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The best gift ever!

Steps to Pure Joy continued….


Step Five: Celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6 NIV). God gives good gifts. Doesn’t he give good gifts?! These are gifts you can’t buy down at the Chandler Mall. Now remember, I am not talking about… meditate or think about it. I am talking about celebrate! Praise God….thank him for the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is way cool.

 You may be saying what’s the big deal about that? Who cares? Let me explain why I am so excited about this gift…The role of the Holy Spirit is to strengthen and comfort us “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and, going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase” (Acts 9:31NASB), teach us “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say” (Luke 12:12 NIV), help us when we are weak “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Rom 8:26 NIV), and He guides us “ But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth….He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you” (John 16:8,13,14 NIV). I don’t know about you, but I can’t learn the bible without His help…I am a simple person I have a simple mind. I need some guidance. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit so we could have Him with us always to guide us and teach us! Think about this with me. We have Him (Jesus) in our hearts to guide us and direct us everyday. This is the best thing Mary pointed out to me yet!

I have had some people say “I wish Jesus was here today so we could ask him questions-like the Apostles.” Boo hoo – “it is so much harder now because we can’t see Jesus. He is not here physically in front of us.” Hello….I don’t think they had it easier. Most of them were martyred! I am glad I was born when I was. Picture this – you are trying to make a career choice. You can’t decide on which job to take….you are trying to call Jesus. You are even text messaging him. You can’t get thru. You try everything, even paying for an airplane to sky write your question to him in the air….Nope no Jesus. He is on the other side of the world. I would use up all my cell phone minutes in the first day! Do you know how many times I talk to Him?….ask Him questions?……tell Him he’s great….better than sliced bread! I don’t need to go through any of that ……I just visit with Him and ask what should I do? What job should I take? “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13-14 NASB). He does not speak on His own initiative ….and He will disclose to you what is to come. The help you get from Him comes straight from God and He will disclose what is to come. But important key is you have to listen….be still and listen. Wait for the answer. Believe He will answer and wait. A telephone direct to God everyday, anytime…..better than the bat phone on Batman & Robin! The Holy Spirit is your red bat phone! AWSOME!

Question: Have you ever thanked/praised the Lord for that gift? Tell him you think it’s great. That was very thoughtful of him. What a super idea!




 I woke up Sunday still buzzing. It was as if the sky was bluer, air fresher, the clouds puffier…..I don’t know how to put it into words. I didn’t even need Starbucks! I was just still on this high from the night before. I never want it to end. I would have jumped up and down on the bed again if I thought it wouldn’t break!

 Jake was still out of town so I went to church alone. Yes, people I even shook hands with the person at the curb. I went in and sat down in our usual spot; back row, left hand side. Funny how we sit in the same spot.   Anyway- This lady came up, asked if I was alone today (today?) and if she could sit with me. Her name was Mary. She is about 70ish, sweet, soft spoken lady. I told her Jake, my husband, was out of town this week-end and I would love the company. We visited for a while before the music started. I connected with her right away. It was as if she had known me my whole life. She has daughters but, they all live in away and would love to visit with me later.

We had coffee together after the service. I told her about my marriage, job, the move, my life in general. She never acted shocked or disapproving. In fact, it was as if she already knew my story. I apprehensively told her what happened Sat. night. I thought for sure she would think I was losing it. I asked her what happened? I told her I cried yet laughed at the same time. She said it was “you experienced God through the Holy Spirit” and that God loves me very much and wants to have a relationship with me. Now, I’m thinking…..With me? He doesn’t even know who I really am? She asked if she could pray with me and if we could have coffee again sometime. I said, “Sure pray for me”……not really comprehending what that entailed. But hey sure why not……peeps … she prayed right there OUT IN THE OPEN!…Yes, you heard correct. I said, right there over coffee. Incredible! It was as if she was talking right to God. Like she had a special phone line or something. I have got to get one of those!

She gave me her phone number in case I had any questions before we meet again. Questions? ! I don’t even know what happened. I just want more of it. I want it every day. It’s not just happiness… It’s happiness on steroids! It’s the energizer bunny of happiness. Maybe it’s joy (Interesting…joy )? Anyway, she suggested I get a bible. A version I could understand and to bring it when we meet again. Here we go with the bible again but, what the heck….why not.

Note to self…ask Mary what cell phone plan she has and how did she get God in her “My Circle”.

Should I tell Jake my story?