A lot of what I write is inspired by intimate moments. Most of which I would honestly rather keep closeted; dead bolted in the deepest corners of my heart. I have been told that I am shy. I have said it many times too. The more I say it, the more I believe it. I think I just clued in to the fact that it made for a good cop out. A perfect, unquestioned way to get out of uncomfortable situations.
But I am learning that life with the Holy Spirit is every bit unexpected. It seems to me, 100% walk on water, and for one who can’t swim (just yet), water is not exactly a dear friend. It happens every time, that just when I think I have it all figured out, BOOM! A twist or turn, hole or door, hill or valley I didn’t see coming. This is why for me, there is always an urgency with which I seek God. Life is hard enough, and I would rather not do it without Him.
There has been a lot of changes in my life the past few months. All of which have been, you guessed it, unexpected. You pray, and you declare, and you believe. You wait patiently, expectedly, and then it happens. But almost never how you thought it would, at which point you look up like wow! really???? and proceed to hold on to the Holy Spirit for dear life.
The Holy Spirit is my life jacket, and I keep Him strapped on; my most valuable treasure. Yes, that is what He is. I mean I am still growing in him, learning to call out to him more, building my comfort level with the idea of letting go, and leaning in. Something like free falling into the length and breath of God’s (power) spirit.
Case in point, I planned a different post for today, but here comes the Holy Spirit leading me in a different direction. So here it goes, sweet manna for your soul . . .
Success is when opportunity meets preparation. I heard this quote a while ago, and it left an imprint in my mind. It got me asking questions, all of which made me feel sorta like what shredded paper looks like, scattered pieces to an undefined puzzle.
What if you don’t know what to prepare for? Like you have an idea, but it’s at best fuzzy. What if you aren’t quite sure how to prepare? What if the opportunity hits you right in the face and knocks you cold, instead of stirring you up in new and exciting ways? What if you just don’t know? Like you have tried time and again to find your sweet spot, and tailor it to attract the right opportunities, but it just does not click? Hard questions no? Ya I am right there with you.
When I am in those pockets, and there have been many; this morning counts as one, I switch to declaration mode. For many years, I didn’t know to do this, and so I just sat in those pockets, defeated. The Holy Spirit has taught me better, guiding me into truth and so I speak with the currents of his power pushing me through the waves.
I woke up this morning in a confused state of rested unrest. I slept good, but woke up feeling a mixture of sadness, restlessness and fear. Not the best cocktail. Below is what poured out of me . . .
Thank you Lord for the precious gift of your spirit. He is my friend, counsellor and advocate. Today, I declare that I have a clarity of your purpose for my life. I move with the wisdom, accuracy and speed of the Holy Ghost. I am always aligned with your plans for my life. I am always at the right place, no matter how narrow and uncomfortable, and at the right time, meeting the right people; those that you have strategically placed to help, encourage and favour me in every season. Your spirit gives me the right words, and I have a discerning spirit, to know what is from you, for me. Today, I declare that I will see your goodness in the land of the living. I am asking Lord that even now, you give me the grace to be a blessing to others. I want you to be seen in my life. I love you Lord, and I am so thankful to you for giving me life, and for being the surest person in my life (in Jesus name), amen!
I didn’t plan to share this, but the Holy Spirit is doing his thing. I believe it is so because somebody somewhere needs to be reminded that they are not doing life alone. God says in our weakness, He is strong. So even in the valleys of your lowest points, you can spark up God’s strength in you by speaking. It often starts as a murmur, and then something happens; a divine shift, and you are alive. The circumstances are still the same (for now), but not you. Not when you have been energized by the one who hovered over the face of the earth, waiting to act on God’s every (spoken) word.