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Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 9:46:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

A full life includes learning to live in God's presence moment by moment in spite of the ups and downs that life brings. To do so it is important to be able to recognize the presence of God in our daily lives. As we rush about, the world's noise often drowns out any sense of His presence. C.S. Lewis would suggest that the problem is in our recognition, not in whether or not God is actually present:

"We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito."*

Thankfulness sharpens our ability to recognize God's presence. Increased thankfulness makes us more aware of His presence and goodness around us.

Psalm 100:4 provides Biblical support for thankfulness bringing us in to His presence:

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name." (NIV)

Or in Eugene Peterson's translation of this verse:

"Enter with the password: 'Thank You!' Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank Him. Worship Him." (The Message)

Thankfulness becomes a powerful cycle if practiced regularly. We are thankful and become more aware of His presence. The more our eyes are open to see God's presence, the more we are thankful. The result is deeper joy and peace in our lives. My favorite way to start the day is to spend time listening to worship music and then add to my "thousand gifts" thankfulness list. Worship focused on thanksgiving and praise brings me into His presence and I find that as I walk through the day, I am much more aware of His presence all around me as I look for things to be thankful for.

*A quote from "Free CS Lewis Quotes" an IPhone and IPad application. Posted approximately November 21st.

Comments
Amen my Brother!!! This is excellent!!
James Kernan @ 10:32:00 AM 12/8/2011

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