Don’t

Live out each day like it might be your last,
Don’t plan for the future, don’t hide from the past,
Smile at strangers and you just might change a life,
Offer kisses and hugs even in pain and strife.
Don’t count all your money, count all your friends,
Don’t look to the dark side as a means to the end,
Shake off your stresses, your worries, your cares,
This life is a challenge, so take on the dares.
Don’t tell people your heartaches, tell them your dreams,
Let them know that life can be better than it seems,
Don’t number your problems, number the stars,
Gaze up to heaven and see the distance isn’t far.
Don’t let your whole life be ruled by your fear,
Cherish the memories of all things you hold dear,
Don’t hold back the tears as they fall from your eyes,
Don’t give in to sadness, or fall for the lies
You can fly with the angels, you can sing in the night,
Don’t let your head doubt what your heart knows is right,
Whisper a secret to the dawn of the day,
Look to your loved ones to show you the way.
Don’t run from the truth, but accept it with pride,
Don’t keep all your feelings sheltered inside,
Let your silver turn gold, let your hopes all come true,
Pray your joys will be many and your sorrows be few.
Let the glow in your heart reflect in your soul,
So you know what it’s like to have and to hold,
Til death do you part, may you treasure the sights,
That this life had to offer, its enchantments and delights.
Search for contentment in each person you meet,
Let yourself find freedom, don’t just stand still on your feet,
Dance, be at ease, for you’ve got one life to live,
Put your heart on the line and give it all you can give.

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with many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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The Holy Spirit is in your Heart Today

The Holy Spirit speaks to us because He is the third Person of the Trinity, sent by the Father and the Son to work within our hearts.

The Holy Spirit was pro-active when God was creating the world. His was the inspiration that inspired the Holy Scriptures.

So what is His role in today’s society?

He convicts the world of sin

He regenerates the repentant believer and provides positive assurance to those of us who have already been saved.

He sanctifies us

He fills us with His presence

He gives us the power, in which we can live holy lives and to be witnesses for God.

He assists us in our understanding of the Bible.

He enables us to exhibit the “fruit of the spirit”.

He gives gifts to every member of the church so that each of us in the “body” can contribute as the Holy Spirit desires.

He “seals” us for the day of redemption, thus guaranteeing us our place in heaven.
With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Don’t Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

I’m going to be honest and tell you that these words spoken by Jesus prove elusive to me. Even after so many years following in the way of God, every time I read them, I’m disturbed at my heart’s incapacity to consistently live by this profound instruction.

I was most aware of my heart being troubled on the day it broke as Katey yielded up her life and returned to the Lord. For weeks, I hardly felt I could breathe. Just as when I’ve broken a rib, to breathe deeply caused me pain. Grief is a physical experience with many levels of pain. While I don’t think my heart was literally broken, it was deeply wounded and I am very much aware of the scar tissue that remains today, for grief is not something from which one completely heals.

My heart, and no doubt yours, has both desired to love and be loved, as well as having experienced the pain of rejection and loss. Perhaps that is why we have such a hard time embracing these words, even with Jesus as their guarantor.

When my heart is troubled, I am destabilised and my worst behaviours can emerge. Through the years of accompanying Katey on her journey, my friends will tell you I wasn’t always nice to know. My troubled heart compared my life experience with that of other Christians, whose lives I saw as blessed, happy and secure.

Such comparison at best left me depressed and at worst produced an unholy rant against them and the Lord we all serve. I became an angry victim and lacked perspective. When lost in such raging, my heart is disturbed and as a person I become self-absorbed with my troubles. It’s then, more than ever, that I need to reflect upon the extent to which God loves and accepts me, trouble and all.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Healing for Banhi’s Heart

“From my childhood, I had worshipped different gods and goddesses,” Banhi shares. When she married, her husband Charan was especially devoted to one god, so she chose to worship this god as well.
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“Both of us were determined that we would worship this god and get blessings in our lives.”

But instead of blessings, their days were filled with harassment, sickness and poverty. The couple’s work in construction did little to fulfill their needs.

Counting the Days to Death

Despite their religious devotion, Banhi and Charan’s construction work barely made ends meet.

“My husband and I often quarreled,” Banhi says. “We did hard work and built houses for others, but we had no proper place to stay.”

She questioned the worth of a god who received worship, yet refused to bless her family. Finally too frustrated to continue, Banhi stopped worshiping any god at all. It was not long before she began to wonder if she had made a mistake.

Woman Bedridden after Deserting Gods

“One afternoon, I was working hard in the sun and carrying bricks to the top floor,” Banhi explains. “Suddenly I felt dizzy, and I almost fell down the steps. Somehow, I balanced myself and stood against the wall.”

But a short while later, Banhi lost consciousness. Some co-workers helped Banhi get to a nearby hospital, where they ran tests and diagnosed her with a heart condition.

Banhi had suffered frequent chest pain in the past, but she always dismissed it as too minor for medical attention. Now the doctor gave her a whole list of prescriptions.

“I went home and told everything to my husband,” she says, “but, due to our financial problems, I did not buy any medicine.”

As the days went by, her condition worsened, and soon she couldn’t leave her bed.

Counting the Days to Death

Despite their religious devotion, Banhi and Charan’s construction work barely made ends meet.

Counting the Days to Death

Banhi prayed to her gods for healing from her heart problems but found no relief.

While Charan went to work, Banhi desperately prayed to the gods and goddesses she had abandoned. But they gave nothing but the silence Banhi had heard before.

The doctors suggested a heart operation, but the cost was far beyond the couple’s income.

“Because I would never be able to earn that much in my life,” Banhi shares, “I lost my hope completely and started counting my days on earth.”

Banhi prayed to her gods for healing from her heart problems but found no relief.

Visiting Family Offers Hope

One afternoon, Banhi was resting and praying to her deities when she heard someone knocking at the door. Amazingly, she had the strength to get out of bed and open the door to see Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Sabrang and his family.

When they saw Banhi’s condition, they asked her to lie down again.

“They came inside my home and prayed for me,” Banhi says. “I did not understand why they had come to my home.”

Pastor Sabrang explained that he and his family are servants of God and they just wanted to visit her. As they said goodbye, they promised to continue praying for Banhi.

After the visit, she began to feel better. A week later, Pastor Sabrang and his wife visited again, and this time Banhi could sit up on her bed and talk.

The couple told Banhi that Jesus could heal her heart, and she eagerly joined them in prayer. Then they gave her a New Testament.

“Due to my weak body, I could not read,” Banhi says, “but every evening I asked my husband to read the Bible and I would listen…. I felt as if Jesus were talking to me and He was going to wash away my sins and disease.”

A month later, He did.

Counting the Days to Death

After a pastor prayed with Banhi and gave her a New Testament, she asked Charan to read it to her every night.

The chest pain left, and when the couple realized that Banhi had been completely healed from her heart problems, they embraced the God who answered their prayers.

Healing Changes Many Lives

Now Charan and Banhi’s entire lifestyle has changed. As active members in a church, they are growing in the Lord. When they go to work, they carry Gospel literature and tell others of God’s love and how He helped them overcome their problems.

“He is able to solve your problems too,” they say.

The couple’s testimony has inspired 15 other villagers to embrace Jesus’ love. And as Banhi matures in her faith, she is discipling other women in the local church, praying that they will know Christ as she does.

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For further information about Gospel for Asia please take a look at:-

http://www.gfa.org/

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

There’s No Such Thing As Boring

There’s no such thing as boring
Or common or mundane,
And if you truly think so
It’s time to think again!

For everything around you
Holds power to entrance,
Just choose to stop and notice
Your life will much enhance.

So keep your mind wide open
It’s easy once you start.
For even in a cobweb
You’ll find a work of art.

(Margaret Ingall)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Words from a Simple Heart

A day that dawns bright and optimistic, can unravel as quickly and completely as one that begins with a tangle of trouble.

Whether I see it coming, or not, whether the undoing is of my own doing, or not, there are days when I find myself on the Backside of the bright side.

Life sends everyone for a ride on the backside. People let you down. You disappoint yourself or someone else.

Things hoped for, don’t materialize. Jobs disappear. Finances escalate. Health deteriorates. Loved ones pass away.

Unless you live in an insulated bubble, a ride on the backside is inevitable.

Experience on the backside has taught me not to run to the company of misery — those faithless, open, outstretched arms of self-pity and hopelessness. I am not pitiful.

I am not without hope and I am faith-filled. I have returned, victorious, to the bright side after every experience on the backside.

Where I am, is never as important as, who I am, while I’m there.

I can sit in darkness and I can despair over being there. I can moan and groan, pick up the phone and wail about my troubles to everyone who will listen.

I can pound people with my problems every chance I get. I can seek out the company of those who enjoy misery’s embrace and learn nothing from the Experience.

Or…

I can poke a hole in the veil that separates the backside from the bright side and create a small stream of light to serve as reminder of the victory ahead.

I can pray, and I can work my way through trials with ever increasing patience and ever growing strength of endurance.

I can pay attention to the parts of my character that show up during difficult times and acknowledge the areas of weakness that need building up.

I can stand straighter and taller each step of the way, until the day I can rip the veil from top to bottom and claim my victory.

Even when life is at its darkest, you are never on the backside of nowhere.

The bright side is always there, waiting for you to step back into it and experience your victory.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Dear God

I know you’re watching over me
And I’m feeling truly blessed
For no matter what I pray for
You always know what’s best!

I have this circle of E-mail friends,
Who mean a lot to me;
Somedays I “send” and”send,”
At other times, I let them be.

I am so blessed to have these friends,
With whom I’ve grown so close;
So this little poem I dictate to them,
Because to me they are the “Most”!

When I see each name download,
And view the message they’ve sent;
I know they’ve thought of me that day,
And “well wishes” were the intent.

So to you, my friends,
I would like to say,
Thank you for being a part;
Of all my daily contacts,
This comes right from my heart

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey