My husband and I are spending a week with family on the beach in Treasure Island, Florida. It gives us a chance to relax, to take a breather from the everyday responsibilities at home. The weather is cool, but the beach is still an inspiring place. Being in the presence of family is such a blessing. Because we all are followers of God, we also enjoy His presence in all our activities.
Practicing the Presence of God in our Lives
My friend, Anna, shared with me about #thepresenceproject with Summer Gross, so I decided to join. We will explore ways to practice the presence of God, to develop a closer, deeper relationship with our Lord. It will last for twelve months. Each month will have a different focus. This month we focus on breath prayers.
This song by Michael Card is one such prayer.
Invite Jesus into the Ordinary Moments
One of the suggestions this week was to find ways to invite Jesus into our ordinary moments rather than only seeking to find time alone with God. In our busy lives if we always wait until we can find alone time, we tend to forget that He is always with us.
What would it be like to remember that Jesus is right here with us in our ordinary days?
Would we notice more of the beauty? I thought about this as we took a walk on the beach yesterday morning. We enjoyed the walk, feeling the sand beneath my feet, watching the waves roll in, looking down to find shells. I was not in a hurry, and it was a very relaxing time.
When I returned I wrote this poem:
A Stroll on the Beach
Walking on the beach
A beautiful sunny day
Bare feet on the sand
Finding shells to keep
Strolling up and down the shore
Grounding with the earth
Waves come rolling in
Breezes blow across my face
Open eyes to see
God’s handiwork all around
Beauty to behold
Later in the evening, I put together a collage from photographs cut from magazines. My friend, Bettie, said it is so full of life and beauty. It was a beautiful way for me to end the day that had been full of God’s blessings.
I believe God used the words from Summer’s video, along with remembering Jesus in ordinary moments to bring beauty and help me find relaxation and rest. As I shared my day with Bettie, she was encouraged, too.
In Bettie’s words:
It is just such sweet moments with the Lord! And then your video of the waves at the beach with it also. Wow. I can feel God in it so much. ~ Bettie Gilbert
What a blessing to have friends who pray and encourage one another daily!
Enjoy the soothing sounds of the waves rolling in from the Gulf of Mexico:
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers,nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (CSB)