"For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:37 NIV Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour: Welcome all 🙂 Apologies, It is a late one today. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
First Monday in May.
To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under the Heavens.
The Vault: Today I want to be outside the vault, I love stories. To hear stories and absorb them requires listening:
Yesterday I spent the whole day outside my house. Walking with a friend and ending in the Ecology Park: This park always amazes me, and if you are ever in bermondsey walk in this park and see the greens even for a city it looks amazing.
Not sure about you, this year seems to be going fast. I have this tradition in me that I give thanks for the month ahead because I am walking by faith and every obstacle that may come my way I give to the Lord. Cast all my cares and burdens to Him
This is one of my favourite verses and there is something about reading it with a new set of eyes and seeing it in a different light.
"Matthew 6:25-34- DO NOT WORRY" Familiarity is a curse in my opinion when it comes to scriptures, hear me out. The reasons is We lose the meaning behind the message. We glance over words It does not touch the heart anymore It stops in the mind The doors are shut It bounces like a ball in our hand as we play with it mindless The Bible The Words spoken Are God words So take it seriously
Do we listen to the words?
So reflecting on the words in Luke 1:26-38 and looking at the reaction of Mary (Mother of Jesus) as she listens to what the angel says, she ponders it in her heart and in response to her listening skills comes questions. Questions comes answers
Listen equals reflection and then the right questions to get the right answers.
One of the reasons why we don’t listen well is that we tend not to apply all of our brain power and heart to the exercise. Listening is an exercise and must be done daily to optimise its skills, or see the growth of it.
Most of the time, half or three-quarters of our brain could very well be doing something else while we are reading or listening to someone speak.
In the content of listening to the bible: there will be other things going on in the same space. Maybe there are people walking about Maybe your phone lights up, telling you that you have received a text Maybe there’s music in the room Maybe there’s television in the background Meanwhile you thinking of the to-do list The next meeting What am I going to say to my friend or family when I see them in the next hour What will I have for breakfast or lunch or dinner Do everything you can to tune all of this out And be completely present Studying the word in the right conditions will likely improve your focus. And both in preparation for the study When studying in a group: I find out that note taking is best when listening
Notes allow you to organise and process information in a way that makes it most likely that you can us this information afterward.
But don’t fall into the temptation of concentrating on the note taking that you forget listening to the words. But make sure you are really listening. Guess what you are not a secretary, you not around as someone who is receiving information for later use. Therefore it is very important to hear what others are saying:
Take notes of what is emphasised Make sure you understand what the points the speaker is making and if opportunity arises ask questions. After notes taking, ensure you review the notes immediately It helps you retain the information much more effectively than if you don't read the notes for days As an extra bonus You will be able to supplement your notes with anything you might have missed while taking the notes because the information will still be fresh in your mind.
Remember God loves you and nothing we do surprises Him. He requires our attention and obedience and that is listening. Not a massive lists of things to do but “Let it be to me according to Your word”
My soul will magnify the Lord And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour I will rejoice in Your Salvation No one is Holy like the Lord For there is none like You Nor is there any rock like our God
Thank you again for stopping by it means a lot to me. Pray you have a wonderful week 🙂 We cannot control what happens around us, but we can control our responses. Be bless and know that the Lord loves you ©Hannah M Vandi. And I also pray that this verse refreshes you this week: 'However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. ' Acts 20:24 NIV