Godly Parents and Children of the Kingdom

Godly Parents and Children of the Kingdom

The day you are born, God places you first in the arms of your father and mother because they’re appointed to hold, carry and nurture the most precious blessing that God has given them. The first testimony of children with godly parents is witnessing the goodness of God through the lives of their parents. Watching their parents show them how to live godly lives even when the situations are not ideal. And as we grow, we realize that all the cutting and pruning that goes into producing a good fruit out of us is not so easy to swallow.

New International Version Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Even when they may not feel it or see it, godly parents hold on to a grace that is sufficient and a peace that surpasses all understanding. This grace and peace are what help parents build a godly home for their family one day at a time. Every life-giving seed, every encouraging word, every intentional action, every corrective moment-all go into building a godly home until they see Heaven on Earth and taste the fruits of the labor that bring life and joy wherever they go. That is how godly parents can raise up children of the Kingdom.

Now, if you think this is NOT what your family looks like, I want to tell you in the deepest love, “take courage!” God is not done with you yet. Always remember that you’re not positioned on a stage first, but in the arms of your parents, to bring heaven down in their life, in your life, and wherever God’s purpose is for you to grow. That is not a very simple process, but as we are taught time and again, our ministry begins first when we are in service to our parents, our siblings, and our community.

Matthew 19:19 ESV Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

As we seek the face of God in the little things, when we are faithful in the place God first positioned us, He will take us to higher levels of encounter and engagement for all that He has in store for us. Remind yourself constantly of where your roots are because when the root is taken care of, the tree bears good fruit by itself.

God is on the move to heal the land with godly parents that know the worth of a family rooted in Jesus, and with children of the Kingdom who are faithful to what is given. 

For our 100th blog post, we have a deeply wise word on Godly relationships with the family unit by Sandra M George. She is a beloved daughter of the church and a laid-down lover of Jesus, who seeks the presence of God, with her whole heart.

Fruit of The Waiting

Fruit of The Waiting

Habakkuk 2:3 “For the revelation awaits an appointment time, it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

As there is a saying “there is no progress without a process“.  Waiting always carries the potential to change an individual. When we hear from God to wait for a specific matter, it is more effective if we make use of that time to focus more on God, rather than on an answer. This way we can build a more intimate relationship with Him.

Last year, when I had to stay alone in Manipal for a few weeks, in the absence of my guardians and without any updates on my travel to my home in Bahrain, I set an objective in this ‘waiting period’ – I wanted to have a closer and more beautiful relationship with my Heavenly Father every day while I waited. In this period I was able to acknowledge two major things- Firstly, His goodness towards me in this season, and secondly was learning to let go of things that were not mine to control. 

This period was the most fruitful and the most exciting, compared to the previous year of my active life in Manipal when I had nothing to wait for. It was in this time that I was able to see a lot of change in my perspectives of God and myself. I found myself now able to ‘be still and know’ that He is God, solely because of the relationship I was building with my Heavenly Father. I was able to trust Him more, rely on Him more, and simply, need Him more. At the end of my waiting period, I was able to leave Manipal and meet my parents and enjoy all the things that I had been looking forward to. Yet, now that I have reached the place that I had been waiting for, I still feel that the ‘waiting period’ has been one of the most fruitful times I have had in a while. In many ways, the fruit of my waiting was not my ticket back home, it was in how further along I have come in my walk with Jesus.

If you’re in a ‘waiting period’ or headed for one, I would encourage you to get excited because you’re about to witness something great about your Father in heaven. You will become a testimony at the end of the waiting period, no matter where you are placed and no matter how fast or slow you are paced. So, build for yourself an intimate relationship with God and enjoy His presence through the journey. Always remember if God tells you to wait, He has set an amazing gift for you. Trust His timings because His plans are better than our thoughts!

Habakkuk 1:5 “Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told.”

Our guest author for the week is Vidhya Jacob, a charismatic and lively member of our church in Manipal. At 19, She is one of the youngest members in the church and we are so inspired by her passion for God in her forming years.

You.

You.

You pushed for me

Just as a mother in labor

To birth a child in Your reflection.

You carried me all this time.

All to win me and my heart made of dust.

You didn’t give up on me, as I did.

You didn’t leave me in the middle, as I did.

You strived till the cross and beyond,

All to win me and my heart made of dust.

You let yourself be broken and scarred, 

the flawless image of the Holy God,

Made as a man and born into the dust.

You bore the pain. You bore the shame.

All to call this heart Your own.

You pushed for me, 

just as a mother in labor,

To birth a child in Your reflection.

You pushed for me,

When I was as helpless as a babe.

You were always there for me.

You stayed in all my long nights.

You’re here now and You love me. 

You sing lullabies over me

You give rest to my soul. 

And as I grow in the light of Your love,

I learn to love You as You love me.

And though I stumble and fall,

You pick me up and hold me

‘Till I learn how to run and how to fly.

Teach me to love You, Jesus!

The way You deserve to be loved.

Teach me to honor You, Jesus,

With this heart made of dust.

I wanna be like You.

I want others to see You.

I want You to shine brighter in me

For all the world to see

Help me to run the race to do Your will

every day and for all my days

This will be my worship!

Our blog for the week is a beautiful poem by Sandra on the mothering nature of God. Just as a woman that travails in labor, God strived to birth us in His image on the cross so that you and I can now be reborn with the identity of sons and daughters of Heaven.

Godly Parents and Children of the Kingdom

Sitting In My Room

Sitting in my room

My eyes desire to gaze at Your beauty because

For me the natural is never enough


Sitting in my room

My heart is overwhelmed by a Father so good because

For me, the minimum is never enough


Sitting in my room

On bended knee, I surrender my heart to serve You only because

For me, the ordinary is never enough


Sitting in my room

Where you are with me and I am with you, because 

For me, the time is never enough


Sitting in my room

I will dwell in the heavenly moments with You because 

For me, the alternative is never enough


I will remind myself each day that Your love for me overflows

I will sing of it and Your mercy that never fails

Until my heart stops beating and my lungs stop breathing 

For me, just one song is never enough .


And sitting in my room,

to comprehend and know You fully

For me, all of my days will never be enough.

Our guest author for the week is Sandra George with her simple yet honest poem on the relationship she shares with God within the walls of her secret place. 

Focused Living

Focused Living

Have you ever felt confused about why some days you feel a strange void or a stagnancy inside you, while on other days you are like running water, gushing and full of life?

Has a situation or encounter, that went against your own assumptions or even against your comfort zone, triggered you into a state of restlessness?One moment, you may be floating inside your own little bubble, while the next moment, you learn of a whole world outside your bubble. Or maybe, for you, this pandemic was vice versa.

Maybe the clock of your life isn’t moving as fast you want it to, or maybe it’s moving too fast or maybe your clock seems frozen and not moving at all! 

If all these questions are yes, fear not! You are not alone. Life has different ways to show progress. It doesn’t matter how beautiful, stressful, amazing, mysterious, confusing, peaceful, chaotic or XYZ you may be feeling in this moment. Yes, let’s leave a blank space to fill whatever emotions you feel at the moment. But whatever position your heart is in right now, remember that God is the center focus of all life. (Selah)

As we are living in a time frame of a different awakening and renewed perspectives, it is very important that we stay focused on what is within ‘our control’ than on that which is beyond one’s expectation or ability. The pace of our current season is not for us to decide. Only our response to it is within our hands. Hence as a growing Christian, let us be humble and open to learn what God is speaking to us. Just like a child sitting on a conveyor belt that keeps moving on and on, He wants us to be mindful and in awe, growing each day with a cheerful heart and filling up on His goodness, taking in all the sights we see along this adventure.

In conclusion I want to share a verse saying “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” (PS 16:9).

May the name of the Lord be glorified! Amen.

Our blog piece for today was a collaborated work written by
Jemy Vinoj and Jocelyn Ann Kurian, who are members of our Manipal Congregation and beloved friends of the church. We hope the piece resonates with you and stir you to a more focused living.