“I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.
“Now it’s up to you. Be on your toes—both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people—God’s people they are—to guard and protect them. God himself thought they were worth dying for.
I follow the Holy Spirit when I write. Sometimes. I sometimes shoot from the hip, but it is so much better if I start the post in prayer. A group of us ladies (and some men) write at Five Minute Fridays. Bloggers who write for 5 minutes on a one word topic on Thursday night or Friday. I’m an early riser. 5:22 a.m. EST right now. Today I followed the Holy Spirit’s lead in sharing that in my prayer he said to me…tell others to follow my Holy Spirit too.
You see I’ve learned that the Holy Spirit does softly whisper to our hearts what to do in some situations. I am a suicide survivor. He whispered to me that late afternoon in 2011 “don’t do this…you have two little children, a husband, your parents, sister, and friends who need you and love you.” I willingly went for inpatient treatment at a local hospital. I’d been to counselors, doctors, and I was on medication. But, I wasn’t feeling right yet…do you follow?
I am so thankful the Holy Spirit whispered to me that day. He has whispered to me many times since. I’m a living result of a Father God who loves to save. I have tried to encourage other women and men who struggle with anxiety and depression. I pray for them. Sometimes I can go talk with them in person, by phone, or sometimes it’s just too hard to be close to a situation that is now in my past. However, I follow the Holy Spirit. Do you?
You are the Holy Spirit.
Forgive me when I forget to listen to your whispers.
Give me peace and time to pray each day.
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to share my story and follow Your voice to a lifetime of love, truth, and life.
p.s. It took me 5 minutes to write this post. It took me 15 minutes to quickly find some of my favorite photos of this year and last that I’m SO thankful to be able to see. God has given me the strength, love, and laughter to find joy amidst sadness and bravery amidst anxiety. We have two sweet sons who are now nearly 9 years old and 6 six years old. They needed me. They still need me. And, my husband and I need each other too. God can grant healing and hope. He is the King! Follow HIM! Listen to His Holy Spirit whispering…stay in this…persevere. Life is full of good and hard. You have me.