Adjust my gaze

'So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, 
“Why don’t your disciples follow our age-old tradition? 
They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony.”'

Mark 7:5 NLT
Burgress Park-Southwark Park. London
As I ponder on the words of Jesus:

The people honour Me with lips 
But their hearts is far from Me
And in vain they worship Me
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men

Why oh why do we like imaginary boxes 
The Lord our God is vast and beyond our comprehension 
The Lord creates and can not be contain in a box 

Yes to Jesus 
Yes to Him alone - 

I have come to understand that saying Yes is 
Saying no to the things that pleases my flesh
And constantly adjusting my eyes that wanders around 

As I continue to  ponder to myself
Is the old life completely gone? 
Not a chance, it creeps in slowly 

Life is accustomed to and feel good moments
Life likes familiarity 

Yes to Jesus 
Means not walking alone 
Is it easy? Of course NOT

See this week, 
we have showers of blessings in London
No surprise, It is always raining

Boy was I glad, 
I didn’t have to water my potted plants
So on Thursday no rain, 

Well I checked up on my plants, 
the leaves are out wow
You will not believe it
 
I see something I did not plant 
Oh dear this is not good
 
Weeds - I saw weeds 
My eyes widely open - 

with questions 
How did you get in here?
What does it mean? 

So these weeds are sprouting 
from the gaps between the stones
In life as I ponder, I have gaps too
 
Days when I just want to look inwardly 
Days when I don’t anything but me 

These are the days the gaps are created  
And these gaps makes me lose focus

They bring  doubts and fears 
They make me look with the wrong lens on 
They make me think everyone is against me

As I ponder on what to do
I saw Him and all He wants is to be with me

He is part of my life
Not only when I want Him to be 
He should be with me all the time

Life is not easy, 
the weeds will sprout 
when we are flourishing

When water is good and 
I am soaked in His word 
When I am vulnerable 

It is easy to be distracted 
Watch and pray 
Be alert always 

Yes I decided not to pull all the weeds out
Well I also wanted to see what they will be like 
when the time is right 

I can distinguish them and pull them out
Very exciting news
 
For now they stay
I read up that some can be a good flower 
Who knows, we will see

So looking at the weeds 
In the quietness 

In my own craziness 
I look at the sky 
The sky proclaim the work of His hands

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God
Make my eyes sparkle again
Lest my eyes wonder and fall into the trap of death

So I went for a walk - to burgess park 
It is a very big park, looking at the green trees and just enjoying nature 

I trust in Your unfailing love 
My heart rejoices in Your salvation
 
I will sing the Lord’s praise 
For He has been good to me

As I ponder on the words of Jesus
© Hannah Michaela Vandi
Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by. 
It means a lot to me that you are here today
Have a wonderful day and blessed weekend
Be present in all things

"We cannot change what happens around us 
but we can change our responses." 
The flesh is weak, don't depend on it 🙂

All pictures are taken on my adventures 
my phone or camera
some edited with an app

Trust and relax

'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? '

Matthew 6:25
Do not worry about anything 
Your life, what you will eat or what you will drink  
I thank my God everyday
In all my prayers, that the Joy of the Lord will always be our strength

Our Father knows what we want and gives before we even ask.
As a result, it has become clear that we should not worry,
Why worry? It is always easier said than done
But the strength is not my own

It is true that we sometimes worry 
But it never brings any results 
So I sit and reflect on the words of the Lord
As the He walks in the cool of the day

In the beginning 
Where Adam and Eve hide themselves
But our God is so compassionate and sees 
The Father that knows exactly what they had done

He gives us chances and will never ever give up 
Where are you?
So this theme is stuck in my head this week.
Where can I hide?

If I run to the heavens, You are there 
If I hide under my bed, You are there
If I run to the pit, You are there
Why?

Because You are the Father that cares
Giving us chances to repent and forgive 

I had my first vaccine, Astrazeneca, 
on Saturday, at 8:15 am. 
It was a nice walk in the morning from my house to the centre
It is not scary, I don’t like needles and it was painless

And I refused to listen to fears and focus on God
I said to myself, I will guard my heart and my ways 
Lest I sin with my tongue

Surely everyone walks about like a shadow
Surely they busy themselves in vain
Surely every man is a vapor

Yes surely I have been told I look at the shadows
I don’t look, but I see it and know I have the light
Shadows are there only when there is light 

With light we have shadows and 
With no light darkness covers the earth
But who do we focus 

Nothing happen, after taking the vaccine. thank God
I took paracetamol before the vaccine 
So I was happy that I had no side effect 

And on Sunday, taught to my myself 
I will pamper myself before church 
After having a nice hot bath

All of a sudden a panic
Mind you I was in a hot bath, but the feeling was different 
In the midst of this, my forehead was heating up 

It was dripping with sweat 
My mind was racing
I stopped to think and also 
push away the negative thought bubbling up

Like a balloon been blown up 
No, no I did not want this balloon to explode
I started to Pray

In all this busyness and distraction 
was a little nudge to sit
Which could have been missed

So I listened and sat down
Very quiet, focused and relaxed  
My breathing was calming down

The room was quiet 
The mind was quiet
For once it was silent everywhere

But all that dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadows of the Almighty
So I said to my Lord, He is my refuge and strength 

He is my healer, my God in Him I trust.
As I relax on the sofa 
He covered me with His feathers 

Under His wings I was refreshed 
His truth was my shield and buckler

I was not afraid of the terror 
Nor the thoughts that wanted to over take me 
I was calmed and relaxed 

The blanket of the Lord was over me and 
I was alive again, all panic and fever that was inflated 
The air in balloon was open and it deflated slowly

As I relax in the shadows 
I knew then what it means not to worry 

Our Father who art in Heaven
Let Your will be done 
Through Christ Jesus who strengthen us

God is good and loves us so much 
He looks for us, knowing what we have done
He sent His son to pay the sins that we should have paid for 

So, where are you? 
No need hiding because He knows what we have done

He chooses us before the creation of the world
He sees us and came to rescue everyone
This is very much good news

I pray that this weekend and everyday
you experience the blanket of God
A Fathers love is very precious 
For this love brings live into us
In Christ Jesus

By Grace we have been saved through Faith
It is a gift of God, and no one can boast 
For we are all His workmanship
© Hannah Michaela Vandi
Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by. 
It means a lot to me that you are here today
Have a wonderful day and blessed weekend
Be present in all things

"We cannot change what happens around us 
but we can change our responses." 
The flesh is weak, don't depend on it 🙂

All pictures are taken on my adventures 
my phone or camera
some edited with an app

Do Not be Afraid!

'Then Jesus said to them, 
“Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; 
there they will see me.” '

Matthew 28:10 NIV
Do not be afraid 
The words that consoles my heart 
The words that are sweet to my ears 
The words that makes the racing heart slow down

But I tell you not to resist an evil person
But whoever slaps you on the right cheek 
Turn the other to him also 
Do not be afraid 

It is amazing the upside down Kingdom of God
As things get back to normal 
Life become busy 
And the good works 
The building of the foundation 
Questions start to happen
Do I stop, just because!

So in the wisdom of the Lord 
I reflect on the journey 
This week, back to normal 
What is back to normal?

I have no idea, but I do know this is normal
People voted yesterday in UK
Yes I voted, I have always done the anti-social
Postal vote all the way 
At the comfort of my own house
Disappoints happening and the news 
And the blames, of the what if
I tell you, do not be afraid

The most amazing thing happened 
And I want to rejoice and scream and shout 
Glory to God in the highest through 
Christ Jesus I ran this week

Yes I am an active member of the society
I love the outdoors so a little story
See I stopped running ages ago 
I just walk and I was freed from this

What does that mean? 

Let us start 
See last week, on my usually walk around 
The park, this was on Thursday I broke into a run 
I don’t know how to express it 
Or what made me do it 
but it felt so good that I must have done 
More than three laps round the field
See I am processing girl and 
still getting to grips with this

Just a backup story 
I use to run early mornings 
As an early bird, we talking before six
and one day this guy was following me 
I didn’t know at the time

I don't know how to explain it, but
In my spirit I felt like I had to stop 
Turn off the headphones and listen 
So I did, and all my sense were heighten up

My heart was racing, 
And all I could say is I will never run again
Help me God, I will never run this early again 
If nothing happens, I was making all this promises
so I started to slow down and got ready

For what was to come, so
I turned just in time to see this strange man
Out of place and the surprise was gone
He stopped in his tracked 
I looked straight at him  
Could not see his face, under his hood 

But my God is so good, so with him standing 
The element of surprise is gone
He was frozen, and 
I turned around and 
I ran as fast as my legs could carry me home 
All the while looking over shoulder to make sure 
He didn’t follow me,

But he couldn’t do anything 
And I saw him turned back the other way 
And that was the end of my running
The enemy taught he has me cornered

The Lord is my Shepherd 
I shall not want  
He is my comforter and healer
And I stopped running it is more than five years now 

Could you believe it, I had forgotten all about it
We do not fight against flesh and blood 
The weapon of our warfare is not canal
My God will supply all my needs 
He will protect me

So I broke into a run and I was free 
Flying like a bird, the sun on face 
And a smile giving thanks to the Lord
I am still smiling for I am free 

It is crazy but I love the way our Lord 
Heals everyone in a different way
And a different time, all I have to do is 
Go to Him and He will give me rest

This all started because 
I made up my mind to read this book
By Kris Vallotton - Spirit Wars
I bought this book more than a year ago 
and never opened it 

I tell you this, because later on 
I got this same book in kindle for free 
What does that tell me? 
Read it young lady but I did not 

Don’t know why but I am glad I opened it

The first day I opened it was on the First of May
Not knowing that it opens the door to walk 
In with the Lord, to take out all the buried things 

This week has been a healing week
Every week is a healing week and 
to do what God wants me to do
Looking at the lies that I have come to believe 

Just getting into the scripture
We do not fight against flesh and blood 
Do not be afraid 

God is so amazing 
I tell you the Lord our God is awesome
When He is ready, when we obey 
It just happens and so I have started to run 
Doing five laps, it is small park 800m 

It feels so good, to start small 
I am so looking forward to doing it once a week

My mind is made up
My heart is bursting with JOY 

Now I can tell you I had forgotten all about this:

The feel of the winds on your face 
The cool breeze
The breath building up 
The faster you run 
The hearts beats ever so fast 

And as you slow down 

The heart slows 
The mind stops 
The legs moves with reach step

Yes I do love the outdoors 
And I have come to realize that we forget 
But God never forgets 

He loves us so much, from day one 
His promise was to free us and 
We have been freed 

Christ the Lover of our soul
The Bridegroom that sees the flaws 
And chose us, and said YES I want 
YOU, come with Me 
And all we have to do is say AMEN
And walk with Him 

I get to imagine the garden 
Running in it and free 
I love the garden 

That is just amazing to me
The LORD of hosts
He is the King of glory
To You, O Lord I lift my soul 
O my God I trust You
And I will not be afraid
© Hannah Michaela Vandi
Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by. 
It means a lot to me that you are here today
Have a wonderful day and blessed weekend
Be present in all things

"We cannot change what happens around us 
but we can change our responses." 
The flesh is weak, don't depend on it 🙂

All pictures are taken on my adventures 
my phone or camera
some edited with an app

Pleasure of the week!

Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
It is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
And plants of the field to everyone.
Zechariah 10:1 NIV
Happy Friday and thank You Lord 
Faithful You are 
The weather was ever changing 
The entire week was warm, cold and raining 

In one day, the mysteries of the world 
Yesterday as I stepped out of my house 
One side was raining on the same street the other side was dry 
My front door floor was both dry and wet 
What a sight 

So I look at the floor and smiled 
Looked at the sky 
The beauty of the creator 
And my entire walk was singing and smiling 
Different songs combined together my own paraphrase version

Your mercy, O Lord is in the Heavens
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds 
Your righteousness is like the great mountains
Your judgment are deeper than the ocean
O Lord You preserve man and beast
Your faithfulness is forever

Great is Your faithfulness
Great is Your faithfulness
Morning by morning 
New mercies I see
All I have needed Your hand has provided 

So I worshiped with these few lines in my head 
The whole hour and came home to listen to it-earworm
“Great is Thy faithfulness”
Thank the Lord for internet
The amazing thing is, so many versions online 
But I prefer the old version song

The way to defeat the enemy 
Worship, so I reflect on Yahweh 
I worshiped Him and I have decided to do some potted planting 
I pray for my plants and I was reminded of Jonah 
So I prayed to God to let me see the world in
His eyes with compassion for all creatures 
And the world I live in

So in my head, I started to think
Plants are easy they don’t argue back 
I try to argue, well I try to reason in my heart 
The grass weathers, the plants fade
But the word of God stands forever

All things are the beauty of God 
So I am documenting my plant and not getting attached to it 
They will die, eventually everything dies 
Maybe I should get a dog 
Then it is another responsibility
Will see may be I do want a dog, I like cats
But I don’t want to be the cat lady
Preference is dog if any animal to get my affection 
Sorry cats!

So this week my eyes has seen 
The King in his beauty and I have come 
To view the land that stretches far with all the beautiful flowers
The heavens are telling of the glory of God
And the expanse is declaring the work of His hands
The sky shows the majestic King  
In the beginning was the word and the word was with God 
The earth was without form 
The Lord spoke and behold we look at the beauty of His creation daily

So I smiled to my God 
I dance to my Father 
I sing to the Almighty 
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom
And strength and honour and glory and blessing
Thank You for stopping by. 

Inspired by the Ragtag Daily prompt

The Lord Jesus will remain forever
His throne from generation to generation 
The circle of love is full of everything that life briings

May the light in you shine bright always
May the Name of our God be glorify
Have a restful weekend
In the Name of Jesus
Amen

© Hannah Michaela Vandi
One side rain and the other dry, it was an amazing site. Also seeing the plants grow is truly something to step out of the house for. Got some of the plants as gifts for my birthday and bought some.

I Surrender

My heart, O God, is focused and determined. 
Now I can sing my song with passionate praise! 
Awake, O my soul, with the music of His splendour
Psalms 108:1
I do love You Lord 
What is man that You should be mindful off
You are the giver of gifts 

I am ready, so ready to praise Your name
From head to toe, will I dance and sing a song to Your name
As I sit in awe and wonder of the creation of the world 

You bring Joy to my heart, So I surrender to You
Your mercy are new everyday 
Wake, soul, wake up my feet, wake up my body

Let us sing praises to our God 
And dance to His glorious name
The deeper His Love the higher it goes

Lord Today, I seek You 
Only two things I ask of You 
Do not withdraw Your hand from me or turn away from me

For You know my heart, You know me and I cannot hide from You
Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit with me
Take away any false humility or pride that does not give You any glory

I pray to You my God and Saviour 
For it is You that give all good things 
Let me be gracious in receiving

I surrender to You Father
Through the One and only Saviour
The High Priest, our Redeemer
© Hannah Michaela Vandi