I spent some time today updating my blog and I found the verse that I posted above. I love it. I love the part that says, "God himself will be with them and be their God." Wow. We are truly not alone. Sometimes as a Christian, I get so caught up in my own life, my own friends, my own BUSYness that I forget that God is with me. He's not floating up in Heaven far far away but he is right here with me all the time. I can't see Him with my eyes but that doesn't mean he isn't close by. How often do I acknowledge Him, do I ask him for advice, or lean on Him when my kids are driving me crazy. Definitely not as often as I should. Part of that is that I forget that he is there.
Another one of my favorite verses is "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5) It reminds me of my daughter, when I am in the room with her she has far better behavior than when she is away from me, outside hitting her little brother with a plastic baseball bat. Would she do that with me standing right next to her? No way. My presence keeps her accountable. Kind of like God's presence should keep us accountable too. We may forget (or at times try to forget) that He is there but that doesn't change the facts. I think this week I am going to try to remember that fact. I am going to try to remain conscious of His presence. I wonder if it will change the way my week goes... I will let you know :) !!