Inever set out to be an author. Well, except for that one time I attempted to write a children’s story when my girls were little…and I quickly realized writing fiction was just not something I was meant to do. At all.
Then one day in November 2000, I had a powerful moment in the presence of God that forever changed my life, and I began to write. These were simply the words impressed to me as I’d read my Bible and then listen to what God was speaking to my heart. They were personal, and they were for me. I never intended for these words to be read by anyone else.
At first, it wasn’t easy to write these words. I had to push past the voices of critics who said that God didn’t speak to people today. I could have listened to them, but instead I chose to pay attention to the words of His book.
Words found in the Psalms, where David set the example for a life lived with dialogue between man and God, writing his experiences that bring hope and peace.
Words from the Apostle Paul, who recorded the dialogue he had with God over a difficulty he encountered. God’s answer begins like this: And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
I figured if journaling the thoughts God impressed onto the hearts of people was an acceptable practice for King David and the Apostle Paul, then it was an acceptable practice for me.
Nearly fifteen years later, the words continued to flow.
Just a handful of us came together that New Year’s Eve for a time of worship and prayer as the new year began. Fourteen people, to be exact, including the kids.
That night, I couldn’t shake loose the thought of coming to God and asking for a gift for the year ahead. I was especially fixated on the list of gifts I saw in 1 Corinthians 12—gifts of the Holy Spirit that are radical in scope and life-changing.
I know Scripture says these gifts are given as He wills, but I didn’t think God would mind if I asked for one of my choosing. I asked for wisdom. I thought that would be a good place to start.
That simple request re-ignited the time I spent before God. Day after day, I’d write what He impressed on my heart, and be amazed at the revelation He was giving to me. Soon I realized that these insights were not meant for me alone, but they needed to be shared.
And that is how this book Powerful Moments in the Presence of God began…as a journey of discovery, as a journey of delight.
POWERFUL MOMENTS IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
“This simple book will do two amazing things: First, it will take you into the very presence of the Almighty. And second, it will bring heaven to earth.
Every time believers read a book of faith, we are striving to get closer to the Almighty. We all need to be aware of the presence of God. But this book does not just display a selection of amazing Scriptures. It presents what people are looking for when they want to come closer to the Lord.
Like many of you, I live a difficult life. I spend the majority of my time in the Middle East between Iraq and Israel, trying to deal with conflict in some of the most complex places on earth. As I read this book, I did indeed see the presence of our Lord surrounding me, directing me and enabling me with His love.
Lorraine Varela lives this reality every day of her life, and shares in this book what she lives with. She is an amazing photographer, and combines with words and pictures the reality of creation and God’s power.
Reading this book is a must and I recommend it to you without hesitation. When you read it, you, too, will surely have powerful moments in the presence of God.”
The Reverend Canon Dr. Andrew P.B. White
President, Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME)
“Lorraine Varela’s Powerful Moments in the Presence of God is a work of art. I loved the photography matched to interesting, encouraging and inspiring devotionals. This is the kind of devotional not just directed to the mind or spirit, but also to the artistic side of our personalities. The glory of God is revealed through His creation and through us, both of which have been captured in Lorraine’s artistic photographs and devotionals.
I love how she reveals the living God—not One relegated to the long-past history or to the coming millennial reign, but the God who speaks, heals, sees and saves in the present day. She reveals God who not only wants to take us to heaven, but to release the power of heaven into our lives on earth. I hope it is but the first of several books like this that Lorraine will bring to the body of Christ.”
Randy Clark, D. Min
Founder and President, Global Awakening and the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening
“What a pleasure to read this book. In a series of short, to-the-point devotionals, Lorraine has given the reader 90 different opportunities to consider what it means to know Christ personally and enjoy the love He offers. Those of you who read it, will be richer for it.”
Author/Speaker, Women of Faith