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Crystal is an educator and team-builder who writes on intention and living a God-inspired legacy.

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  1. Crystal,
    The gift of presence…I know I take for granted that there will be a tomorrow for a phone call, a cup of coffee, a hug and conversation, or even a text. But, that tomorrow is not guaranteed. Thank you for this wake up call to be present today because, for now, today is all that I am given.
    Blessings and thanks,
    Bev

  2. Crystal, yes, Being, not always Doing. Being in God’s presence. Being fully present with those who are in my circle, especially my family. God wants our hearts before our hands. Being in His presence is what fills and strengthens and prepares me for the doing, when I am to do something. God has been speaking this to me lately, and your words confirm the beauty of simply BEING before God and in God.

    Thank you.

    • “God wants our hearts before our hands”…I like that! We seem to be on the same journey. Blessings as you practice BEING!

  3. Perhaps the way to enjoy God’s presence is to include him in and around the busy moments of each day. During some tasks, we can praise and worship God, listen to his voice, share our thoughts with him–even as we’re working. For those responsibilities that require intense concentration, we can ask for his help before we begin, and thank him afterwards for that help. We can pray about outcomes, too. Before we know it, and just as you’ve said, we’ll be enjoying the gift of God’s presence flowing through every busy moment. (Now to practice what I’ve just preached!)

    • I agree totally Nancy! And I think the key is “practice” so we become more aware and connected to Him. I think sharing here on (in)courage is a perfect way to help us all remain in God’s presence:)

      • Oh, yes! Staying connected with sisters on the same journey does help to maintain focus!

    • Nancy,
      I agree! When driving to and from places I listen to quiet praise music and use that time to pray! It may be a simple keep me calm, and patient, or help this person. Gets my mind on Him and not the world!!
      Blessings 🙂

      • Sounds like you’ve discovered a great way to take the stress out of driving, Beth! P.S. Thank you for your prayer of blessing–I AM incredibly blessed! May you also see God’s work in your life around every turn.)

  4. I love this quote: “How can we ever fully grasp the gift of His eternal presence if we don’t make time for His earthly presence now?” This is a great reminder today.

  5. Crystal, this is beautiful. So glad you shared this! I worked at PBA many years ago- and looked out over that cemetery as well… Perspective, I imagine, is a timeless gift of cemeteries.
    So excited for you, that you got to share your words on (in)courage- what an honor!!
    Thank you!!
    Ann Kite

    • What a small world Ann… did not realize until reading your comment that we are neighbors! I’d love to connect at a gathering sometime!

  6. Crystal,
    In this hustle and bustle world with all its technology-people can be together yet not be “present”! My parents always said do for me now while I’m alive. Be present with me. You are never promised tomorrow so take time to call write, email or text that person. When in a group or with just one friend–be fully present!!!
    Blessings 🙂