Posts with the tag “god-s-presence”

Simplicity through Sacred Rhythms
February 15th, 2023
Simplicity is a way of life into which I feel like Jesus is inviting our body. Given the name, you would think simplicity would be just that: simple. However, in the hurried chaos of our world, it can...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
October 18th, 2021
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3That’s heavy. Right off the bat, Jesus just rips the band-aid off. The Message translation reads “You’re blessed whe...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Fully Alive
August 5th, 2020
Jesus told us that if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. (Psalm 37:4)This can seem like a promise that is far off sometimes, especially when we are delighting ourse...  Read More
by Devon Radford
To Be Undone
June 17th, 2020
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." - Proverbs 9:10To even touch on an understanding of the nature of God is to fall at his feet completel...  Read More
by Devon Radford
An Invitation
April 8th, 2020
Recently the Lord was speaking about the Passover to me in way that I had never really paid attention to before. After spending some time studying the history and context of the Passover from the deli...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Hopeful Spring
March 22nd, 2020
I’ve been thinking about the idea of a “hopeful spring” for a couple of weeks now. Seems kind of silly doesn’t it? In the midst of all this chaos, how could a hopeful spring possibly exist anymore? Bu...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Rest for All Seasons
December 20th, 2019
How many of you struggle with finding a rhythm over the holidays? Because I sure do!!!Fall semester is like running a race that never stops. We go go go until we’re just about entirely depleted am I r...  Read More
by Devon Radford
A Worthy Pursuit
November 11th, 2019
He wants your presence too.“And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” - Exodus 33...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Our Dwelling Place
September 10th, 2019
“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His namesake.” - Psalm 23:3 Where is your refreshing place with God? A place to enjoy his presence and the rest that comes with that. Mi...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Let Go and Give In
August 23rd, 2019
"And I have now chosen and consecrated this temple so that my name may be there forever; my eyes and my heart will be there at all times." - 2 Chronicles 7:16 You are His temple.Return my son. Return ...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Summer Intimacy.
June 22nd, 2019
Meditate on His word."Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 'I am the vine, you are the branches....  Read More
by Devon Radford
February 17th, 2019
A couple weeks ago I was in an Encounter staff meeting when Blake Wiggins asked us to dream with God for a few minutes about what our semester could look like. The word that came to mind for me was “h...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Resolutions: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
December 28th, 2018
Over the last couple weeks, I’ve had the hymn "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" stuck in my head. If you’ve never heard it, go give it a listen – it’s by far one of my favorites. But one part in particular ...  Read More
by Devon Radford
The Promise of Immanuel
December 7th, 2018
I remember the first time I really started talking to God. I was 14. I would get up super early each day. It would be before the sun even broke through the morning sky, and I would write down everythi...  Read More
by Devon Radford
October 12th, 2018
What is rest and what does it look like?The original Greek word for “rest” means to: cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labor in order to recover and collect one’s strength.I’ll be hone...  Read More
by Devon Radford
The Secret Place
September 13th, 2018
“One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek:That I may dwell in the house of the Lord in His presence all the days of my life,To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and meditate in His temp...  Read More
by Devon Radford
My Secret Place
September 13th, 2018
 Imagine yourself, sitting on the porch of a tiny cabin that’s kind of old but still miraculously in pristine condition.  This cabin is nestled in between two mountains covered by the most green grass...  Read More
by Devon Radford
There is More | History with God
September 4th, 2018
It can be easy to wonder when God stepped into our picture. To question where He was in our past. The truth is altogether mind-blowing and priceless.That truth is this: We have so much history with Go...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Summer of Psalms | Psalm 42
May 30th, 2018
In our walks with Jesus, there are times when it’s easy to feel His presence. During these seasons, there’s a greater sense of closeness. Maybe it even seems like He’s hearing and answering prayers on...  Read More
by Devon Radford
1 Kings 8:22-61
January 19th, 2018
Let's get some context before we dive into this because you know what they say, context matters.At the beginning of this chapter, the ark of the covenant had been brought to the temple that Solomon ha...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Exodus 34
November 15th, 2017
By the time of chapter 34, God has already given the people of Israel a covenant, and they've already broken it. The covenant promised that if they kept the commandments of the covenant, they will rea...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Exodus 33
November 14th, 2017
In this passage, the story is being told of Moses and the time he was instructed by God to lead the people from Egypt to the promised land. When God speaks to Moses, he begins to reprimand the Israeli...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Secrets of the Secret Place Chapter 22: The Secret of Finishing
July 28th, 2016
When it comes to spending time with God, most people’s struggle is deciding to start, much less knowing when to finish. How often do we think about “finishing well” in our time with God? It is an inte...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Secrets of the Secret Place Chapter 26: The Secret of Boredom
July 28th, 2016
Wanna know the secret to boredom? It happens. Can we all drop the façade that time with the Lord is always spectacularly amazing and admit that sometimes it’s annoyingly boring? I don’t know that ther...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Secrets of the Secret Place Chapter 16: The Secret of Time
June 27th, 2016
One of the most common phrases I hear from my Christian friends (and myself) is, “I need to spend more time with God.” Depending on who the speaker is and what their relationship with God is like, thi...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Secrets of the Secret Place Chapter 7: How to hide in God
May 30th, 2016
As a child, I would run and hide when I was upset. I had two small closets in my bedroom, and whenever I wanted to cry, be alone, or hide from the world, I would run into one of those closets and shut...  Read More
by Devon Radford
Secrets of the Secret Place Chapter 3: The Secret of Listening
May 21st, 2016
Before we dive into Chapter 3, I want to thank God so, so much that we get to be in His presence. Think about it. The Lord–who split the Red Sea, who put a big, red superstorm on Jupiter and the most ...  Read More
by Devon Radford