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Romans 12:12 by Florence D’Costa

 

 

 

 

 

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November 7, 2017 Posted by | Blogs, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Evangelisation, Presence of God, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Philippians 4:13 by Florence D’Costa

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My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, there is something I would like to share with you.  Many times in our lives, we do experience a sort of disability when it comes to doing God’s Holy Will.  Let us ask ourselves, Why?  Why do we feel incapable of performing?  It is because we try to do things with our own strength.  But if we realise that we are in Christ and Christ is in us and whatever we do, it is vital that we do through Christ who strengthens us.  If we keep this in mind and stay connected, God will give us the grace to do all things through Christ Jesus.

November 5, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Faithful, Family, Jesus Christ, married couples, Scripture, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Inner Peace by Florence D’Costa

It is very easy for us to lose our inner peace. Inner peace is priceless, so let realise this and be happy. It is also important for us to love ourselves, our neighbour and most of all, Love God. Many of us at one time or another, think that God is not helping us enough but my dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, let us allow God to be God and let him be in control of our lives. God is awesome and he is the best person who knows what is best for us and for our souls.

 

November 5, 2017 Posted by | Blogs, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Elderly, Homeless, Hospitals, Inner Peace, Nursing Homes, The Sick, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Philippians 4: 6-7 by Florence D’Costa

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When we pray, we come into the Presence of God and His presence.  God’s presence is soothing and comforting.  Sometimes, there may be times when we just want to come into His Presence and remain silent but yet being aware of His Presence.  When we come into His Presence, it is important for us to praise and thank God for His blessings from the silence of our hearts.  Then we could get into the mode of surrendering ourselves and our families to Christ.  What is the meaning of surrender – It means to let go – to give everything to God.  To have total faith.  If we have total faith in God, we will surrender everything to Him and Trust that He will take care of us.

Let’s say, when we were children, what would be our attitude towards our parents.  We ofcourse would trust them totally and completely.  That was my relationship with my parents.  I trusted them.  So, if we trusted our parents who are human and we believed that they would take care of us in the best way possible – how much more do we need to trust in God.  God was the one who took care of our parents who took care of us.  Well, so I guess that now we need to trust in God totally and completely for ourselves, our families and for all, especially for all those whom we love and care for.  SO, SURRENDER AND TRUST ARE THE KEY WORDS.

Our Heavenly Father, sent Jesus his son to die for us, so that we will have new life and hence it is important for us to SURRENDER TO GOD through Jesus Christ, His Son and trust in Him totally and completely for MIRACLES TO HAPPEN IN OUR LIVES.

November 5, 2017 Posted by | Blogs, Catholicism, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Jesus Christ, Surrender, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Collosians 3:13 – 14 by Florence D’Costa

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These two verses really and truly touches my heart.  We, the baptised are God’s chosen people.  So what is Paul saying in these two verses- He is calling us holy and dearly loved..   Then, what does he say.  He is encouraging us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Meaning. that he wants us to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient.  He goes further to say that he wants us to forgive one another.  He says, ‘Forgive as the Lord forgave you’.  Paul continues to tell us that He wants us to put on love which binds all these virtues together in perfect Unity.  It is very important for us to be Loving.  Paul wants us to clothe ourselves with all these virtues but above all, he wants us to put on LOVE.

I would like to add here that we being God’s chosen people, it is important for us to be holy –  And to be holy means to be compassionate, kind, gentle, humble, patient and loving.  How can we say that we are God’s chosen people and be just the opposite to what Paul is calling us to be.

Let us spend some time in meditation and slowly but surely surrender ourselves to God who will change us into people with all these virtues.  So it is important for us to surrender ourselves to God and allow Him to work on us.  You and I are unfinished products …. For God is still working on us.

October 28, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Compassion, Forgiveness, Gentleness, Humility, Kindness, Surrender, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Romans 7:15 by Florence D’Costa

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I think this is a very interesting verse. Paul himself was struggling with sin.  He says, I do not understand what I DO  but What I hate I DO.  What he wants to do he does NOT DO.  I guess we all struggle with this concept.  To be perfect and free from sin is quite a difficult task.  We can only avoid sin through the Grace of God.  The Grace of God is very powerful and if we have God’s Grace, you can be sure that you will be always able to avoid sin and its consequences.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, I think it is best that we pray continuously to be in the PRESENCE OF GOD.  For if we are continuously in His Presence, He will give us the Grace to be free from sin and its consequences.

SO LET US PRAY CONTINUOUSLY = 24 x 7

October 26, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, couples, Intercessors, Overcomer, pray, Presence of God, Supplication | Leave a comment

Romans 8:28 God works for the good of those who Love Him

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Now, we all know that we all need to follow God’s Holy Will.  His plan is the best for each one of us.  Some of us walk in paths that God does not approve but we want to do what we want.  But when we do our will, eventually we will find out that our plan and our will, leads us along the wrong path because it is not what God wants of us.  So it is important for us to surrender our lives and our will to the Living God.  Then, we become wise for we begin to understand and accept God’s plan for our lives.  We understand that in all things, God works for the good of those who Love him, who have been called according to His Purpose.

In other words, God has created each one of us to do what He wants us to do in this world.  And when we follow his plans, He works all things for our good.  I remember there was a time when I wanted what I wanted and I went after the things that I thought I needed but I failed and kept on failing until I realised that it was fruitless doing my own thing and then I began to studies in scripture and I learned that we were created to give God all the Glory and not search for Glory for ourselves.  The Bible became my source of strength and I studied and gained more knowledge about God.   I began to trust God above all things and began to trust Him above all else.  Then I surrendered my life to His Holy Will.  It was then that I was picked up and carried into the arms of my Heavenly Father and I never regretted the decision I made on that day.  Till date, I just surrender my every day to Him and He plans my day and my life which gives me the greatest joy and peace that I have ever experienced and enjoyed in my life.

My dear brothers and sisters, if we surrender our lives to God, He will in all things work for our good and who have been called to His Purpose.

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This is what God did to my plans and at that time I did not understand.  I was upset with Him but gradually I realised that it was best to surrender to this Great Big God of Ours and to surrender to His plans.  When Our Wants are not His Plan, then it is best to surrender Our Wants and take on His Purpose.  Then You and I will experience the great peace and Joy on earth.

October 23, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Faith in God, Will of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Romans 12:2 by Florence D’Costa

Romans 12:2  Do not copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

What does Paul mean.  He means exactly what he has written – He very specifically tells us not to copy the behaviour and customs of this world.  At the moment in Australia a small group is clambering to redefine marriage and in Victoria the Government is trying to bring in a culture of death – they are wanting to bring in Euthanasia.  Now this is the way some parts of the world are thinking. But Paul says, ‘let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. ‘  So, we are called to look to God and not to the world, He will teach us his ways and make us a new person who will not be part of the world but a people who will belong to God.  When we belong to God, we will know God’s Will for us which will be good, pleasing and perfect – to God ofcourse.

The ways of the world is definitely not God’s ways and hence it should definitely not be our ways as well.  My experience is when we look to Christ and follow God’s Holy Will, we will be transformed and made new and when people see us, they will surely know that we belong to Christ.

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October 22, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Evangelisation, God the Father, God's Love, Love for God, Surrender, Youth | Leave a comment

Choose Palliative Care – Why Assisted Suicide?

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This image is so beautiful and there is so much beauty in this world.  T0 feel healthy and strong is an awesome feeling.  What happens when a person is terminally ill, how do you think they feel, especially if they are having terrible pain.  Well, we do have palliative care and that is so beautiful.  People are loved and they are made to feel comfortable as they slowly approach death.  Palliative Care enables terminally ill people to die with dignity.  They are made to feel comfortable right to the very end.  Why do some people want assisted suicide?  Why are Governments for assisted suicide instead of continuing with palliative care.

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October 20, 2017 Posted by | Aged Homes, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Elderly, Sick, Suffering, Suicide, Teen suicide, Terminal Illness, The Cross, The Sick, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

God is our shepherd by Florence D’Costa

God is our Shepherd and we Iike sheep have all gone astray, so God laid all our iniquity upon His Son Jesus Christ so that we the sheep would be saved and redeemed. So, let our prayer be ‘ Shepherd me O God beyond my wants, beyond my fears from death into life’.

October 16, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Christmas, Christmas Carols, Compassion, couples, Cross, Evangelisation, God is our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, married couples, Sacrifice, Scripture, Singles, Songs, The Cross, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment