(FMF Friday) Present

The prompt is present. The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear that word is just how present my Heavenly Father has been in my life. He has shown His love and mercy time and time again. He has loved me through times of grief, of disappointment, of fear, of sorrow.  He promises in His Word that he will be present with us so in everything.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of need.”

— Psalm 46:1

 

The second thing I think of is another kind of present…as in how you present yourself to those around you. I long to be a sweet presence to those around me – my family, friends, co-workers, the sweet kids I serve at work, and the general public. I wish to represent Jesus in the way I carry myself and in my interactions with everyone. I wish to be a beacon of light and to lighten the load of someone who may be hurting.

 

And the third present on my mind reminds me to try harder to stop worrying and rely more on God. I want to be able to bring all my concerns to Him and then…as a very popular princess sang…”let it go”. I am striving to do this:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Philippians 4:6

 

 

 

 

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39 thoughts on “(FMF Friday) Present

  1. I love where you took this word. 🙂 After a trying evening, I could only think of the way I was failing at being willingly present and the present, as in a gift. But I love the reminder that God wants us to present our requests to Him. To Gift them to Him is what I thought of. I’ll give them to him if I trust HIm. Loved this. 🙂

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  2. I want to be present like that to those around me too. To be light in the midst of a dark world etc. Great post! I’m linked yo behind you this week; in the #60 spot.

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  3. Love your number 3 and see it as connected to number 2. I really struggle to “let it go” and therefore be present, especially as a parent. You’ve reminded us of the key: give it to the Lord in prayer…slowly learning that one…that He can help us with what we think are the tiniest of things, but that can make an incredible difference in our and our family’s lives.

    Thank you for your encouragement both here and on my blog post.

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  4. Love the three different perspectives on “present”. I hadn’t thought about the definition that applies to how we present our selves to others. So important to consider! Visiting you back – glad to be reading your posts! 🙂

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  5. Nice, thanks for this. Your verse went well with one that crossed my feed today.
    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

    Seemed a perfect marriage of scripture for me to see today. 🙂

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  6. Lynette,
    how beautiful. That Psalm was one of my first thoughts, but like you, I over-think these words and all the different uses and then have to cohesively put them together in only five minutes. You did wonderfully and included all three! 🙂
    Thank you for your beautiful scriptures as well. God speaks so much, and He doesn’t need many words to bring life!
    Love,
    Tammy
    (#81)

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  7. I think this is the 3rd time today where I have been reminded to be a light for Him and that His light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. How important it is to let His presence make a difference in our lives and let His goodness, grace and love shine through us. Thank you for the reminder to be a sweet present in the lives of others. (FMF #42)

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  8. Lynette, this is lovely. You cover so many aspects here of being ‘present’. These words are ones I long for too: “I wish to represent Jesus in the way I carry myself and in my interactions with everyone. I wish to be a beacon of light and to lighten the load of someone who may be hurting.” Amen! May it be so for all of us who bear His light within. Blessed to stop by and read your words today, friend.

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  9. I’ve seen you commenting on all the late posters. So I hopped back to #9 to read your words … and I then saw your header. The coffee mug. The little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus and I LOVE THAT. so …. thanks for making my day with the new attitude for my mornings. (not coffee, but hot chocolate … and a WHOLE LOT of Jesus. Amen).

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