God, Who names Himself your Father, has established you as His child. In doing this, He has demonstrated His desire for relationship with you.
 
You can come as close in relationship with God as you desire. Your choice determines your depth of relationship.
 

 
You have the ability to minister to the Heart of the One Who formed you and breathed Life into you.
 
Blessing Father God is easy, and it doesn’t cost you money, time, or energy!
 
How can you minister to God’s Heart?
 
Bible writers expressed that in Him we live and move and have our being.” Some English versions of the Bible quote the following verse “live and move and have our being.” Others word it “live and move and exist.”
 
As you fill your days in recognizing this reality, as your recognize His Presence in your life, you will bless the Heart of God, your Father.
 

 
You can expect to achieve a much closer relationship with God if you spend your days doing what seekers of God have called, for over 300 years, “practicing the presence of God.” Actually, a better term is “realizing the presence of God.”
 
One man offered, “I am as sure as I live that no Person is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself. My existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God.”
 
This term comes from Brother Lawrence, a man who lived from 1614-1691 A.D., who joined a monastery so that he could better know God.
 
His spiritual advisers gave him prayer books to use, but he put them aside. “It helps little to pray,” he said, “if I do not know the God to Whom I pray.”
 
Brother Lawrence was assigned to work in the monastery kitchen where he did even the most boring chores “for the love of God” and aware of the love of God. He communed with God while doing the dishes and sweeping the floor.
 
In his mind, conversations with God were the same as prayers to God — but far better.
 
He well knew that God knew everything about him and always worked all things together for his best good.
 
Brother Lawrence discovered that the King of All Kings was delighted to spend time with him in the little monastery kitchen. He learned that his Father God enjoyed being with him as much when he was washing dishes, mopping the floor, or cooking as when he was sitting quietly in his room focusing solely on God.
 
Brother Lawrence spent his days fellowshipping with God, and his writings, which were compiled into a little book called The Practice of the Presence of God, demonstrate how well he came to know God.
 
Brother Lawrence wrote: “We can do little things for God. I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I …fall on my face in worship before the One Who has given me grace to work.”
 
Brother Lawrence continued, “My business is to remain in the presence of God.” Practicing God’s presence became his habit and his guarantee of deep, abiding joy.
 
1 Corinthians 10:31
    31 So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.

 
The grave of a man who lived centuries ago, John Smith, revealed that he, too, practiced God’s presence: “Here lies the body of John Smith, who for 40 years cobbled [made] shoes in this village to the glory of God.”
 
An unnamed surgeon said, “When I am operating [performing surgery], I feel the presence of God so real that I cannot tell where His skill ends and mine begins.”
 
Another person wrote, “This is … the greatest of discoveries a man can make, that God is not confined in churches. The streets are sacred because His presence is there. Because the market-place is one of His abiding places, is God’s sanctuary. Any moment in any place, the veil can suddenly grow thin and God be seen.” [For more encouraging insights into the concept of a veil, go to the section called He Draws You Near.]


 
The practice of the presence of God ― realizing His presence ― is a way of life where we engage in continual conversation with God; walk with Him in love, humility, simplicity, trust, and faith.
 
We live our lives certain that, even though we can’t see Him, He is with us all through the day and night. He is with us each moment we are awake and each moment we are asleep.
 
We lives our lives aware of the truth that He knows our every thought, hears our every word, and witnesses our every action.
 
We monitor our own thoughts and discipline ourselves not to think, say, nor do anything that might displease Him. We turn all thoughts into conversations with God our Father.
 
We acknowledge that He is ever present with us ― dwelling among us, dwelling within us.
 
We invite Him into every choice, every decision, every hope, every desire.
 
We realize that His love is continuously flowing toward us.
 
We view that all good things which come to us are sent by our loving Father God.
 

 
We determine: “God is in our midst; He is now here. In Him we live and move and have our being.
 
Since you’ve become a seeker of God, have atheists mentioned to you that they feel that Believers in God are dull, lifeless people who never have any fun?
 
Pastor Frank Laubach counseled, “The notion that religion is dull, stupid and sleepy is insulting to God, for He has created infinite variety and He loves to surprise us. If you are weary of some sleepy form of devotion, probably God is as weary of it as you are.”
 
Father God wants relationship, not a weary religion bloated with tradition and boredom.
 
Here is a possible reason why atheists get the idea that Christians never have fun.
 
In the section of this website called Your Position As Son, you’ll discover the glorious truth that God has chosen you to be His child, not His slave.
 
Perhaps atheists have witnessed the lives of dull, lifeless Christians who seem stuck in a slave relationship with God as their Master.
 
“Slave relationship” isn’t a relationship at all, is it?
 
This truth is universal — slaves never have any fun!


 
Children, on the other hand, have plenty of fun. Because our Loving Father God has designed us to be His children, His presence brings us much joy.
 
Psalm 16:11
    11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
 
Psalm 21:6
    6 For You make him to be blessed and a blessing forever; You make him exceedingly glad with the joy of Your presence.
 
Job 8:21
    21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with joyful shouting.

 
Yes, the Lord goes where we go, and even those of us who are living at the city junkyard can enjoy His presence all the day long. Our junkyard home becomes heaven on earth. We begin enjoying God’s presence long before we start eternity.
 
The desire of His heart is to commune with you all through the day just as He did with Brother Lawrence. He is willing ― very willing. Are you?


 
Practice the Lord’s presence. Realize that He is continuously with you, near you, dwelling in you. Talk with Him all day long. If you are accused of talking to yourself, is that such a terrible accusation?
 
If you feel more comfortable terming talking with God “praying,” that’s good, too. No matter what you term this practice, it will certainly increase the security you feel in His love.
 
For example, you might say to Him:
 
“Father, what she said to me just now really hurt my feelings. Does she know how it sounded?”
 
“Father, thank You! I believe you caused that bird to sing just for me.”
 
“Lord, please help my boss to know You. I can tell he feels so much pressure in his job, and he’s carrying all the weight of his job on his shoulders. Father, help him to know You are working beside him, facing his challenges one by one.”
 
“Father, my head hurts. Could you please let me know why this is?”
 
“Why am I getting so angry with people today, Father? I can’t think of any reason why I’m so easily irritated. For everyone else’s sake, Father, please help me!”
 
“Father, I’ve looked for my keys for 20 minutes! Where did I put my keys?”
 
 “Father, that’s the most beautiful sunrise You’ve ever created for me. Thank You so much for such an excellent start to OUR day!”


 
There is only one disadvantage to practicing the presence of God by talking with Him all the day long. You might accidentally speak a thought aloud, and someone else will think you are talking to yourself!
 
Throughout the nations, children talk to imaginary friends. In some cultures, only the elderly and the insane are known to talk to themselves!


 
Brother Lawrence wrote, “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive. It is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would find delight in our doing this from love.”
 
Romans 5:5 says, “For God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.”
 
If we practice the presence of The One Who Is Love, Father God will empower us to love others. He will love them through us.
 
In other words, we will live our days in love, by love, through love, empowered by the One Who is named Pure Love.


 
When we practice the presence of God, we enjoy several other benefits from this practice as well.
 
First, we become increasingly conscious that Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit dwell within us, and remain ever present to help us and enable us.
 
2 Corinthians 4:7
    7 However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.

 
The more we realize the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, the less alone and weak we feel.
 
We feel more able to face life’s trials, challenges, and hardships, because we realize we are not facing these things alone. We know, too, that we are facing them using God’s abilities instead of our own.
 
John 3:34 advises that God does not give  His Spirit sparingly. He does not measure, limit, or restrict His Spirit. God gives His Spirit lavishly, without limitation.
 
In acknowledging the presence of God, we try to remember all day long that He is with us, in us, and we try to include Him in all of our thoughts and involve Him in all of our choices and decisions.
 
Certainly, as our work speeds up and other people’s words and actions bombard our lives, we will not be as mindful of His presence within.
 
However, when our lives return to more normal ― if the word “normal” can describe anyone’s life these days! ― we can make it our practice to include Him in our decision-making, in our prayers, and in our other thoughts. We talk with Him and acknowledge His working all through the day.
 
Some people call this talking to God throughout the day “prayer.” If you feel more comfortable terming it “prayer,” that’s fine. One person wrote: “To pray truly means to direct the thought and the memory, without relaxing, to the recollection of God, to walk in God's divine Presence, to awaken oneself to God's love by thinking about God, and to link the Name of God with one's breathing and the beating of one's heart.”
 
Take a moment and think about that last phrase: “to awaken oneself to God's love by thinking about God, and to link the Name of God with one's breathing and the beating of one's heart.”
 
An unknown author said, “Prayer is so simple. It is like quietly opening a door and slipping into the very presence of God. There, in the stillness, to listen to His voice, perhaps in asking something from Him or only to listen. It matters not. Just to be there in His presence is prayer.”
 
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Prayer.
 
John Bunyan advised, “When you pray, it is better that your heart be without words than your words be without heart.”
 
In other words, it is far better to be silent and still before the Lord than to fill the air with many meaningless words.


 
Have you ever had a relationship where one person does all the talking? Do you think the relationship can grow closer when one person dominates the other with words? The relationship is off balance, and will remain off balance.
 
Would you agree that if the One Who Has All Wisdom and All Knowledge spent time together with someone with limited knowledge, the one with limited knowledge should spend at least a part of the time listening? In this situation, listening is the wisest possible decision!
 
After you ever listened to someone speaking and “heard” what you wanted to hear instead of what they actually said? Along these lines let’s look at two verses from Jesus and then consider what they teach.
 
Jesus emphasized:
 
Mark 4:24
    24 And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.
 
Luke 8:18
    18 Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away.

 
While He walked this earth as a Man, Jesus spent much time silent with His Father God, listening. Remember:
 
Jesus did only what the Father was doing, and the only way He could know His Father’s will was to spend time alone with His Father God.
 
John 5:19-20
    19 So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].
    20 The Father dearly loves the Son and discloses to (shows) Him everything that He Himself does. And He will disclose to Him (let Him see) greater things yet than these, so that you may marvel and be full of wonder and astonishment.
 
John 5:30
    30 I AM able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord—but only as
I AM taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I AM bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.
 
John 8:28-29
    28 So Jesus added, When you have lifted up the Son of Man [on the cross], you will realize (know, understand) that
I AM He [for Whom you look] and that I do nothing of Myself (of My own accord or on My own authority), but I say [exactly] what My Father has taught Me.
    29 And He Who sent Me is ever with Me; My Father has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.
 
John 8:42
    42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love Me and respect Me and welcome Me gladly, for I proceeded (came forth) from God [out of His very presence]. I did not even come on My own authority or of My own accord (as self-appointed); but He sent Me.
 
John 12:49-50
    49 This is because I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell.
    50 And I know that His commandment is (means) eternal life. So whatever I speak,
I AM saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions.
 
Before and after we listen, we are also wise to daily ask for Father God’s wisdom.
 
Remember what Isaiah wrote about Jesus:
 
Isaiah 11:2-5
    2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord—
    3 And shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears;
    4 But with righteousness and justice shall He judge the poor and decide with fairness for the meek, the poor, and the downtrodden of the earth; and He shall smite the earth and the oppressor with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
    5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of His waist and faithfulness the girdle of His loins.



 
What are the benefits of practicing the Lord’s presence throughout your days?
 
First, remember that one of Holy Spirit’s Names is “the Holy Spirit of Jesus.” The same Holy Spirit Who strengthened Jesus dwells inside you. Encourage yourself with these two-comforting verses:
 
1 Corinthians 8:6
    6 Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we [have life], and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by Whom are all things and through and by Whom we [ourselves exist].
 
1 Corinthians 6:17
    17 But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.

 
All power, all ability, all wisdom, all creativity are yours — because you are one spirit with Him.
 
All insights into the physical, emotional, relational, financial,  realms are yours — because you are joined together with Him and, if you ask Him, you live your life empowered by Him.
 
All of His virtues are yours — because He dwells within you, and you accomplish all things through Him.
 
All of His gifts are yours ― and lavishing His gifts on you brings Him abundant joy.
 
Because of your awareness of His continual presence, you will thrive.
 
Second, though practicing the presence of God is a separate experience from daily “quiet times” [time you schedule in your life devoted to focusing on God], the two flow so well together that they dramatically increase your sense of feeling loved and cared for.
 
Often, during these quiet times along with Him the Lord will highlight a verse in the Bible. When you enjoy the Lord’s presence throughout your days, He “illustrates” the verse by pointing out how He used what just happened to fulfill the verse.
 
For example, let’s say that Holy Spirit highlights this verse in one of your quiet times:
 
2 Corinthians 9:8
    8 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

 
Throughout the days following, He may bring financial gifts to you, and as He does, He reminds you why unexpected money is flowing in to your bank account. The money is coming in because He promised it when He highlighted this verse to you a few days earlier!
 
Third, you won’t feel as lonely or as misunderstood as you might have felt before. Because you remain aware that He is with you every second of every day, you can confide in Him throughout the day. You never need to feel alone, unless you want to!
 
Fourth, if you have remembered to ask Him for wisdom, He often “drops insights” about your current challenges into your mind.
 
Did you read the section on this website on forgiveness? There you learned that if you are having trouble extending forgiveness to a certain person, you might want to learn what you can about his or her childhood.
 
If you learn that his father was an alcoholic who beat him or that her mother was a prostitute who entertained strange men all through the week in their home, you can better understand why this person behaves that way.
 
God your Father will enable you to see others as He sees them. He might give you insights into the wounding of their pasts that causes them to act and react as they do today. He will give you compassion coupled with wisdom so that you know how to minister to their true need.
 
As Father God’s grace and love flow through you to those in need, though the others will benefit, you will benefit more.
 
You can rest, knowing that He will be faithful to prompt you to make His choices or to offer His acts of thoughtfulness and kindness to others as you go through your days.
 
Fifth, by acknowledging His presence, you will grow in gratitude and view everything excellent that happens to you as gifts from His heart to ours.
 
Certainly, you will view every rainbow and falling star that you see as gifts. Every wildflower, every raindrop shining like a diamond on a leaf, and every beautiful sight all are given by God your Father for your enjoyment.
 
Remember, 1 Timothy 6:17 says that God richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
 
Every sweet sound of nature, every bird’s song, and every gently-flowing stream vibrate with God’s love for you.
 
Sixth, as you realize His presence, you will find yourself listening more to Him and gaining more insights into the circumstances of your life. Why?
 
Proverbs 3:32 says, “His confidential communion and secret counsel are with those who are upright and are in right standing with Him.”
 
Psalm 25:14 encourages, “The secret of the sweet, satisfying companionship of the Lord are enjoyed by those who honor Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its deep, inner meaning.”
 
Seventh, your ideas will become more creative, more imaginative, solely because they originated with Our Most Imaginative Creator.
 
Eighth, just as Jesus rescued you from Darkness and delivered you to Light, you’ll be rescued from the commonplace, the monotonous, the boring and delivered to vibrant Life.
 
Vibrant life shines brightly when Father God is invited into every hour of your day. In His presence is fullness of joy, and in your days will be fullness of life.
 
Ninth, you will be able to view your past, present, and future from His perspective. He will make a definite dividing line between the wrong choices and mistakes of your past, your vibrant present, and your glorious future.
 
Tenth, you become increasingly aware of Father God’s tender heart of love toward you. Because your relationship with Him is very personal, especially because the two of you talk throughout the day, you will begin to believe the Truth that He loves you for who you are, individually.
 
After all, you’re inviting Him into every aspect of your day, and He continually says “yes” to each one of your invitations! You will begin to realize that He enjoys spending time with you!
 
Finally, you will not simply know about Him. You will know Him personally. You will experience Him.
 
You will change your perspective as you are transformed by His continual presence.


 
Just as the earlier example of the bird singing, you will start realizing that so many of the things that other people view as “coincidence” are actually “I love you” gifts from our generous Father God.
 
Yes, others may tell us we are “lucky,” but we know the truth. Luck has nothing to do with it.
 
Each one of us should hurl the phrases “Good fortune” and “luck,” from our conversations.
 
We should replace these phrases with “Exceedingly Generous, Good Father God, Who continually, extravagantly lavishes His gifts upon me.”
 
The God Who Fills All in All has sent all excellent gifts to us, including the following “alls”:
 

  • All the beautiful sights of nature are Hand-delivered to us by our loving Father God.
 
  • All the acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, purity, and goodness which enter our lives are prompted by our loving Father God.
 
  • All unexpected income is provision sent by our loving Father God.
 
Matthew 17:24-27
    24 When they arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the half shekel [the temple tax] went up to Peter and said, Does not your Teacher pay the half shekel?
    25 He answered, Yes. And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him [about it] first, saying, What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly rulers collect duties or tribute—from their own sons or from others not of their own family?
    26 And when Peter said, From other people not of their own family, Jesus said to him, Then the sons are exempt.
    27 However, in order not to give offense and cause them to stumble [that is, to cause them to judge unfavorably and unjustly] go down to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel. Take it and give it to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself.
 
Matthew 6:25-34
    25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
    26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
    27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
    28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
    29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
    30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
    31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
    32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
    33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
    34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
 
Luke 12:22-32
    22 And [Jesus] said to His disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious and troubled [with cares] about your life, as to what you will [have to] eat; or about your body, as to what you will [have to] wear.
    23 For life is more than food, and the body [more] than clothes.
    24 Observe and consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; and [yet] God feeds them. Of how much more worth are you than the birds!
    25 And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [the length of his life]?
    26 If then you are not able to do such a little thing as that, why are you anxious and troubled with cares about the rest?
    27 Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither [wearily] toil nor spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory (his splendor and magnificence) was not arrayed like one of these.
    28 But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you [people] of little faith?
    29 And you, do not seek [by meditating and reasoning to inquire into] what you are to eat and what you are to drink; nor be of anxious (troubled) mind [unsettled, excited, worried, and in suspense];
    30 For all the pagan world is [greedily] seeking these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
    31 Only aim at and strive for and seek His kingdom, and all these things shall be supplied to you also.
    32 Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!
 
Philippians 4:19
    19 And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
 

  • All the kind words of encouragement offered to us by others are prompted by our loving Father God.
 
  • All comfort is delivered through our loving Holy Spirit of God.
 
  • All deep contentment, inner peace and rest is made possible through our loving Father God.
 
  • All excellent, unexpected joys are gifts from God your Father.
 
James 1:17
    17 Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].
 
John 10:10
    10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

1 Timothy 1:14
    14 And the grace (unmerited favor and blessing) of our Lord [actually] flowed out superabundantly and beyond measure for me, accompanied by faith and love that are [to be realized] in Christ Jesus.
 
1 Corinthians 2:12
    12 Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.
 
John 1:16
    16 For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.



 

As we practice the presence of God throughout our days, we will become increasingly more aware of Holy Spirit’s presence moment-by-moment-by-moment. We will receive His abilities to do what the Father would like us to do.
 
We will respond, not react, when others are unkind.
 
We will realize throughout our beings that He is not the angry judge in the sky we once thought Him to be.
 
We will change our earlier view that He is a God afar off, one distant, One Who doesn’t care much about us unless we are doing something wrong.
 
We will turn from our very-wrong thinking that He is far away, up there in the sky, SomeOne Who might say to an angel, “See? I knew that person would fail.”
 
 Instead, we know Him to be One Who beams with pride as He says to an angel, “See? I knew My beloved child would make the right choice!”
 
As we realize the presence of God throughout our days, we will become more and more and more and more secure in His heart of love for us.
 
As the Amplified Bible says in 1 John 4:16, “We will know, understand, recognize, be conscious of by observation and by experience,” the love of God.
 
Another version says, “We will know and come to believe” His love for each one of us, individually.
 
We will walk through our days saturated with blessings from our Father God.


 
Have you ever seen a loving father spending time with his young daughter? She chatters and chatters and talks about all the things that are important to her — the names of her toys, what she did in school that day, what she found when she was skipping down the road — and her father listens and smiles.
 
When you are spending time with Father God, feel free to mention all things which are important to you. You can relax in this relationship, knowing that He knows you better than you know yourself.
 
As your loving Father, He, too, will listen and smile … and delight in what a lovely person you are. All the time you are chattering He will be listening, and He will also be rejoicing that He created you and that you have turned out to be so lovable.


 
As you spend more time with Him, your spirit will become more in tune with His daily gifts of love to you. There are many times He will design a sunset or a rainbow just for your enjoyment. Yes, others will enjoy the same sunset and rainbow. But you will experience the greater joy because you will realize that He designed the beauty as His love gift for you.
 
After you’ve scheduled time with Father God into your life, each day you can come to Him without a schedule.
 
Sometimes you might sit in a chair with your eyes closed, silent, waiting, and He will whisper in your heart.
 
Sometimes you might stand on a hill overlooking your home and feel so blessed by all that Father has done for you that you sing and shout and dance with joy.
 
Sometimes you might feel another person’s burden pressing so heavily on your heart that you can do nothing other than pray for that person.
 
Father God knows everything, every situation in your life that has ever hurt you or discouraged you or saddened you.
 
He waits for you to come to Him, to spend time with Him.
 
He waits with His arms open wide to embrace you.
 
He is waiting for you to make the choice to spend time with Him. He is waiting, smiling lovingly, with His face completely toward you. Father God longs to spend time with you.
 
Psalm 139:1-4
    1 O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.
    2 You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off.
    3 You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways.
    4 For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.



 
When you choose to spend time with Father God, the first thing He is sure to offer you is a sense of His peace and His love. Remember that we all share the same basic desires:
 

  • We want to be known and loved. More specifically, we want to be loved and cherished for who we really are, not who we pretend to be.
 
 
Many times, whether we put words to it or not, once we enter Father God’s presence, we will sense that He is holding us close:
 
Deuteronomy 33:12
    12 Of Benjamin he said: The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him; He covers him all the day long, and makes His dwelling between his shoulders.
 

We can imagine ourselves resting on His strong chest:
 
Psalm 131:2
    2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting].

 
A newborn cries and cries until his mother gives him what he wants. The newborn doesn’t know, doesn’t realize that mother is there with only good, unselfish intentions on her heart.
 
A weaned child is one who has learned that he can wait and, in a few minutes, his mother will faithfully provide for his needs.
 
We can come to Father God like weaned children, and He has promised in the Bible that He will respond:
 
Psalm 145:18-19
    18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.
    19 He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.



 
Whatever you most need from your loving Father God — if in His wisdom He knows it is good for you — He will generously, freely give you.
 
In addition, He often grants your desires as well as your needs.
 
Let’s clarify that, though. You might think you know what you need and, like a little child, you should feel free in the context of relationship to ask Father God for it.
 
A little child might think he needs to eat chocolate for breakfast every morning! A loving parent hears the child’s request and suggests a better solution.
 
He hears your request and does not turn away. He also “hears” the motivation behind your request.
 
Father God cannot be manipulated or coerced. Thank God, He is God and we are not!


 
Listen to what Jesus says about asking for what you need.
 
Matthew 7:7-11
    7 Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
    8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.
    9 Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone?
    10 Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent?
    11 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!

 
Why do you think Jesus says to ask Father God for your specific needs, even though God’s Word says that He knows your thoughts before you think them and your words before you speak them?
 
Father God wants to continue building His relationship with you. He wants you to talk with Him, and the way you do that is through prayer, whether your prayers are spoken out loud or in your mind, or even by “thinking toward Him” all throughout your day.
 
1 John 5:20
    20 And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal.

 
God most definitely knows what your needs are, and in the verses we’ve read, Jesus assures us that Father God clearly knows what we need. We mentioned one verse of this passage earlier. Now let’s look at the whole passage.
 
2 Corinthians 9:6-12
    6 [Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.
    7 Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
    8 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
    9 As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever!
   10 And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].
   11 Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.
   12 For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God’s people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God.



 
Father God is Love and Love is God. Love is His definition and His motivation.
 
As you come to your loving Father God and present your needs and desires to Him, He will respond in the manner that is most loving and for your best good. You can be sure of that. He will act in a way that is most representative of His nature of Love.
 
What if you have been hurt by an awful event in your life and you are angry at God? Or perhaps you’re not angry but you are hurt and disappointed that God would allow an awful thing to happen to you.
 
Seekers of Truth throughout Time have felt these things. It might happen to you some day, too.
 
If you are mad at God, feel free to tell Him so. If you go to Him with your emotions, that proves relationship, and your transparency within the relationship will please Him.
 
Isn’t transparency within relationship child-like? As Father, God asks that you come to Him as a little child, a vulnerable, transparent child.
 
Was there a time when you saw a toddler run up to someone, pout, and say, “I’m mad at you.”
 
Whether or not that actually happened in your life, if the toddler said that to you, can you imagine how you’d respond?
 
Some people think that they need to hide their anger from God, that it’s not proper to be angry at God.
 
Since He knows your heart, He knows you are angry. If you think you have to put on a mask when you approach Him, you are not being “real” in the relationship, and He might choose to wait until you do “get real.” [“Get real” means to be honest with your feelings and not try to mask them or pretend they are not there.]
 
If you choose to ignore God because you’re mad at Him, your relationship cannot grow until you can go to Him and transparently tell Him how hurt, how disappointed, or how angry you are. Once you go to Him with these emotions, He will begin healing your broken heart.
 
All we can see is the small situation we are facing. It’s hard for us to see the big picture, the overview of what the situation might mean to others. Only He sees, and only He knows what is best for all.
 
Because He is not limited by Time, He sees the impact of our situation as it extends through the following generations.
 
Isaiah 41:4
    4 Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord—the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God]—I AM He.
 

Remember, Father God never changes. His love for you is steadfast, faithful, unwavering, unmoving ― from generation to generation and age to age.
 
Exodus 20:6
    6 But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Luke 1:50
    50 And His mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age.
 
Deuteronomy 5:10
    10 And showing mercy and steadfast love to thousands and to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Deuteronomy 7:9
   9 Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.
 
Psalm 105:8
   8 He is [earnestly] mindful of His covenant and forever it is imprinted on His heart, the word which He commanded and established to a thousand generations
 

There is one thing we do know. Love is Father God’s definition, and Love supports His every choice and His every answer to our prayers.
 
Determine to invite God into each day and help change wrong thinking. Ask for His help in renewing your mind.
 
Romans 12:2
    2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

 
As you recognize God’s presence all through your days, your life will change.
 
2 Corinthians 3:18
    18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.



 
Colossians 1:15 clearly says that Jesus is the exact representation of His Father God: “[Now] He is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible].
 
Let’s read how Jesus responded when he had learned His friends Mary and Martha were grieving at the death of their brother Lazarus:
 
John 11:30-35
    30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the same spot where Martha had met Him.
    31 When the Jews who were sitting with her in the house and consoling her saw how hastily Mary had arisen and gone out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to pour out her grief there.
    32 When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
    33 When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed.]
    34 And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see.
    35 Jesus wept.

 
Later on in this story, Jesus announced to the crowd that Lazarus had died so that Jesus could be glorified by raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus knew that Father God had anointed Him to raise Lazarus from the dead and that, in a few moments, Lazarus would come back to life. Yet, when Jesus saw His friends grieving, He identified with their suffering. He wept.
 
As you come to Father God with your complaints, He will most certainly have compassion on you. He knows the end of the situation — and yet, He will come alongside you in your suffering and pour out His mercy, grace, loving-kindness, and comfort.
 
In other words, the end of your situation might be absolutely glorious, and since Father God exists outside of Time, He knows that something glorious is about to occur in your life. However, He meets you in your grief and your sorrow and offers comfort to you now … and then at the end of your situation, presents the glorious outcome as His gift to you.
 
Psalm 59:10 says, “My God in His loving-kindness will meet me.”
 
Let’s look at how Mary approached Jesus: “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Mary and Martha took their grief to Jesus, and He wept. Would you agree that this proves relationship? He identified with their emotions, and then said to Martha:
 
John 11:40
    40 Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?

 
Then, Jesus responded with an answer exceedingly above all she could have imagined. He raised her brother from the dead.


 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote this thought-provoking poem:
 
“Earth’s crammed [filled past overflowing] with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God.
And only he who sees takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”
 
Have you read about Moses’ experience with the bush on fire with God’s presence? The story about Moses’ calling and sending is key to understanding Browning’s point:
 
Exodus 3:2-5
    2 The Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, yet was not consumed.
    3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.
    4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I.
    5 God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.

 
Moses had left Egypt when he was 40 years old, and he had been “maturing” in the desert for 40 years. Moses saw that the bush was burning and went closer to the burning bush.
 
A less mature person ― a person who had had less experience with the Lord ― perhaps would not have even noticed that the bush was burning and was not consumed. In other words, some people see but don't see.
 
In this poem, Elizabeth Browning has playfully decided that Moses’ burning bush was a blackberry bush, and she pointed out that he who sees takes off his shoes:
 
“Earth’s crammed [filled past overflowing] with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God.
And only he who sees takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”
 
Earth is crammed with heaven ― in other words, earth is filled past overflowing with Father God’s gifts.
 
The same gift is received differently based on the understanding of the one who is receiving.
 
While one of Father God’s children enjoys the blackberries from the bush, another will receive his holy calling and destiny from the very same spiritually-burning blackberry bush.
 
As you realize God’s Presence and invite Him to share the moments that combine into your days, you will discover for yourself that your life is filled past overflowing with the Truth of your Father God’s Love for you.

Would you like to see — really see? Continue reading.

Alternate Text
 
Isaiah 30:18
    18 And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!
 

Do you know that God, your Father, has waited your entire life for this moment?
 
Through His Spirit, He’s been calling you throughout your life, but many things prevented you from responding. Now, He has brought you to this website.
 
He knows you have questions, and He is pleased that you do have questions.
 
What loving Father doesn’t rejoice in His child’s questions? Questions and answers build relationship!
 
This moment, He is present beside you, listening to you. He is looking at you. And He is smiling … with the same love He has held for you since He first breathed life into you.  Right now He is congratulating Himself on what an excellent job He did when He created you.
 
Alternate Text
 
Might you be asking:
 
“God, can it be true that You name Yourself my Father? Can I really call You Father?”
 
“Can it be true that You want relationship with me?”
 
“Can it be true that You love me for who I am rather than for how well I “perform”?”
 
“Can it be true that I don’t have to be perfect in order to “earn” Your love ?”
 
Alternate Text
 
God, your Father, wants you to know that He sent Jesus to earth to live as a Man for one purpose ― to die. For you.
 
God, your Father, initiated this plan. He sent Jesus with as much determination and intent as a military commander sends his troops to the front lines of battle.
 
And when Jesus shed His Blood, He accomplished everything necessary to restore you to the Father-child relationship that God your Father desires. Yes. That He desires.
 
Alternate Text
 
Jesus is the only Way to relationship with Father God:
 
John 14:6
    6 Jesus said to him, I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
 

If you are willing to move a little closer to God in relationship, pray this prayer:
 
“God. Father God. I can never be “good” enough to “earn” Your love. You know the choices I’ve made in my life. The Truth is that many of the choices I’ve made were my attempts to find love, to fill an unnamed emptiness inside me.”
 
“I am willing to be open-minded as I read the sections of this website about Jesus’ Mission, Jesus’ Sacrifice, Jesus’ Triumph, and Jesus’ Exchanges.”
 
“As I do, would You please work in my life so that I know You really are listening and You really do desire relationship with me?
 
Would You please help me to know You and to understand what You are really like?”
 
“And since You love me for who I am, not for what I do, please help me to love You the same way in return. May I begin knowing You for Who You are instead of what You can do for me.  Amen.”

Alternate Text
 
Now, expect to know for yourself that your Father God’s most excellent glory is His infinite goodness.