Calling God’s Presence, Calling God’s Presence!

Question: When life gets full of distractions and priorities vie for your attention, how do you remember to bring God back to the forefront?

This has been one of those weeks. We finally got the oldest home from camp after fourteen weeks away, and then situated her in an apartment on campus yesterday. The youngest goes to college this week for the first time. While they are home, all I want to do is cook meals that they miss when they’re away and then sit in the same room with them, even if we are each doing our own thing. Emails keep coming in that ask for follow-up responses, and school has started in earnest with more students and longer work days for me. There are some pretty exciting things in the works with writing projects, and invitations to speak both that conjure up feelings of “I can’t wait!” and “Whoa–videotaped? Scary! I’d better lose twenty pounds first!” My head has been in a swirl and I feel like I’ll never get to all of it.

I was reminded in Sunday school this morning in the book of Haggai, that all of our work and plans can be literally “blown away” by God if he isn’t present in it and his priorities aren’t being fulfilled. That really made me stop and think. Will everything that is occupying my time and attention bring glory to God–even the “good things” that are supposed to try to bring glory to God–if I forget to include him in the mix? To ask for his guidance and support? (If you’ve never read Haggai, give it a read! It’s only two chapters!).

So, I really need to know: What do YOU do when you get busy, to bring God–his own presence, priorities, and purposes–back to the forefront? Please let all of us who struggle with this in on your secret! Thank you, and have a great week!




For friends new to this blog, I post an article on Sundays on themes in the novels: faith, friendship, diversity, etc. “Wednesday’s Word” is a weekly Bible audio clip that rotates between Genesis, Luke and Psalms. Occasionally, I post “Wednesday’s Word to the Free,” a short Bible passage on what it means to be free. Freedom is a very big concern to Timley Mouse, the tiniest character in my novel, Sophie’s Quest.

Notice: Wednesday’s Word is taking a hiatus for the summer. See you in the fall!

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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