March 01, 2014

#57 Stella Schiavo

Today we were blessed by the presence of our special guest, Stella Schiavo who is a very loved artist on SoundCloud.
Stella, and her family, welcomed us into their home in Brazil to talk with us about one of her newest songs that was inspired by a conversation she had with her daughter.  So many thoughts about life, the here and now, the future and the life to come were discussed in our talk today.  With a very bright mind and many artistic talents, Stella expresses her love and joy and thoughts on life in a style that perfectly fits her beautiful voice.  As one of our favorite artists on SoundCloud we were really pleased to talk with Stella today and her song she entitled, “In a Lifetime.”

Interview 18/01/2014 –  Stella Schiavo "In A Lifetime" 
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Lead Scripture:
Ecclesiastes 6:12
12 For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life? He will spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
God knows what is good for us…if we will only listen.


Why can’t you see? 
Life is what it is
So blind, open your eyes 
…sand in the hourglass

Hold me fearlessly
Hold on to the air in your chest

We all are looking for answers
Although we know they will never come
The most hidden of secrets,
It’s everywhere for those who know … how to switch off

If you ask me 
Who am I? 
I will tell you without questioning, why?

I am the here
The now, the breeze,
The bird, the fly, 
The sun, the sky,
The fire that dies, the newborn’s cry
We are the blink of an eye.

If you ask me 
What I want, 
I will show you if you are brave enough

The love, the lust
The doubt, the trust
The war, the peace
The light, the mist
The bitter and the pie
The sweet, the lime

A moment in a lifetime…
This moment in a lifetime

MONU notes:

Blindness: the things, which stops us to see the reality around us, things sometimes cover our eyes and make us blind. Example: Love of money, self obsession, and worldly attention. These things, keeps us so busy that we miss on basic lil things which are worth on long run of this life. We must enjoy and cherish the blessed moments we have in present time and make use of it to spread the love of God through us.
What can make us see? How can we remove these layers of pride, love for money, self centeredness from our eyes? Below is one reference from bible where we see how Jesus removes the layer so the blind could see. The only thing we have to do is to ask Jesus and believe in Him, and He will wash all dirt layers from our life so we can see.

Matthew 9:27-30
After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
28  They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”
29Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30  And suddenly they could see!
Answers: because we live in this blindness, we look for many answers which are always around us. And as it says in the song, it is everywhere for those who know. Why make things more complicated when we can simply ask. 

Genesis 2:7
And the LORD God formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person.
How beautiful that is. We have God’s breath which makes us alive and experience the lifetime we have. We can make use of it in every breath we take, in loving one another and living the moment of this lifetime by praising the creation of God around us.
A lifetime is no joke.. its a precious gift given by our living God.. He breathed life in us. And this is not to be wasted in blindness of things which will vanish. Love is eternal and that’s what we must share and spread in out life time…

John 12:24
Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who despise their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
This world offers many great things which may cause distraction from family, friends, and important things which are part of the real life. Better to take the worldly things wisely and get lost in it going away from eternal life. Jesus came to show us the real life, which doesn’t have pride, hate, war and lie; but truth, love, peace and promise.

Carolyn Notes  – 

On blindness:

Isaiah 42:18-19
18 Hear, you deaf!
And look, you blind, that you may see.
19 Who is blind but My servant,
Or so deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me,
Or so blind as the servant of the LORD?
From my eyes, it seems there are 2 different types of “blind” mentioned in this scripture.  There are those who have blinded their eyes on purpose to not see the truth in God.  Then there is the Lord Jesus who is the mentioned servant and messenger.  He turned his eyes to God the Father and therefore choose to be blind to the things, desires of the world.

Isaiah 53:7
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
This scripture is also talking about Jesus.  Not only did he “blind” his eyes to the desires of the flesh and the world, he also was quiet and did not open his mouth when he was persecuted and crucified.

II Corinthians 4:4
4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
The “god” of this world as mentioned in scripture is the devil and he works hard to blind the eyes of people from seeing the truth.

Revelation 3:17
17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
There are many around us in this world who do not realize the terrible shape they are in…

On Time:

Ecclesiastes 9:12
12 Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.
None of us know the day or the hour when it will be our time to leave this earth.  It is best to know where we are going so as not to be terrified of death.

Mark 13:32-33
32 But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
33 “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time [a]will come.
Neither do we know when the return of Jesus will be to this earth.  Take heed we are on His side!

Ecclesiastes 6:12
12 For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life? He will spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
God knows what is good for us…if we will only listen.

On Looking for Answers:

Psalm 22:1
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
Why are You so far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
Even Jesus and King David cried out to God looking for answers in times of distress.

On Secrets:

Job 15:8
8 Have you heard the secret of God?  And do you retain wisdom for yourself?

Psalm 19:1
1 The heaven’s declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
Everything in creation shows evidence of God.  He loves for us to explore and discover and try to find out more about Him!  But there is wisdom and knowledge beyond our human comprehension!  Only God has all the answers!  He IS The Answer!

On Turning off our Ears:

Psalm 58:4
4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stops up her ear.
We all turn off our ears sometimes and choose to ignore different things, but when we completely turn off our ears to God and His Spirit calling us then that is like the poison of a serpent.
Exodus 3:14
14 And God said to Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.”
God is the Great I AM!

I Kings 19:11-13
11 So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing (a still small voice).13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
We look so much for meaning and purpose in so many activities in life.  We look for God in the big things but He is here, the still small voice.  Slow down and listen.  God is talking to you.  <3

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