Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PEACE

Peace comes after sorrow,
hope deferred, defeated,
surrendered, unfulfilled;
peace gazes at the tempest
now so calm and still,
peace of conflicts
fought and won,
bitterly endured,
under the sun;
peace in sacrifice,
subdued and free;
peace that triumphs
in Gethsemane.

© Miriam Jacob

DEEPEST TRIAL

In times of deepest trial,
people who suffer most
speak right words of truth,
give wise comfort and counsel,
as they pay a huge cost to bind up
aching wounds and bitter heartache.

They suffer more than most,
to see the glowing lamp of life
extinguished in a blaze of glory,
their cup of joy snatched away
at the pinnacle of happiness.

Suffering is very hard to bear
but it makes us nobler and
equips us to help others.
Wrest out of suffering
all you can to help others,
as God wills it of you.

© Miriam Jacob

A SWEET SONG

A sweet song
wafts into the air
like a tender prayer.

Where is the singer
Of this soulful song,
sorely wounded,
by a cruel thorn?

A soul in serene sadness,
its wings painfully clipped,
sings of love, hope and joy
to comfort the hearts
of a weeping world;

A stricken soul sings of a 
life of sweetness and pain,
its heart pierced by a thorn.

The Healer’s grace is sufficient
for a heart pierced with pain.
like the bird singing so sweetly,
its heart bled by a thorn.

© Miriam Jacob

Thursday, December 4, 2014

HARPS OF GOLD


HARPS OF GOLD

The sound of music
fills the air,
as gentle winds
strum softly
on the strings
of harps of gold.

Words golden in tone
can be heard
sounding clear
as the music swells
and crashes around,
sweeping on and on,
in a wealth of song,
reverberating awesomely
through the hall
in a crescendo of happiness.

It is eternal sunshine
in the soul.
Come, buoyant heart,
let us storm
the gates of heaven.

© Miriam Jacob

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A FRIEND IN THE STORM

In her book "A Friend in the Storm", Cheryl Ricker delves deep into the dregs of human suffering, calming the aching hearts of people facing the most dire and distressing circumstances, leading them patiently, step-by-step through their sufferings into the ever-waiting arms of a faithful and compassionate God, with soothing words of poetic truth.

© Miriam Jacob

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CHRISTIAN GIVING

God wants us to give to help His people for the glory of God. Our giving is to God and He rewards us. We give to the Lord to honor Him in gratitude. We rejoice in His approval of our giving. Christian giving is an act of worship. When we give to God, we worship Him in His Word. Christ’s sacrifice is our standard to give. He gave His all for us. The least we can do for Him is to help others. Give to others in the light of the Lord’s sacrifice. Do whatever you can, be it little or much. Give to others as God gives to you.


"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it" - (Malachi 3:10). God gives to us and we give to the Lord. “He who sows sparingly reaps sparingly, and he who sows bountifully reaps bountifully” - (2 Corinthians 9:6). When you help others, God will help you. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full - pressed down, shaken together, to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give is the amount you get back" - (Luke 6:38).

God requires us to give to others with a grateful heart, mindful of what God does for us. Wealth is a good thing only if it is freely shared. Sacrificial giving is an integral part of Christian stewardship. The law of Christian giving states that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Are you happier to give than to get? Does giving give you happiness? You will take nothing out of it when you die. Where your treasure is, there your heart is also. Does your heart belong to a world that is doomed? If you love money, can you love God? You cannot serve God and money. Either one or the other. Definitely not both.

We are to store up treasures in heaven, where it will not be lost. Heaven is our only trusted bank and God is our honest banker. Our hearts belong to heaven where Christ is and where our true home is. Our money belongs to God and He can take it away at any time. When we give, we  acknowledge His rightful claim as Ruler and Owner of all we have. To not give is to reject His divine Authority, Lordship and Kingship in our lives.

© Miriam Jacob

Monday, August 4, 2014

CHRISTIAN MENTOR

Christian mentors are trusted counselors who give Biblical training on how to live a successful Christian life to their protégés. Christ leads and we follow. The mentor is the role model who leads the protégés to follow and emulate. Christian mentoring submits to the leadership of Christ in a mutual role of sharing and trust with the protégésThe mentor is a trusted confidante who relies on the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight to impart spiritual truths to the protégé. Mentors train disciples to transmit the faith to others. Mentors are committed to follow Christ and live up to their calling. Christian mentors equip others to mentor.

Mentors train protégés to worship Christ and lead good Christian lives. They offer wholehearted guidance and support in mutual love and obedience. This takes a lot of clear-sighted vision and understanding of the Bible. The mentor trains potential leaders, who in their turn, mentor and train others to become leaders. The extraordinary skills and unique abilities of a mentor sets him apart to be an obedient child of God, with selfless dedication and unquestioning obedience to God's call. Protégés are taught to live for Christ. The Christian mentor is a force for the Kingdom to be reckoned with. It is a giant leap of faith.

You, as the Christian mentor, give your protégés spiritual support to become good disciples, help them to grow and mature in faith, realigning their beliefs and behavioral patterns to enable their character to line up with their call. You use your gifts and talents to have a contented life, filled with His Spirit. When serious setbacks and tiresome troubles come into your life, you deal with them fearlessly and learn precious lessons from them. You will be a mentor to someone, as a shining beacon of God's divine light. 

To be a good Christian mentor, keep your faith in Christ. Christianity requires a level of faith that is costly. It needs our untiring and selfless obedience. Our faith protects us from what we fear most. It inspires us to do our very best in Christ. As a mentor, you will teach and inspire others. You are a role model, growing in the Lord. You obey His Word. God uses you to impart spiritual learning to others. Being a mentor to your protégé is a relationship and a process. It is about God's love pouring His precepts into us. Be a caring, supportive mentor for Christ.

© Miriam Jacob

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