¿Dónde estás?

I hope everyone is doing AMAZINGLY wonderful!! {and staying hydrated} These past couple of weeks have definitely been something else. Financial concerns, friend/relationship issues, family health scares and so many other important but vain things that come along with this world. Something I realized today after spending some time in worship is that I can’t forsake His presence.|duh, right?|He is where I find total peace and my solace and I can never forget that. I can honestly say in these past couple of weeks, His presence is what has kept my mind and what has held me together and placed a smile on my face every single day. I’m grateful for that. But today, I found myself really questioning where I was. Like, where was I and what was I doing? What brought me down from His presence? What did I allow to capture my attention so much so that it would take my focus off Him? So I ask you all that same question. What’s getting in the way? Where are you? ¿Dónde estás? What is taking your energy and pulling you away from His presence?  In His presence alone is fullness of joy. There’s a hymn that continues to come to me and it’s been on my mind for the past few hours. What a friend we have in Jesus. If you’ve never fully known the lyrics {y’all know how these hymns can get lol} puh-lease google them. All I hear when I listen…all my heart feels is get into His presence. “O what peace we often forfeit…O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer…” He wants us to come and talk to Him (lol why did Jodeci come to mind?) ANYWAY, that’s what He desires. We give over our peace. We weigh ourselves down. We continue in the same pain all because we won’t go to Him and just talk…just seek Him.  I’ve found myself numerous times almost refusing to pray…being puffed up or prideful or even ashamed thinking I had it all figured out only to fall flat on my face and return to God.

Are you in His presence? Are you consumed by the vain things of this world? Are you allowing the bills to scare you? The man/woman to control your emotions? Are you allowing other things to take precedence over your time with Him? I’m here to tell you; we make some awful life changing decisions when we aren’t in His presence. We say the wrong things & sometimes the right things at the wrong time. We hurt people. We abandon purpose. All those things lead us away from the peace He designed with us in mind. I’ve learned that it really is all about seeking His Kingdom first. Seeking righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. That is His Kingdom. I can’t tell y’all how many times I’ve been comforted in His presence or how much lighter my heart becomes. So why do I struggle to remain there? Because I take my eyes off of what’s important and I place them on what is right in front of me. That’s my issue. I’m learning what faith really looks like and how to allow God to remain in control when life happens by letting Him be in control when things are seemingly calm. Your issue may be something totally different…or maybe you don’t have an issue at all. Get into His presence and experience FREEDOM! Take those things that press so heavily on your mind to Him. Being in His presence now prepares you for whatever WILL come later. So whatever..or whoever {yeah, I went there} is taking you from Him, push it out of the way and spend time with Him. He is the solution. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, need to make a big decision, or just want to express gratitude, get with Him.

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