Posts tagged presence of God
Feeling his love

“The presence of Jesus! The MORE! I attended the conference not really sure what my expectations were. I knew I had a longing to hear Jesus speak to me and I knew I was still struggling with full surrender. That first night I kept asking him to let me sit at his feet, to let me feel his presence, to give me just a little bit of his time. I was seeking instant gratification. Nothing happened but I continued to ask him. (Now thinking about it, I was like a little child begging for their busy father’s attention).

Shortly after, Theresa had asked who was feeling cold up to their knees. Me! I was feeling it. She said, “You’re in the river with Jesus!

On Saturday, I started the day the same way in constant conversation with him and he came to my side. He chose to sit next to me. I could feel Him there on my left side. It was like the feeling of goosebumps but there wasn’t a sign of them. I felt both hot and cold simultaneously.

Later in the day it was like prayerful hands on my shoulders during prayer, an indescribable calming, happy, and full feeling accompanied it! He was there—an attentive father throughout the day!

I SURRENDERED! He knows better than I do! He’s always there watching over me. He knew I was in a storm and just needed his shelter. I’m so grateful!” - Lesley

A Place of His presence

“In the four Sundays that I have attended The Dwelling, this is how I would summarize The Dwelling:
The Dwelling creates a safe and welcoming space for others to make room and encounter God, in ways that seem unfathomable. It is a space of humility, hope, compassion, and kindness. It is a space of love, laughter, and hugs. It is a space of worship, teaching, praying, and growing. It is a space of support, accountability, and honesty. It is a space of healing, forgiveness, rest, and renewal. Most of all, it is a space that is illuminated by God’s presence and spirit from the moment you walk in.

The Dwelling church has vividly and radically changed my life. When I was first given the offer to come to The Dwelling, I was close to saying, "No", as I was exhausted of going through the motions and seeking but never finding God’s presence within the church. However, it was not long before I found Him in The Dwelling. I told my friend yesterday I have never experienced excitement to attend a church or would get butterflies when I thought about God. Church was never the highlight of my week. However, with The Dwelling, that is simply not the case. I think that's one of the best parts of my experience with The Dwelling. In addition, that hunger to learn and serve God, began to fill me too.

I would like to thank you and The Dwelling Team for creating an experience like this for other people. I am amazed to witness a church of individuals that create this environment for others to also encounter God, the way I have. Finally, thank you for demonstrating what it means to live your faith, rather than just to have faith. I have never seen a group of individuals do it so well, as I have with The Dwelling.” - Karlee