I thought I'd like to pose a question tonight.
Have you ever really felt the Lord's presence? Really known for sure that He was nearby?
This is something that I really struggle with. I long to be able to feel the Lords presence, and know that He is there, guiding and protecting me.
I've only ever once really felt the Lord speak to me. I say felt because that's what it was, a feeling, I didn't hear Him, but felt Him.
And what did He say? I love you. It's hard to describe how that felt. I felt it in my heart, and a warmth that just spread through my body. It was gone as quickly as it came, and left me wanting more, but it hasn't happened again.
While that is the only time I have ever clearly heard (or felt) the Lord speak to me I have felt his presence quite often. This always happens during praise in church. So many times I have gone to church feeling dejected, tired of the contstant battle of trying to convince my family to join me, weighed down by my feelings of failure as a parent and a wife. I stand to sing the first song, and it's "Here Iam to Worship". The Lord uses this song on me a lot! He knows that I need reminding that once I step into church it's time to leave everything with Him, no more worry, hurt or anger, just worship. I rarely get through that song without crying. And there are many more worship songs that the Lord uses to tell me something, to comfort me, to remind me that I am His, and that He loves me.
I'd love to hear how you have felt or heard the Lord. Please feel free to share.