Practicing the presence of God

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The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. ~ John 3:8 

Many of us start the day with some type of morning devotion or quiet time. That is an excellent discipline, and one I whole-heartedly recommend. However, it is important to not just "check the box" that we've spent time with God, and then move on to the important matters of the day.  

The fact is, God is always with us, beyond the minutes of our morning discipline. Once realized, we then begin practicing the presence of God. 

It is worth knowing the story of Brother Lawrence, a 17th century kitchen aid in a French Abbey. Brother Lawrence wrote, "Men invent means and methods of coming at God's love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God's presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?"

Do our common business wholly for the love of him! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can interact with God beyond morning devotions and practice the presence of God throughout the day. 

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