'When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. 'John 13:12-17 NIV
Happy First of the Month of December
My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
For it is in Him I have Salvation
For only through Him the spirit within me has peace
For He who is mighty has done great things for me
Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty
His mercy is on all who fear Him
He has laid His life for everyone
He took the lowly place so we can see Heaven
He allowed His life to be taken so we cannot see death
But have eternal life
He has filled the hungry with good things
He has put all things under His feet
He is our God and we are His people
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The Lord is exalted for He lives in Heaven
He has filled the earth with justice and righteousness
He is our Judge, Lawgiver and King
The Lord our God has saved us
"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 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