Faithful Presence

For some reason I haven’t shared many quotes from my Word of the Year so far in 2014.  I mentioned earlier that my word is “Presence” this year.  I have certainly been adding tons of quotes to my journal, and here are some examples:

And now we’re here in God’s presence, ready to listen to whatever the Master put in your heart to tell us.  — Acts 10:33

Our life is full of brokenness–broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations.  How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives. — Henri Nouwen

We seek the person and presence of God partly for how it benefits our life circumstances.  Indeed, the presence of God is a place to hide from the intrigues of people.  Yet trying to control our circumstances by means of God’s presence is not what we rest in as disciples of Jesus…The promise is not that God will never allow any evil to come to us, but that no matter what befalls us, we are still beyond genuine harm because God remains with us and His presence is enough by itself.  — Dallas Willard, Hearing God, 2/11

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me.  — Psalm 23:5

Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.  Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God.  For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. –Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 (NASB)

The first thing that wise people do in the presence of Jesus is worship.  — Eugene H.Peterson, A Year With Jesus, pg. 16

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