Dance of life

'So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. 
Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. 
Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. '

Colossians 3:5 NLT
Life is a dance and the sound can be different 
What sound do we hear?

After all what gives us hope and joy
And what will be our proud reward and crown
As we stand before our Lord Jesus 

Greater is He that is me than he that is the world 
The dance of life continues as I woke up

Life is sweet and yet can have a bitter taste 
What is man that we should come before the Lord our God
Like a tree and the wind comes and breaks it into pieces 

As I step into the dance floor 
Moving from one hand to the other 
Forgetting our first Love 
Who has never forgotten us

When I was chosen it was love 
When I said Yes it was because He already said Yes

As I swirl around 
My mind keeps replaying things of the past 
And I know it is not from the Lord 
Yet I find myself entertaining the idea

And oh how I Love the Lord 
For He will always Love me and call out to me 
And in a split second only to open the Bible and be reminded 
Of who I am the words penetrate into my heart

The music stops 
The focus shifted 
A different sound was louder 
A teardrop and I was reminded

The words of Paul in Colossians three
Goes straight into my heart
Piercing every bone and bringing the body and mind to attention
For does it matter in this world
I have a new dress on and I don’t wish to get it stained 
It might get dirty as I run the race 
White does gets dirty very easily 
but it is nothing that has not already been removed 


So I say to myself we are new creation 
We are a new creation with new dress on
 
For it is by faith that we walk this earth 
For what does it matter what I am wearing 
All that matters is Christ Jesus and He lives in all of us 
So I will boast and get the dress dirty
I will let love rule my heart 

For what does it matter
Indeed what does it matter 

In this world, Christ overcame it all  
It is Christ that we live for and I put on this lovely dress
That is full of love
Patience that I don’t understand 
The music plays, the sound is different
  
As I swirl around and let the music wash over me 
As I give thanks through Christ Jesus to God the Father
 
Tomorrow is another day
Today is a day to dance with the Lord 
The Lord of justice and compassion 
He has no favourite 
So I will dance to sound of His music
© 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 🙂
This week was windy and rainy. 
So imagine my surprise on Thursday  to see the road blocked by a fallen tree. 
Thank God no one was hurt 
Only the poor car
Well can you imagine getting up seeing your car underneath the branches
Thank God for life and things in this world will fade 

“Treasure Trove of Information”

For in much wisdom is much grief,
and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 NKJV

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Wow, another week has started and I am delighted you can drop by. 

Welcome to my vault, hope you had a good weekend? For me?…

It is another Monday, there is a desirable treasure that when found at a great price, you will hide it and then sell all you have just so you can have it. Is it worth it? Absolutely!

Come let us sit and talk. This is not a surprise, my weekend was a walking one shocker! I know:

It has been a while since I saw the Tower Bridge open so yesterday was a perfect afternoon to see it open again. 

I am now fully vaccinated before the madness starts today, 
God is great 
What perfect timing!
Well today, from my perspective
It is leap of faith 
we are all jumping into the pull of water and 
trusting in God to help us in this next phrase of madness

What profit can we have hiding away?
One generation will pass away and another generation comes
The earth will abide forever
The sun will rise and the sun will go down

This is our generation and we have to face the music 
The dance starts today 
The true dance 

We need to face this and see what can be done
We are battling not only a virus but 
A change in climate

Madness, I tell you 
Are we all mad enough to see the true 
Are we all mad enough to do something about it 

Our generation will leave 
What do we want the next generation to face 
We all need to work as a team 

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. It is always good to slow down and find that pace than jumping into something that will get you crashed.

In life we need to recognise and protect our assets.

I could go on, but I will put the break on and talk about something else.

Thirst according to the dictionary is a feeling of needing or wanting to drink something.

Thirst- can you recognise thirst from hunger. 

Most people confuse thirst with hunger. It can be hard to recognise whether it is really food or water your body needs. Both thirst and hunger signals are controlled in the same area of the brain.

The same goes with habitual ways of eating can also override the ability to distinguish between true hunger and just eating for the sake of it. Which can lead to confusion. Is it hungry or just eating out of habit which consequently makes it difficult to recognise when you are satiated.

One way to know the difference is 

Next time you are feeling hunger or peckish, drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes to see if you are still hungry

Try eating only when hungry and that might sound simple but can be difficult if you have forgotten exactly what a hunger stimulus feels like

Eating for hunger is a boring exercise alone to just refuel hence why it is so good to stop.

How to get into the habit of eating when hungry?

It is  a very simple act of stopping, pausing to give yourself a minute’s thinking time to reflect and ask why you want to eat?

Create a space and be gracious to yourself for it is not as easy as it sounds. 

Look after yourself

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration and the recommended (UK government) is 6 to 8 glasses a day in addition to the fluids you get from the food eaten daily.

Also note that: All non-alcoholic drinks count BUT water, lower fat milk and lower sugar drinks including tea and coffee are healthier choices.

Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks as they are not only high in calories but bad for your teeth. 

Remember to drink more fluids during hot weather or while exercising.

Also it is your body and if you don’t take care of it then who will.

Thank you 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

Praises –

04:

You will worship me with all your heart,
and I will be with you

Jeremiah 29:13 CEV
Can we find such a one as this, a man whom is the Spirit of God?

I am enjoying getting to know God through Joseph’s story 

The Bible is rich with wisdom and knowledge 
The sun rises and the sun sets 
The eye is never satisfied with seeing

Nor is the ear filled with hearing 
What is crooked cannot be made straight 
And what is lacking cannot be numbered
 
For I say to my heart 
All will pass away 
Wisdom comes from the Father
 
And the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge 
With it comes wisdom to discern 

For the Lord is the One that sees the heart of men 
For without the Lord, the heart falls into despair 

All madness, so I say to myself I will trust in the Lord 
I will boast in Him only 
For His eyes watches over all our ways
 
Nothing can be hidden from His face
So I come closer to Lord
For Who can hide from Him

In the mountains, the hills and the caves 
The Lord is right  there
The Lord my God is my strength and my fortress 

My refuge in the day of affliction 
When I could not think and get so distracted 
I call upon His name 

And He delivered me from my fears 
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants 
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice
Shout for joy, all you are upright in heart

For He remains faithful forever
That is the true nature of our God 
Thank you for stopping by
God bless you in your journey

Secure yourself to the amazing Father
and the Lord of our Saviour Jesus Christ

Walk in His promises for Your life
Write them down

Say them out loud to yourself or anyone who will listen

Glorify His name especially in the bad weathers
His promises are trustworthy all the time

© Hannah Michaela Vandi

All pics are taken on my walks of life
some modified with apps to see a different angle 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂