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Lesley Sebek Miller is mama to Anna, wife to Jonathan, and a writer for you. She's a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and her work has appeared on the Christianity Today blog for women and Relevant Magazine.

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    • Thanks for reading, Britnnie. Your little one is very cute. And how fun is the 10 month age?! I am looking forward to the infant stage again.

  1. Less presents…more presence….
    Powerful line…
    Will keep you in my prayers…
    Thank you for YOUR blessings.

  2. Such a beautiful reminder of what is truly important. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer we were so blessed by the people who went out of their way to help us. They helped with meals, unexpected gifts for our son for Christmas when money was short, visits and kind words. It’s been a year and a half now since he went to be with Jesus and there are still people that do little things for me, like bring me flowers on valentines day. I’ll never forget the way they demonstrate the love of Jesus through their presence and actions.

    • Vicki, I really appreciate you taking time to write. Your words blessed me! I’m so sorry to hear your husband has passed. One of the amazing things about cancer is how you truly get to see the way God works, and how He uses his people to do so. I hope your army of helpers will continue to stay by your side for years to come.

  3. […] In a state of complete surrender, I posted a short prayer to a site set-up to keep family and friends updated on Jonathan’s cancer battle. “I am sick, Jonathan is sick, we covet your prayers,” it said.
    Perhaps you’ve had moments like this—moments when you’re so weak there are no words for Christ, only tears. I needed other people pleading on my behalf. […]

    That is the part that touches me the most. I bet, right in that moment where this happened God must have thought, “What a faithful lovely daughter I have in Lesley.”
    Your lines touched and impressed me. Thank You for sharing, Lesley (:

    In my prayers & in His love and blessings,
    Nadine

  4. Thank you for sharing this part of yourself. yesterday and today I have begun praying that I will be intune enough to know and be able to serve someone each day. This reminded me of that. I need to be present in my life, children’s, family and friends such that I do know and can be there.

    • Megan… years ago when we were traveling through China I began every morning with a similar prayer: “God, show me who needs your love, your attention.” I was amazed at how He answered. Your comment reminds me that I need to pray for him to help me see who needs my presence. Friends are often obvious, but strangers or neighbors aren’t as obvious sometimes.

  5. Thank you for sharing! What a timely article for my heart. My husband suffers from chronic back/neck pain. Evenings can be a challenge- trying to keep him comfortable while taking care of our 2 young children. And tonight I feel like I have nothing but tears… Yet God is faithful to meet me where I need Him. The best encouragement I have is His presence as I am learning that not even a sparrow falls apart from Him. (Not even my husband endures daily pain apart from Him). So to answer your question, it is my husband who needs my presence as I gain strength from God’s presence.

    • Audra, you are superwoman right now! I can imagine caring for two young kiddos without your husband’s help is very tough. Jesus, please heal Audra’s husband so that he can live without pain and be able to keep up with his young children. And please help Audra know how to be present to his needs even on long days. Amen!

  6. Lesley,

    Praying for your husband!

    It is soo true that people in this hurting, sinful world need our presence. I took a day of vacation & put together some food for a friend who’s husband was dying and she was taking care of her mother-in-law. Not only was she appreciative, but I got something out of it.

    I truly enjoy doing things like that for people in need. I want to show the world Christ!

    • Thank you for praying for Jonathan! And I am a firm believer that food is one of the best ways to show Christ’s love. 🙂