Experiencing His Presence in my Moments


This is my word for 2016 . Life is full of them. All variable in how they can be received. Daily moments get delivered into my lap. Figuratively.
There is the disappointments, the rain filled holiday,  girlie coffee moments,  the out and about ramble, morning breakfast rush, the not belonging, the hug that says I care,  the ache,  the faithfulness,  the best meal, the betrayal. The moments pile up. Mixed bunch! 

How do I view my moment? Whom should I share them with? What is the worth of a moment? Even the moments that cause us turmoil and confusion. Can I actively keep Christ focused and let each one give God the best praise in it. 

Let’s maintain a curiosity. A wonder. A value. Seeing even the hard places of our life. As a moment that we learn and grow in . Knowing it’s a growth towards contentment. Our main belonging is in Christ. It’s the foundational trampoline from which we need to bounce everything. 

His presence in us makes every moment every day count #liveforHisglory -Juliet Barber Vineyard Church Pastor 

Moment looks different daily . I want to hold my moments  up to the sky . Father God help me to give my moments to you and trust you because you nourish me, give me strength and are with me. Even when the sky looks grey . 

It’s not being afraid when you can’t see the stars 

It’s sitting in the silence not afraid to feel it . 

It’s holding that gift of peace in the middle of the muddles in life . A settled confidence 

It’s holding still the ache, content in its work, that with the Lord all is well 

Moment – when richness rises like a bird soars into the blackness and know peace anyways  

At the moment of my mothers death I did not realise that she took with her a root irreplaceable.

That the shards remaining would never ever translate back to how it used to be

Her emotional strength had left with her  and this was like a ribbon that could never make that same bow again . Never.

 I take this moment this realisation. Feel its grief and the change that ensues from it and the change that I too have to make!  I know that my belonging, the presence,  is right here now,  in this moment.  Not just in knowledge but in experience. It has not died. The amazing presence of Christ is helping me to make those moments count. Indeed to ‘Keep living for His glory.’

For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17 

Hope rises . Like a new morning. Moments anew remind me of faithfulness. Stones of remembrance stack 





Thankfulness fills my being as I count again the pile of moments that say it’s beautiful! 
I encourage you to remain open handed to the beauty that’s within and around you. 

As I muse more on the word moment. The gathering of them. The gratitude for them and the grace strength and comfort needed in them, sometimes I find what I’m gaining is presence. 

Don’t you love how he promises that always . Through his words that are spoken He promises presence. The holy  spirit is the comforter . Presence. In the middle of life being intentional,  love living life by being present by noticing . Not just the physical thing like petals and toast and books. Feeling,  hearing,  touch the sensory. His presence is in the moments. In the experience . I’m gathering them . I’m knowing Him more. 

John 16:7Amplified Bible  But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].

It’s in the experience of our moments recognising them . We see God working daily in our lives. His presence revealing truth into our daily living. #liveforHisGlory 


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