Category Archive: devotional

Jan 11

The power of presence

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This is my cat. She looks happy. She’s pretty much always happy when I’m around. She has this crazy habit of walking all over the house looking for me. She will go into each room and meow (loudly) and drive my family crazy. Once she finds me, its all ok. She will then either just sit on the floor or crawl up into my lap.

It’s odd that my cat teaches me so many lessons on life. But here is what I learned by this. My cat in this picture is obviously in a state of complete contentment. Why? Because I’m there.

There is this deep bond of love. No words are exchanged. There is nothing I have to do to prove my affection.  She is completely content by my presence.  

Let that sink in for a minute.

There is power in our presence. It can speak volumes over words, gifts, actions. There is power in just being. Being together.

How often do we speak or perform an action to prove that we love someone, but at the same time we really don’t give them our full attention? In this busy paced life where we are always on the run, its easy to go days not intentionally spending time with those we love. The greatest gift we can give our spouse, kids, loved ones is our presence. Simply just being there, giving them our full attention.

This is also true with our relationship with God.

We can talk about God, talk to God, we can even do a lot of stuff for God, but what God wants more than anything is just us. To simply be with us.

The greatest moments of contentment in my life are where I simply sit in the presence of God. No words exchanged. No music playing in the background. Not doing anything. Simply just being in His presence.

It’s those moments where I am completely content by His presence. I feel secure, cherished, loved.

How about you? When was the last time you were completely satisfied in God’s presence? What can you do this week to bless someone with the power of your presence?

Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 08

Today

Have you heard a bible verse your entire life and then one day you have that ah-ha moment.  That happened to me last week.

 This is day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 NKJV

So I’ve been reading this Dale Carnegie book on worry and he quotes this verse in Psalms. Being a lifelong professional of worry, I was intrigued. Over the last several years, I have experienced much freedom in this area of worry, but at times it still seeks to overwhelm me. I’ve always thought, how do I just make myself have joy when life isn’t all sunny. But now I think I finally get what God meant in this verse. It’s the formula for letting go of worry.

God’s talking about today. This moment in time. He’s not talking about yesterday or tomorrow, but only today. Too often our today is clouded by the failings of yesterday and the worries of  tomorrow. Sometimes we spend so much energy today thinking about the past and the future that we actually steal the joy that belongs to today.

You see the past is well, in the past. Whether we had successes or failure in the past, they belong there in the past. It’s time and space we cannot alter.  Spending too much time there in the past, clouds our way of thinking in today. It robs us of our creativity, energy and passion. Let go of the past, particularly your failures. Don’t believe the lie that today is pointless and that what you do doesn’t matter. It does matter. This is the day, full of hope and possibility.

And then there’s the future. There is so much uncertainty there. We could worry about finances, the economy, politics, the environment, jobs, the list goes on and on. And clearly most of what we worry about never happens. I think worry of the future is completely rooted in fear. Fear of death, fear of failure, fear of the unknown. The enemy of our soul knows this. Constant fear of what’s to come will keep you paralyzed in today.

God gave me this picture of me driving in an awesome sports car on this two lane road on a very scenic drive. It was picture perfect. I was driving along the coastline, the sun was shining. It was the perfect day. And He said to me something profound. The reason you don’t have joy in this moment is because you spend too much time looking in your rear view mirror and out past the horizon.  You just need to look at what’s right in front of you.

What’s right in front of you is today. This very moment is full of hopes, and dreams, and possibility, and joy. And how you spend that moment is up to you. Will you spend this moment that you’ve been given staring in the rearview reliving the failures of your past? Or will you spend today focusing on the horizon of all the worries of tomorrow or the dreams of a future you hope for so desperately. Future dreams don’t happen unless we put those dreams into action – today.

Today is a new day. A day birthed in hope and possibility. What will you do today?

 

Feb 09

Compass

Do you have those seasons where you feel pulled in all directions?

I’ve been experiencing that lately. Sometimes when this happens its easy to try and please people rather than God.

This week I was thinking about Moses and I felt that nudge to read the story of Moses talking with God. (Exodus 33)

Before Moses stepped into greatness, he met with God face to face and talked to Him. And this is what Moses prayed.

Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. (Exodus 33:13 NKJV)

He didn’t ask for all the skills to be a great leader. He asked to know God and for God to lead Him. Moses was a wise man.

Sometimes God will give me pictures or dreams to drive an idea home. I pictured myself in the woods. Trees everywhere, me in the middle and several different paths to take. And people pointing in all different directions.

I looked up asking God what to do and He hands me a compass.

And this is what He spoke to my heart.

I am your compass. I will always lead you in the right direction. With Me as your guide, you will never get lost.

If we seek to know Him, we will know His ways and our path will become clear.

Heavenly Father,
Today be my compass. Lead me. May I find grace and favor in your sight. I will seek you with my whole heart. I want to know you. Amen