February 19, 2018

Being With God

By: Hannah Beaven [Newburg, IA]

For my New Year’s resolution, I decided to practice the commands in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Tackling prayer, I focused on when, how, and with what purpose I prayed. I tried to quiet my mind and spirit before praying, but to no avail. My busy schedule took up every moment of every day; I didn’t have the time or the patience to be still.


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (NRSV)

One night as I struggled to silence my thoughts and listen for God, I read a devo about the importance of communing with God so that God can restore our strength and fill us with joy. Suddenly, I realized that being still isn’t only about turning our attention toward God; it’s also about allowing God to focus God’s attention on us.

When we take time to be in the presence of God, we allow God to be with us and to satisfy our spiritual hunger for faith, wisdom, grace, hope, and love. Being still with God is the healing and restoration I need in the midst of
a busy life.


TAKE TIME FOR GOD: Set aside a time to be with God each day, especially on your busiest days. Discover how being in God’s presence can give you the strength and joy to face whatever comes your way.


Take Time For God

Set aside a time to be with God each day, especially on your busiest days. Discover how being in God’s presence can give you the strength and joy to face whatever comes your way.

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