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!”
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.
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Let’s start linking gals!