I have been practising trying to listen to God this week. I mean actually listening rather than praying on the hoof and then running off and not listening to anything he may wish to tell me! As this is fairly new thing to me it's lovely to get confirmation that I am actually hearing right.
Last week I spent an hour praying for specific people who I felt needed some prayer and then asking God what I could do to help. In one case I felt God was telling me to make a friend a cake. This may not seem like much but this lady is an excellent baker so it was a strange thing to do. She often bakes for others and so I guess it would be a bit like 'taking coals to Newcastle'. Anyway I felt I should do it so I thought ok, well there's no harm. That particular day I had no eggs, so the next day when the 'tescos man' had been I made it and she was very appreciative when I gave it to her, which was nice. But today she came up to me and told me how timely it was that I had taken it over when I did as she was having a very rough day and the kids were asking for something to eat and she had little in the house to give them! She also said, very emotionally, how no one had ever made her a cake before. It was so special for her to tell me all this and I felt like I had really blessed her in such a simple way and of course in return it blessed me as I feel like I heard right.
If such a simple thing can make such a difference, I really must try and listen more often!
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17