Here in Your Presence

“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14: 30-31 (NIV)

I remember New Year’s Eve, exiting out of 2019 and entering into 2020. Everyone was so excited. Many were making Facebook posts of how horrible their experiences had been in 2019 and how they were looking forward to being in good health, and being in the pursuit of entrepreneurship, and improving their family life by achieving personal goal.

Now with everything happening so suddenly and making such a great impact on our normalcy, those same people are begging to go back to 2019. Wait a minute? Something just isn’t right about that. Sounds like the children of Egypt complaining about being in the wilderness after being freed from the hands of Pharaoh. Who would beg to become a slave again after having been freed? I’ll wait for you to answer.

It is important that we realize that the prophecies that have been spoken over our lives and the words that have been delivered concerning this year are still true and carry plenty of weight. If God said it, it shall surely come to pass. Write the vision! Make it plain. It might tarry but it will come to pass!

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” (1 Corinthians 12:21 NIV) Each part of the body is important. But let’s focus on the importance of our eyes, since we deemed 2020 as the Year of Vision. It is said that having twenty-twenty vision is the ultimate goal and any reading other than such could require corrective lenses. Sight is the most important sense. Having the ability to see allows us to avoid harm and remain safe; it allows us to see where we are and where we’re going.

“Sight and vision are important because they allow us to connect with our surroundings, keep us safe, and help maintain the sharpness of our minds.”

“The Importance of Sight and Vision – Molly Blakely. June 17, 2019. Marveloptics Blog (Scholarship Program) by Victoria. Retrieved from

Take away our sight and we are left to depend on others to lead us both physically and spiritually. “Blessed are the pure at heart for they shall see God.” We see God in our surroundings, through prayer, in our worship and so forth. Psalms 1:2 tells us that we are blessed when we take pleasure in the Word of God and when we meditate on it both day and night. We should rise in God’s Word come morning and we should lie down in God’s Word come evening. This is what allows us to receive vision for our lives. This is what sharpens our sight. This is what increases our faith and counteracts the spirit of delusion during times of uncertainty. Verse 3 of Psalms 1 goes on to say that we shall be like a tree planted by streams of water. We will stay grounded no matter what is going on around us.

As I’ve stated in previous posts, we must keep our focus on God. We must not be like Peter who stepped out on faith but lost sight of the vision because of the storm. Don’t allow circumstances to cause you to lose sight of who God is. Now is not the time to doubt; we must have faith in our Creator. Regardless of current situations, God is and shall always be the True and Living God. There is no god that can part the Red Sea; cause the blind to see; heal a woman of her continuous blood flow; or deliver three Hebrew boys from a fiery furnace besides our God. One thing is certainly true; my sight is good and my vision is even better. I see God for who He is today more than ever. Will you stand with me and still believe through faith? He’s the same God yesterday, today, and forever more. Let’s not loose sight of God during this temporary season of plague. Let’s continue to believe.

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it! 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NIV)”

Love – Your Biggest Fan

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My name is Shaundra Straughter. I am an educator, wife, mother, minister, author, and public speaker. I have been blessed by God with many talents but one purpose. I enjoy coaching and motivating others to success, whether it's in my profession of education or spiritually. I believe that we all have a purpose on this journey and some of us tap into our purpose sooner than others. Wherever you are in your walk, I'd like to encourage you to either get started or keep going! Whatever you do, DON’T GIVE UP!

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