Using Incoming Text Messages to Remind Me of God’s Presence

screen-18870_640I have this tendency to get really focused on whatever I’m doing, so find that I can sometimes go for many hours without thinking consciously about God… But I want to learn the “practice the presence of God” like Brother Lawrence did, and I do take seriously the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to “pray continually” in 1 Thessalonians 5:16, which I take to mean to be aware of God’s presence at all times.

So I started thinking that if I could at least have some tool to help draw me back to God through the day, that would help. I decided to use my Twitter account, @PastorTimThomas, and I would set it up to receive text messages that that account posts. Then I made plans to upload 6 messages a day from Scripture, every 3 hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. I used the hashtag #PRESENCE with them.

After only a week, this plan was, in fact, helping me refocus on God. But I had an unanticipated side-effect: every time ANY text message came in, I would think of God! So wondered if others might benefit from using this little “trick” of training yourself to respond to incoming text messages to recall God’s presence with you at that moment, which, in many cases, I hope like for me, will turn into praise and adoration.

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