Thought Processes and Stormy Waves

Thought Processes and Stormy Waves

The past year has been a very challenging one for almost everyone. It was a season of never-before-seen happenings and brand-new challenges. Many of us found ourselves trapped in a change of mindset- pondering over negative thoughts and negative outcomes. Having a lot of time in my hand to simply sit and think about many things, I too, saw myself giving in to this habit of thinking negatively.  It’s not like I was broken emotionally, but I saw myself drifting in my thought processes to unnecessarily worrying scenarios and thoughts.

Until one night as I was going to sleep, I started introspecting. I realized just how far I had drifted away from the person I used to be before the Pandemic. But in the midst of all this, there were moments where God would speak to me in different ways, and one day this scripture really spoke a whole new life into me.

Mathew 14:22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed

We see that Peter, upon being called, stepped onto the waters, but soon enough, he lost his focus on Jesus and so, he got overwhelmed by the surroundings. I want to let each and everyone reading this know that we ALL are called to walk upon waters. Yet, how many of us have shifted our focus in the past year? There are moments where we see things around us go for a toss, but the real problem begins when we react to it and lose our focus on Jesus. I encourage you all that in every season of your life, keep Jesus at the center. Every season may not be easy, but as long as you have Jesus as your focus point, you will walk upon stormy waves and high waters.

This blog written by our dear Melrick Stephen Pinto, is the second in a series of blogs written by the leaders of House of Healing Ministries. The series titled ‘Lessons in a Lockdown’ will carry the stories, thoughts, and experiences of our leaders in the past one and half years as they navigated the new normal with Jesus. Stay tuned for our next ‘Lesson in a Lockdown.’

My road to Emmaus

My road to Emmaus

 If you’re wondering where on God’s good earth Emmaus is, I can tell you it is a place somewhere in Israel and I have never actually been to Emmaus. Yet this blog is inspired by the journey of two disciples of Christ to this first-century village after the events of the crucifixion and the third day. I can tell you, even though I know very little about them, I related so much to these two men in the past year.

Luke 24:13-16 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 

When New Year’s Eve came around at the beginning of 2020, I was facing one of the biggest leaps of faith I had ever made. I was going to leave my country and everything that was familiar to spend 6 months in Norway as part of my Master’s course. As someone who is not very fond of change (especially the life-altering ones), I was a mix of every emotion amplified to a 10. I was excited yet worried, sad yet grateful, lonely yet keenly aware of the love that surrounded me in the form of my family and friends. Little did I know 2020 would be nothing like any other year, not just for me, but for the whole world. What a year to make a leap of faith, eh?

Soon enough, everything fell apart. Every meticulous plan I had made went straight outside my ice-covered window. I watched my confidence erode like sand as many foundations, both personal and global, turned to piles of rubble, incapable of holding everything it was meant to hold. I quickly became like Cleopas, one of the two disciples who were walking to Emmaus. Cleopas and his friend were also walking away from all the destruction and the shaken foundations, away from all the big hopes and dreams that were now crucified and laid in a grave. They were walking away from a grave that has more questions now than answers and away from a bunch of uber-optimistic people who are claiming the impossible in the middle of the unspeakable.

Luke 24:15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

Just like Cleopas and his friend, there were many times when I was blind to Christ walking beside me. In my worst moments, when fear and terror came to overwhelm me, He became just another voice that seemed to be oblivious of what I was going through. My prayers were nothing more than breaking news and updates on my life to God. Often my prayers were made in either fear-riddled pleadings or in a statement of numbness. That scared me more than the irrational-logical fears filling inside my head. 

But the saving grace of that time was that even while I was blinded and talking with my minuscule human wisdom, the Lord of heaven and earth, who made the mountains before me and calmed the seas within me, was walking alongside me every day. He would listen, sometimes in silence, and sometimes He would dispel every darkness with a gentle word. Just like He did with Cleopas and his friend, He opened up the scriptures to me and assured me of all that is within the plan and assured me of the victory He has already won.

And it was in the breaking of bread and drinking of the cup, that my blinded eyes were opened again. In me remembering how He was broken so that I can be made whole, in me remembering how His blood was spilled so that I can be marked forever in my spirit and soul. How, regardless of how big my fears seem, the grave will still remain open. And, just like Cleopas and his friend, when my eyes were opened, I was able to return to the place where I belonged. I was able to move again in unmerited favor and regain my confidence in His power. I was able to return home from my road to Emmaus.

If the past year has shaken your foundations as it did mine. If it was the year that brought all you knew to question. If it was the year where your entire hope was hung on a cross, bled to death, and laid in a grave. If you are unable to relate to the words of the faith-filled and the witnesses, I would like to invite you to walk with Jesus alone. Talk to Him in the limited human wisdom you have. Listen to Him in reverence as He talks to you. Let yourself tarry with Him. That is all we need to do in this temporary and tiny span of a lifetime. That is all we need to return from our road to Emmaus. 

This blog is the first of a series of blogs written by the leaders of House of Healing Ministries. The series titled ‘Lessons in a Lockdown’ will carry the stories, thoughts, and experiences of our leaders in the past one and half years as they navigated the new normal with Jesus. Stay tuned for our next ‘Lesson in a Lockdown.’

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.