Tag Archives: His Presence

Sunday Stillness – Psalm 91:1

Sunday Stillness –  Psalm 91:1

Psalm-91-1

This past week my hubby and I went away on a short holiday. As we travelled south from Mesa, Arizona towards Bisbee the mountain ranges held my attention. I had been reading Psalm 91 every day and the first line of that Psalm rang clear.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1, NIV).

I had noticed while in the town of Bisbee – a town built into the mountains that the sun is obscured by 4pm. But also the wind is less as well. Definitely we were sheltered. I felt the Presence of God as I looked at those mountains and thought about this Scripture. We are sheltered by His Presence; we are under His shadow – safe and secure.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

I found Psalm 91 put to music. This is quite lovely.

Tweetable:

We are sheltered by His Presence; we are under His shadow – safe and secure. (tweet this)

I hope you consider joining me in my new venture with a newsletter. I am taking a step of faith to do this.

Join He Cares for You


To contact me at any time please email Janis.

Today is Sunday Stillness.

Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

Feel free to pin the picture. Follow me at AuthorJanisCox on Pinterest.

And join me on Facebook at AuthorJanisCox.

Read the Sunday Stillness rules if you are new here.

I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

JOIN THE SUNDAY STILLNESS COMMUNITY – 
READ OTHER POSTS AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community

Still Saturday

 Sharing His Beauty

Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Scripture and Snapshot

http://christianmommyblogger.com

The Weekend Brew



HOW CAN I PRAY MY WAY THROUGH THE DAY

How Can I Pray My Way Through the Day?

by Ron Hughes at FBH International

prayer Hands

“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17 – NKJV).

Many of us were taught to “say our prayers” before going to bed, giving us an opportunity to reflect on the cares, challenges, successes and failures of the day.  Releasing them to our loving heavenly Father allows us to slide into slumber with forgiveness and thankfulness in our hearts.

With yesterday’s issues dealt with the evening before, our morning prayer invites the Lord to open our minds to see what He sees as we traverse the opportunities and challenges of the new day.  This broadens our focus to include the spiritual realm before we launch into the demands ahead.

I suspect that our prayer during the day depends on whether or not we engaged in morning prayer.  When we’ve done that, we find our conversation with God expanding throughout the day as we include Him in the decisions that confront us.

By now, you’ll have noticed that prayer is a cycle
with each phase affected by the one before. (tweet)

Evening prayer closes our attention on the day that is past and clears our mind for rest. Morning prayer, refreshed by the peace of God through the night, keeps us aware of His presence as we begin the new day.  Noon prayer, keeps us in constant touch with our Father and conscious of His guidance as we respond to the situations that arise around us.

Today, I’m remembering that:

      • prayer sets my orientation toward God and
      • enhances my awareness of His presence

as I make my way through this day.

Ron Hughes

Ron is president of FBH International , a multi-language media ministry and maintains an active itinerant speaking ministry in churches and conferences.  Ron is a professional member of The Word Guild and has one published book, “Refresh: 19 ways to boost your spiritual life”, and is working on several other writing projects. Much of his writing is published on the ministry website and has been used in radio broadcasts.

Ron has been married to Debbie since 1976.  They have four children, one of whom is married.  They live on a 100 acre farm in the Niagara region which they share with a few horses, chickens, cats and a dog.

 

CAN VISUALIZATION HELP YOU PRAY?

Can Visualization Help You Pray?

by Janis Cox

GOD

Being able to see (and that doesn’t have to be seeing with your eyes) can make us aware of God.

Have we lost the ability to visualize God?

“One of the reasons for our sense of futility in prayer is that we have lost our power to visualize” (Oswald Chambers, February 10). Tweet this.

I looked at what could distract me from seeing God:

  •   My daily life – the regular every day things, eating, socializing and my to-do lists.
  •  The world’s delectable distractions – TV, movies, books.
  •   Money – to make it; to spend it – lots of choices on where to spend the money

Now I want to make it clear that I don’t mean to imply that God isn’t in our daily lives. But to truly focus on Him, I believe I need to visualize myself in His Presence. There needs to be a daily dedicated time in His Presence.

Now what can help me make this connection with God.

  • The earth as He made it – nature
  • His people

Here is how I can truly focus on God:

Quiet Morning Reflection

I find my best time of speaking and listening to God is the first thing in the morning. It is quiet. There are NO distractions. I can shut my eyes. I can speak out loud or in my head and the be quiet. I can feel His Presence. It takes work, concentration and focus. This can work.

A Quiet Walk Alone in Nature

Other times I find that I can take a quiet walk by myself – looking around, breathing in His Spirit, singing, and talking to Him.

What about you? How and where do you visualize God?

I love the praise song Awakening sung by Chris Tomlin.

Related articles

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

WHEN WERE YOU LAST IN HIS PRESENCE?

When were You Last in His Presence?

by Brenda Wood

Write! Canada - we worship You O Lord.

When did you last shout and praise God?

One day, to our delicious surprise, we found ourselves looking after 2 year-old Quinn because he was too sick to go to day care. Could we do it everyday? Not likely! Not enough stamina. Even when not so well this little guy can run us ragged.

The best thing? When he came into the house and he saw it was indeed Amma and Afi’s house, he reacted! Temperature or not, he ran and laughed and laughed and ran and hugged for several minutes. He found it a lovely thing just to be in our house, in our presence.

I asked myself when, if ever, I’d been that excited to spend time with God?

When had I last shouted and praised Him?

How long had it been since I thanked Him for anything? Or when had I dwelt on the thought of how Jesus died on the cross just for me?

Surely it wasn’t a year ago, was it? Surely I’ve thought of these things since then.

But have I really? Have you?

How deep is our prayer life, really?

When is the last time we showed Quinn’s kind of joy, just because we were in the presence of Father God?

“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen” (Jude 1:24-25, NIV).

Prayer:

Lord, forgive us for forgetting who you are and what you’ve done for us. Amen.

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
facebook – www.facebook.com/brendawoodspeaker

HOW DO I COME INTO HIS PRESENCE WHEN I AM LONELY?

How Do I Come Into His Presence When I am Lonely?

His Presence – Stillness

by Mary Haskett

I wanted to enter into His presence, but it seemed I could not find the way. Loneliness struck once again. My husband had been gone to heaven for more than eighteen months, and still, waves of loneliness would wash over me. Try as I might to fight them off—they stayed.

A while ago I read Jan’s blog about being still for five minutes every day, shutting out all noise and distractions and concentrating on Him. Have I practiced it? No. Have I ever practiced it? Yes— many times, and in the practicing have experienced the overflowing presence of the Holy Spirit filling me with confidence and peace.

I determined once again to enter into that quiet place and as I did, Andrew Culverwell’s song , Cover Me Lord with Your Presence, popped into mind. I searched online until I found it. I have entered again into His presence and the loneliness has dissipated.

Jesus understands our ups and downs, since He knows every aspect of our lives. I love in John 14:18 where He declares, I will not leave you comfortless. “Come,” He says, “into my presence and I will comfort you.”

How do we do that? Immediately the Scripture pops into my mind:

“Be still and know that I am God”  (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

This very stillness, this focusing on Him, then talking to Him, calms our troubled spirits. Praise His Name.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, In times of turmoil, sadness and loneliness, help us to quiet our spirits and enter into Your reassuring Presence.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.

INTO HIS PRESENCE ANYTIME

Into His Presence Anytime

by Mary Haskett

There are times when we can be weighed down with situations in our lives, loved ones who are ill, wayward children or financial problems; and many other troubles that may come upon us. The thought is coming to me concerning Horatio Spafford the man who lost his family in a storm at sea and upon hearing the news immediately entered into His presence and there found comfort in it. He took up his pen and wrote that most moving of hymns, “It Is Well with My Soul.”

Like the sons of Korah who wrote in Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength an ever- present help in trouble,” Horatio Spafford found refuge from the terrible storm that had assailed him.

I have many praying friends, friends who embrace this truth. We phone or text each other with situations that need to be taken to the Father and we pray immediately. How comforting to know, because God is omnipresent and omniscient, we can enter into His presence anytime.  We don’t have to wait in line. Our God waits for us to come to Him, He longs for us to commune with Him, and He listens and acts on our behalf. What an awesome thought. What an awesome God.

Prayer: Our most Dear and Gracious God, when troubles hit, may we remember that You are waiting for us to come to You, that You long for us to cast our burdens at Your feet. Thank you that You are always, always there for us. Praise Your Holy name. Amen

Here is a video of “It is Well with my Soul”. This is by Chris Rice.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.