The presence of God

On more than on occasion, I have heard people say things like "I just don't 'feel' God near me." or "I just never really experience His presence."
This got me thinking and I thought I would put my thoughts down here😇

Since the "presence" of God can carry a wide range of meanings, I am going to talk my own personal experience with sensing God's presence.


I know the encounters they are speaking of.  Those times when God is so close you FEEL Him envelope you! And I know how it feels when you have those encounters and then you don't have those encounters anymore.  I know how it feels to hear of others having those encounters with Him and not personally having those encounters.  But why such fluctuations?


You probably wonder things like:


Whats wrong with me?  Am I not praying right?  Does God care about her more than me?  What am I missing?


I am not going to claim I have all the answers.  But I can share with you things I have learned on my journey, things I have learned in my studies, and things He has revealed to me.  I hope this helps you in your walk as well💗



  • His presence reveals our secret sins to us.  

Psalm 90:8  You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.


You might not even realize it, but YOU might be avoiding Him because you have sins in your life that you don't want to confess to Him.  Sometimes we are so ashamed or embarrassed by things we do that we hide those things so we won't have to talk about them or look at them.  But God already knows and loves you. He isn't waiting to condemn you.  He is waiting to love you and forgive you and fellowship with you. 1 John 1:9 tells us: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Sometimes just 'coming clean' with God is all it takes💙


  • Stop Drowning Him Out.

Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.


Be still doesn't just mean to sit in one spot and not move.  You have to quiet your heart and quiet your mind.  Quiet your soul.  It is easy to get caught up in our days with too much of everything.  Too much social media, too much TV, too much activity, too much work, too much traffic.  But He tells us right in scripture that we need to be still to know Him. 💜



  • Sing praises to Him
Psalm 23:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel

When we worship and sing to Him, it puts all of our focus on Him.  It takes the focus off of you and everything else.  He delights in us when you sing to Him. He delights when you put your pride aside and humble yourself before Him and give Him all the glory He deserves.  Each time you do this, He will meets  there💚

  • Read Scripture Out Loud
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

There is so much power in the Word of God.  When you read it out loud, you can actually sense His power and presence. Your heart is pricked with inspiration or conviction!  How awesome is that?

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Not Going That Way


As you travel through life there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made,

When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce,

And the rain seems to soak your parade.



There are some situations where all you can do

Is simply let go and move on,

Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.



So pack up your troubles and take a step forward -

The process of change can be tough,

But think about all the excitement ahead
If you can be stalwart enough!



There might be adventures you never imagined

Just waiting around the next bend,

And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can't yet comprehend!



Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new things

As you challenge your status quo,

And learn there are so many options in life,
And so many ways you can grow!



Perhaps you'll go places you never expected

And see things that you've never seen,

Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
And wonderful spots in between!



Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring

And somebody special who's there

To help you stay centered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.



Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends

Are supportive of all that you do,

And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They'll be the right choices for you.



So keep putting one foot in front of the other,

And taking your life day by day...

There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road -
Don't look back!
You're not going that way!

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Read the Bible in a Year (Galatians)

What encouragement I get from the book of Galatians!

Do you sometimes make a mistake and then wonder if you are still going to get into Heaven? Do you ever mess up and wonder if God is still going to forgive you anyway?  Check out this video:



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Read the Bible in a Year (Acts 6-7) Forgiveness

Here are my thoughts on Acts 6-7. 
Forgiveness is so hard sometimes.  I don't think we could do it without the help of the holy spirit.  Check out my thoughts on that:




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Thanking God

• Thank, God, for what He has done for you. Don't wait to see the results  you want or to receive rewards you'd like. Start thanking Him right now😍

• Don't wait until you feel better or until things look better. Start thanking Him right now😍


• Don't wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop doing what they’re doing. Start thanking Him right now😍


• Don't wait until the pain your body disappears. Start thanking Him right now😍


• Don't wait until your financial situation is better. Start thanking Him right now😍


• Don't wait until your world is quiet and peaceful. Start thanking Him right now😍


• Don't  wait until you get the job you want or the promotion you'd like.Start thanking Him right now😍


• Don't wait until you understand every situation and experience in your life that has caused your pain or grief. Start thanking Him right now😍
• Don't wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed. Start thanking Him right now😍


• Thank Him because you are alive.


• Thank Him because you made it through another day.


• Thank Him because you have walked around difficult obstacles.


• Thank Him because  you have the ability and the opportunity to do more and to do better.


• Thank Him  because He has never given up on you.


God is so good – in so many ways – all the time.


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God Never Loves You Less


We’ve all heard the ominous warning, “God’s watching you.”
Maybe that’s true, but not in the way you were taught.

 God really can’t take His eyes off of you – He loves you that much. You’re precious to Him.

God never loves you less.
God doesn’t love you as you should be, could be, ought to be.
God just loves you as you are.
For us, it is easier to focus on rules, to focus on “earning” God’s love.

But God sees in you a reflection of His own Love. A reflection that’s different than anyone else who’s ever lived.

When we look at our reflection, we see the blemishes –
All the things we aren’t.
That’s not what God sees!
He can see the blemishes, too, But that’s not what He focuses on.
He sees his beautiful child that He loves.


So today, if for a moment you feel a bit unworthy, pause, and remember, you are so, so worthy to the one who created you <3

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Read the Bible in a Year (Matthew 1:1)

Can you really get something out of the "drier parts" of scripture?  What about listings of geneology?
Well I say ABSOLUTELY!!  Check it out!!


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Read the Bible in a Year (My Thoughts on part of Leviticus)

Guilty even if you didn’t mean it?  Here is my thoughts on 
part of Leviticus this week:




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