25 August 2014

Christian What is Your Stand?



As we see images and videos of Christians being beheaded and killed by the ISIS in Iraq and hear of increasing instances of persecution against Christians in other places, it becomes necessary for every believer to sit and think about what he or she would do if faced with a similar situation. Would you still stand for Christ or would you betray what you believed in and agree to what your persecutors say? 

I believe it is a privilege to die for Christ! We know where we will go when we die, when we die in the Lord... so it should be with peace that we accept the verdict of death because when we sleep the sleep of death in this world we wake up in heaven with the Lord in the next!  

I believe it is important that we believers affirm our faith in God and our willingness to suffer for Him so that He is glorified on earth as in heaven! Let's not give the perpetrators of crimes against Christians any credit or glory... Glory belongs to our Lord Jesus alone!!! 

Here is a song I wrote and composed that affirms our stand to live for Jesus and die for Him too! 

SONG: To Live and Die for Him!

I am blessed to know the Lord!
To know the wonders of His love
To see the love He pours on me
Amazing grace that set me free!

Chorus:
I believe! Yes I believe!
That He is God of all that is!
His power runs the universe
He is the One and Only God!

He who came to save the world
Died on the cross to set me free
He is worthy of my love
My everything!                              Chorus

The time has come to take a stand
To live for Him and die for Him
Why should I hold back when
He even gave His life for me!         Chorus

When that day comes into my life
May I be strong in faith and will
To boldly stand and take it all
In Jesus Name!                              Chorus

When I’ve breathed the very last
I know I’ll see my blessed LORD!
I’ll cross this shore and go to Him
Who is the anchor of my soul!        Chorus

~ Henrietta Decruz

(Pictures - courtesy various sources from the Internet)

14 August 2014

Missing #RobinWilliams - Time to fight Depression!

Good, kind and generous... words that describe Robin Williams. And yet this wonderful human being whom the whole world loved lost his battle to depression and committed suicide. 

Depression kills the spirit, the mind and will the live. I've been through my own struggles in years gone by. It is hard to overcome when you don't have anyone who tries to understand you or help you. I found God in my struggles and learning that He loved me made all the difference. I am a changed person just because He spoke to me through the Bible. 

In Isaiah 43, God says, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and because I love you, I will give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you;" Amplified Bible 

These words saved me, saved my life and gave me the confidence to face life again. Now I know that even if no one else is by my side... my God is there with me! I can fight this battle... and I will make it because He is the One who fights for me! 

If only those who suffer depression knew about the great and immense love their Creator has for them! If only they could trust that God will tide them through... just as He has done for me! My heart grieves for every person who loses this battle... such a great loss!!! 

Please look around... there are people around you who need assurance, acceptance, loving words... even a smile! It costs nothing to give it away, but the good it can do is far beyond what you and I can imagine!

Let us do our best to make this world a better place... a place where people like Robin Williams can not just survive but thrive and bless us with many more moments of joy, love and togetherness! 

Code Blue Campaign

CODE BLUE CAMPAIGN
In Hyderabad, India we had initiated the Code Blue Campaign in March this year to help those on the brink who feel like they cannot go on.

The Code Blue Campaign aims to reach out to all those who are going through a difficult time in their lives. At some time or another each of us finds life difficult and hard to bear. During such times we need the listening ear of a friend, the voice of a friendly soul who understands, supports and encourages us and a helping hand to help us get back on the road.

At times we turn to friends or loved ones but there are times when we are just not able to speak to a friend or family member. At such a time the person in need can send an SMS with the words 'Code Blue' to Code Blue Campaign (CBC) and a friendly counselor will reach out to help that person through that difficult time.

This Campaign is active in Hyderabad and it can be initiated in other cities and nations too. For a person who is going through this struggle it is difficult to express and tell anyone else that they are on the brink. Sending an SMS with the words 'Code Blue' makes it easy for both the person struggling with the problem and the counselor to understand that the situation is very serious and needs utmost attention.

In Hyderabad we circulated this message, "If you are feeling depressed and cannot see light at the end of the tunnel. If even hope is in short supply and you need help to get through send an SMS with the words ‘Code Blue’ to 9959595050 and our friendly counselor will get in touch with you!"

Youth Alive, a team of young dedicated people who organize camps and activities for teens and youth, took on the mantle of carrying the Code Blue Campaign forward in Hyderabad. A team of trained counselors took on the responsibility of answering the Code Blue messages that came in.

It is important this Campaign is taken to many more places so that all those who are struggling to preserve their lives will make it! It would be wonderful if there are more Suicide Prevention initiatives like Code Blue Campaign around the world saving these precious souls who are on the brink of death.

13 August 2014

Life

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Life


Choices
They make you
or break you
they bring lessons
consequences in our life
things we cannot run away from
things that later define our life.

Experiences
they shape us
and we shape them too
Someone else's actions
and our reactions
our actions
and other's reactions.

Words
they add or take away
meaning and purpose from us
Words thrown at others
hurt wound lacerate
Words spoken softly
heal rebuild and comfort.

Memories
the good and bad of life
living inside our being
fighting a battle to own us
We can live in the past
or learn from the past
and throw away the shards.

Wisdom
knowing what to take
and what to leave
from the myriad experiences
thrown at us
Learning not just from our lives
but from the mistakes of others.

Life
a string of
choices,
experiences,
words,
memories and
wisdom gained.


07 August 2014

Unwanted and Unknown

Alone
Facing indifference
Unwanted
Not on anyone’s list
Not cared for…
Not counted.

Wondering if there is value
Wondering if there is love
Wondering if someone would respect
Or care…
Just because I’m human
Just because I am.

Struggling to make ends meet
Working hard to make a mark
Giving more than ever received
In the hope
Of being counted
Of being accepted.

Yet all I see is disappointing
People obsessed with themselves
Who have no time to notice
Or care about the needs of another
If God Himself came again
They would overlook Him.
 
I can hear the silent screams
Of hearts who are pushed aside
From the walkway of life
Away from the merry-go-round
This world has become
Some dead walking with hopelessness.

Empty relationships
Empty conversations
It’s all pretense
When they say, ‘How are you?’
Do they really care?
My heart mocks me.
 
I find meaning and purpose
In knowing I was created
Not to be degraded
Not as a valueless person
But an equal of everyone
Regardless of possessions or bloodline.

Yes you and I have value
Whether anyone gives it to us or not 
They may pretend wealth is important
They may glorify the famous tyrant
They may give importance to just a few
But they cannot take what is within us.

I am wanted
That is why God created me
I am known
He knew me before I was born
I have a purpose 
That is why I breathe.