Lina Wardan – InFocus http://teaminfocus.com.au Thu, 10 Jan 2013 02:59:47 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 12568471 Last Words http://teaminfocus.com.au/last-words/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/last-words/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:23:09 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=3606 Why is it very hard to tell your brothers and sisters what they really need to hear?

You watch them hurting themselves and others.
Then you start the ” last words” scenario in your mind and rehearse what needs to be said.
By “last words”I mean the words that a dieing person can utter .
Why are we scared to say the truth in love?
Isn’t Open rebuke better than secret love?

Is it our own sin that hinders us? We are not quick to remove the “plank” from our eyes ?

These are the thoughts going on in my mind at the moment.

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A Lost Soul http://teaminfocus.com.au/a-lost-soul/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/a-lost-soul/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 16:35:36 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=3543 hejabToday my Muslim friend is coming to visit. This is part of her last email to me :
Sister I have pure, clean intentions to show you the Truth of Islam….I have been honest with you that I am NOT open to Christianity what so ever in the sense that I have researched it and the Bible and I have already come to a conclusion and reconfirmed the Truth as I knew it .
My point of retelling you this is that we have to decide where we are going from here……….

Tony had said to me in the first meeting “If you can prove to me…this this this…..then I will become a Muslim today”………..was he serious or just joking? He looked serious and I hope he is still open to this chal! lenge………and God Willing, if your hearts are OPEN to receiving this guidance then InshaAllah ,Allah SubhanaWathala will guide you into the Light out of the Darkness that you are so deeply in.
All I can do is try……and all is upto Allah SWT.
AllahHafiz

She also attended a Sunday morning meeting with us and endured  the “blasphemes”.. The attention given by men…….

You know what ? I love her zeal and persistence in trying to win one. Dealing with her has showed me more and more that unless the Lord draws her there is no amount of preparation ,  argument or proof  I can present that can change her mind and make her open to the gospel.

May the Lord be glorified in this precious soul.

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Children http://teaminfocus.com.au/children/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/children/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2009 21:10:12 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=3430  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127)

There is nothing like children to sharpen ,mold  and teach their parents !

In the early life of your child you learn sacrifice and adaptability. What a joy to have your child fully depended on you for everything which makes these lessons enjoyable.

Then as they grow older great lessons of humility as they discover that you are a human with a fallen nature.

Yet , the hardest and most valubale lessons are the ones you learn when they mature and start making choices (wrong choices) and decisions (very bad ones) that will effect them and others around them. Again there  is that humility lesson that we don’t seem to have retained from previous years. Where have I gone wrong ? Are the Lord’s promises true concerning raising our children? Have I done my best as a parent ?

The hardest and most valuable lesson is trusting the Lord where you can do nothing! Oh, how I thought I mastered this lesson but how wrong I was!

Teach me Lord to trust you and wait patiently on you.

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Blessings http://teaminfocus.com.au/blessings/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/blessings/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2009 00:58:49 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=3325 Today I said bye to my son,my daughter in law and my grandson.

We had them for a very blessed week. The house looked like it has been hit by a bomb! A bomb of love , joy , laughter and precious moments of bonding with the addition to our family.

Thank the Lord for our families.

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Facebook http://teaminfocus.com.au/facebook/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/facebook/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 12:29:05 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=3252 facebookSince most GMTers joinned Facebook , there has been a steady decline in GMT posts. It has become easier to communicate with a larger number of contacts and acquaintances and who wants to duplicate their posts ??
Do not get me wrong , I like Facebook especially as we have family over seas and FB seems to keep us connected.

Yet , there is a very sad part to FB. You read “christian” posts and comments , and I mean Christians that you taught in Sunday School , Christians that are “faithful” in attending church meetings , that do not have the Lord on their minds. Not to forget mentioning the poses in photos that are taken….

Do right till the stars fall

Do right till the last call

Do right though no one else will stand by you

Do right when you are alone

Do right though its never known

Do right since you love the Lord

Do right (Ron Hamilton?)

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Prayer http://teaminfocus.com.au/prayer/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/prayer/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2009 19:05:59 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=3214  For the last few weeks , our pastor has been taking us through prayer in the Old testament during our mid week meetings.images[3]

These are some of the things that I learned:

1-Moses’ tireless intercessory prayers were a dialogue not a monologue.

2-Willful prayer is getting our own way in prayer as a judgement from God . We saw that in the life of Balaam .

3-Grief and prayer are , or should be , profoundly linked .Grief that does not find its way to God in prayer cannot be addressed and healed .


Yes, this we learned from the prayer life of Job as well as
” I would not suggest that believers aught to “model” their grief after the pattern of Job or anyone else .I would insist , however , that when believers find themselves grieving like Job , they are in good and godly company.

Grief is a highly individual thing . It differs just as persons differ-in temperament , experience , dependency , spiritual condition. For some there comes instantly a peace and a reigning calm. For others this peace is hard-won. Before calm may be emotional collapse, a response perfectly natural and not to be condemned. Whichever occurs, God Has a way of making Himself especially read to us in our times of acute emotional need (Ron Horton; see Mood Tides).

 

Last year Lily showed a lack of desire in praying her night time prayers. After some probing this was her answer :

” What if He says no “!

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Julia http://teaminfocus.com.au/julia/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/julia/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:20:55 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=3035 coffeeMy neighbour Julia is a Lebanese widow in her seventies who speaks very little English. When we moved to her neighbourhood , eight years ago, she was kind and friendly but from a distance. You need to understand that she was purposely distant with me after she knew that I was Baptist. I visited her few times but she never returned the visits. On the other hand she visits and asks favors of my Tongan neighbour who doesn’t know any Arabic! Mind you few times she stood next to my mail box and called to me (more like shouted, so that I can hear her from inside) to ask me something!

The big day happened this week! As usual she called me while standing next to the mail box and said that she would like to have coffee with me if my Tongan neighbor would come too (I think to use her as a shield). And so, it was that my dear lovely Lebanese  devoted Catholic neighbour crossed a humongous stumbling stone and entered into my house. The house of a Baptist! The three of us had a very lovely time with me translating for both of them.

A very wise and experienced missionary once advised Tony and me about  the effective way to witness to  Lebanese . The rule was do not open the conversation concerning spiritual matters with them(especially those you will have contact with often) but rather wait until they ask you. You see, generaly ,in our Lebanese culture we are very inquisitive , do not know what privacy means and are very outspoken.

I thank the Lord for giving me grace in her eyes and I pray that He will lead her to Him.

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Submission! http://teaminfocus.com.au/submission/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/submission/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2009 21:10:20 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=3108  

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The Ladies’ home meeting was going to be at one of the ladies in church that lived the furthest . Tony was driving the van and we set up very early to collect the eight ladies that were going with us. We arrived 15 minutes early for our first pick up. The lady was not at the window of her third floor apartment building where she usually waits. With no mobile phone, Tony asked me to go upstairs and get her. So, of I went the three sets of stairs and knocked at her door. No one answered. I knocked again, and again no one opened. I waited some more and knocked some more (as discreet as you can be without waking the whole building), still no one. Down the three sets of stairs and back to the van to tell Tony that there was no one home.
Would you believe what Tony asked me as I settled in the van ready for our next pick up? He said: “Go up again and knock at the door of her next door neighbor and ask about her.” I tried to appeal to him, because I thought it was not a wise idea. He insisted and reminded me that we need to hurry! Well, up I went again. Thoughts were going in my mind that convinced me that disobeying my husband this time was alright. After all, he could have gone upstairs and made a fool of himself and embarrassed himself by knocking at some strangers’ apartment to ask about their neighbor! So I DIDN”T knock at the neighbors’ door but instead knocked again at the same door. Sure no one answered the door. Again I settled in the van and told Tony, “No one answered”. He took my answer, with faith that I did what he asked me to do, and I didn’t want to upset him by sharing my short coming. The meeting went very well and I arrived home in the afternoon to receive a call from the dear lady that lived on a third floor to tell me that she was waiting for us at the next door neighbors’ apartment !

I learned a valuable lesson that day.
I do not have to agree with my husband in order to submit.
It doesn’t have to make sense either; As long as it doesn’t violate God’s Word.

Now I know that it is much easier to know the will of God as a woman than a man. All I have to do is ask my husband for what I think I want to do and his answer would be God’s will for me. Should I visit someone today? Should I take on more ministries?

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Cain and Esau http://teaminfocus.com.au/cain-and-esau/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/cain-and-esau/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2009 20:28:22 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=3037 How sad is it when we identify more with the enemies of God then those that are in His family?
How many times have we heard the phrase (and maybe said it too), “He/she is better than many Christians I know.”

When I first read in the old testament about how Cain’s offering was rejected, I was indignant! This is not fair! I would have chosen his sacrifice over a blood sacrifice!

Here comes Esau whose brother stole his blessing, and what does he do?
“But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” I like to see such unconditional forgiveness!

It seems that often we behave like the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son. What are we showing?

PRIDE

Yes, pride because we think we can please God in our own efforts. Pride because we think we are more righteous than our Lord. Pride because we think we are better than our sisters and brothers.images1

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GYM http://teaminfocus.com.au/gym/ http://teaminfocus.com.au/gym/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2009 20:42:01 +0000 http://teaminfocus.com.au/?p=2933 4201_80179338740_533533740_1886145_6620028_n1We were going through intense trials for a while and then I started feeling some physical symptoms that concerned me so I went to see the doctor…..and then another one.

The two doctor’s diagnosis was that I have DEPRESSION!!

Both prescribed antidepressants. One of them (the female doctor?) suggested that I go to the Gym via the internet, at my own comfort in my own home! MoodGym http://moodgym.anu.edu.au
It is a website where you exercise your thought life and eliminate any warped thinking. I found it to be very interesting.
One important fact they keep on stressing is that what you think will determine what you feel!
Below is an excerpt:
Why do you feel the way you do
Let’s start with why you might feel bad.
According to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, people feel emotionally bad for three reasons:
• They have a negative view of themselves as people;
• They interpret experiences in a negative and biased way; and
• They have a negative view of the future – they expect everything to continue the way it is.
If this is true, this might also mean that happy people feel happy for the following reasons:
• They have a positive view of themselves as people;
• They interpret experiences in a positive and unbiased (or even positively biased) way; and
• They have a positive view of the future; they expect everything to continue the way it is.

Isn’t it wonderful that we have an older, most accurate, most dependable MoodGym in His Word?

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Would going to the regular Gym protect you from sickness?
Would thinking right and trusting the Lord protect you from getting hurt emotionally?
For the record I am not taking the antidepressants and I thank the Lord that my physical symptoms are gone as well.

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