"Sometimes while I'm talking to God, He'll show me something about myself in such a way that I have to laugh at my own humanity and how funny I must look to Him." - Donna

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Greedy for God Bird Nerd- part 5

(Bird Nerd – Part 5)

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? – Psalm 42:1-2 NIV

Sometimes it’s difficult for me to focus on one thing. I tend to do several things at once.

My husband walked into our family room one day, looked at me, and shook his head. “What are you doing?” he asked. I had the television on with the Picture in Picture feature enabled so I could watch two shows at once, but I had the volume muted. Why? Because I had the radio on to listen to my favorite program. During station breaks, I read the newspaper!

Maybe that’s why my friend suggested I get a hummingbird feeder. When one of the delicate and elusive birds appears, I have to drop everything to watch it before it flits away as quickly as it came.

If we want to commune with God on a deeper level, we must focus on Him. While God won’t fly away and take His presence from us, He does require that we give Him all of our love and devotion. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (NIV)

Even though it’s still hard for me, my goal is to focus on the Lord and all His goodness and enter into His presence. And then I find out, He’s there all the time, just waiting for me to slow down.

Prayer: God, my desire is to commune with You for it is in Your presence, I find joy and peace. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Donna,
I have tried for years to understand HOW anyone can manage to do just ONE thing at a time...I have multiple tasks going at all times. I can't function unless I'm doing several things at once. How in the world can people concentrate on doing just one thing before going on to another?
I do just focus on God when I am praying or praising Him, though. He is the only "One" I give my all to. When I'm spending time with God, He alone is all I concentrate on. Then when we're finished with our conversation, I'm back to multi-tasking!

"just me"

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Aha! So I'm not the only one. Thank God! This post got so little response, I thought maybe I was. *g* I think one of heaven's benefits will be the abundance or should I say, the absence, of time. Just think...all of eternity to spend in God's presence. What an awesome thought!

Donna

Anonymous said...

Donna,

I just read your devotion. It is beautiful and the reality and truth of it hit 'home' to me.

Thank you for writing that. I will be checking out more devotionals from you whenever you post them.

Great job!

Toni

Elizabeth J. Mills said...

I've been dealing with fear the last few nights. To combat this enemy, I clicked on my clock radio to our local Christian station. Then, I called out to God. Last night, I heard Him tell me, "I'm here." I sensed His presence, firm and solid, immoveable. I didn't feel a tender embrace, just the strength of His guardianship and defense of me.

Focusing on Him always brings us the help, answers and direction we need. Confusion, fear and doubt flee when His presence surrounds us.

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Hi, Elizabeth. Such a beautiful response. I'm so happy you received comfort.

I sing a song called "In His Presence." It's one of my favorite songs. Here's a snippet:

In Your presence there is comfort
In Your presence there is peace
When we seek to know Your heart
We will find such blessed assurance
In Your holy presence Lord

Isn't that beautiful? Better with the music! *g*

Thanks for stopping by. - Donna

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