Five Minute Friday: Present

The Gypsy Mama shares this great idea to write every Friday for 5 minutes on a topic.

Want to take five minutes with me and just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

I love when I hear words that have multiple meanings and uses.  So, today’s word present poses this problem.  What do I write on….well, I am not much for presents that you get or give. I have a difficult time figuring out what to give to people.  I once asked someone how they figured out what to give during Christmas and they told me that they just pay really good attention to others throughout the year, which then made me feel extremely impersonal and aloof (which may be partially true).  The best way to chose presents is when you know you can just ask what someone needs and they really tell you (I am a fan of gift registries for this reason 🙂

But my mind thought of being PRESENT.  I immediately thought of how I wish that I would be constantly open to God being present in my life on a moment-by-moment basis.  He is there, right?  He will never leave us nor forsake us….so, I realized it’s just me.  I have this struggle with living in the  past or fretting about the future.  Lord, help me today to allow your PRESENCE in my life to change me, so that I will focus on the way you are guiding and directing my PRESENT life.  Give me confidence that you take my past and guide my future, but that I need not waste the PRESENT moment where you are offering guidance, protection, joy, and endurance.


Posted on July 12, 2013, in Five Minute Friday. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Hi Jen! I clicked over from the five minute friday linkup. Wasn’t this one fun with the double meanings?
    I totally agree with both of your takes on the word. I do try to pay attention to people’s likes and dislikes during the year, but for some people, it is still really hard. Sometimes I stealthily ask questions, but I feel aloof and impersonal too – especially with family.
    And with your second meaning, I have that book the Practice of The Presence of God on my to-read list and this week I’ve been repeating just the title in my head. I’ve heard so many people talk about both the idea and the book – but it is so hard to accomplish in the moment isn’t it?
    I prayed that prayer you ended with, too. I love that we have a God that wants to meet us here, regardless of our past sins or even the ones we are bound to make in the future.

    Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend 🙂


    • Heather, Thanks for your time to post. It is always refreshing to hear another person’s take on the same thoughts, knowing that I am not alone. I just keep remembering how fabulous life is with God’s presence on my mind. What amazing things we can do for God when we are in that place each day.

  2. Thank you for sharing your heart! 🙂 I will never ask you to buy me a gift without giving you a list of suggestions lol. I learn new things about you all the time.
    I am so thankful for your friendship!

  3. Yes, this is the best kind of present. The present. This is a struggle for me, too. Just when I think I’m making progress, everything falls apart. Being mindful is like being humble. Once you realize you might be, you certainly aren’t.

    Nice work you’re doing here.

    Here via FMF. Here’s my entry:

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