God is Present by Dr. Jeanine Parolini: Part Two

Having God present means everything! With God present, I am never alone. That has a calming effect on my anxiety, fear, impatience, sadness, and loneliness. For someone who fears rejection that leads to abandonment, it means so much to have God with me and always available. God’s presence can completely change a difficult moment into an uplifting time of possibility. God turns my inner turmoil into love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control. Where else in this world, do we get to exchange our clutter for such treasure! Truly these are the most important resources in life, and they come with God’s presence.

God’s presence is also our hope! It brings hope in knowing that God is always looking out for me and I am not alone in maneuvering through this life, whatever is in my past, present and future. I have a powerful resource beyond anything I can offer because of God’s presence. His power is always available to increase my abilities, energy, influence, and impact in all my circumstances. God is available to give me what I need to push forward or to surrender when I need to. He supports me in giving over control to Him and His purposes so that I move toward Godly choices. Sometimes I need to deal with uncertainty in healthier ways or interact with an outcome in a more fruitful way. Whatever I face, God is available to enhance my resources and guide me in working it through better than I would have on my own. God’s power is part of His presence and it is available when I turn to Him for it. His presence provides the support and power to accept, push forward or pull back, and to ultimately grow to be more like Christ.

Since God is ever present, always existing and occurring, it is up to us to acknowledge Him. So He is literally available upon the asking. All we need to do is think about Him, ask Him to be with us, request Him to work in a situation or in a person’s heart, or ask Him to lead us. So thinking about God and acknowledging Him and His presence are truly underlying all of our requests. God is present with us and we mainly need to think of Him, remember Him, and ask for his support and His power. It really is that simple!

Question for discussion: How can God’s presence add value to your life right now? What is your response to this post?

Dr. Jeanine Parolini, PhD, MBA, MA

Phone: 651-295-6044
Email: jparolini@gmail.com
Website: www.JeanineParolini.com
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God is Present by Dr. Jeanine Parolini: Part One

The deeper I go in my Christian journey of faith, the simpler and more straightforward my thinking becomes. Through a recent trial in life, I am discovering a greater significance surrounding God’s presence. I see that God is much more available and with me than I originally thought.

God is with us. He is always present in this world and in heaven above. Psalm 139:7 explains there is nowhere to get away from God’s Spirit and presence. Psalm 16:11 encourages us that His presence brings us joy along the path of life. In Matthew 28:20, God says He will be with us to the end. Hebrews 13:5 affirms God will not only never leave us but never forsake us. God is always with us and makes His presence known to us when we talk to Him.

God’s presence means that He is here, right now. Having presence is to exist, occur, be in place, even if we don’t see Him. So often, especially during hard times, we want to see, touch, and hear God. His presence is not based upon our ability to see, touch and audibly hear. Even when things are right in front of me, I can miss them. I may fail to properly deal with people or circumstances well in the moment. Or I could avoid hearing what is said. I can’t completely count on my own understanding for the presence of someone or something. Therefore, it is vital that I believe in faith in the presence of God and that He is here upon the asking so I don’t miss Him.

Dr. Jeanine Parolini, PhD, MBA, MA

Phone: 651-295-6044
Email: jparolini@gmail.com
Website: www.JeanineParolini.com
Social Media: linkedin.com/in/jeanineparolini or facebook.com/jeanine.parolini