahi Toast.

Garnish with sliced almonds.

Best part is, you don’t really need to plan too much for this. Hope you enjoy!

Really Really Hot!

Ingredients:

 1. 6 Red big Chilies – slit and seeds taken out

2. 2 Small size potatoes – boiled

3. 1/2 teaspoon Shah Pickle masala/ or home made pickle masala

4. Mustard oil (or, any other oil) for stir frying.

5. Salt to taste

Method:

Prepare filling- Mash boiled potatoes and keep aside. Take a non-stick pan/wok and heat. Put 1 teaspoon oil enough. Put pickle masala when oil is really hot. Add potatoes, little salt to taste and stir nicely. Take it off flame.

Fill the slit chilies with potatoes.

Heat oil again in pan or wok and place chilies one by one.

Turn chilies to left and tight for them to cook evenly from all the side. Always place the slit portion upwards otherwise the filling will come out.

Take out in a plate and they are ready to serve.

Tempting, tasty, colorful! But be careful if your stomach can’t take chilies!

Try out and lemme me know how do you like them.

And, Thursday knows…!

Many a time as i amble down the jogging track in my condo, i meet her. But, for past few days, i have not seen her and have been thinking about her.

She has been special and seems, no noooo, perhaps, I’ve been special for her too. It was love at first sight when i I met her for the first time. She really caught my eyes. I stopped immediately. And, she knew it was her, so she advanced her hand towards me as a gesture of friendship.

“So, cute”, I said. Chubby, cute, furry..and then she blinked at me exactly the one Tom keeps giving his heart to. I mean, the guy in Tom & Jerry show.

I asked her mum what her name was. She said with a big exclamation, “Ooh! Her name is Thursday.”

“Thursday!”, i repeated with a bigger expression.

“Yup. Actually, i found her on Thursday. So, named her so.”

“Okie, but that’s a really cute one”, i said.

“Yeah! She is a lovely cat”, her owner-cum-mum came up with pride.

Indeed she is! I mean, now our friendship has gone ahead. I meet her often down. As i look at her lovingly, she sits down. And, then she lies down on the ground expecting me to run my hand over her furs. She is so lovable.

You know, Thursday knows…LOVE!

She is an animal, but she can sense the love in my look, my hello, my hand shake and my touch. Her acceptance of my love makes her lovable!

She is an animal and she understands love.

Wouldn’t it be so dumb to presume your other fellow human being doesn’t understand the feel of your look, your hug or your speech?

Some people really don’t understand this simple basic thing. That, one CAN FEEL the COLD HUG as much as WARM HUG, or hand, or look or the way they ask, “Hey, buddy how have you been?”, when they actually don’t mean an iota of it.

They know if you are saying something is out of love or not. My family and friends love when i cook for them. It is not that i a great cook. But, they know i have do it for them willingly and lovingly. People may make a five course meal and serve in the finest of table ware, but if there is no love, people will not be able to enjoy food.

A gift that is bought out of formality will be different from one bought out of love. Because, your love and thoughts have gone in it.

An embrace of love will express your feelings to the person without a single word needed.

I mean even your dog knows the loving feeling of your hands..Why can’t humans know that everyone knows love?

“If i speak in the tongues of men and angels, but do not have love, i am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If i have the gift of prophecy, and if i have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, i am nothing. If i give all i possess to the poor and gave over my body to hardship that i may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1- 3