Written by Billye Brim
Practicing the Presence
When I finished reading the Psalm on that morning in late December, the Lord spoke to me. He
began, An inspired messenger I have made you…. And He went on with detailed instruction
concerning my personal part in relating His mission.
This happened just before the beginning of the new year. Thank God for new years. New
months. New days. New mornings. New beginnings. So it came at a time when I could easily resolve afresh and anew to consciously live in the sanctuary of God. To abide in the shadow of Shaddai. To practice the presence of God.
As an aid, I use the book, Practicing His Presence by Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach.
The timeless testimonies of Brother Lawrence from the 1600s and Frank Laubach in the 1930s, seem alive as I read them. They urge my spirit to surge to the sanctuary of God. Here are a few words from Brother Lawrence that inspire me:
I have found that we can establish ourselves in a sense of the presence of God by continually talking with Him.... (my note: The busiest mother, the engaged business person, the confronted soldier, etc., can do this.)
Letters to his father journal the beginning of a practice that resulted in Laubach carrying the
I have always been governed by love without selfish views, and have resolved to
make the love of God the end of all my actions. I have been well satisfied with this single motive. I am pleased when I can take a straw from the ground simply for the love of God, seeking Him only and nothing else....
In order to first form the habit of conversing with God continually and of referring all that we do to Him, we must first apply ourselves to Him with diligence. After a little such care we shall find His love inwardly excites to His Presence without any
In all things we should act toward God with the greatest simplicity, speaking to Him frankly and plainly and imploring His assistance in our affairs just as they happen. God never fails to grant...assistance....
The shortest way to God is to go straight to Him by a continual exercise of love and doing all things for His sake. [Brim note: for His glory]
presence of God in a way that made him well-known and highly honored. Here are some of his
I have done nothing but open windows—God has done all the rest.
God has a mission. We are His missionaries. We are His messengers. To communicate that message, to manifest Him and His ways, we have entrance into the sanctuary of God. We can abide in the secret place of the Most High. And mystery of mysteries, He abides in us. What understanding! What authority! What peace! What joy!
…this year I have started out to live all my waking moments in conscious listening to the inner voice, asking without ceasing, “What, Father, do You desire said? What, Father, do You desire this minute?” It is clear that this is exactly what Jesus was doing all day every day.
…I feel convinced that for me, and for you who read, there lie ahead undiscovered continents of spiritual living compared with which we are infants in arms.
Oh, this thing of keeping in constant touch with God, of making Him the object of my thought and the companion of my conversations, is the most amazing thing…. It is working. I cannot do it even half a day—not yet…. It is a matter of acquiring a new habit of thought. Now I like the Lord’s presence so much that when for a half hour or so He slips out of mind—as He does many times a day—I feel as though I had deserted Him, and as though I had lost something very precious in my life.
As I analyze myself I find several things happening to me as a result of these two
months of strenuous effort to keep the Lord in mind every minute. This concentration upon God is strenuous, but everything else has ceased to be so. I think more clearly, I forget less frequently. Things which I did with a strain before, I now do easily and with no effort whatever. I worry about nothing, and lose no sleep. I walk on air a good part of the time. Even the mirror reveals a new light in my eyes and face. I no longer feel in a hurry about anything. Everything goes right. Each minute I meet calmly as though it were not important. Nothing can go wrong excepting one thing. That is that God may slip from my mind if I do not keep on my guard. If He is there, the universe is with me. My task is simple and clear.
Billye Brim Ministries
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