God, who hung the stars - He has taken a thread of His heart and tied it to yours. And He didn’t need to, but God tied His heart to yours so when you feel pain, He fills with pain.
Ann Voscamp , The Greatest Gift
God, who hung the stars - He has taken a thread of His heart and tied it to yours. And He didn’t need to, but God tied His heart to yours so when you feel pain, He fills with pain.
Ann Voscamp , The Greatest Gift
Would YOU like to get a Christmas Card from US?
We hope that you said YES! because we are absolutely excited to mail these cards off to you and share the love and the joy of Christmas from all of us. The best part this is that we have 100 cards to mail off (which is a super lot), which means we have a good lot to pass around.
50 cards will be from Walk the Same and another 50 will be sent out by the Color Movement which is our Girl’s / Women’s Ministry of Walk the Same. If you would like to get a card from us, please drop us a message with your:
Make sure that you message us with this info clearly mentioned so that your cards won’t get abducted in the mail. If you are following the Color Movement, they will soon be putting up a post about the cards as well so 50 of you could message them once they give a shoutout on the announcement about the Christmas Cards.
Our cards will be shipped to a 100 people where ever in the world you may be so do not hesitate to drop in that message. We Love you!
An important thing that you should also keep in mind is that we will be mailing the cards to the addresses that we receive on a first come, first served basis so do make sure that you message us in with your details as fast as possible so that you’ll be just in time to get a card from us just for you.
In the meantime, if you haven’t heard the exciting news yet, we are accepting artwork from literally anyone which will be printed on the cards. We made a post about this earlier but if you haven’t seen it and would like to get more info on how you can get your artwork printed on the cards and the wee bit of rules that are involved, hop right into this post. We would love for you to be part in what we do so we encourage you to join us and let your creative side flow.
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How do I handle a Friend who is Hurting?
Understanding all that it takes to be next to that someone who is in pain.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.+ Romans 12:15
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I Drown in your Mercy // Typography
Oh Lord. Thank you for all that you have Blessed me with in my life. In my drive to do things my own way and out of my own will, I tried anything and everything I possibly could to tech my goals. I went down the darkest of paths to seek happiness but what I didn’t know what that I was only walk down the bridge leading to destruction. But you O Lord came down on me. Your mercy was so great, you held my outstretched hands as I pleaded for help. I drown in your mercy everyday of my life. Because you love me like no other. Thank You! Thank You
Bible Study | Walk the Same - 02nd October Wednesday 2013
Spiritual Gifts was the topic of focus that we went through last week and we all received fantastic insight on the various Spiritual Gifts there are and how we have the ability to make use of them in our walk with Christ. This week we are going to get into a really important topic which we feel is important to most people as many struggle to come into terms with this. The topic of this week’s focus is our Identity in Christ. Understanding our identity, or position, in Christ is the foundation for ongoing growth as a child of God. In this lesson we will investigate our biblical identity based on what Jesus has accomplished for us in His life, death, and resurrection.
The chat will take place at : http://tinychat.com/walkthesame
Date & Time : 02 October, Wednesday @ 06:30 US Central Standard Time
*We believe that people can engage and interact in study in any way possible and is not limited to a particular stream and therefore webcam is absolutely optional.
The study will take place in the form of a presentation and interactive group discussions in order to have everyone involved. We will have the podcast for our bible study session available shortly after the live session which will be available for listening/download on our site and also on our Walk the Same App. We are absolutely excited and we hope that you will join us with your Bibles for a Blessed evening. Spread the word and lets have an awesome time together as a christian family.
If you have any questions, feel free to get hold of us on our Ask or alternatively you can reach us on our email email@example.com.
With Love & Blessings,
Walk the Same team
Trust in the Lord // Handwritten Typography (Handlettering)
Are you holding back on certain decisions that you have to make in your life today? They could be some simple stuff or maybe even the major ones? Are you uncertain about the future? Are you afraid of what might hit you in the face as you turn around at the corner into the alley of life? Friends! Trust in the Lord and His goodness. He loves you and in His love for you, He will lead you out of all that uncertainty into awesome and beautiful places that you are meant to be in. I know the waves can be rough and just like Peter, we my freak out when we lose sight of Jesus and let the waves get the better of us. But that story alone should be reason alone why should trust in Christ. In His trust, Peter walked on water with Christ as His goal. But even in his failure to trust Jesus to walk him all they way through, Jesus reaches out and lifts Peter out of the water. Jesus saves and He redeems.
My prayer to you today is that you will trust in the Lord enough to take that leap into the unknown and into that mystery even though your “feet may fail”. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
It is all about becoming who you already are…
There is nothing like the feeling of seeing a person smile and the sense of pure joy in the air when you give someone a gift which they turn out to really like and appreciate. It’s not just the gift itself but the act included, that somehow feels like it has some magical powers that help turn the mood around no matter what it may be.
That’s the beauty of a gift. They help us experience joy down to our most raw, true nature and brings the best out of ourselves at that moment. And as you may already know, the best of the best gifts come from those who know and connect with us in such deep and meaningful levels. It could be a best friend. Maybe a spouse. Or someone close in your family. Either way, I think it is safe to say that gifts are one of the many types of currency out there through which the beauty of joy can be exchanged with one another.
But as with many things in life, some of us tend to lose that child-like joy as we grow older, when it comes to those moments of gift-opening.
Have you ever been one of those people where you have assessed your spiritual gifts and wondered if you could perhaps exchange it for something else? Maybe something new and much more exciting.
Fortunately (and unfortunately for those who would rather take a negative stance), Spiritual gifts do not work the same way as “earthly” gifts do. Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Ephesians 4:7-12 describe spiritual gifts as gifts which are meant to invoke joy in the receiver of those gifts similar to the experience of the joy we feel, as a child, in the process of gift-opening. The reason why we should feel joy is because these gifts given to us are intended to enable us to become our true selves as God has created us to be. Our spiritual gifts should help us serve others and in the process of doing so, we tighten our relationship with God and become more like Him- the one who Blesses us with the best gifts ever.
Which boils down to our question: How do we discover the spiritual gifts that God has blessed us with? Just to help you get somewhat of an idea, below are a couple of ways which you may like to consider.
Practice and Persevere
The practice of developing your spiritual gift isn’t as smooth as you might imagine it to be (at least on most occasions). There will be many times, in your walk with Christ, where you may fall and probably go as far as to embarrass yourself in front of others. But as I mentioned earlier, this isn’t going to be a smooth ride and if you are going to give up at the very first hint of your lack of success, you will effectively run away from your own joy.
If you are still in that position where you are confused and you feel like you have no idea what your spiritual gifts are, start off by trying to put into use what you feel you do have. Discovery of spiritual gifts comes through practice, obtaining valuable experiences and absolute.perseverance which you need to take some time to develop. With time, you will naturally start acting out on these gifts and the doubts you had before will all become a thing of the past. You will become more like your true self and you will be the kind of person that would go out there to encourage and enable others to recognize the voice of God and obey Him.
Our culture at present craves instant-everything and that is because too often we are distracted by several things going around us that we are impatient to place our focus onto a single task. The more distracted we are in nature, the less likely are we to hear the voice of God and subsequently respond to Him. We give no room for transformation in our lives, living as such.
We need to be the kind of people that take the time to ask ourselves questions that would naturally prompt us to know ourselves deeply under the many layers of our being. Remember that transformation is not something that can happen in an instant but rather it takes place by means of self discovery which involves us doing the slow work of reflection and close observation.
Prayer is essential and it is more of a spiritual discipline, that we need to cultivate as a christian, where we take the time to go through our entire day with the Lord and invite the Holy Spirit into us to help us see our day through His eyes. God is loving and He gives us what we ask of Him (when it is the right time ofcourse) because it is in His nature to do so. Therefore encourage yourself to ask Him to reveal you your spiritual gifts which would help you truly be the kind of person you are created to be.
Community and more Community
God created us all to be a people of community and God in of Himself is community. All of the spiritual gifts that we have been blessed with are meant to be practiced and cultivated in the context of community. Spiritual gifts are almost impossible to discover and adopt apart from community.
An awesome question that we can can from those who are in this spiritual journey with us is, “How can I help you experience God in your life?” The answer to this question is an absolute telling answer to the spiritual gifts that you may possess.
In 1 Corinthians 14:1, Paul says that we need to desire the gift of prophesy much eagerly. If you are confused as to what this gift is all about, the gift of prophesy is the sound of God’s voice in our lives to console, uplift and encourage or convict us. Too often we have come across those Christians who get all wriggly and uncomfortable when they hear someone has had the Lord spoken to them and then we have those Christians who feel that they would rather not share because they are freaked out at what others may think. Some of us have the tendency to perceive this gift of prophecy as something similar to the classic magic 8 ball - puzzling but a solution we turn to as a last resort.
By doing this, we limit God to a mere spectator rather than an active part of our relationships. Superficiality becomes our best friend and as a result we end up speaking in a jumble of cliches rather than turn to God provide us with words that can reach the very inner most depths of the other’s mind, body and soul.
Prophecy and other spiritual gifts are one of the main forms in which we can help others hear the word of God and have them follow Jesus. The beauty of the design that God has infused into Spiritual gifts is that we revive joy in others, joy erupts within us as well and it delights our God because His voice is spread, heard and followed.
If He really is in control, then why do I try so hard?
I can still recall the early days of my christian walk when I was still more or less a toddler trying to find my way around. I used to hear (and it is true to this day) people who were so hardcore into Jesus, say how He was in control of every area in our lives only if we are strong enough to give those areas up to Him instead of being a control freak - trying to take control of our life on our own. This made me somewhat uncomfortable on the inside because as a girl I love to be independent. I am strong willed and if there was one thing that made me comfortable, it was being the one in control. I raised up my brother on my own ever since our parents died when we were still young and years worth of experience growing up alone just hardened this part of me and I always made it a point to make sure that I stood in control of every situation that I handled because it was just me and my baby brother living this life. I had no one to rely on and I realized from a very young age that unless I stood up for myself and my brother and take control of situations, we weren’t going to go very far in this world. So you can imagine how dismayed I felt when I heard that I needed to give up all the areas of my life to God so that He can handle them instead of me. It caught me off guard there but I really wanted to see change in my life and I realized that I fell in love with God the first day I met Him. And so I said- Yes! I unloaded all the stuff that I had clinging in my life and gave it to God just like that. The mistake that I made however was that i thought it was going to be easy. I had adopted the false idea that if you follow Christ, everything else was going to be peachy.
I was so wrong. I always found myself trying too hard, more than ever, to achieve my goals and dreams. I found my self pushing to the limits trying to make things work out in my life. True! I gave all my stuff to God earlier, but in my head I thought “I have had experience with this kind of stuff and if I don’t take charge and control over this, no one will.” I found myself crying on some days. On some days I would just slam my hands on anything around because I was immensely angry and/or frustrated. I realize that even though I want to give up on these things to the Lord, I can’t. It felt like my brain was wired to wanting to be the boss of all things. This past life of mine is a testimony to a struggle that all of us Christians end up dealing with: Sometimes we fight for all that we want, sometimes what we want just drops out of nowhere into our life.
So the question that we have to answer is this: On what occasion should we fight for what we want? and When should we wait for God to come into the situation and work around it for our benefit?
The tension that can be felt in the weight of this question can be seen throughout much of the Bible. One of the first instances where I would like to point this scenario take place is the story of the tower that was being built in Babel (Genesis 11). It tells us a story of a unified civilization that was bent on achieving one goal and one purpose. They all spoke the same language, they all pool in their efforts and their one goal was to build an architectural marvel that would reach the heavens. They wanted to reach power and become famous.
Was God impressed by their one goal and unified efforts? I really do not think so because as the story goes on, we see what God does. He scatters all of them and everyone more so enters into a state of chaos. Sounds like someone stamping out an anthill that the little ants spent so much time working on, doesn’t it? Isn’t team work a good thing then? Isn’t having a goal and working hard to achieve it a good thing?
There are plenty of theories that float around the story of Babel but one thing that is for sure is the fact that ambition isn’t all too peachy as we try to paint it sometimes. It may be able to change the world and unite a whole bunch of people and so much more but there will always be a cost involved in all of this.
The legacy of Babel continues to this day in all four corners of our society. We find ourselves building towers of our own. Some of the famous towers out there are towers of influence, wealth, self-glorification, and material possession. Non of these towers are new. Infact these have been built over the ages and more and more of these towers seem to be shooting up all over the place.
In our aim to reach for the heavens with our towers, something that we fail to consider are the people around us. What I mean is that in our selfishness and greed to reach new heights, we may (unintentionally) ruthlessly make use of people around us. Nothing new considering that even the tower of Babel progressed upwards with the slaves that were made use of. What I see in all of this is that when we work towards a purpose that lacks God in the equation, even our best intentions can drive us towards our very own version of Babel - higher and higher. Something that you and I need to keep in mind, as followers of Christ, is to love those around us just as much as we love ourselves. Babels are relatively easy to build when you don’t have to worry about the people you will hurt in the process.
So if ambition and our intentions are as risky as one may not realize them to be, are we all better off waiting for God to bring and bless us with the opportunities and people into our lives? If Jesus were asked this question, He probably would have shook His head. Flip over to Matthew 25 and you will read a story that Jesus says about three workers, each of whom are given different amounts of money from their master who then proceeds to leave them on their own while he probably goes off on a much needed vacation to take a chill. The first two worker invest the money they had been given and do so successfully by doubling the amount that they were given. The third servant, on the other hand decides that he would rather play the game safe and ends up burying the money in the ground. It does not mean he is uninspired or lazy but he is probably the sort of person who felt that it would be better to keep what he had received safe rather than risking it altogether.
However he was in for a nasty surprise when his master finally returns from his trip. The master ends up being furious at him. Not the kind of reaction he was expecting at all. But why? This third servant let fear take hold of the best of him and as a result did not act out as he should have but instead let fear take over. He was waiting for the master to do all the hard work instead.
So what have we learnt so far? Too much hard work and we find ourselves utterly aimless in our super tall towers that reach the clouds and separated from all that matters to us. Too much “waiting on God” for fear and we waste and lose all of our potential by burying it down deep in the dirt.
We are a people created with purpose and direction. We are created to live each day with our feet on the ground, truly present, truly alive and risking all that we have been given to create something marvelous. Yes! We should fight, but we need to fight for something that that is worth fighting for and it should be something that will last.
God did not create us to have us waste our gifts and talents on empty ambition. God did not certainly want us to waste all that we have been blessed with over fear. All of this is not just about you and me but rather it is about all of us. A goal such as this require both our providence and hard work pairing up in perfect harmony. God does expect us to take action, but He won’t let us act alone. He will always be there with us in the journey too.
God moves and lives with us everyday because He is every much alive as when He was with the disciples. But the truth is that we need to make use of what we have been given because we are blessed with the more.
As grim (for some) or joyful (for the others) as this may sound, there will come the time for all of us when we have to give our lives back to the Lord and return to Him. This is inevitable and is the ultimatum to our earthly fate and is something that we all will have to go through no matter how ambitious or apathetic we might turn out to be. The master was here once, He left but remember that He always returns. The question therefore is - What will he discover from each of us when that time comes?
Much love and blessings to all of you this week.
Just a couple of things that you may not know about Jesus
It is certainly no lie when I say that Jesus is the most famous and impact-ful person who has ever walked on earth. If we were to make a bit of a comparison, the influence that Jesus made during this time on earth makes Beiber and Oprah a bunch of “nobodies”.
Therefore, with all that being said, I am sure you do not need any special introduction to get to know who Jesus is. However, despite our claims to know Him through and through, as of lately, I have realized that to this day, there seems to be so much misunderstanding that circles around the name and person Jesus. So just to help get your motors running, I would like to share a couple of things that you might not know about Jesus.
1. Jesus is a Demander
Most of us have this strange notion that Jesus is a pretty laid back, low maintenance person. However unfortunately for the ease of life and fortunately for our joy, this isn’t the case at all. Jesus does not ask for a on and off relationship with Him. He wants all of you always- today and in the tomorrow as well. He just doesn’t want your presence on a Sunday. He wants you everyday.
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
+ Luke 9:23
Jesus wasn’t being slack when He said what He said in the above verse. This is a call to offer our entire life to Jesus because ultimately this would lead to our joy. A life lived for Jesus cannot be compared to any other. Offer your life up to Him.
2. The red-light district was one of Jesus’s hangouts
If you look around today, you are most likely to find a murals, stained glass windows of Jesus in places of worship. Back in the day though, you would have most likely to have found Jesus hanging out in the very places that the rest of the world would have chosen to avoid.
Jesus came to search for and save those that were lost and therefore it was the lost that he pursued after. Some of the places in scripture which points to some of the places that Jesus hung out are:
Don’t be mistaken into thinking that Jesus approved of such conduct by these people he hung out with. Jesus chose to be around such people in order to lead them to joy through Him that was eternal. The nature of His mission compelled Him to be around those of lowly social status and disregard the common social norms that were practiced at the time. Jesus was so deep into bring glory to God and therefore He shared the gospel to those who the the most ready to receive it.
3. Jesus was not as mild and meek as you imagine Him to be
Culture has presented Jesus as this guy with with sleek locks of hair deserving to be in a Dove advert, all dressed up in spotless white robes and holding onto a cute looking lamb. Sounds like a commercial for a beauty product don’t you think?
However the Jesus that is presented in our culture today does not entirely fit the image of Christ as mentioned in the Bible. Jesus offered grace, forgiveness, comfort and mercy to those who felt the weight of their sin and chose to walk in repentance. Regardless in His drive to ensure that all things brought glory to God alone, Jesus did quite a few things that people at the time would consider outrageous.
Jesus was a strong and a determined person driven by strength and humility. He displayed His strength by
4. Jesus is NOT dead and Never will be
Some might consider Jesus to be a historical figure that walked our earth. If you are one of those people, then you might want to know that He isn’t just a historical figure, but more of a present figure. Jesus is alive in the the midst of us even as I write this post. Unlike some of the famous historic figures, Jesus didn’t remain dead when He was crucified and buried. Jesus defeated death and rose from the dead and in that act He showed all of us that nothing (not even the power of death) can stop the power of life that He has within which He in turn wants to share with us.
Unlike the other historical figures, there is no tomb or burial place for anyone to visit and pay respects because Jesus who is very much alive has not reason to live amongst the dead. As much as you may not realize this. Jesus is right next to where you are right now. Believe and you will see.
5. Jesus WILL judge you
Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
+ Matthew 7:1
I am sure when your eye came across the word judge, your thoughts quickly registered to the above verse in Matthew 7:1. This is in fact a popular verse which is much used in our culture today. However, sadly, this also happens to be one of the most misused verses as well. Context, when reading the Bible, is such an important factor to consider and while the first sentence of that verse is super popular, the rest of the quote which follows is most often (and conveniently) overlooked which states that each of us being hypocritical as we are, we require a greater need in self assessment.
We usually make use of this verse as a shield or a ‘get out of jail free’ card to avoid judgement being passed onto our wrongs that we may have done. Yet, while we are busy protecting ourselves from the opinions of those around us, we totally fail to remember that there is infact a true Judge that we cannot detour or shield ourselves from. There will come a day where we will have to give account for all our actions and everything that followed. To believe in Him and to walk in active repentance would give you favor over those who do not choose to believe in Christ and those who choose to actively walk in sin.
Jesus paid the price for all the “logs” and “dirt” that have lodged into our eyes and has made is possible for sinners like you and me to be reconciled with God and experience His unending grace.Jesus will judge us and that day will surely come.
My prayer for all of you is that as you walk with Christ, you will discover who He truly us and experience the amazing plan that He has made for your life.