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Make me aware of your presence that wonder may have its way with me, my passion be released, my confidence renewed in the depths of your holiness …

Ted Loder in Guerillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle (1981)

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Listen

Come close and listen, all you who honor God; I will tell you what God has done for me: My mouth cried out to him with praise on my tongue. If I had cherished evil in my heart, my Lord would not have listened. But God definitely listened. He heard the sound of my prayer. Bless God! He didn’t reject my prayer; he didn’t withhold his faithful love from me.

Psalm 66:16-20

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Think

What has God done for me?

Looking back, I see so many places where God showed up in my spiritual journey. In situations of worship and celebration at summer camp, God met me there. In situations of loneliness and desperation like when I didn’t get accepted to my dream college or when I was unemployed, God met me there too.

Throughout the good and the bad, God showed up. Sometimes I noticed God’s presence in the middle of my experience; sometimes I didn’t see it until years later. But God was there all along – loving me, hearing me. As the psalmist says, God “didn’t withhold his faithful love from me.”

Sometimes we see God in the present, but often we see God when we look back and notice how God has faithfully loved us throughout our lives. Look back over your life for a moment today. What times have you noticed God’s faithful love? Where can you recognize God’s help?

Kyle Caudle

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Pray

Listening God, thank you for hearing the prayers of my heart, for walking beside me even when I do not notice. Thank you for not withholding your faithful love from me and for giving me grace upon grace to recognize you. Help me to see you in my story. Amen.

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Go

Go and chase the love that has called you,

Go and seek the truth that has found you,

Go and rest in the peace that grounds you,

Recognizing God is with you wherever you may go.

Amen.

Kyle Caudle

Kyle Caudle serves as Pastor at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Mount Airy, NC. In addition to pastoring and writing devotions, Kyle plays guitar and writes songs.

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