Practicing the Presence of God – Part 2

One of the signs of a good husband is how often he asks his wife if she needs to talk. He is showing he cares, he is concerned, and he is aware of her needs. He wants to preserve the lines of communication and the intimacy of the relationship.

Having an intimate relationship with God is akin to having an intimate relationship with a spouse or a close friend or relative in some ways. Both require attention, communication, and time to develop.

Prayer is one of the ways I can talk to God. Prayer can be silent or spoken. It helps me to maintain my awareness that God is always with me and that He is concerned about everything I am concerned about.

Scripture exhorts us to “pray unceasingly”. Now I don’t think that means every second of the day, only monks have the time to do that. But I do think we can pray MORE OFTEN. It is a practice just like almost everything else that brings rewards.

How often do you talk to God? Morning, bedtime, once a week at church? If you would like a more intimate relationship, then I would encourage you to spend more time communicating in prayer with the Lord. Talk to Him throughout your day either silently or aloud and then notice how you respond instead of react to the different stresses and challenges in your day.

Love to hear your thoughts on this topic and as always, keep looking up!

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Do Not Be Anxious

How are things going with you these days? Great? Terrible? So so? Sometimes it takes putting things in perspective to make me appreciate all I have been blessed with.

When I start to think I have it rough, particularly as a single in today’s couples oriented society, I think about the Apostle Paul and everything he went through. Now that was rough! Yet he stayed hopeful and faithful and continued to do what God had called him to do.

There are many verses in the Bible that tells us not to be anxious, but to pray and surrender instead. Paul encourages us to not be anxious, but to pray about everything (Phil 4:6). James 5:16 says the prayers of a righteous man availeth much. There is power in prayer. He never intended for me to carry all these burdens. That’s why He said to come unto him, all who are weary and heavy laden. He does give us rest, but we have to slow down enough to come to him, don’t we? God can take care of all our problems. 1 Peter 5 instructs us to cast all our cares on Him, because He cares for us.

These are busy, hectic, stressful days indeed, especially for those who are single and do not have someone to help them. But there is an answer. And that answer is faith. Having faith in a loving God that cares for us and hears our cries. He promises to never leave us or forsake us and no matter what our status, remember if God is for us, who can be against us?

Do Not Be Anxious

How are things going with you these days? Great? Terrible? So so? Sometimes it takes putting things in perspective to make me appreciate all I have been blessed with.

When I start to think I have it rough, particularly as a single in today’s couples oriented society, I think about the Apostle Paul and everything he went through. Now that was rough! Yet he stayed hopeful and faithful and continued to do what God had called him to do.

There are many verses in the Bible that tells us not to be anxious, but to pray and surrender instead. Paul encourages us to not be anxious, but to pray about everything (Phil 4:6). James 5:16 says the prayers of a righteous man availeth much. There is power in prayer. He never intended for me to carry all these burdens. That’s why He said to come unto him, all who are weary and heavy laden. He does give us rest, but we have to slow down enough to come to him, don’t we? God can take care of all our problems. 1 Peter 5 instructs us to cast all our cares on Him, because He cares for us.

These are busy, hectic, stressful days indeed, especially for those who are single and do not have someone to help them. But there is an answer. And that answer is faith. Having faith in a loving God that cares for us and hears our cries. He promises to never leave us or forsake us and no matter what our status, remember if God is for us, who can be against us?