This morning, I stepped out onto the balcony of the 21st floor of the condo we are staying in at the beach. I turned on my pandora Worship station to enter into a time of giving God thanks and praise. I was only into my time of praise for maybe a couple of minutes and I could spiritually and physically sense the presence of my Savior. I pushed my chair away and laid a beach towel on the balcony floor as I was compelled to worship my Lord on my knees. At this point, I was no longer giving Him praise, but He was loving on me. I tell you with all of the honor that is within me that I wept as it literally felt like He was on that balcony with me hugging me.

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You know that kind of cry you had as a child or even as an adult when you’ve not seen your parent or friend in a really long time and then when you do see them, you have such an embracing hug that is so tight and you have the sweetest cry of renewal and refreshing and reunion?

Well, that is exactly what I sensed this morning.

I sat there on my knees with my arms raised high until my legs went to sleep and then I sat in indian style (tailor sitting) for a good half hour. As I wept, it felt as if the Holy Spirit was washing away all tension, all worry, anything and everything that my Heavenly Father does not want me to be yoked with. You know that Scripture (Isaiah 40:31) that tells us that we will soar on wings like eagles? That’s what happened for me. I didn’t step out onto that balcony looking to be refreshed, I was just wanting to share the first part of my morning with my Lord. The Scripture (James 4:8) is tried and true that reads, “Draw nigh unto God and He WILL DRAW NIGH UNTO YOU”.

The definition for nigh is Near. He is near.

There are many times that we do not sense the presence of God and we are serving Him strictly on Faith. But then there are those special moments like I had this morning when He strengthens us and allows us to sense His presence in such a magnificent, melodious way that as my mother has always said, “It’s better felt than telt (told)”. I hope you all are encouraged today to go into His gates with Thanksgiving and into His Courts with praise. Draw near unto Him and He will draw near unto you.


Rhonda head shotRhonda Jenkins is a 42 yr old child of the King, wife to a noble man of God, and mother to 3 Fabulous kiddos. She works full time job is as an LPTA in home health giving therapy to our precious Geriatric population. The thing that gives me life is writing. I enjoy writing to encourage others that they can overcome any obstacle past or present in Christ Jesus.
In Her Own Words: I am an optimist to the extreme. I wouldn’t only say that the glass is half full but I would add that I’m thankful for the glass and I’m thankful for the liquid that’s in the glass. My God has brought me through so much. I was married to an abusive husband at age 17, divorced at 19 with a one year old son. I moved 800 miles away from all of my family with my son to keep us safe. I married the man of my dreams at age 24. We have 3 children together and have been married almost 18 years. After being married with 3 wonderful kiddos, I went back to school while working a full time job to accomplish my goal to become an LPTA. I have served in my church as a greeter and in the nursery with the babies under a yr old. I currently serve on the prayer team. My greatest passion is writing. My writing mostly revolves around lessons learned via the Holy Spirit. Life is so full of opportunity and adventure and writing is my outlet. My desire is that my writing will help others grow in their relationship with God and with their fellow man.
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