Hope From the Holy Spirit

HOPE FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 NKJV

Have you ever had a day where everything goes wrong, and suddenly, God speaks comfort and hope to your weary soul? It is exactly what you need in that moment. Perhaps it is a realization that your bad day is not nearly as rotten as somebody else’s. It may come in the form of a song, a Bible verse on Twitter, or a reassuring Facebook post.

I recently went through a season where discouragement was taking up residence on my doorstep. Just at the point where I thought I would break, there was the Holy Spirit with just the right word or phrase, the perfect Scripture or song. It felt like my heavenly Father had just wrapped His arms around me.

It’s wonderful when our spirits are lifted by others, but when the Holy Spirit, Himself inspires us, it is precious. What an honor it is when He makes a point to lift me up. In those moments, I feel especially loved.

Christian, the same Holy Spirit dwells within each one of us. He will tenderly nudge you with comfort, peace and joy. Keep an eye out for those special instances of grace and mercy. Let’s show our gratitude by extending that same gift to others.

As vessels of the Spirit, we should overflow with the very same support to others. Words of encouragement and hope should spill over onto those who are near. We don’t want to miss any opportunity God gives us to bless our brothers and sisters with Spirit filled kindness. The hope I need is the hope I need to share. “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:18b-19).

Heavenly Father, thank You for the times when You plant special signs along my path inspiring me to keep going even when the road gets steep. Help me renew and inspire others along life’s journey. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Hebrews 6:18-19.

HIKING THE TRAIL

When I begin feeling discouraged, I turn to Scripture or gospel music. It is also a good time for me to reach out and encourage someone else. How can you share hope with someone today?

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale newell.

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Throwback Thursday: A Shelter from Storms

 

A SHELTER FROM STORMS

 

And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat,

For a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

Is. 4:6 (NKJV)

If you are ever in Nags Head North Carolina, visit Jeanette’s Pier. It is not your typical fishing pier, and it has a nice enclosed area with a large aquarium full of different types of fish.

We were leaving the pier to walk up the beach to our motel when we heard the crash of thunder. As lightening flashed across the dark sky, we quickly returned inside until the storm was over. I did not want to be there any longer. I would have preferred to wait it out in my motel room, where I could have done something constructive, such as writing. Here we were, safe from the storm, and I turned my attention to a striped fish in the aquarium. He was a spade fish, and I was content to watch him swim.

I considered how life is the same way. We seek God’s shelter during our storms. We certainly do not want to be where we are, but we are in a situation that we are powerless to change. How we long for our lives to get back to normal, but we must ride out the storm with God as our shelter.

It is during those times that we must find our spade fish, our contentment. It could be time in the Bible as we are comforted by God’s promises. It could be a time when we are surrounded by family and friends, or it could be a private time spent alone with God. Paul said, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:” (Phil. 4:11). Note that contentment is something we learn. It doesn’t come naturally.

Are you seeking God’s Shelter during a storm today? Know that you are safe, and be content until the storm passes by.

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.