Contributor Sara Anderson
She leaned in (this sweet cousin-sister of mine) and said softly the words that someone had shared with her, “just be present”. We sipped coffee and pondered the meaning of these words and how hard it is to be focused on the moment instead of being swallowed up by the pressures of the world.
Our conversation shifted to our moms, Erma and Virginia, whose relationship as sister-in-laws turned into a deep and lasting friendship. The next day, Sara sent me a picture of them at a family gathering some years ago and we noticed the sweetness of their countenances.
We talked about how they each had a daily time of devotions and how that time in the presence of the Lord overflowed with kindness and loving service to their families and others. Their quiet time didn’t end when they had their time in the Word…the impact of being present with the Lord followed them throughout the day.
Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding. But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. Proverbs 17:24 (NASB)
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom James 3:13 (NASB)
God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1 (NASB)
Just be present friends, and God will meet you there!
If you are struggling with having a consistent quiet time, there may be some underlying obstacles that are keeping you “stuck”. Repurposed Faith: Breathing New Life Into Your Quiet Time will give you some tools to identify and overcome these obstacles.