Bigg Boss TV, Little Kathryn & Intentional Living

Bigg Boss TV, Little Kathryn & Intentional Living

It was just another beautiful, uneventful evening as I flipped through my TV channels. As I did, I came across this show that seemed to be going viral, called Bigg Boss, wherein famous personalities are put into a “house” for several months, insulated from the outside world, and having only each other for company. For either TRP ratings or out of genuine frustration, they were screaming and hurling things at each other. It wasn’t even a minute into it when I heard screamings in MY house. I was startled to see my nine month old little Kathryn, pointing at the TV and screaming back at them. I am sure she had no clue of what was happening but here she was imitating what she had seen half a minute ago. It did not take me another second to switch off my television in total shock of what had happened. I realised how the atmosphere in the house mattered in shaping of my child’s character. I happened to speak to two leaders who were worried about the young people in their church. There was much division and bitterness. “Your youth will follow the atmosphere the leaders create in the Church”, was the only comment I could make. I want to address every single and married person reading this post. Your efforts to build a godly character is not just for your good. What you invest into your character, heart and mind will also mould a generation after you. How often have you looked into yourself and noticed something that your parents often do. Have you come across something in yourself...
Painless Delivery – A Myth or a Reality?

Painless Delivery – A Myth or a Reality?

Here’s another post from a dear friend Mary Joseph, who shares her experiences on her delivery of her two son’s. You can read her previous post here. After my first baby was born, I took four years before I took the plunge to have another baby. We were elated to hear that I was pregnant and mentally started preparing for the change. I went for a check up and confirmed that a baby was on its way. One day to my utmost dismay I saw blood – I was spotting. I panicked. I cried. It was late in the evening and a Sunday. There was nothing I could do, except wait till morning to find out what was happening. My husband had taken my older son out for swimming, I did not want to scare him so decided to wait. In the meanwhile, Brother Shyju happen to call. I told him regarding the situation; we immediately prayed and hung up. When my husband came home, I informed him about my condition, he heard me quietly and then looked straight into my eyes and asked “So you think there is a problem? You think you have lost the baby?” I really did not know how to respond to that. He held my hand and said, “ This is God’s gift to us, why would He take it away, why did we decide to have this baby? Because we have heard God say its time – trust Him, go to sleep, all is well” Although I did not feel so, I decided to quit worrying and go with my husband’s faith....
10 Power Lessons Kathryn Re-enforced in Me About God

10 Power Lessons Kathryn Re-enforced in Me About God

1. Your Limitation is With the Knowledge of God   Have you seen a little baby snugly wrapped? Our baby Kathryn hates being wrapped. We wrap her up well only to see that moments later she has successfully kicked her way out of it. However, her mama is relentless in wrapping her again, and this time more carefully.     It reminds me how many a times we want God to do things faster, sooner, better and smarter. But the truth is that our limitations which God has allowed is for our benefit beyond what our eyes can see. 2. Some Issues are From the Mess Underneath It did not take us long to figure out that not all the crying is for milk. Sometimes she just needs a loving clean up/nappy change. However as Christians we do not want to accept that all the time. Sometimes we are stuck because we have grey areas in our lives that do not allow God’s power to manifest in our lives. It’s important we clean up on a daily basis crying for more of His grace each morning! 3. God’s Eyes and Ears are Tuned to You Human limitation compels us to sleep after a while of watching Kathryn. Yet our ears are very tuned to her slightest breath and cries. The Bible says that God does not slumber. The only we reason we do not recognize and experience that truth is when our eyes are not tuned Him. 4. All Your Needs are Met in Christ Baby Kathy has no need. Nothing whatsoever. Think about it, from Psalms 23 to...
Cold-Blooded Murder: Confessions of a Believer!

Cold-Blooded Murder: Confessions of a Believer!

[French Translation] [Spanish Translation] Life was zipping by in the fast lane. All was well. Ruby was still studying when she met her love of her life! She had everything a young woman could dream of. Soon they both were married. Balanced between their honeymoon period and the rush of life, came their next big surprise. Though little in size, it was not something they were ready for – it was a baby. Emotions swelled, fear crept in, anxiety increased. She had much education to complete still ahead. Her friends were all moving up the career ladder and were ‘making it big’. Her baby or her career? Why so soon? AHHH! she was now beginning to regret everything. She was too young for this, she believed. Then that thought entered her mind. Take the easy way out. It would be easier to abort the baby than to abort her dreams. Seeing the stress that his wife was under, her equally burdened husband decided to support her with the move. Few years later, she was done with her education and had established herself as an accomplished young lady. They felt they were now ready to have a baby. It did not take long to realize that something was not right. They tried for months together but she failed to conceive. No treatments seem to help either. Almost a decade later – hope dwindled. At this point, she met a missionary to whom she poured out her heart. She hoped they would pray for a breakthrough for them to have a child. But instead of praying, the missionary asked, “Have you...
Kathryn S. Mathew is here! My God is Incredible!

Kathryn S. Mathew is here! My God is Incredible!

She is here!!! Tiny is doing strong and fine! Thank you all so much for your invaluable prayers. Will update more soon! Shyju   UPDATE 2: Update 3: Tiny woke up this morning saying she saw a time 4pm. The date set by the doctor was for the 12th. However she was admitted today to the hospital at 4pm. The Lord released much grace on Tiny and the baby was out faster than expected! Interestingly just yesterday Tiny wrote about embracing destiny and here we are embracing a new life along with Kathryn Mathew. Anyways I’ll stop my ramblings, here are few pics. Thank you so much again for praying. Will post more pics as time go by. Love.   Update:4 Finally Kathryn opens her eyes to her relentless dad. Whom does she look like? Update: 4 Kathryn all active today! Exciting journey. Update: 5 Finally Kathryn is home! Cozy on her bed.   For more pics, go here and see Kathryn on Twitter. For some friends who asked, here’s a short video I managed to get of...

“Shyju and tiny how are you. I hope both are fine there. How is the meetings going. The only ones that are awake &go prayer will see the revival son. Where ever you are be with gods presence. Jesus prayed whole night without getting tired. Fix your focus on ministry son. I love you both sooooo much.”

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The Baby at the Doorstep – Powerful Story & Free Download

The Baby at the Doorstep – Powerful Story & Free Download

While we were ministering to our dear friends in Bethel, Montreal, Canada, they sang a song that became my instant favourite. I sang it all day; it kept ringing in my head and I even woke up with that song. “Take all of me….” The theme of this song was etched on the inside of me. I later found out that this song was written by Rex Verzosa, one of the brothers from the church’s worship team. Rex and his wife are precious people, who are so committed to love God. The story behind the song is even more powerful! And here it is in his own words. Fasten your seatbelts: “Take all of me, Lord I’m yours.” I don’t know a better way to show my love & gratitude to God. Most people have their lives start out with a declaration from the doctor; “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl.” Mine started out with “There’s a baby in front of your house.” One early July morning, Rogelio Verzosa – the man who I’ve come to know as my dad – woke up hearing a baby crying outside their gated home in Tagum, a city south of the Philippines. Thinking it was the neighbour’s baby, they pretty much ignored the crying. Rex’s Dedication Thirty minutes passed, then an hour, and at this time their neighbours, who heard the same baby crying woke up to check what was going on. They rang the doorbell of the Verzosa’s house with some unusual news:“Mr. Verzosa, there’s a baby in front of your house.” That baby was me! My name is Rex Verzosa,...
Your Mess is Your Message –  Sarah Jakes

Your Mess is Your Message – Sarah Jakes

[French Translation] Imagine you have a teenage daughter whom you dearly love, and one day she comes up to you and says, “Daddy, I am pregnant!” How would you react? What would you do? Difficult to digest, isn’t it? A Baby at 14yrs! Well that’s exactly what happened to Bishop T. D. Jakes, one of the most influential preachers in the world, as his 14 year old daughter Sarah Jakes broke this tragic news to him. Can you imagine the storm of questions that would be running on Bishop Jakes’ mind at that point in time:  How will I face the world? What would I tell my church? How could this happen to her? Well, the good news is that the story doesn’t end here! Here’s a video of Sarah’s testimony, you cannot afford to miss: A good question to ask ourselves as we watch this video is, how do we handle the different kinds of mess that we face in our lives? Do we allow our circumstance to rule us? Do we backslide? Do we lose our joy, patience and love? Guided Me Home Sarah oversees the women’s ministry at The Potter’s House of Dallas and lives with her two children.  Sarah recently wrote in a post titled “Guided Me Home” on her blog about how God used her situation to guide her back  “home,” in right relationship with God. Here is an excerpt of how she puts it: This is for you…You who chose to give up on your dream because you’re convinced the weight of your past will never outweigh the hope of your future. I just...
Mothers Role in Bringing Up Prophets

Mothers Role in Bringing Up Prophets

[French Translation] [Spanish Translation] It could possibly be that because people hear about how I started serving the Lord from a young age, I get a lot of questions when I travel; majority of them are from passionate mothers who want to see their children serve Jesus, too. They want to know what my mother did to bring me up. Last week, if you missed I wrote on, 7 Truths for Mothers in Battle. One of the greatest biblical examples of a mother bringing up a child to be a man of God is, without a doubt, the life of Hannah and Samuel. Here are a few lessons we can learn from them to see your children grow as great generals of God. Hannah Lived the Basics First In the first two chapters of 1 Samuel, you can see how strong Hannah was. To start with, she was content with her husband. She knew her miracle still was in the hands of God which is why she went to the temple with her request. You know a wise woman when she knows that it is only at the throne room of heaven is where the source of her miracle is. She knew the effectiveness of prayer, fasting and weeping. And most of all, she knew to praise God when all seemed wrong (1 Samuel 2) Remember, your children learn from you. I learnt from my mom that no matter what goes wrong, you go to God! She showed us through her example what it was to be a faithful, humble and submissive wife. I have come back home from...
7 Truths for Mothers in Battle

7 Truths for Mothers in Battle

[French Translation] [Spanish Translation] Even though I started preaching when I was 7 years old, I had my own struggles during my teenage years. All that was ingrained in me from that young age was being tested. The hardest part was peer pressure. Which child would not want to be accepted by his friends? And for me to be accepted by my friends was to compromise on my passion for Christ by living according to the Word of God, which I was not willing to do. My mother had done what the Bible taught her. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 But when it came to my time of testing, the temptation to please my friends was far greater than to simply obey my mother. I was surrounded by some friends who thought I was crazy not to hang out with them. But, as I grew up, what my mother instilled in me kept reverberating in my ears. She said, “Shyju, you are a Levite, you are set apart for Jesus.” She did not fail to point out other young men who were being used mightily by God to tell me that God could use me too. She began to encourage me to seek the Lord even before I was 7 years old. I looked forward to my prayer time as soon as I would return from school. I have heard people say countless times, “Let children do what they like” or “Give them their freedom to choose what they want”. I’ve even had...
Don’t Terminate Your Baby!

Don’t Terminate Your Baby!

I was recently introduced to a pastor. Three months into the pregnancy, his pregnant wife was diagnosed with carrying a child with Down syndrome. This is a condition in which extra genetic material causes delay in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically. It affects about 1 in every 800 babies. The doctors looked at the pastor and suggested that they immediately terminate the pregnancy. It was an extremely shocking and mentally disturbing but being founded in God’s eternal word that says, Children are a reward from God Psalm 127:3, the pastor decided against it and planned to have the baby whatever the cost. For six months, they were overwrought with grief at the fact that their child was going to be born with this painful condition. Their nights turned to weeping. Through that pain in his desperation, the pastor turned to God and said, “Lord if this is what you want, we are willing to have the baby, only give us the strength.” Around the same time, they met with a family of an 11 year old child who had Down syndrome. It was just a matter of seconds before his father quickly grabbed him to safety; the young boy was about to jump off the 12th floor while they were at his house. The terribly shaken dad could not even speak for few minutes. This particular incident troubled the pastor all the more. Visibly upset by what he saw and with the pain of how this child had behaved, the pastor began asking God for grace to handle his own. During this inner turmoil, he...
Learning From a Child

Learning From a Child

Many of my close friends are doting fathers who enjoy the responsibility of raising their little children. Their stories have made my wife and me laugh and learn. They make me want to have children of my own, too. Although I must add, we are in no hurry; we will wait for God’s time. We are accustomed to hearing parents advise their children, rebuke, correct, teach and training them. However, the truth is that we, as adults, can also learn a thing or two from them! It is no wonder then that Jesus said this in Mathew 18:2-4, “And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Here are a few thoughts for us to humble ourselves with: A Child’s Boldness Recently, a pastor was reminded of an incident that took place while he worked in the army. A high ranking officer was talking to his subordinates and giving out orders. There was a board outside that said: ‘SILENCE’ and everyone obliged. The whole group remained still in complete silence as he continued giving orders. Suddenly, they were disturbed by the sound of noisy footsteps. Everyone waited with bated breath to see who it was. As they imagined that whoever this person is, was going to have to pay dearly for this grave misconduct! The door was knocked opened and to everyone’s surprise, there stood a little girl....
7 Keys to Wise Parenting

7 Keys to Wise Parenting

To all the places that I have traveled to, I have without exception come across broken parents. They seem encouraged to see a young man on the stage and their hopes renewed to believe for their children. They rush to me, after the service, for prayers but most of them are hurt and in pain. They tell me how their children have rebelled and not understood their heart. May be you are one of among those helpless ones reading this. What you, as parents, must understand is that your children have strong desires, too. They have their emotions and their reasons to why they want what they want. Now, that does not mean they are right or wrong but just that you must attempt to accommodate them and view things from their perspective to really understand what they want. Here are few things to keep in mind: Changing Times  Do not try to compare your children with someone else in your time. That certainly does not work for the simple fact that 60 years ago, the culture did not even have what we have today. Before the industrial age, teens worked on their parents’ farms until they got married. With industrialization, they had a choice to make and go out to earn money and get married. But with the modern age, the lifestyle of the youth has drastically changed. They go through high school, college and often graduate school before they get married. That means from school to graduation, they are introduced to a multicultural environment and people that expose them to different things beyond what you or your grandparents...

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