Learning To Be Mindful

“Then He charged them saying, ‘Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.’
So they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘It is because we have no bread.'” Mark 8:15-16

It’s easy for me to elevate the apostles and forget that they were human . . .just like me.

Thank You, Jesus, for taking ordinary earthly people and making disciples of them. And here’s a simple poem . . .

The Things of God

Jesus warned them of the Pharisees’ leaven
and they looked upon their bread,

He spoke to them in parables
but they didn’t understand what He said

Yet Jesus didn’t throw up His hands
and simple walk away

He taught them to be mindful
of the things of God each day.


  1. Hey Debs, sort of goes in line with what I just blogged :)… It is super cool how God confirms His word… Praise Jesus…. Isn’t He just the bestest!!

  2. Deb, I am so thankful He didn’t give up on the disciples when they didn’t understand, and just as thankful (maybe more so) that He doesn’t give up on me when I don’t quite get it. It seems sometimes we fault the disciples for being so dense that they didn’t get it, but they were human and Jesus was far outside the realm of their previous experience and understanding of the world. They did get it eventually because He was a patient teacher. I pray we will fully understand one day, too. Peace, Linda

  3. “He could have simply walked away
    Left the cross where it lay
    He could have simply walked away
    From the agony and shame
    But His love was greater still
    Than the sorrows of the hill
    I’m so glad He didn’t simply walk away.”

    This song popped into my mind as soon as I read your post. Seeing what lay ahead of us made Him push on to Calvary knowing full well the pain He was going to endure.

    May we always be mindful of the sacrifice He has made for us. May we also be mindful that others are looking for Christ in us. May our responses to the needs of others always be Christ-like. May we not do what we can because we can, but may we always be thankful that God can use us to reach other ‘ordinary people’ (even when we don’t get it!!)

    Thanks as always, Deb

  4. Yes He is the bestest!! Can’t wait to see what you posted . . .what God has been up to in you! 🙂

  5. I love that they didn’t always understand, but that He always did and helped them! It gives me hope! 🙂 God bless you, Linda, as you bring an understanding of His love and salvation to us!

  6. Thank you, Ann, for such a moving comment and prayer! I didn’t know that song . . .I tried to listen to it, watching, but I couldn’t. Began to cry and couldn’t finish it. Thank you sooo much for reminding me what He didn’t walk away from, for me. love you!

  7. My mind was frantic and full
    so I had no time to mind Him.
    It’s only when I’m mindful of Him
    that my mind is clear — beautiful!

  8. I see you mindful of Him in the sweet and encouraging posts you send out. You are listening and looking and helping us to too . . .that’s beautiful! 🙂 God bless you and encourage you today in one of those special ways of His!

  9. I really liked this post, especially this part:

    “Yet Jesus didn’t throw up His hands
    and simple walk away

    He taught them to be mindful
    of the things of God each day.”

    I reminds me that the Lord wants us to always be mindful of the things of God…his commandments, His promises, His unfailing love. I am thinking about that “leaven of the Pharisees” that would have us exchange the things that are of faith for the things that are of the law. I am so thankful that He has promised to bring to our memories the things He taught. I am so thankful He doesn’t throw up His hands and walk away.

    Thank you, Deb

  10. That really blessed me, Theresa, how looking at the leaven nullifies looking at Him and what He teaches. I want to be reminded now, today, this instant. I seem to need lots of reminders. God bless you, sharer of the Word!

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