LIVE FIRST AND FOREMOST in My Presence. Gradually you will become more aware of Me than of people and places around you. This awareness will not detract from your relationships with others. Instead, it will increase your ability to give love and encouragement to them. My Peace will permeate your words and demeanor. You will be active in the world, yet one step removed from it. You will not be easily shaken because My enveloping Presence buffers the blow of problems.This is the path I have set before you. As you follow it wholeheartedly, you experience abundant Life and Peace.Psalm 89:15-16; Psalm 16:82 Peter 1:2Jesus CallingEnjoying Peace in His Presenceby Sarah Young
I am not nearly as close as I should be to living “FIRST AND FOREMOST in His Presence”. But I am much closer than I used to be. And I can attest that as I focus more on Him and less on the world, the blows of my problems are buffered.
Most often my problems tend to start and end with ME; how I am affected/hurt/changed/inconvenienced etc etc. However when I keep God FIRST AND FOREMOST, problems take on a whole different perspective and I find that they are really not about me at all. And maybe they aren’t really as much problems as they are simply new opportunities to live in HIS PRESENCE.
Time for another cup of coffee as I prepare to accept the opportunities of this day.