Holy Spirit part 3

While this might be simple, it helps me to connect with the Holy Spirit by what He does – He relates, communicates (see the preceding 2 posts) & He demonstrates.  The Holy Spirit demonstrates in many different ways – in 1 Cor 12 you can read about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (word of wisdom, word of knowledge, prophecy, speaking in tongues & interpretation of tongues – communication gifts;  discerning of spirits, faith, miracles & healing – power gifts). 

It is my sincere belief that the Holy Spirit wants to demonstrate Himself through us as believers in Jesus.  Not only do i believe that He wants to demonstrate His Gifts through us, but i also believe that He wants to demonstrate His character through us – as listed in the Fruits of the Spirit in Gal 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness). 

I think, however, that the key to His demonstration comes full circle back to our relationship with Him.  Perhaps the demonstration of the presence of the Holy Spirit is lacking in our lives, or maybe minimized, because we lack a vibrant relationship with Him.  Just something to consider 🙂

Holy Spirit part 2

The Holy Spirit is the master communicator – massively huge communicator.  When i started to think about this, it just totally amazed me.  When Jesus was introducing the Holy Spirit to His disciples, He talks about how the Holy Spirit will

  • teach,
  • remind,
  • convict & 
  • guide us, among other things. 

Jesus also tells us that the Holy Spirit will speak to us what He hears from our heavenly Father & that the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus. 

It seems to me that the Holy Spirit is communicating with us perhaps more often than we realize.  I pray that today, you & i would be sensitive & receptive to the Holy Spirit speaking to & communicating with us – beyond our biases & limited understanding. 🙂

Can you think of some times when the Holy Spirit has communicated w you?  What was the outcome (s)?

the Holy Spirit – part 1

Yesterday in church, i got to share about who the Holy Spirit is & what He does.  I was really excited about getting to share this because it seems like the Holy Spirit has been dealing w me for almost 6 months about who He is & what He does, so yesterday was just flat out exciting for me.  Here’s a brief summation to whet your appetite about the Holy Spirit, by some things that He does:

He relates: when Jesus was teaching His disciples about the Holy Spirit in John14-16, He said that its better for them for Jesus to go away so that the HS will come.  This idea has always been a challenge to me bc its been a struggle to see how the HS would be an upgrade over the physical presence of Jesus on earth (like when He was chatting w His disciples).  But the HS is an upgrade for several reasons: 

  • He’s pervasive – not limited to physical boundaries.  When Jesus was on the earth, He could only be one place at a time.  With the HS, He is all places at all times
  • the HS isn’t limited to natural laws – consider the Gifts of the HS in 1 Cor 12 to explore His power, abilities & magnificence. 

There’s LOADS more about the HS & i plan to blog some more this week about who He is & what He does.  So keep your eyes peeled 😉

what do you think??

I’ve been thinking about the Holy Spirit alot lately & would be interested in your feedback:

  • who is the Holy Spirit to you?
  • Do you see the Holy Spirit working in your daily life & how?
  • Are there times, situations, people that cause you to be more or less sensitive to the Holy Spirit?  What are some of these?

Any input would be greately appreciated!!  Feel free to answer 1, 2 or all of the questions above.  Thanks LOADS for your help!!

should

If you’re like me, i use the word, “should” alot:

  • with my kids – you should’ve cleaned your room, like i told you
  • with myself – you should keep you mouth shut more
  • with friends – you should exercise more ;0
  • with politicians – they should know better
  • with fellow Christians – we should be nicer

There are lots of “should”s in our lives.  The difference between “should” and “is” often seems like the opposite sides of an abyss.  Reality versus what should be often seem to be light years apart in distance.  I know that there are lots of “should”s in my life (should keep the kitchen less messy, should work out more, should drive slower, should be able to manage some weak spots in my life better than how i do now, . . . . .).  Thankfully, i received alot of grace to bridge the gap between “should” & “is”. 

So here’s my challenge to you:  be as quick to give the grace that bridges “should” & “is”, as you are to receive such grace.  🙂

routine

Routines can be boring.  They’re by nature repetitive & can get VERY dull.  When i was growing up, we used to have a trampoline & i would practice my trampoline routines (like a gymnastics routine) to where i had like 3-4 routines i could do whenever we had guests.  I was kind of proud of these routines bc some of them were kind of tough.  What i discovered was that when i would practice the routines, i stayed sharp & wouldn’t make mistakes.  When i wouldn’t do them for a day or two, or even a week, my routines would get sloppy & sometimes i even hurt myself.

I find that the lessons i learned from practicing trampoline routines stay w me even now when i’m an adult.  My daily performance is intricately connected to my daily routines.  Furthermore, my daily routines are an integral part of the success or failure of my future.  What i practice today, is what i’ll be ready for tomorrow. 

i’m trying to get better w my routines – especially w my kids.  My personal routines include going to bed at a reasonable hour so i can get up early, have some solitude & God time so that i can go into each day w some Divine.  Utlimately, i find that every day needs the Divine & routine can help increase my awareness of God’s involvement in my daily living.  How are your routines?

grow charts

Over the summer, i’ve instituted “grow charts” for my kids.  Here’s the general vibe:  each child has their own weekly to-do list they’re supposed to work on everyday.  The plan has been for every box they check, they get 10cents.  At the end of the week, we count up the boxes & they get somewhere between $1-$3 / week for their grow charts.  They’re supposed to save their money every week, after tithing & at the end of each month, we deposit their money in their kids bank by my hair salon.  So far, this has worked pretty well over the summer.  The key to the success of this is consistency on my part. 

Today, i ramped it up a notch.  I circled about 3-5 “tasks” that are required everyday (brush teeth, clean room, etc).  For every circled task that is not completed for each week, i take away 10cents.  So far, i think this is working pretty well.  Its teaching my kids to importance of daily work & discipline, its giving them a constructive incentive to earn money, teaching them the importance of saving money (they compete w each other to see who has the most in the bank) & its teaching them the value of everyone pitching in to help & contribute to our family.  Personally, its helping me to work on being consistent w my kids.  With all of this planning & structure, i don’t really see a downside, especially if i stay consistent. 

Key word: consistent