In His Presence Friday Link-Up!

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My mother recently gave me a devotional book entitled, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  In the Introduction she describes how she longs for times when she can sit in the presence of the Lord.  She talks how she went through seminary, was a missionary to Japan, and worked as a Christian counselor in Atlanta, but, she writes, “not once during those sixteen years did I vividly experience the Presence of Jesus.”

I wonder how many of us have actually experienced the Presence of Jesus?  I know a whole day can go by at my house before I even know it!  We really have to actively pursue His presence.

I recently went through something really tough and it was during that trial I really understood what it meant to delight in His Presence.  Now, I get all giddy when I know I’m going to get a chance to have some alone time with Jesus.  I can’t explain it, but once you experience it, you are going to crave it!

So here’s the challenge.  Let’s take one day each week and really set aside some time to actively pursue the Presence of Jesus.  One whole day where we don’t get on Facebook or Twitter…no television…just look for times to get in His Presence.  Get some good praise music on and let it play all day.  We have a local Christian radio station that is playing all the time in my kitchen.  Try to set aside at least one larger block of time.  Grab your Bible and journal and just “be still” (Psalm 46:10).  Sarah Young wrote that she “listens to God with a pen in hand, writing down whatever I believed He was saying.”

It’ll take some effort, especially with little ones, but we can do it!   Let’s see if we can try not to let our big block of time be during a time that we are going to be sleepy…like early in the morning, if you are not a morning person, or at the end of the day (even though that’s when most of us finally get a break!).

Maybe pop some popcorn and run by Redbox and let those kiddos watch a movie (one they’ve never seen, so they may actually make it through the whole thing without interrupting you :)  If you have other ideas about how to steal those blocks of time from your day, share them!  We’d all love to hear ideas about how we can find the time to sit in the Presence of Jesus!

Would you like to seek the Lord with like-minded sisters in Christ? All of us together pursuing Jesus? Okay, let’s do it! Let’s start today!

Afterwards, let’s all get blogging about how our time in His presence went and what the Lord said to us.  I can’t wait to hear!  We will continue to do this every Friday–and share our personal stories and testimonies to encourage one another.  Some of the Mentoring Moments regular contributors will be taking turns posting special In His Presence articles each Friday–and you can connect using Linky to share your posts as well.  If you are not a blogger, comment right here and on the weekly articles.  It should be fun and meaningful! Hope you’ll join us for “In His Presence Fridays!”

Kathy Hutto

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In His Presence Link-Up Details

Every Friday we will link our blogs for a glorious time of sharing and visiting each others site. In His Presence link-up topics may include posts related to prayer, seeking, and hearing from the Lord. Photos with Scriptures or quotes on seeking His presence are welcome. We will even be pinning some of the weekly link-ups to Mentoring Moment’s Pinterest board! Please choose to add the In His Presence link-up button or a link back to the weekly In His Presence post. Once you’ve linked up, visit two to three other sites that are linked up too–and encourage your sisters in Christ by leaving a comment.

If you would like to place the In His Presence button on your site, simply click ‘save as’ and paste to your site.

Let’s start linking gals!



About Kathy Hutto

Kathy Hutto is a wife, homeschooling mother, entrepreneur and author. You can visit her online at www.toddlerbitesblog.wordpress.com.

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  1. Thank you Kathy for getting this started. I am looking forward to being encouraged, challenged, and most of all–spending more time in His Presence.
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  2. I just found this link up and wanted to pass along to you how as a young mother (many years ago) I was able to find peace. I’m older now (46) and in a very different season of my life, about to enter another, but the key is to always seek him, no matter what season or trial you are in. Sometimes that seeking means taking action, sometimes it means resting in Him, but we know those who seek Him, find Him.

    We all have so many seasons in our life, not just nature’s seasons, but seasons of rest, seasons of rush, seasons of ministry & being ministered too. Then there are the seasons of our age and our family’s ages. Our older two are grown, and our younger two are 16 & 14, so the empty nest season is fast approaching. When my younger two were babies, my older two (both boys) were entering that wonderful extra dose of testosterone season. Getting any peace and quiet was such a challenge. In fact I was wearing myself out trying to find peace & quiet. I found myself getting up earlier and earlier, and when you have little ones, you know any noise made when you are seeking alone time sends off an alarm telling your child you need them and they must come seek you out immediately. I found myself making ugly faces and almost saying ugly things when those little faces came poking around the corner, and here I was in my quiet time, alone with God, seeking His presence, and I was resentful of the intrusion of the very blessings He gave me. I started doing what I call “Fake it till you make it”, I would paste a smile on my face, tell them good morning and how glad I was to see them. Was I? NO. They didn’t know that, and soon I found I was glad to see them. I also stopped trying so hard to get up early, and started sleeping later, after all I was seeking rest. The extra sleep helped my attitude of gratitude, made them feel more secure, and less likely to jump out of bed when I did get up. I also started doing what I heard someone call God Stops. I would grab 5-10 minutes (on a good day 15 minutes, on a really good day 30 minutes) and either read a favorite verse, quote, or devotional, listen to a favorite song, or just rest in the Lord. Sometimes I’d stare out the window and talk to Him or just admire the view He made, sometimes I’d sit with a child and hold them or read to them.

    I can have longer amounts of time with Him now, especially now that we have MP3 players, iPods, iPhones, and all this stuff to aid us, but I still find that when I take a God stop and just sit and rest, that is when the refreshing comes, sometimes through laughter (watching my chickens) or sometimes through tears, but that is when I am the most refreshed. You see, God is not always (in fact He rarely is) in the big, most of the time, He is in the small things, and I always remember when I am at my weakest, He is at His strongest.

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