I am thankful....

...for words.....am fascinated by them....and the things you can do with them.

for music...and how different genres invade different sections of my mind provoking different thrills.


....for books...they allow me to have a fling with each I read.

for fruits....bread, chocolate and bananas.....am eternally grateful God - you know how these rub me.

...for laughter ..the good belly one....on private humor - which only my mind gets.

for sleep....especially when my mind is cognizant that its asleep!.

....for eyes...once in a while, mine have the power to penetrate facades.

for silence....and the number of voices that became audible in stillness.

...for stars....on a dark country side sky...I forget about earth.

For Jesus - my fierce-est influence!.

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Seventy Years.........

On Saturday, I got the grand opportunity to attend a christian youth meeting organized by a close friend of mine who has a deep calling to share Christ with the younger generation.

The room's capacity was probably a mere 50pax ....but it must have held 60+ pax....and tho' a bit squoooshed the room was vibrant...lots of electric energy...flowing from the youth who were on a Christ high. There is just an awesomeness when youngsters praise God and are so expectant to hear from God...the atmosphere was so ridden with slice-able hope and faith!!.... My pal spoke from the below passage...and here is my take home (in brackets).

Jeremiah 29 : 4-6 “The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those people whom he allowed Nebuchadnezzar to take away as prisoners from Jerusalem to Babylonia. Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what you grow in them. Marry and have children. Then let your children get married, so that they also may have children. You must increase in numbers and not decrease.( My life should continually be on the increase even in times of hardship - growing in the spiritual, physical, social arenas etc etc)
 
vs 7; Work for the good of the cities where I have made you go as prisoners. Pray to me on their behalf, because if they are prosperous, you will be prosperous too. (for my workplace).

vs 8-9; I, the Lord, the God of Israel, warn you not to let yourselves be deceived by the prophets who live among you or by any others who claim they can predict the future. Do not pay any attention to their dreams. They are telling you lies in my name. I did not send them. I, the Lord Almighty, have spoken.’ (Enough said)

vs 10 -14 ; “The Lord says, ‘When Babylonia's seventy years are over, I will show my concern for you and keep my promise to bring you back home. (words that stood out - when 70 years are over!! that called for major perseverance on the Israelis part!
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. ( For a person who likes organization, its really grand to know my life was forethought and fore-planned...am not aimlessly trudging along this earth - that the very desires that shape my decisions, my life,.. were inbuilt at conception and am mapped!)  

Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart. (all of my heart - this is an attitude I so so desire to have)  
Yes, I say, you will find me, and I will restore you to your land. I will gather you from every country and from every place to which I have scattered you, and I will bring you back to the land from which I had sent you away into exile. I, the Lord, have spoken."

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