Category: how to find God’s Presence

Pine Needles? Mulch? Comfort? A Lesson Learned

You use everything in our life as we yield to You. Even those things that are dead or ineffecient that You cause to fall away, can be used for Your glory as we listen for Your guidance. Our lessons learned keep the roots of faith warmed during winter seasons for those who are hurting. If we yield to You. If we are willing to use our pain and struggles and lessons learned to strengthen othe

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Could the Fruit of God’s Presence Be Praise? The Story of the Maple Tree

Do I realize that God’s glory comes from within and isn’t contingent on my circumstances? The maple tree must know this because it is rejoicing with magnificent color, even though winter is coming. Do I walk in the knowledge that my life can give praise simply for who He is in the face of barren, bleak circumstances?
Paganini, a famous Italian violinist said, “Music is not in the instrument, but in the soul.”

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What Happened on the River’s Edge?

Tears began to flow like the river below. Hands raised in sweet surrender, hearts yielding to the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit bidding us to come. One by one rocks were released. I watched as mine hit the water. It broke the surface and then the water came up and over to symbolically consume the burden of my heart.

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Where is God When I Need a Solid Rock on Which to Stand?

You are my anchor that keeps me from drifting into turbulent waters where I will surely drown. You keep my feet from slipping on the shifting sand that blows beneath me from shores I don’t recognize — from painful memories and personal places of struggle. You are faithful, Lord. And good — so good to Your children. Thank you.

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Elijah, Orb-Weaver Spiders, and Tenacity With a Little Chutzpah Thrown In

Did you realize Elijah is just like us? In spite of his greatness and the miracles that followed his walk with God, he was still subject to the same feelings and weaknesses as us. In fact, right after this remarkable miracle of defeating 450 of Baal’s prophets and then praying for rain to end a three year drought, this mighty man of faith ran for his life because Jezebel threatened to kill him! In fact, he ran into the wilderness for a day and collapsed beneath a juniper tree and told the Lord “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life!”

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Where is God When I Need His Faithfulness?

Life is very hard right now, but You are with me — You have never failed me. You meet my needs. You wipe my tears. You remind me that I am not alone … I ask that You reveal Yourself to those who are overwhelmed and distraught. Open their eyes to see You in the beauty of Your holiness, in the tenderness of Your care.

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Does Loving God Well Require Perfection?

Layer by layer, as we yield to Him, He digs into the soil of our hearts and unearths hidden wounds, sins, betrayals — those things that would keep us from loving Him well. With a gentle touch the Lord brushes the dirt away, rubs the imperfection with His thumb, and blows His breath on it to scatter any remaining dirt that would keep it from reflecting His light.

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The Contrast Between Oppression and God’s Refreshing

I had to endure the relentless tentacles of discouragement, at least for a time. I believe God waited so that I might experience the physical sensation of a spirit set free, refreshed by Him alone. My heart, heavy-laden with burdens and multiple sorrows, began to awaken — the crushing pain releasing the oil of the Holy Spirit.

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How is The Lord Our Sure Place? SUNDAY GLIMPSES

Show us how to make You our first love, for it is in that place of the heart that we flourish and become all that You have called us to be. It is in that place of the heart that faith grows and fear loses its grip. Insecurities slip away. Despair is no more. For it is in that place of the heart that You reign as Lord over our lives.

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