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Over a particularly fast-paced phase of my life, for my boys and me every facet was remarkably intense.

How I remember my boys and me on most school/work day mornings.

I gave my life to Jesus at the peak of that tiger-woman, super-ambitious, take-no-prisoners season. I did so realizing I would have to read the Bible and learn everything to know about God. I had no idea when I’d find time, but I believed I could do it. I had no idea I could actually know Him.

I remember doing my best to make a place for prayer wherever I happened to be. At first whenever all my wheels completely stopped moving, I’d close my eyes and focus my thoughts on Jesus for whatever moments we could steal – traffic signals, school pick-up zones… That worked for me.

Until it didn’t.

Jobs, kids, and more responsibilities than one working, single…

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Why does it happen ..

That when I connect with someone new on social media platform, the person   starts sending me  posts or videos they did not create ? No one asks me if I want to be sent those posts.

I am usually not a Whatsapp or Viber person but recently I connected with a classmate of mine through Whatsapp. The second day I started receiving videos. I want to talk to that person or read what she writes and not watch some video that has been shared a 100,000 times or liked double that number ?

And again, it has happened to me that information about what I am up to is sent to others on the platform without my permission.

Has this happened to you ?

#JusJoJan 2018- January 22- LIBERTY


As reply to this prompt, from Just Jot It January by Linda G Hill.

The first thought was visions of what might have happened during the French Revolution and the fight of the French for Liberte, Egalite, and Fraternite. The novel

” A tale of two cities” gives quite a graphic account of this fight and I can see Madame Lefarge knitting away and watching the city of Paris burning. Do I believe in Liberty?

Of course, I do but perhaps not of the type that is obtained by the curtailing of another person’s liberty. America is considered the land of Liberty and the land of the Free. The Pilgrims first came there, to be able to practice their religion and establish a land with the liberty to do their own thing. To a large extent, it is still a land where one can do one’s own thing and where one has the liberty to become quite successful at doing one’s own thing.

The Statue of Liberty at the confluence of the river and the huge seas again raises up pictures of the symbolism of liberty it brought to migrating people from all over the world. Many of those people worked hard to make America the land it is now and brought with them cultures and traditions from their native lands. They came to America, maybe to escape persecution or to get a better future for themselves. They took great risks for liberty. Many of them gave up their old lives, for the sake of liberty. Does liberty mean changing oneself so completely that one is un-identifiable from one’s old self ?

These thoughts lead me to the words of Jesus and what he means to us. Doesn’t he preach liberty of a sort ? Belief in him and following his teachings in our lives should be liberating in that we should not be care worn any more. Liberty to me, is being free of care too. If someone else was willingly offering to carry our loads, be it a new country or a human or God himself, wouldn’t all of us aspire to reach there ?

I think Liberty is a goal every human being strives to reach. He may not see it as such or call it thus but I call the human life itself a reach for higher things, for Liberty.

What do you think ?

The rules for the prompt can be found here.

JustJotit January Day 21 : Silence


I love silence. At home, it seems most of the times, my house is silent. The cat does not speak except when he is hungry, when he lets us know or when he needs the door opened. Otherwise, the house is silent.

Silence gives me time to think and think more. There is fun in thinking.

About six months back, I went home to help my parents during my mother’s surgery. I am a noisy person, though I like silence. I talk and sometimes I am the only one that talks at my home; it seems like at my parental home too, I am the person who makes the most noise other than my niece of course. My father had to go out for something one day and when he came back, he asked my mum, why is there a silence at home? My elder daughter was there too and she heard him say this. She laughed at this and told me later that even grandpa thinks I am the noisy one at home. It is strange that silence is often experienced when there is the absence of noise.

At night, the computer and WhatsApp give us the bleeps that again break the silence of the night and nights are supposed to be silent, right?

Today is Day 21 of #jusjojan and the prompt is Silence.  The prompt comes from Willow who blogs at willowdot21. 

Rules and prompts can be found here.






2018 Outdo yourself Reading Challenge

This challenge is posed by Everydaygyaan.com. 

  1. How many books did you read in 2017 ? What’s your target for 2018 ?
  2. 2018 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge  : If your goal for 2018 is to read more, then this reading challenge is for you !
  3. Reading Challenge Details : This Challenge runs January 1, 2018 -December 31, 2018. ( Books read prior to 1/1/2018 do not count toward the challenge)
  4. You can join anytime from now. Sign up now in the link at the bottom of Corinne’s post.
  5.  The goal : to read more books in 2018 than you did in 2017. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  6. Format : Books can be in any format( print, e-book, audio)
  7. Genre : Books can be in any genre( fiction, non-fiction, romance, mystery…)
  8. Novellas : Those that are 100 pages in length or a few less or more as well as full-length novels will count towards this challenge.
  9. Re-reads and cross-overs from other challenges : Allowed.
  10. Visit Corinne’s site to know more


For days, even weeks, I have been feeling tired. Extreme fatigue. I get to bed about 9 every evening, am not on electronic devices, there is nothing much worrying me- anyway nothing more than normal and I had no physical illness, that I knew of. The only thing I could find about myself was that I was not walking enough but I couldn’t find the energy to do it. January 13 was my TOEFL exam and after my GRE ( which I prepared for in 2 days), I had resolved to put in at least one month of study for this exam. Christmas came in between of course, but give and take a few days, I should have managed to put in a good amount of study time. No. It didn’t happen.

Most days, I dragged myself out of my sofa-bed and when I did, my eyes wouldn’t stay open. If I went back to bed, for a few more moments of shut-eye, I couldn’t get back to sleep and even if I did, I woke up same as before. There was nothing new in my diet except a Trader Joe’s Matcha Green tea that I drank every morning. All systems seemed working normally. I couldn’t pinpoint what was wrong or where it was going wrong.

I could study only on January 12- revise all the books I had borrowed with good resolutions more than a month back- the fatigue had driven me off my study time. I had almost no motivation and I knew I was not depressed.  The exam passed off well, by God’s grace.

Yesterday was the first working day after the exam. I resolved to do something about my illness if it could be called that. One of my other symptoms was the pain or feeling of pain behind my eyes. This suggested viral myalgia to me. Yesterday at work, it struck me that the extreme fatigue might be because of pregnancy. Could I get pregnant at 48 ? There have been stranger cases and I hadn’t had my monthlies for two months now, come to think of it. And husband had reminded me of this just the day before.

At work yesterday, I decided to do a pregnancy test. Luckily for me, there is a pharmacy at the Students center so, I managed to get a kit. I had had pregnancy tests done before but others used to do it for me. This was my first experience of doing it on my own. Good news, I am not pregnant. So that was ruled out. It must be menopause.

Second, I decided to start myself on an antibiotic and see if that helped. Three doses later, I am better. My fatigue has almost completely disappeared. I haven’t had a flu vaccine this year. Probably I am harboring some germ inside that is not manifesting itself in an extreme way but the fatigue.


God is present everywhere- Oliver Holden

Those who seek the throne of grace

Find that throne in every place;

If we live a life of prayer, 

God is present everywhere.
In our sickness and our health, 

In our want, or in our wealth, 

If we look to God in prayer, 

God is present everywhere.
When our earthly comforts fail, 

When the woes of life prevail, 

'Tis the time for earnest prayer; 

God is present everywhere.
Then, my soul, in every strait, 

To thy Father come, and wait; 

He will answer every prayer:

God is present everywhere.