Genesis 28:16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the LORD IS IN THIS PLACE, and I was not aware of it.”

I just opened my email randomly this morning…and was excited to find a reply email from my blogging friend, Dora from Hong Kong. As I began to read her mail…tears began welling up in my eyes. But one sentence…one sentence in her email….made the tears begin to flow down my cheeks unstoppable. She was praying for me…and my family. She was praying for the very things…I have been praying for privately, and which I wouldn’t have thought of sharing with people outside my inner circle. Then, God took me back to Jacob’s encounter. Yes….GOD IS IN THIS PLACE…and I didn’t know not. It was as if…God was telling me….that He knows my thoughts ten years from now. He knows….what I will think, ask or do….come ten days, weeks or years down the room. GOD IS IN THIS PLACE….not because He comes and goes….God is in the place when I am at the present, God is in the place where I have been in the past, God is in the place where I will be in the future.

The tears are unstoppable, friends. GOD IS IN THIS PLACE…as He was with Jacob, so He is with each and everyone who looks up to Him…and even when we are unaware of it….GOD IS IN THIS PLACE.

If I stay….He is in this place
If I leave…He is in this place
If I lie down…He is in this place

Psalm 139:7-11 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even then your hand will GUIDE ME, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hind me and the light become night around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you;the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

So…you get my point, friends. GOD IS IN THIS PLACE...right where you are, in your dark situation, in the impossibles of your life, in frustrations and disappointments, GOD IS IN THIS PLACE. Nothing…and I mean nothing can and will make Him leave the position of BEING in your life…

BE ENCOURAGED....because GOD IS IN THIS PLACE...and you know it not!

24 thoughts on “GOD IS IN THIS PLACE…

  1. Thanks. It’s easy to forget that “God is in this place.” Even if it is the darkest, most vile place on earth, He’s there because He lives in you or me.

    • Larry,

      It is easy to understand this theologically….but when one is going through a tough time…that’s when one ought to understand that GOD IS…not will be, but IS as a present tense. God is in your place, and mine and each and every one of us.

      God bless you.


  2. Dear Gladwell,

    I love this post, as well as every post of yours that I have read.

    You spoke of many things close to my heart – intercession from loved ones when you did not know that there was someone praying… and the Jacob story, when God appeared to him at a time of great fear…as he was running away from his brother who sought to kill him…

    And the passage from Psalm 139…WHERE CAN I GO, FROM YOUR PRESENCE?

    It reminds me of another passage in Romans 8- now resounding in my heart – WHO CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST?

    You are a precious blog friend to me even if I am not able to visit you often, each time I do I receive encouragement and a fresh and timely word from God.

    Thanks for sharing from your heart.


    • Lidj,

      Thank you….you see…as a family we are the point of shifting GEARS and I can tell you…its is not easy…even though we know God IS IN THIS PLACE…and has gone before us. So…I TRUST and leave the rest into HIS LOVING HANDS!

      You are a blessing to me too! God bless and keep you well in HIM…always!


  3. Gladwell,

    What a beautiful post…Yes..HE IS IN THIS PLACE…right where I am and I know that if he is here…he is in control and I dont have to fret about anything…

    Thank you sis for encouraging me today..
    God Bless,

    • Rani,

      I am glad you were encouraged by this. Today…my day is so busy…and uptight as we get ready for the MOVE! But God is faithful…

      Blessings and hugs,


  4. Every post that you make here has so much meaning. Indeed, God is with us in every situation. Our family was shown a shining example of this last week–so you message is timely.

    • Slamdunk,

      I am glad you found hope and encouragement through this post…God was encouraging me as well…cause I needed it as well!

      God bless your home and family!!!!


  5. we share ONE SPIRIT.
    (yesterday I was in prison and met a brother from Tanzania; I could not remember much of the Swahili you taught me, but a little phrase or two gave him a big smile).

    • Dora,

      Wow…Good to hear you could connect a bit with someone with the little Swahili I have taught you. God is good indeed. NAKUPENDA SANA, MPENZI RAFIKI….meaning….I love you my dear friend. A new word….RAFIKI…in Swahili for friend!!!!

      Hope your week will be full and blessed!


  6. “Powerful Post Indeed” Very encouraging to me my sister,I surely needed this word right now!!! I hate the flesh that rises up with the fear tactics,causing doubt.But God always has a word of encouragement when we need it!!! Thanks sis for sharing this word!!!!
    Love you 😀

    • Pat,

      We all…go through the phrases of doubts and worry…but the difference comes when we learn to take the BULL BY ITS HORNS. Satan may whisper a lie or two…but we outdo Him…with the SPOKEN WORDS of our witness. YES…GOD IS IN THIS PLACE even when we feel out of sorts, God is right into the nitty-gritty of our very lives. BE ENCOURAGED… and hang on.

      You are more than a conqueror through Christ.

      Love and blessings,


    • Linda,

      And yet we forget…and let our minds get clouded by our present worries and cares. The Lord wanted me to be reminded of this as well. And move on…in peace and quiet confidence.



  7. Galdwell,
    Praise the Lord! For the confirming word of God through your friend Dora; I feel your joy.
    Your daily posts are so encouraging, but this one especially touches my heart.
    I’m waiting on God to do a work in my life at what appears to me to be a desperate place in my life! This morning I went to early Morning Prayer at my church; I went to the altar and laid my burdens down, I really laid them down and left them. I know God met me in that place and He is with me now in my waiting place. He shall never leave me, nor forsake me in this place.
    Thanks again for such an anointed word.

    Remain Bless My sister!

    • Sylvia,

      I am glad…you are encouraged by this post. Yes…God is in the place…where you are at, this very moment in time. He is meeting your need. He will left you up and gave you a new song. A weepy night may seem to last forever, but new joy and hope…will shine on you…at dawn. God will bring you out because He is in that place with you. Never will He ever leave nor forsake you. YOU ARE LOVED!

      Stay at peace…as you wait patiently for His coming!

      Love and hugs,


  8. Oh how this uplifts me! I especially need this encouragement for the times when I don’t feel like He is . . .it doesn’t matter. He is anyway! God bless you, sweet Gladwell!

    • Deb,

      I am blessed to know that you are blessed…by this. He is also pleased…to know that you understand He IS IN THIS PLACE…right where you are!

      Love and hugs,


    • Margaret,

      God wanted me to know…that HE IS IN MY PLACE…no matter what, even when I am not fully aware or conscious of it. I was uplifted by my friend, Dora. So…much blessed! God is AWESOME!



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