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As Dallas Willard states in his book The Great Omission:  “Practicing the presence of God is the fundamental secret to directing and redirecting our minds constantly to Him.   In the early time of our practicing, we may well be challenged by our burdensome habits of dwelling on things less than God.  But these are habits that can be broken.  A new, grace-filled habit will replace the former ones as we take intentional steps toward keeping God before us.”

Thomas Watson (a Puritan from the 1600s) wrote:  “The first fruit of love is the musing of the mind upon God.  He who is in love, his thoughts are ever upon the object.  He who loves God is ravished and transported with the contemplation of God…God is the treasure, and where the treasure is, there is the heart.  By this we may test our love to God.  What are our thoughts most upon?  Can we say we are ravished with delight when we think on God?  …Do we contemplate Christ and glory? A sinner crowds God out of his thoughts.  He never thinks of God, unless with horror, as the prisoner thinks of the judge.”

Where do our thoughts take us throughout the day?  What disciplines can we put into practice that will help us make living in the presence of God a habit?  Share any practices you have found that helps you on this journey.  Success transforms our lives.

Psalm 16

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