Dear Bethel Family,
Do you run at a fast pace every day? Does there always seem to be more things that need to be done than time will allow? Are you one of those people who wish the pace would slow so you can catch your breath? For the vast majority of Americans this seems to be the daily routine in life. Do you realize the importance of practicing the presence of God? To slow done and meditate on Him. It has always been amazing to me that when there seems like we can't get everything done in a day, if we would just take time first to spend with the Lord, how He always smooths out our path. In the seventeenth century there was a man by the name of Brother Lawrence, a humble monk. He wrote many letters to a friend that is now compiled in a book entitled, “Practicing the Presence of God.” He had learned to practice God's presence in everything he did. He found peace and tranquility as he focused his mind on God as he went about his daily routine. He found that he experienced a wonderful peace as he focused on the Lord and His goodness.
We live in a very stressful and hectic time. Nothing puts life into proper perspective better than to practice God's presence in our lives. We should strive to continually incline our hearts toward God so that after our minds turn to other things, our thoughts will automatically return to God, just as the needle of a compass points north again after moving away from something that naturally interferes with its natural bent. We incline our hearts to God as we read and memorize His Word. We incline our hearts toward Him as we pray and meditate on Him. Singing praises to Him will also remind us of His presence. Today, no matter how hectic your life may be, recognize the Lord's presence within you. Practice His presence at all times. Brother Lawrence said these words, “The world appears very little to a soul that contemplates the greatness of God. My business is to remain in the presence of God.” How true!
Have a great week as you serve the Savior.
Sola Gratia, Saved by grace alone!
“Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray.”
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