Joy

Discover The Path God Created Just For One.

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He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Psalm 62:2
Do you feel me?

The last few weeks have been a tad crazy. We have been preparing to get our house on the market. Everything except this stopped. I was unable to write or blog. I didn’t go to the gym. My most productive prayer time was when I was painting my bathroom. Seriously, do you feel me? LIve can get crazy busy.

Well, thankfully, we survived and the house is officially on the market, and under contract. Now it’s time to get back to all things neglected. The gym, (check), bible study/prayer time, (check), writing, Ummm, ok, truthfully, I’m struggling a little. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, oh, I have tons, my friends! I think I have too much! Is that even possible? Now that I am not consumed with prepping the house I think back over the last month.

I sat and pondered what to write and found myself sitting at my desk going through old and new photos. Have you seen the picture I have used above? I first saw it on social media for National Daughters Day last year and I loved it. I saved it and look at it often. When I see it I smile as it describes my feelings perfectly about my daughter.

And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. Nehemiah 4:14
You can’t make time stand still

This year was a big one for me personally as it is the year my daughter went to college. I wondered over and over who would be there to protect her. I agonized over knowing if she was ready. I agonized over knowing if I was ready!

It seems that somewhere in their senior year our kids believe they are ready to be on their own. Parents get frustrated/downright scared because they want their kids to make choices that will protect them from the pain of failure. Teenagers are eager to fly the nest, where at the same time, parents are desperate to hold them back.

Unfortunately, there is no stopping the ticking of the clock. For better or for worse, children are meant to fly the coop. Because of that, as responsible parents, it is our job to let them go. We have to rely on all that we have taught them as they were under our tutelage.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 

Building relationships that matter

Relationships are like any other living thing, if you feed them, they will grow. I realize as I look back over the last year I could see the woman my daughter was growing into. She is sweet to the core, funny as all get out, and passionately loyal to those she loves. She thinks she is awkward, that she is shy but there is a light in her that shines and attracts all that cross her path. I am so proud to call her daughter. I love calling her friend.

As I said, this year was monumental in more than one way. There are days I still wonder why she had to grow up, (any mom out there know what I mean?), days I wish I still had her depending on me for whatever she needs. I know that is not fair to her, her wings have spread, she is so ready to fly. Tears burn my eyes as I write. Not out of sadness, though there is a little, I will not lie. Tears burn with the amount of joy, love, and friendship I feel rising in my heart, it is almost overwhelming.

As much as I know I will always have my daughters back, (and honestly, I feel the same for my boys, but today is all about us girls) I KNOW God has a path that he created solely for her. It is now her time to grow and discover all she is meant to be in this world. I will NEVER forget the day, she turned to me sweetly and said, “Mom, I’ve got this”. Because of that and the relationship that has been growing between us, I will let her go, I will not hold her back, I will cheer her on as she soars.

Soar High Sweet Girl

There comes a time where you have to trust what you lean on. For me, that is my faith in Jesus and how he is there to lead, guide, and protect. I know he will guide my daughter in making her own choices. He will certainly protect and shield her when mistakes are made. He will soothe and heal through hurts and disappointments. That is the blessing of having a relationship with our Lord. He knows us, He protects us and He will ALWAYS be there for us.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 
Psalm 32:8
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3

So, I’ll wipe the tears away, tell her “baby, you got this, but mama will always have your back.” I will fall back on my relationship with Jesus, knowing I raised her as I was led to through him. Knowing that if there is anyone that loves her more than I, It is Him, and there is no one better to have at your back.

Heavenly Father, I ask for divine protection on my daughter as you shelter her from anything that would hurt her. I ask you to watch over her, steer her down the road you plowed solely for her to walk. Talk to her when she feels down, celebrate with her as she grows. Keep her tight in your arms as the world embraces her. I know she is in your hands and I believe, in Your name, she is cherished, she is protected, and she is YOURS. In Jesus’s name. -Mom

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Who is the Holy Spirit-How to Empower His Astounding Glory?

10 Scriptures to help seize the Holy Spirit in Life

Encouragement from scripture.

Have you ever felt like you were the only kid in class that didn’t know the answer to a question? How about being with friends, listening to a conversation where everyone is excitedly sharing their thoughts on the topic, but a vital piece of information is missing for you.

Oh yeah, I have certainly been in that place. A place where you desperately want to know what everyone else gets but gone right over your head. The frustration that’s felt at being the one that doesn’t get it but is so uncertain you can’t bring yourself to ask any more questions is mind-blowing.

That is exactly how I felt whenever the subject of the Holy Spirit was up for discussion. I struggled with who was the Holy Spirit, what was the Holy Spirit? How can I have it, and how can I use it in my life. I agonized over not understanding what the Holy Spirit was and why I didn’t feel like I had it in my life. Honestly, I felt like the child in the classroom who had all the parts to the equation but couldn’t solve the problem. Does anyone else feel that way?

I wish I could tell you the moment my clarity came to me. I don’t remember the time or the place, but I do remember the moment. It was exhilarating! The moment I realized WHO (not what) lived in me, filled me with a joy that made my stomach flutter and goosebumps race up my arms. It was so overpowering I couldn’t sit on it; I immediately contacted my bible study bestie and shared that, finally, I GOT IT!!!! I wanted to stand on a mountain top and shout with joy.

Let me share my jumping to the head of the class!

Who is the Holy Spirit?
"Do you not believe that I am in the Fatehr, and the Father is in Me?  The words that I say to you I do notspeak on My own initiative, but the Fatherabiding in Me does His works. Believe me that I am in the Fatherand the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.'John 14:10-11
"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him becauuse He abides with you and will be in you." John 14:16-17
"In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you" John 14:20


"But the Helper, the Holy Sprirt, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." John 14:26

Where to begin?

Let’s start with the Father. God is one God but three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, many of us know of this as the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is a person, a part of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, AND the Holy Spirit. The Father resides in the Son, as shown in scripture.

These are just a few of the versed that speak of the Holy Spirit. I would highly recommend reading all of John 14; there are so many wonderful tidbits of knowledge in there you will be amazed.

Have you ever heard the saying, filled with the Holy Spirit? I never understood ( until I did) that it was a literal statement. I finally realized that the Holy Spirit was a piece of Jesus, and He lived in me. I have a piece of Jesus living in me, guiding me to Him, fighting for me, helping me, comforting me as only He can.

I remember walking around for days, astounded at the feelings that now raced through my body. I felt like I had won that golden ticket; Jesus was in me. When Jesus ascended to heaven, he did not leave us alone, not for one minute. Check out the below verse.

"Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you."  John 16:7

I see it as Jesus had to be in heaven with the Father to share a part of himself with us. Once he was at the right hand of the Father, He was able to share the part of himself that would forever live in us. If he had stayed on earth with us, we would have missed out on carrying the spirit of God within us.

The simplicity of that statement, it’s mind-blowing. Because we are a temple to house the spirit of God, we walk this world sharing the Good News because Jesus resides in us. He guides us in this because that is who He is and what He does.

  • There are several names for the Holy Spirit;
  • the Helper,
  • the Advocate,
  • the Counselor,
  • and the Spirit of Truth.

There are many times we need advice, counsel, or help from our Father, and having the Spirit within allows us to tap into Him at any time. He is always available to guide our way.

Images that represent the Holy Spirit.
There are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Counsel
  • Fortitude
  • Knowledge
  • Piety (devoutness)
  • Fear of the Lord

Along with the Holy Spirit, we can activate these gifts from our God. They allow us to show how Jesus and our belief in Him have changed us. They help guide us in a world where many things can pull us away from our Christ-like walk.

As a believer in Jesus, my main ‘job’ is to represent how Jesus lived. Without the Holy Spirit in me, I would never be an example of Christ to people that didn’t know Him.

Having the Holy Spirit as our counselor guides us, He speaks to our conscience when we pray. As we seek the Father in earnest, the Spirit is our intercessor. He goes to God on our behalf.

How do we Empower the Spirit in Us?

Do you wonder how you, too, can be empowered by the Holy Spirit? Let’s first start with what it looks like to be empowered by Him. Anyone that is saved (someone that believes Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins, believing He rose from the dead and is the Son of God. Someone that has asked God to forgive them their sins) has the Spirit of God in them, but is He an active part of our daily lives?

I have spent many years studying Jesus, desperately wanting to know Him and be obedient to him. I didn’t realize that the gifts I have from the Holy Spirit allow me to be closer to Him and know his character better.

Once I realized who the Spirit was and that I already had instant access to Him, I turned my full attention to activating Him in my life. That is how I empowered His spirit. I prayed that He would use the gifts in me to show Himself to the world. How, do you ask?

By knowing what the gifts of the Spirit are and living by them every day.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are diversities of ministrations, and the same Lord. And there are diversities of workings, but the same God, who worketh all things in all. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit to profit withal. For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom; and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit: to another faith, in the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, in the one Spirit; and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discernings of spirits: to another divers kinds of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues: 
but all these worketh the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each one severally even as he will.  

1 Corintians 12:4-11

We all have our own unique gifts from God; we are all special in that way. God did not make us all the same. He is much more creative than that. We must know what our gifts are so we can walk the path God just for us. I struggled for years, thinking I didn’t have any special gifts. Watching friends with great respect when they could talk about the gift that God blessed them with. Wanting to do the same, needing at the same time, to be obedient to God and His calling to me.

How do you know what your gifts are?

It is different for everyone. What I did may or may not work for you, but it was what made the most sense for me. The first thing I determined was what I wanted my gifts to be. I figured if there was something on my heart I wanted to do for Christ, He most likely would want me to do it as well. Knowing how I wanted to serve God, I prayed to Jesus and asked for His will to be done.

Until now you have not asked [the Father] for anything in My name; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy may be full and complete. John 16:24
And whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22
“ Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
Uplifting our desires in Prayer.

Scripture says that we need to trust God, to go to Him first in prayer. What we ask for and believe in His name will be given. One of my wonderful bible study partners has said numerous times is; whatever we do in and for Christ takes practice.” We must continually go to him in prayer and repeatedly ask His will to be done, not ours. We must trust in who he is, knowing he will do what he says he will do.

Seek Him out, the more we will want His will. As we do more in His name, the greater our spiritual gifts will shine.