Beauty From Ashes – Elina Yohannan

My hands were tired, I didn’t think I could lift them up to You anymore

The numbness of my heart wouldn’t let me feel Your love like I used to

Honestly, I was just so done trying and failing — EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

It felt as though I was sinking in my helplessness

Not knowing what to do to get out of it

Did I feel like my soul could find rest? No

Raising a cry for help? Didn’t think much could come out of it either

Hoping for hope? I was starting to believe it was a joke

Forget my future, my present looked blurry I didn’t even realize when this wave of devastation came crashing down on me

The weight of brokenness and frustration had taken over

Pointless pain seemed like the only real thing in my life

But then I heard You say, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, 

yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.”

And then You said, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name; you are mine. 

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression,

you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

Wrestling with my thoughts and trying to make sense 

of how You just wouldn’t agree to give up on me, I was back at Your feet

I did not know where else to go

I thought maybe I’d find peace everlasting in You

Maybe You could turn this nightmare into something beautiful

Just maybe…

I remember asking if You could do something

As my heart secretly wished for a miracle

And my eyes fought hard to keep that ray of hope

You simply answered, “Be still and know that I am God.”

And that was all I needed… 

Knowing, trusting and living it has made all the difference.

Breaking chains, diving in – Evangeline Augustine

Breaking chains, diving in.

Is God for real, yes He is. I see Him in my situations, people and in a fading world.

Do you see a dying person and see any hope?

Do you see rays of hope in a person stuck in darkness?

Souls awaiting love, immersed in love itself?

Possibilities in the extremities?

Is it what we say by tongue but not really accept in heart?

Say ‘God’ and still fighting within if He’s really reachable?

Say ‘Hope’ and not seeing it within?

– [ ] Compromising and living life without life?

I pushed my barriers. I’ve intentionally, desperately, stubbornly waited for my impossibilities changed.

I wanted to see hope for real, love for real, healing for real and life for real. And, I’ve seen God. He’s, He is for real.

Do you see any hope? Well, you know you should until the one who created Hope turns in.

Love beyond measure, sacrifice out of purity, hope for a dead soul, breath in to dust. Is that God or your mere imagination?

Testing your being, pondering the wonder in you and knowing that God is for real, not on your day of death but when you’re wide awake in your problems.

Suffering, disappointments, pain, guilt, burden. What do these waves direct you to. What do they drift you to? Well think, stretch it a bit. They all point you to the very beginning of waters, which whether you believe or no has a beginning of the flow.

The biggest of oceans, the tallest of mountains, the deepest of valleys and the greatest of a built Human form. They all had or have a beginning.

When you want to give up, just remember, you were an infant. A seed of chromosome, formless to being formed in your mothers womb and stepping out to the world. There was a beginning.

It’s not you, it’s not magic, not luck and not fortune.

A pure miracle, a wonder and just say GOD.

Hope again, live again, live again. Why? Remember, every wave hits back to the beginning.

In the deepest of the mere impossibilities and losing hope that you see around. Remember, remind yourself, time and again, how your journey began from a seed of your mom and dad to what you are.

You are an embodiment of Love. You are a value. You are a treasure that fitted into Heavens full intention. You are God’s creation. You are coz He intended you to be. You just cannot do anything about it except, “Breaking Chains within you.”

Thoughts and words – Evangeline Augustine.

Human Race – Meghna Chinaiah

How you use your creativity to celebrate God and life? _To me creativity is nothing but a part of Him, that comes from Him as we are made in His own image. _

Hi! I’m @meghnachinaiah a dentist by profession and a photographer by passion. Photography is nothing but freezing a moment, but to me it’s about detail and it’s all about light! I’m extremely fascinated by light and how it evokes thousands of emotions in our heart. Bless the day when God said LET THERE BE LIGHT! Started chasing the light in my day to day life with a passion to celebrate the creator, which always left me with an awe of His creation. I find beauty in everyday objects. I feel more alive and more grateful when I photograph. As HE designed my eye (talent) in a unique fashion, I hold myself accountable as the man whom the master blessed with one coin and what am I doing with it? Hence, made it a priority to use this to celebrate him and glorify him by being faithful in the little. It’s all out of a sole purpose to improve the craftsmanship and owing it alone to the audience of one. When blessed with the luxury of things like a good camera, phone or a gadget, wanted to use them as TOOLS & not as TOYS, to glorify him with every little thing he blessed me with. So, using social media as platform reaching out to people I’m running two Instagram pages, one focusing on photography and one which I very recently started on health and well being. The purpose comes from him! It’s just growing with him to glorify him. This is my kind of Worship.

Human Race – Joanna Kamthan

When I was 6 years old, I began to realise that I was different from most children. I was significantly shorter than most of them. I am a specially-abled lady, born with a condition called Achondroplasia (commonly known as Dwarfism). My childhood was marked with incidents of children in the neighborhood and other public places, teasing me and calling me names. Since then, being noticed by children was one of my biggest fears. Few people had told me that circuses, movies, comedy shows, etc were the most suitable jobs for Little People like me.

But unlike what I was told by them, God had a different plan for me. He blessed me with talents of singing and playing musical instruments like the piano and mouth organ. He helped me to complete Music Grades upto Grade 7 in Piano from Trinity Guildhall of Music, London and score a Distinction both in Grade 5 Music Theory and in Grade 3 Singing from ABRSM, London.

I could never imagine myself as a teacher. I was told by a few people that this job wouldn’t be suitable for me, because I would be mocked at, by children. But after having worked in an MNC for 3 years, God did something amazing. He opened up a way for me to overcome my fear and become a teacher.

Standing at 3’7″ inches TALL, I’m now a Music Teacher in a reputed school in Hyderabad.

It’s been 2 years now that I’m in the teaching profession and God has been helping me face my Goliath- CHILDREN.

My experience as a teacher has been both challenging and rewarding. It got better only when I learnt to face these children with confidence, patience and more than anything, wisdom from God.

Till 2017, I used to run away or hide myself from the sight of children. But now, as I become more courageous day by day, this weakness is on the path to becoming one of my biggest strengths. That too with a huge smile.

When I look back now, I’m grateful to God that the fear that gripped me for 20 long years, has now been overcome in His name. God enabled me to come out of my shell that few people’s talk had put me into.

I am confident of this, that He who began this good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.