Being Present for God’s Presence and Presents in 2018

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Another Christmas has come and gone, boxes have been discarded, and gifts put away or returned. It’s easy to simply go back to business as usual, but this year I want to extend the waiting (advent) season. I’d like to spend more time in God’s presence and tune my heart to be more aware of the blessings He’s waiting to give me. 

Trust in the Lord and do good… Take delight in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart. ~ Psalm 34:7

That’s why I chose the word PRESENT to be my Word for 2018.

In December I read Sue Monk Kidd’s book When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Directions for Life’s Sacred Questions, and I was very moved by the story of her spiritual journey. She took an intentional timeout to spend with God, then waited for Him to transform her into a new creation. In fact, that’s a key part of following Christ: 

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!  

~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Kidd reminds me that I too need to go through periods of transformation. I get so comfortable in my old skin, that I don’t always grow as God would have me do. Kidd says,

We seem to have focused so much on exuberant beginnings and victorious endings, that we’ve forgotten about the slow, sometimes tortuous, unraveling of God’s grace that takes place in the middle spaces.

I admit it. I’m impatient. I want to be complete right now, but that’s not always how God works. If I look back on my life, I recognize that change has always been slow and indeed, sometimes tortuous. This year, I want to be more content in the middle spaces, while God reveals those areas in my heart that need a little revision, or perhaps a complete metamorphosis! My part in the process is to watch and wait.

I wait for the Lord. My soul waits and I hope in His Word.  My soul waits for the Lord more than one who watches for the morning; yes, more than one who watches for the morning.  ~ Psalm 130:5-6

Finally, I must remember to LISTEN! Here’s my plan of action:

1. Listen to God’s Word (the Bible) by reading it regularly.

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. ~Isaiah 55:11

2. Pray and sit in God’s presence for a moment. 

Be still and know that I am God. ~ Psalm 46:10

3. Allow God to soften my heart for others, and be willing to do the good works He has in mind for me.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

4. Pay attention to others. I must confess that I’m not always a good listener. I want to be 100% present when a friend needs to talk. That means stopping what I’m doing and turning my full attention to the person speaking to me. I might even learn a thing or two!

As iron sharpens iron,

so one person sharpens another. ~ Proverbs 27:17

This all sounds like a lot of work, and it is! It’s easier to go through life staying in my comfort zone and putting my own desires first. However, by striving to be present, I know God will slowly unravel the mysteries of His grace and show me the way to become the person He knows I can be.  

What practical tips do you have for being present in the moment? I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.


The dragon-fly spends most of its life as a nymph before its ready to undergo a complete metamorphosis and be transformed into this beautiful new creation!

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