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be present…

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV

Forget-full… it’s a symptom of being distracted…

Distracted from what you are doing in the moment…

I’ve suffered from it…

Seen loved ones suffer with it…

And I’ve realized… the cure for much forgetfulness… (like not remembering why you walked into a room… what you went to get… there really was a very specific reason why you went… left what you were doing… but when you got there you have no idea…) is to be present…

Be present in the moment… consciously present… not just subconsciously… going through the motions while thinking about the next thing…

Be present to the one who is speaking… listen to each word… not forming your own response in your head… or mentally thinking about what you will do when they finally stop talking…

Busy-ness is one thing that distracts… makes us forget-full…

It keeps us on the move… rather than in the moment…

Jesus doesn’t want us to be distracted… He doesn’t want us to be worried… concerned… about the past… or the future…

He wants us to be present… to His presence… in the moment…

Because really…? for us…? that’s the only place He is… present…

God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am.”

Exodus 3:14 ESV

His name… I Am… is present tense… only present tense…

Even though He is present… past… present… and future… being unbound by time… we can only connect to Him now…

He said… Mary has chosen the better thing…

Martha chose to be distracted by the busy-ness of the kitchen…

Mary chose to be present with Jesus…

Martha forgot… Who came for dinner… (Luke 10:38-42)

He is in your present moment… with you… right now…

Where… are… you…?

Back in the conversation gone wrong…? saying something you now regret…?

Or are you looking ahead with dread…? of a coming medical report…?

a meeting you’d rather avoid…?

Today… moment by moment… has enough troubles of its own… we don’t need to create more by dwelling on the past… or fretting about the future…

When we do… we become forget-full…

There is no… What if…? there is only… What is…

And the is is where He is…

In the present is where He wants to heal and guide you through what happened in the past… give you peace regarding the future…

Today… practice being present…

At one meal today… sit and savor… what you are eating… who you are with…

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Actually taste your food… rather than being distracted by what’s next…

Slow… down…

be… present…

re-member…

He… Is…

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20 ESV

This verse is for the church… those who believe…

Don’t forget to let Him in… take time to hear Him knocking…

He wants to be present… with you…

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