Our Father, the God of the Bible never seizes to amaze me with His wisdom. Year after year, we can study His Word and open it up to have it speak to us afresh each time. King Solomon was considered a wise man and it is said of him that he prayed for wisdom. God honored that prayer. He is described as having wisdom and great insight and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. He shared what God showed to him with others as well. All the kings of the world sent men from all nations to listen to him. He was a man who valued wisdom, but he was wisest to recognize that wisdom began with fearing or revering the Lord. Our Father is wisdom and these are the reasons He gave to Solomon as to why it is wise to have God’s wisdom 1) It leads to acquiring a disciplined and prudent life meaning a life with a saved mind and with understanding 2) Wisdom helps us to discern or separate out, make distinction and have guidance on matters in life. 3) It is necessary to doing what is right in life, what is just and what is fair. All these thoughts leads me to discern that to get my Father’s wisdom is just oh so wise and I feel wiser already having spent time with my Father this morning! Hence, I’m thinking I’ll keep on seeking the wisdom my Father shares – His Word, the Bible. I so wanna be a wise gal in life. How about you? Maybe you would rather be a wise guy, huh?
Have you ever heard someone say that a person looks just like their mother or their father? I find that is so interesting that a child can enter into the world with the same eyes, nose or other features just like one of their parents. It can be surprising how the genes manifest. Yet you can have three different children from the same parents and they all are different in how they look, not all the same in their physical appearance or inheritance of features. .It is a good thing when the children are able to rest in their own uniqueness in how they are created and not always wishing they were their brother or sister. To do so can lead to a pretty discouraging, discontented life and leave one missing the boat in terms of appreciating their own uniqueness. God designs each one so uniquely. It strikes me that while this can happen physically, it happens spiritually as well. Paul points out that as children of God, each one of us, when born again are given manifestation of the Spirit of God in us. This can pop out in very interesting ways in each individual person and no two are alike, nor should they try to be. Each individual is a celebration of God being revealed in them – a glimpse of His greatness. To say my gifting is not special and someone else’s is can be to say that there is something not great about our perfect Father who is revealing a part of Himself in each one of His kids. Paul says that the manifestation of the Spirit in each one of us is given for the common good – the good of blessing others and bringing our Father glory. To step out and be just like our Father as He created us to be is a good thing and to not do so means the world will forever miss out on the goodness of our Father in us. Not how sad would that be? I am a sister encouraging you today that you are oh so special. Let’s celebrate the gift of you and me in the world today and share the greatness of our Father manifested in us with those around us. It will be a good thing! Hooray! Let’s go good saints! You are awesome!
If you are like me, it is such a blessing in life to have someone who knows you and understands you. The reason this is important, is because when someone knows you and understands you and vice versa, you are better able to love each other. Deep relationships are so special! To know someone and have them know you, it is important to spend time with them and experience life with them to help put yourself in their shoes so you can understand life through their viewpoint. To know someone, it is also important to be able to talk heart to heart. One of the reasons that a High Priest in Biblical days could be merciful towards people and faithful in doing his work of presenting sacrifices before God on behalf of the people was because he personally understood what they were experiencing in terms of not being able to live perfect as the Law pressured them to do. He himself struggled to keep the Law and he understood how much it meant to have a sacrifice offered to have grace and a right relationship with our Father. A deep relationship between the people and the Father was very important and hence, the High Priest understood how important his work was as that bridge of go between. Jesus became the ultimate High Priest that once and for all offered one final sacrifice for the sins of all those who come to Him, believing in Him to be the bridge of go between for each of us and our Father. As a result, we no longer need earthly High Priests; Jesus is our High Priest forever. Jesus is a great friend who understood that in order to fully know us and understand what we were struggling with in life, He personally needed to walk in our shoes as humans to experience what we experience in our struggles with temptation, to know how it feels to carry the weight of sin upon us and to realize how important His sacrifice was that was made once and for all to bring us grace and a right relationship with our Father! As a result of that, He fully knows and understands us. He has walked in our shoes and experienced life with us. Our Father has made Himself known to us through Jesus and Jesus is always with us to hear our hearts as we talk with Him. As our forever High Priest, He always shares His heart concerning us with our Father so that we have the Father’s outpouring of mercy and grace to help us in our times of need. Now how cool is that to have such a great friend in life as that? Does it bless your heart like it does mine to know that you are known, understood and loved as you are with such unfailing love? I am so thankful with you all for our great friend Jesus. May you feel His great love for you today no matter where you are or what you may be going thru. He is forever with us!
He 2:14-18; 4:14-5:6, 7:23-28, 13:5; Jn 3:16, 10:14-15,14:8-11;
I’m a gal at peace today knowing that my Father is in control and no matter what I experience today, He has my back in it all. He promises that in all things, He will work for the good of us all as His saints and given that promise, we can’t lose. Now how cool is that! What a comfort it is to me to know I have already won as I step out to partner with my Father in all the miracles and experiences He has in store for us together. It just puts a great big grin on my face and gives me the confidence and mindset I need to head out and enjoy the awesome ride of life today! Woohoo! Have fun out there where you are! Can’t wait to hear your stories as I know with our Father, they are going to be great!
How I marvel at the faith of Abraham. What a great example he set. As I study about him this morning, I see that he was a man who heard the voice of our Father and faithfully set out to carry out what his Father asked him to do. I marvel that in the text, it doesn’t say that he wrestled with it or questioned it, but wholeheartedly took the steps he needed to take. He moved forward to carry out the task that was given to him to do even though it was possibly going to require of him great sacrifice – the sacrifice of laying down something very precious to him. He was able to move forward to do so because in his heart, he trusted in the Lord for favorable outcome. As my brother Wiley has said, “we don’t know all the answers, but we know our Father is the answer.” This was evidenced in Abraham’s life when he told his servants “wait here with the donkey while I and my son go over there to worship and then we will come back to you.” To his son’s inquiry to him about where God’s provision would come from, Abraham replied, “God Himself will provide” and given that answer, the two of them went on together to continue doing what they had been asked to do. The outcome of the story is that Abraham was faithful and God was faithful. God provided and Abraham and his son went back to the servant who was faithfully waiting for them with the donkey as his master had asked of him. Then all together they set off taking steps towards what was next. This story just has me all inspired to serve as my Father has asked of me and even though I don’t know all of the answers as to how He will do it, I can trust Him to provide a favorable outcome. In the end, it will be worked out in our Father’s very best way. That thought just gives me all the confidence I need to keep taking the steps He shows me to take moment by moment. I’m a gal trusting in Him with ya and I’m glad we are all journeying together!
My Father has given me the greatest brother ever. I so love it that we have the kind of relationship that enables us to be able to have heart to heart talks. One of the great things that he has shared with me that I see so many struggle with is the importance of looking at mistakes made in life with the mindset of failing forward. What he shared with me fits in well with the thought that our past should be a springboard not a hammock. In other words, we should learn from our past and move forward wiser and aiming for future success. It becomes a problem when we dwell on our mistakes and remain there, stuck in a rut, paralyzed or not moving onward like lying in a hammock. The Apostle Paul understood the importance of this as well. He claimed not to have full knowledge of Christ or to be already conformed like Christ fully and he certainly had a past history of sin that could’ve greatly brought him down if he dwelled there in thought, but he said that this he did, “forgetting” what was behind and straining toward what is ahead. He pressed on toward the goal to win the prize for which God had called him heavenward in Christ. Totally forgetting something is pretty hard to do, but the word forgetting as Paul talks is “upon neglect, to willfully escape notice.” Paul centered his energy and his interests on the course ahead with conscious refusal to let his past sponge up his attention and interfere with his progress. Our Father tells us a similar thing when He tells us to take captive our minds in obedience to Christ and to dwell on the positive. We are to be imitators of Christ and the new covenant that He made with us all is that He will remember each of our sins no more. Now how awesome is that? So if our perfect Father isn’t remembering our past mistakes, why should we? Therefore, I’m a gal committed to getting out of the hammock right now and springing forth with the excitement of my Father’s heart for me. I’m a moving on and determined not to settle back in that old hammock again! Woohoo! Great things are ahead! How about you? Are you up and out of the hammock of the past? Need to get a move on? There are great things ahead for you, too!
I am a gal learning to love as my Father loves. He IS love. That so amazes and intrigues me and I so want to be just like Him. As I continue to study His love and ask Him to teach me how to love, today He tells me that He exercises kindness. Love is kind. He says He shows unfailing kindness to His anointed, He led the Israelites with cords of kindness and ties of love and He is even kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and he sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Wow! Loving your enemies is God love. His Word tells us it not only blesses them and brings glory to our Father, but a kind person benefits them self and doesn’t bring trouble upon them self. Oh, that sounds like a good thing to me! Yikes! We are all works in progress and His perfect way of loving each of us is clearly demonstrated in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us to not just give us life here on earth, but to secure our relationship with Him from the moment we believe throughout eternity. Now that example of kindness reminds me of a story I heard about a little boy that was asked by his teacher what loving kindness is. He said “well, kindness is when someone gives you a slice of bread, but loving kindness is when they put some jelly on top of it!” Oh, that thought just makes me smile! Our Father didn’t just give us the bread of life (Jesus) for this life on earth, but He has given us the jelly of all His heavenly riches of eternity on top of it. Now how lovingly kind is that? The God of all time from the days of yesterday continues today and into eternity to show us kindness and that word in Hebrew means “devotion”. He is so devoted to loving us and that just make me feel so special today. So, I’m stepping out trusting in my Father’s Spirit in me to do as my Father does and that is to exercise kindness to everybody. Wherever you are today, may you feel our Father’s loving kindness towards you or in other words, have a “jelly on top” kind of day!
1 Co 13:4; Tit 3:3-7; Lk 6:27-36; Mt 5:43-48, 1 Th 5:15; Jer 9:24; Pr 11:17; Jer 9:24; Hos 11:4; Ro 5:8; Jn 3:16, 6:25-59; Eph 2:1-10
As I enjoy doing each day, I have spent some time with my Father this morning, waiting for Him to share with me what He wanted to speak to my heart. He has conveyed to my heart that He wants to talk to me about love. There are so many different ways to love someone and He being perfect love, He always sets the perfect example for me. The first aspect of love that He talks with me about today is the issue of patience. Oh, the sound of that word just gets me all worked up. I chuckle as I think about how often I have heard people say to be careful what you pray for, because you will get it and if you ask for patience, watch out as your life will be filled with all kinds of things that will require you to have patience. Experience is a good teacher. Yikes!!! Here is another patient thought – “Lord, please give me patience and I want it right now!” Whoa! That just fills my mind with all kinds of thoughts beyond imagination as to how our Father might accomplish that prayer! I suppose there are areas in all of our lives where we are very willing to be patient and other areas where we want things different right now. This I know, our Father is capable of helping us all have Godly patience. The thing that blesses my heart so much about my Father sharing with me about patience is that He is so patient with me. He takes the time that is needed to help me grow in the right timing and in just the right ways. As it takes time for a child to grow up physically, it also takes time for us all as our Father’s children to grow spiritually. Growth doesn’t always happen overnight, but it can! .Our Father’s Word tells us that He is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but for everyone to come to repentance. I am so thankful that my Father loves me this way and knowing the struggles I personally have to be all grown up spiritually, it just helps me to have more compassion for others around me as our Father works in their lives also. Yes, Father, I agree – patience is truly a love thing! Thank you for being so patient with me as I grow. Help me to be patient with myself as you reveal to me the things I need to learn and become more like You! Thank you for being so committed to me to help me grow in good ways and thank you for viewing me as your already perfect child in Jesus. Oh Father, You make me feel so loved and cared for!
1 Co 13:8; 2 Pe 3:9; Col 1:21-23; Eph 5:1; Ro 8:28-29; Ja 1:1-4
Jesus’ ministry is upon my heart this morning as I step out to begin a very busy week ahead. This is a week where I will find myself in the midst of many people with many different needs and thoughts and communication will be very key to victory, peace and harmony and sharing God’s love and Truth. Jesus certainly knew how this was. He was surrounded by people constantly with the exception of private time in which He actively pursued communication with His Father. The way that Jesus found victory in all of the interactions with people was because He relied so heavily upon His Father’s guidance and these two things He did in keeping with His Father’s Word - He did not let love or faithfulness depart from Him. He was always faithful to His Father and He loved people with the kind of love that led Him to lay down His life for them – He gave His all to have a right relationship with them. He sets a great model for me as I step out into life today. My heart has that same commitment to my Father and to those around me in that it is seeking to be faithful to my Lord and to love as my Father would have me love. Just as Jesus did, I am trusting my Father in me to bring victory! I’m trusting our Father for you all to have victory as well! His love to you.
I’ve returned from North Carolina and had a couple of days to get my bearings back. I want to take a minute and express my gratitude and how I see your support and your encouragement as a true gift. Throughout life, we hear many voices. Some have more influence on us than others, but they all affect us somehow. I have been studying and teaching a lot on identity this last couple months. If we know who we are, we will do what we are created to do. Remember in the garden how satan came to tempt Eve? He wasn’t tempting her to eat an apple, he was challenging her identity and God’s goodness. Again, satan came to tempt Jesus. Remember he said “if” you are the son of God, then… If Jesus would’ve failed to remember who He was, He would’ve fallen. By faith, we need to believe ourselves to be what God says we are. I understand how challenging this is, especially when you’ve perfected the art of seeing your own imperfections. We must know that our Father sees us in Jesus as holy and blameless and already seated in heavenly places with Christ, that His death and resurrection was our death and resurrection and we are now temples that carry His Spirit - the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead. I’m explaining this to you, because our Father speaks to us in many ways. I love when I can just hear through His Word as Truth, but he also puts people around us to encourage us. Thank you for believing in me and being one of those vessels that has brought me encouragement. Please take a minute today, to look in the mirror and by faith speak over yourself how God sees you. If you are in Christ (Christian), then you are a new creation.
My Father describes Himself to me this morning as our “fortress” in life and He truly is. He is someone we can always turn to no matter what is going on in our lives. Imagine our Father as these things that describe a fortress: a large permanent military stronghold, a place or source of refuge or support, a place that protects, a place of exceptional security, a defense against attack, a place where one is fortified meaning where one is given physical strength or endurance, a place where one is encouraged and enriched. Oh, our Father is all of these for us and He is always there and never too far away to reach. I am so thankful for our Father! He makes me feel so safe and secure as I step out into this day. Love to you all ~
Have you ever been riding along in life and all of a sudden you find yourself laid low – kind of like landing on the ground instead of on top of yer horse while on a trail ride. That is the imagery I see this morning as I read the Psalmist’s words “when I am laid low in the dust.” David is a man who knew hard times in his life and My Father shows me what David shares as to what he found from his experience to be that which would pick him back up off the ground and keep him going in life - it was our Father’s words and promises spoken to him. It can be very difficult to keep our minds focused and take captive our thoughts and make them obedient to Christ’s words and promises, but in doing so, it is the very thing that will pick us up and put us back on top. It will be the determination, the drive in us that will keep us keeping on. It will be the power to defeat us being powerless. Given these thoughts, I ask you as I ask myself, is there a place in my life where I need a picker upper? Where am I laid low in the dust on the trail of life? What does God’s Word say about it? What is His promise to me that I need to take hold of? Oh, our Father so longs to extend us a hand up if we will take it. I’m a gal that wants to be riding up on top in my life – riding in the way of my Father who is the Most High. What do you say that let’s seek to take His hand up by seeking out in His Word what we need to pick us up. Let’s not stay in the dust. Seeking to ride for victory with ya!
Life can be very difficult and discouraging sometimes, but I so love the message of this song that I recently heard and so I want to share its message with you this morning as I think it speaks so powerfully that we always have hope in our Father. He will give us strength to keep going and help us as we turn to Him. There is reason why we are here. No matter what we may be going through in life, let’s remember that we are dearly loved and cared for and our Father is looking out for us. Oh, there is no better place to be in the whole world than in His hands. These are the words I would like to say if you can take the time to listen to this song. May you feel our Father with you today.
I am so thankful that our Father is love. When you are connected with His Spirit in you, it just rubs off on you. Jesus so often exhibited deep yearning and intense, compassionate love and Paul also fostered it by his union with Christ. This is evidenced in his words he wrote when he said that God could testify how he longed for the saints in Philippi with all the affection of Christ Jesus. Paul also understood that in order to love well, for love to abound more and more, you need knowledge and depth of insight so that you can discern what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God. If we are to love one another well, it takes more than just feelings. It requires growth and maturation. It grows through knowledge, discernment and sensitivity. It takes mutual understanding of people, gaining knowledge as to what love means to them and discerning how to best implement that into your relationship. It takes prayer and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. God’s servant James encourages us that if any of us lacks wisdom, we should ask God who will give generously to us all without finding fault; it will be given to us. Need tips on how to love deeper? Our Father has the perfect wisdom that we can draw from – He is an expert resource. I’m a gal seeking Him to love well today. Love to you all ~
Reading a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians this morning, it speaks so loudly the importance of each of us stepping out into life to be and do what God intended for us to do and be. In so doing, it brings such blessing to so many! Why wouldn’t we want to be a blessing in the lives of others? Oh, I so wanna be! Our Father says we can be! His Word tells us each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made and He has great plans and purpose for each of us. When we place our trust in Christ, we are filled with His Spirit in us, equipping us with the newness of His power in us. It is what enabled Titus to have strength and success as he was given a task to handle that was not easy. Because he stepped out in faithfulness to put into action the gift of God in Him with the Holy Spirit’s power of love and self-discipline rather than holding on to a spirit of timidity, victory was won in the lives of many. God working through Titus was key to making a huge difference as were so many other saints we read about in God’s Word. Think of Moses, Esther, Jonah, Joshua, Peter, David, Mary, Eunice, Lois and the list of individuals that goes on and on – people who were living their everyday lives in relationship with their Father. They each played their part in stepping out to be who they were intended to be in life to make just the right difference just as Paul saw Titus’ faithfulness as a gift of God’s provision to bring solution, comfort and encouragement into a situation that was creating a lot of unrest. Each one of us as believers have a part to play in contributing to helping the people around us and throughout the world. Every task, no matter how small and easy it seems or how large and difficult, God’s grace will enable us to do what needs to be done. We just need to step out in faith to do His will, trusting in His power in us to bring the victory. We are not powerless, but mighty and powerful to make a great difference in this world. Let’s step out for our Father being strong and courageous to be lights to His glory. So many will be glad we did, so will our Father and so will we. Hooray! Let’s go! I believe in us and so does our Father. Do you?
2 Co 7:5-6; 2 Ti 1-5-7; Mt 5:14-16; Ps 139:13-14; Jer 29:11; Ac 1:8
In this world, as believers in Christ, our Father’s Word beckons us to be imitators of Christ. At first thought of this, it can seem overwhelming because Christ was perfect, without any kind of sin at all. Oh, I’m so much a wanna be that! Reality is that there has never been a Christian, nor will there ever be a Christian without blemish in their actual conduct. That is why Christ died for us on the cross and because of His great love for us, a Christian’s identification with Christ is such that His righteousness and His standing before God is also ours. Oh, glorious day, I say! To even begin to imitate God, we need to first know God and understand what it is we need to do to be like Him. Our Father has not left us in the dark on this and He has made it very clear to us in His love letter to us – the Bible. He has not given us a long list of do’s and don’ts to try to remember and implement. This is the summary or you could say this is it in a nutshell – powerful Truth condensed down into a simple call to “love.” Who is God – He IS love and given that along with the call to be imitators of Christ, we are called to love. To know God’s love for us, to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves makes for a very blessed life! Love is an outpouring of God’s Spirit in us. God loves us. When we understand and rest confident in that, we can love Him back, love ourselves properly and love others in the same way. Hence, love is made complete. Oh, I just love all of that! It just makes me smile and step out feeling so loved. Our Father loves us and so do I! I hope you feel loved today. Please pass it on!
Housework. It seems it is never fully accomplished. Just when you think it is done, it is in the process of needing work at it again. It can keep a keeper busy all the time. At best, as you keep at it, it is sustained or kept from getting totally out of hand. My Father uses this illustration in my life today to help me see that this is what He does for different areas of my life. He sustains me. For example, when my stomach is hungry, He just gets me fed physically and my body is in the process of getting hungry again. It is never once and for all fully fed. He feeds or sustains me physically just as he sustains all of creation. He also does the same thing for me spiritually as well. We all probably have areas of our lives like housework that are problems that seem always there and not quite as orderly or in line as we would like it to always be. Even though we keep trying, they never seem to totally go away. My Father tells me in those situations to cast my cares on Him and His right hand will sustain me (provide me nourishment, keep me going, help prolong, hold or prop me up, help me hold up under and enable me to endure). He promises to never let the righteous fall, but gives us sufficient grace to help us persevere. He extends to us, His kids, His shield of victory; He stoops down to make us great. Now how cool is that thought? I so want to be great in life! Our Father is the best! He is a real keeper and I’m so glad He is mine. He’s got me keepin’ goin’ today, keepin’ at doin’ His will. How about you? Got an ongoing need? If so, we can always call on our Father. His line is always open to provide us help when we need it. Keepin’ goin’ with ya!
Ps 18:35, 55:22; Mt 6:25-34; 1 Pe 5:7; 2 Th 3:5; He 4:16
It is the time of year that school is drawing to a close for the summer and as I reflect upon my own past memories of being a school girl, I recall the pressure or anxiety I used to feel when I was about to receive my report card at the end of the year that told me if I had passed for the year and would be given the opportunity to enter the next grade and not have to remain where I was. It was always such a relief to know that I had qualified or was accepted into the next class. It gave me peace and relief. Today, my Father gives me that same kind of peace for which I am thankful to Him for when He tells us that through our faith in Christ that we are “qualified” or fitted for sharing in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. We have been transferred from the kingdom or dominion of darkness. We have made the grade! To that I say “Woohoo!” That feels so good! My Father tells me that He desires that we all have that good feeling and peace and that is why He gave the Apostle Paul and now each of us the request to open the eyes of others, to school them and turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus. We have been sanctified, meaning we have been passed on from the kingdom of darkness, have been freed from sin and death and are now set apart as a holy saint destined to inherit all of the riches of the Kingdom of Christ. Now that thought just makes my day! Isn’t it a great feeling to know we are qualified? Celebrating with ya with peace of mind as I step out into the day!
Wow ! I feel like a blessed gal this morning as my Father points out to me how much He loves us and desires to put a smile on our faces. He has done so by basically saying I’m going to swap ya. That is what He did by seeing that as His kids in this world, we were plagued by the curse of sin the enemy brought upon us and then choosing that He Himself would fix it for us. He did so when He chose to become the man of Jesus who had no sin and take for Him the ownership of our sin and in return, let us have the righteousness of God. Now how cool is that? It sounds like a deal I can believe in! Done swapped! I so love His kindness and righteousness. It makes me wanna be just like Him. Oh, wait a minute – I guess I already am. Woohoo! Blessed gal here! His grace works for me! That thought just makes me smile! Thanks, Father, for your kindness to me. You are so special!
2 Co 5:21; Gen 3; Jn 3:16; Col 1:21-23; Ro 8:1-4, 10:1-13; Eph 2:8
Have you ever had a very close relationship with someone that when describing it to someone you might say “we are just like this” as you take your two separate fingers (index and middle) next to each other and cross one over the other so they are no longer separate, but one. That is how my Father shows me our relationship is with Him as His saints. He is not one who views His relationship with us as Him and us being separate. We do not need go through life thinking I am me and then there is God. He says we used to be separated from Him in our sin, but no longer. We have been reconciled through Christ’s efforts on the cross and have now “crossed” over into union “in Christ,” meaning made one, never to be separated from Him again. We were united with Him in death and we will be united in Him in resurrection. Being of Him in believing, His Spirit lives in our hearts and He likens our relationship to Him as He being the vine and us being connected branches – all one and fruit bearing. Oh, together with Him or crossed over, we add such sweetness and blessing to the world! Because of Him being in us, we experience life together with Him. We fellowship together. We speak together. We hear together. We love together. We adore together. We know together. We move together. We laugh together. We cry together. We bear fruit together. We are together. Now how special is all of that? As we bask in the light of His Sonshine today, may we all feel the warmth of His presence in us today. He is not just next to us, we are one “just like this!” I so love that!