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Holy Spirit, My Best Friend.
I'm typically never at a loss for words, but when God calls me to rest, I find myself struggling to put pen to paper because He gently reminds me to be still. Which is why I haven’t been blogging and sending out newsletters by the handful the past month.
In the midst of my daily journeys, I remained attentive to His promptings, always prepared to document His words. Yet, to my surprise, a period of silence ensued. Strangely, I found peace in this silence. If there's one lesson I've learned, it's that God is in control, patiently waiting for me to grasp what He yearns for me to understand.
Weeks passed, and I began a dialogue with the Holy Spirit. I’m not going to lie… it felt foreign. A stirring began to well inside of me, as if He was delighted that I was reaching out to Him. The peace I had been feeling became overwhelming, a peace I hadn't experienced in a long time. It dawned on me with a mix of realization and shame… I had been ignoring Him. I sought forgiveness for my oversight. How did I forget the true gift and magnificence of the One sent to be with me always?
How often do we forget about the Holy Spirit dwelling within us?
Throughout my years of wandering and spiritual battles, I would cry out to God, calling on the name of Jesus. I envisioned them as distant entities while I wrestled with spiritual warfare in my own strength. As if the heavens would open and everything magically fixed. I was looking outward and not inward.
Numerous lessons were learned, and by God's grace, healing occurred. However, my relationship with the Holy Spirit wasn't what it used to be. I had started seeing Him as merely a spirit, neglecting the reality that He is a person.
Jesus tells us in John 16:7 that He is going away, but that He would send another in His place. Someone who would be with us always—a Comforter, a Guide, an Intercessor who would never abandon us. How amazing is that!
For decades, the Holy Spirit has been with me, yet I stopped conversing with Him as my closest friend, the one who would never forsake me, never leave or abandon me. The one who would guide me with truth, intercede for me, show me patience and love me unconditionally. But through the pain and wilderness, the Lord reintroduced himself to me and showed me how close He is. My life will never be the same.
Despite possibly appearing eccentric, I've taken to walking everywhere while openly conversing with the Holy Spirit as I should. When I lay down at night, I engage with Him in my thoughts, speaking spirit to Spirit, eyes closed, feeling a closeness to God that I haven't experienced in a long time. He is a part of my every moment and every choice, and I want you to experience the fullness of God too!
Finally, the Lord has released me to share this with you all today because I believe there are many who may have felt distant from the Lord, much like I did. They might be gazing upward, feeling as if they are alone, or that Jesus is silent, when in fact, God is patiently awaiting their turn to commune with the Holy Spirit. Yep, the Holy Spirit may be waiting for you to start the conversations, talking to Him like the best friend He is, praising Him for His holiness and truly appreciating His companionship. Remember, He will never leave you, no matter where you are. But He will remain silent much of the time if you aren’t acknowledging His presence.