Today for Praise Thursday we shared devotionals that encourage us to stay in the moment. Alyssa shared a devotional from Hannah Brencher of Proverbs 31 Ministries called “Be Where Your Feet Are.”

Here is a small highlight from this devotional:
“I felt like God was with me in that moment, sitting with me in that coffee shop, whispering, “Stop striving. Stop chasing. Be here now. Moment to moment, I will lead you.”

Today’s key verse reminds me of the promise God makes to me: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you (Psalm 32:8).

I love the picture painted here. I love knowing God wants to teach me which paths to travel on. He won’t just keep an eye on me; He will keep a loving eye on me. He wants good for me, but it begins with me putting my hope in Him.

That is the tough part for me. Sometimes I think it would be easier to put my hope in myself or in my future. I want to skip the investment of hope and keep my eyes fixed on things I think I can control. But I miss out on life when I don’t live in the present moment God has given me. I miss out on so much. He has a daily mission for me, and it matters.

Be where your feet are.

This became my daily motto.”

Read the full devotional by clicking here.

Joe shared a devotional that also hit on the keep me in the moment theme:
We had a ‘Keep Me in the Moment” moment at church on Sunday when our pastor referenced Ephesians 5. He’s been talking recently about Atomic Habits, which is a popular book…but he is reminding us we need to have atomic habits concerning our spiritual disciplines. The first atomic habit is to put God first. The second atomic habit is to make sure you’re intentional about relationships. That’s what Paul talks about in Ephesians 5 when he gives us guidelines for Christian living. Nurturing the important relationships means that you have to be present in the lives of your family and your friends. For me it also means being present in the lives of my students. There’s kind of a running joke in the office that if my chair is turned towards my computer, you could walk into my office and say anything and I won’t hear it. And I would say that’s about 98% accurate! So for me, staying in the moment means the chair is turned and making face-to-face connection.

Q: What was the name of Joseph’s youngest brother?

A: Benjamin

Congratulations to Ben of Fredericktown for answering the question correctly and winning a $5 Everlasting Cup gift card!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe & Alyssa