by Jessica Plummer

A Lenten Journey of Care – Week 5

What does being present mean to me, let’s start there.

As a mom who parents solo most of the time, my attention is needed everywhere. This means my kids, myself, my running, my home, and my animals. I need to be present for all these things while completing a task for them. I am one person, so that can’t happen 100% of the time. My main priorities for being present properly and how God expects me to be is to Him as a priority, then my kids and myself. This means I need to lean into him and his word for help.

My favorite verse to lean into for this is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV1

Be joyful always: pray continually: give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

This verse tells me that God wants us to live in the moment, trust that he is there and be thankful for each moment we are living, no matter the good or bad of it. If you always let go and let God with prayer, he will bring you through that moment you are in. Everything deserves your present attention. Focus on the joy you can take from each moment. Slow down, and be still.

The Bible even tells us to slow down in 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.’”

God wants us to live still and slowly. Focus on him and make your home foundation around him. If you are rushing through each moment to get to the finish line, how are you taking time to truly enjoy what he created for you in the life you have?

Being present, Seeing the small beauty in every moment, and thanking the lord for that time is essential and needs to be cherished; slow down and smell the roses of life our creator made. Be present in the good and the bad so you don’t miss the tiny quick flashes of beauty every moment you are blessed. Sit back and relax and thank God for what he has blessed you with; if you are not present to take it in, then you will miss it.

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