“This is the day the lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps 118:24
Life is made up of little moments of time. As the moments of our lives accumulate they become days, weeks, months, years – and all too soon we look back upon a whole life-time of significant and often seemingly insignificant moments.
In our quest for corporate revival it is essential to cultivate a moment by moment savoring of His Presence wherever and whatever we are doing. We learn to enjoy His gift of grace and love continuously by frequently lifting up our hearts in praise and thanksgiving. His revival Presence will always come to hearts overflowing with gratitude, worship and praise – whether we are in the home, the mall, at work, or in our cars he loves to hear our words of love and appreciation.
Even in the midst of the many challenges and trials of daily life there is much beauty waiting to be discovered all around us. Choosing to take time to appreciate the beauty of creation, of good music, of an inspiring book, of a well set table, or a thoughtfully prepared meal shared with family and friends brings to our lives an enrichment that invites His Presence into our “ordinary” moments.
Too often we waste the moments of our lives by regretting the past, living in the successes of the past, or by always living for the future. As a young woman I was once told by a godly elder “Don’t wish your life away.” It was counsel I have never forgotten. Enjoying His abiding manifest Presence is for us now!
Looking back over forty-eight years of walking with the Lord there are many times a smile of deep gratitude comes to both my heart and face as I recount His great faithfulness. A deep sense of contentment fills my soul as I continue to savor His amazing grace and lavish love. Daily His Word is a delight to my soul. And if, through the much activity of life, I fail to have an extended time of quiet fellowship and personal communion with the Love of my soul, I soon become very lonely for my most cherished and faithful Friend. I long for His Presence in the ordinary moments of my daily life.
And perhaps herein lies the key to truly savoring the moments of daily life and thus discovering personal revival – a heart and mind continuously seeking, celebrating and enjoying the promises and presence of the only One who is able to say:
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5,6)
“… And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt.28:20b)
Even as we corporately await expectantly the greater moving of His Spirit in national revival, let us fill our daily lives with the beauty of His Presence permeating everything we say, do, and are! Let’s together as His Church celebrate the awesome promise of Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Listen to Dotty’s Podcast on The Joy of Discovery entitled Understanding the Times. She is a beloved speaker at Women of the Word. Along with her husband, Pastor Charles Schmitt they are the founding pastors of Immanuel’s Church, and travel extensively internationally ministering to God’s people.