30 November 2018

I am ABBA's child - a song

This is a song I wrote and composed for children. They assert their identity of being a child of God, the Father in this song.

The tune of the song can be heard at this link

If any of you would like to teach children to sing this song, you are free to do so. I'll be happy to hear any audio or video recordings of this song

Song:       I am ABBA’s Child! 

Chorus: I am my ABBA’s daughter/ son (2)
               May I be more like Him!
                    I want to be more like Him!  

I want to learn, I want to walk
I want to talk like Him!
I want to work, I want to care
I want to be like Him!


He game me hands so I can help
He gave me lips so I can speak
A helpful word to those in need
And sing my songs of praise to Him!


I want to be all I can be – fulfill my destiny!
I want to see His will for me and do my best for Him.
He gave His best for me
So I’ll give my life to Him!


Modified Chorus:  
              We are our ABBA’s children! (2)
              May we be more like Him!
                   We want to be more like Him!  

~ written and composed by Henrietta Decruz 
                                       (Copyright 2018)

29 November 2018

Tell Me More About Christmas

A conversation between friends... in the form of a song.

This can be used as a part of Christmas programmes. I have worked on a rough tune, however music composers may feel free to work on their own tunes for it. If you would like to use this written material for your event or programme, do remember to give due credit for the lyrics and you could share a link to the audio/video of the presentation as a comment below. 

Tell me more about Christmas

1.      Voice 1:
I heard about that silent night
I heard about the bright new star, the mistletoe
The reindeer and Santa Claus
Oh won’t you tell me more about Christmas…
Why do we celebrate this ‘so-called’ happy day?
Oh tell me, tell me – more about Christmas
I want to know!

2.      Voice 2 answers:
Oh! Haven’t you heard the Christmas story?
How the angels sang on that blessed night
Sharing the good news of God’s glory
To some shepherds on a hill faraway
They shared that the King of kings was born tonight!
And they could go and see Him – He’s a baby in the manger
So the shepherds rushed to see the sight
And they found baby Jesus – with Mary and Joseph!

3.      Voice 1:
I have some more questions…
Why would the King of kings be born in a manger?
And why would shepherds rush to see a stranger?
Why do you rejoice at Jesus’ birth
When you know He later died on a cross?
Oh tell me more about this mystery
Cause when I think of it, I’m at a loss! 
Tell me tell me more about this mystery
For when I think of it, I’m at a loss! 

4.      Voice 2 answers:
Oh! That’s the reason that we all rejoice
You see the King of kings He had a choice
He could have chosen a palace but He chose an inn –
He could have lived as a king and sat on a throne
         but He gave it all up for me!
You see He did these things to set us free
From the sorrows that rob us of life!
He could have stayed in heaven on the throne
But He came as a babe just for you and me!

5.      Voice 3:
Hmmm… Your Jesus seems to be a wonderful guy
And you talk about Him as though you’ve really met Him!
I hear you pray a lot in Jesus name
Could you tell me more about Him?
The truth is I’ve been searching all my life
For the answers to some questions
You seem so happy ever since you found this Jesus
I really wish I could know Him too….

6.      Voice 4 answers:
Wow! Sure! Let me tell you first that Jesus loves you!
When He left His throne – He was thinking of you!
He chose to give up everything He had
So you could find true peace and happiness too!
No matter what you did wrong in life                  ]
He was happy and willing to pay the price          ]           2
To set you free so you can enjoy                          ]
All the best in this life and eternity!                     ]

7.      Voice 2:
Really? Oh I’m so glad that we celebrate Christmas!
Wouldn’t you love to receive the gift of brand new life?
Oh how I thank Him for thinking about us
When He left His throne became a human for us!
So come let’s celebrate Christmas
For Lord Jesus became a baby for us
He lived His life on earth and then He died
To wipe away the tears we’ve cried!

So come let’s sing –
Joy to the King!
Glory to God in the highest
Angels & saints
Sing praises to God
For giving us Jesus
The most wonderful gift of all!!!

I’m so glad it’s Christmas
I wish you a Merry Christmas!
Come let’s celebrate Christmas
The happiest birthday of all!!   

We’re so glad it’s Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
Come let’s celebrate Christmas
The happiest birthday of all!!  

Written by Henrietta Decruz (Copyright 2018)

29 October 2018

1 WL - Are You Offended with God?

And they took offense at Him [they were repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble]. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house. And He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus). ~ Matthew 13: 57, 58 [Amplified Bible]

There are times when Christians who think they are faithful tend to be offended with God. However, the offense may be so subtle that they too may not be aware of this. It is important to examine our heart about the thoughts and feelings we have. The Bible says that we should “lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5.  

Let’s search for what the word says about offense and what holding offense against the Lord can do in our lives.

Matthew 13: 57 shares how when Jesus was alive, people in His hometown “took offense at Him”, meaning that they were “repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble” from the path of faith.

What was the result of their offense? The very next verse says that He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief or “their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus.” 

Let us try and understand what we just read.

Jesus, Who had power to do great miracles and had a record of healing, raising the dead to life and multiplying food to feed people in thousands… came to His own hometown and wanted to do miracles for His people. But the people of this town refused to accept Him as He was and questioned His authority. They questioned His powers and did not trust and believe in Him. In doing so they restricted Him from being Himself completely in their midst and therefore… “He did not do many works of power there” and they did not see miracles in their midst.

How often have we wondered why miracles break out only in some places? Or why is it that only a few people seem to be able to receive miracles from the Lord? 

Believer, have you wondered why some people seem to have testimony after testimony but you don’t?

Well, today’s verse challenges you to check your faith, your beliefs and whether you lack acceptance of the authority that the Lord Jesus has over you and your life. Check if unbelief has kept you from seeing your prayers answered, seeing miracles and amazing testimonies from unfolding in your life!

In Acts 10:34,35 Peter says “God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons. But in every nation he who venerates and has a reverential fear for God, treating Him with worshipful obedience and living uprightly, is acceptable to Him and sure of being received and welcomed [by Him].” [Amp]

God is not unfair! If you open your heart to Him and revere Him, He will do great miracles for you too! 

Just like the father of the boy who was tormented by an evil spirit we too can cry out to the Lord saying, “Lord, help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) The Bible says that Jesus responded to his cry and the boy was set free. 

What is it you need from the Lord today? Pray in faith, believing that He has an answer and that He will do His best for you. When you don’t receive an answer – persist in praying, don’t give up! Luke18: 1-7 encourages us to keep praying and seeking till we receive an answer. 

Just like the widow who kept knocking on the door of the unjust judge till she got justice we can keep praying and seeking God’s intervention. Be open to receive the answer that God has for you as He assures us that He will do what is best for us. 

Words of Life! - a new section of Henrietta's Blog

Words have power!

Let us learn, dig deep to discover life-giving truths from the Word!

Sometimes we wander in life without answers just because we haven't asked the right questions. What is the point in spending years in the darkness just because we are familiar with it when one spark of Light can drive away all the darkness and refresh us with renewed energy and vigor for life!

Let's hunger and thirst for 'Truth' and find the answers that will bring us solutions to make our life better!

This part of my blog titled 'Words of Life!' focuses on the amazing truth I encountered while reading the Word or by learning from teachings shared by others.

I hope you will find it refreshing and helpful to you in your life-walk! I will add new posts to this section with a number and WL before the title so it is easy to identify. (1 WL, 2 WL... etc)

If you find these posts are helpful to you and would be a blessing to someone else, do share it with them so that they can also gain from these insights.

I welcome you to share your insights and experiences in response to what I have written. However, do understand that I won't be able to respond to each of them.

I understand and acknowledge that there will be comments and views that I may not agree with. For these I would 'agree to disagree' in a respectful manner and request that all of us maintain peace at all times. Every person has a choice to believe what they want to believe. While we may see the benefits of holding our own beliefs we cannot force anyone to accept them for themselves. Each person will eventually reach the point of understanding these truths in their personal journey as they keep seeking the Truth.

Also do understand that I do not have answers to all questions but I can pray for you and hope that the Lord will send us answers to our questions and concerns.

May all of us grow in our walk with the Lord God, our heavenly Father and become all that He created us to be! 🙏🙏🙏

~ Henrietta Decruz
29th October 2018

03 October 2018

Salaam Zindagi! – A Salute to Life

My life has come full circle
I started out with many minuses
There were many tearful years
But everything turned out beautifully for me
The negatives were dealt with
The positives I held on to
Became lifesavers… literally!

I am not saying I’m a hero
I am not saying I did it all by myself
I am not saying that life is a bed of roses
But I am saying that my life turned around!
My sadness and sorrow was turned to joy!
From living in despair not knowing my future
I have become a person who is happy and content.

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There was a time I stood at the brink
Not wanting to live
Not having a reason to live
There wasn’t a soul who knew of my predicament
No human soul…
But the God Who created me…
He knew and held on to me.

I cannot but stand in awe that…
This great God Who holds the universe in His hands
Should care so much for one tiny little soul
Like me.
Why would He stoop so low to touch the ground
Just to comfort one hurting soul,
One girl no one else wanted.

Yes there He was day after day,
Night after night… without fail
Patiently bearing with my unbelief
Waiting for me to look to Him with faith.
It took Him years but He got my attention
When it dawned on me
That I had been saved in every way possible. 

Today I know that no matter what
My God is for me, He is with me and will never leave me!
I can vouch that even in troubled times
He will always be by my side…
My biggest encourager, support, teacher and guide
My most gracious provider and protector
He even fights my battles for me!

Today I have no doubt
That anyone anywhere can make it
If they just give Him one chance
To touch their life.
The ever-loving hands of the great ‘I AM’
Are ever reaching down to hold a soul
To touch, to comfort, to fill their every need. 

This great Creator didn’t stay in a heavenly mansion
Cut off from the pains we endure as humans
Jesus instead chose to become man,
Live a life like us and become a sacrifice
So we wouldn’t have to suffer ‘forever’.  
His love for each soul compelled Him
To make the supreme sacrifice… So great is His love!

If you have doubts or fears
If your eyes are full of tears
If you have no source of joy or supply
Try Him! He won’t let you down 
If friends and family have abandoned you
In your most dire need…
Call Him! He will be there for you!

~ Henrietta Decruz

18 September 2018

Flow - A spontaneous song by Henrietta

Recently my friend Olga had visited India. After a hectic two weeks we spent some hours at Varkala Beach to unwind. While I was enjoying the waves of the sea... I remembered wanting to record a song with the sound of sea waves in it, that was a long time ago. It was around 24 years back when I thought about it as I stood in front of the roaring sea in Mumbai.

Standing there, enjoying the breeze and the sound of sea waves... Suddenly I felt the urge to record something! I quickly took out my mobile phone and started recording using the Voice Pro App. At first I didn't think of anything... I thought I'll hum something... and as I began to hum, an idea for a song came to my mind and I went ahead and sang it just like that! So there were no retakes... just one single take. The song is as it came... natural with all the sounds even that of the people around and a notification on my phone!

At this point in my life I feel at peace and have joy in my heart. I thank the Lord God and also all those friends who stood by me in the dark and difficult times of my life. Recently, I was able to connect with Patricia King Ministries, she and her team have been a great blessing to me!

The lyrics of the song contains the message that I am telling myself.... Flow, flow my soul...

Moreover, I only recorded the audio while singing the song, I didn't record the video. Amazingly I noticed that the two videos of the sea waves I had recorded later and added to the sound track, they synced well too!

The credit for all the background 'music' goes to God, the Creator and my heavenly Father! Thanks to Him for the sound of the sea waves and the wonderful breeze. I wish you could feel the breeze caress your skin as it did mine while I was singing!

So here is the song... I hope you like it!

Have you tried doing anything spontaneously? Feel free to comment about it.

A New Beginning!

Its been a while since I wrote a blog. I was always meaning to write one... but weeks became months and I got really busy too.

In the course of Life, there are so many lessons to learn... some from our own experiences and some through those of others. There is never a dull moment!

Questions become essays and essays become chapters... and life goes on!

The good thing is that some questions do have answers... and some of these answers are helpful and interesting too.

In the recent months, I experienced the generosity of someone I haven't even met. Her generosity gave me the most priceless gift. The gift of overcoming the obstacles that I had encountered in my earlier years of life. Obstacles that had become stumbling blocks and didn't let me move ahead.

When someone has had to experience a lot of rejection, pain and suffering for years, the most obvious conclusion they would come to is that 'humans cannot be trusted.' But when someone comes through the chaos, the confusion and lights a lamp in the midst of the darkness that engulfs you... something magical happens... you begin to feel, to care, to believe that goodness still exists in the world and there is hope for you!

This somewhat describes what happened to me. The generous good deed by this precious lady had a great impact on me. It happened out of the blue!

My life's course took a great leap forward! I could see, learn and understand myself, my life situation and have a clearer more positive image of my future, thanks to what she facilitated. I pray that the Lord will bless her greatly just as the impact she had on my life.

I also got back to art! I got myself a new drawing book and decided to try using pastel colours for a change. And the result? This!

Colourful! - Henrietta Decruz

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Are you grappling with questions too? How do you deal with them?

Do you have hobbies that help you express yourself and what you are going through?

If you feel like it, do share about it.


Where Is Your Treasure?

This video asks some very pertinent questions!

Do watch it!

P.S: I take no credits for this video. 

02 July 2018

Heroes Come and Heroes Go

Heroes come and heroes go
Time goes on and no one knows
What the future holds for each
What the present tries to teach.

When we rave about someone
Make them bigger than they really are
It’s not fair, it sets them up
To lose their tag of being a star.

And on that day, people will cry
Some will wail a wail
While others will die
Because they said he wouldn’t fail.

Wake up people! This is life
If you fight a fight you can win or lose
Life is full of strife
Win or lose it’s not for us to choose.

Let your hero have some peace
Surely he didn’t want to lose
He works so hard, he paid a price
Don’t let his stardom become a noose.

Remember the good and great things he’d done
Thank him for his good skills and good work
Remember the matches and battles he won
Thank God for memories we have to look back.

- Henrietta Decruz 

Dedicated to the Football heroes, teams and fans who were sorely disappointed in this World Cup. 

21 June 2018

An Old Song & A New Journey

It has been a while since the ‘Good Old Golden Oldies’ have been tugging at my heart. They were reminding me of the times when I was just a quiet little girl who would almost always be found near the radio listening to songs. These were the songs that played at that time!

I was a shy girl who didn’t like to come up in front when visitors came home and found it difficult to make conversation with anyone! (Well, that is history!)

Music was life to my soul! I breathe music and the melodies and rhythms of my favorite songs was everything to me. I would sing Hindi Bollywood songs, Western songs and even sit glued to the radio when classical music played! I loved almost every kind of music.

What was special about my singing along was that I would imitate the singer, whether it was male or female. I enjoyed mimicking Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi as much as I liked singing along with Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle! I sang the Western numbers too!  

As time passed I noticed that the quality of songs in Bollywood movies came down drastically. Since I am a writer-songwriter, the lyrics mattered to me a lot. The lyrics of many songs that came then were terrible and I just could allow myself to sing those songs. Disheartened I left my post beside the radio. But the Golden Oldies lived on at every Antakshari I could be part of, any picnic or event where anyone loved them.

Anyway, many years later, some months ago, I wondered if I can still sing in the male voice as I used to. It took some weeks and finally I mustered up the confidence to sing and record it.

While a lot of songs dallied with my heart to be the first one… somehow the song “Aanewala Pal Jaane Wala Hai” from the film Gol Maal (1979) managed to grab my attention. So here I was downloading a karaoke track to sing too and recording my voice, mixing them and voila! My own cover version of the song happened! I was quite happy with the results so I decided to share it with my friends on Facebook. Their sweet comments and appreciation have made me smile much more than I usually did!

Here’s the link to check out my cover version of this song…

If you love the Good Old Golden Oldies’ I hope it rekindles old memories and makes you smile too!

My experience with this cover song has opened up a new chapter of the Good Old Golden Oldies once again in my life. I am happy that I can sing them and bring joy to so many people.

Smile and keep on smiling!!!