3 brownies

I just jumped in the pool after a hot guilt walk. You know those walks you take after 3 brownies.  These walks are good for me. Even though I am moving, in some weird way I am quiet and still before the Lord. Tonight, the Holy Spirit challenged me to reflect upon why I ate 3 brownies. My first reaction was ugh! But, as I neared my way back to the house, I was filled with gratitude.

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It’s quiet in the pool (my kids are inside and they don’t know I am in here) besides the birds and distant cows mooing, perfect conditions to write. I have been encouraged to write everyday, so here I am.  The more you do something, the better you get at it.  I won’t share everyday but I am going to try to write often. 😉
I called it a guilt walk but it’s really not guilt, it’s the gift of the Holy Spirit gently correcting me. You know that preciousness that tells you 3 brownies is not a good idea, a glass of wine every night might lead to destruction, watching that show just doesn’t feel right, or that voice that says jot down the ramblings of your words and share the things of God. You get the idea, if you are a believer in Jesus, you have these moments also. The Holy Spirit speaks truth in our lives even when we don’t know any better.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John‬ ‭14:16, 26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

So, I write tonight thankful for this gift! Thank you Lord that you don’t leave us in our mess or to try to figure it out on our own.

I have to say most of the time I hear from the Lord through studying His Word but even then the Holy Spirit helps a simple minded gal like me understand.

So tonight, it’s as simple as thank you Jesus for this gift you left with us. Thank you for gently correcting us.  Help us be sensitive and quick to obey.❤️

And awe came upon every soul…

So I am in the mountains of New Mexico and as most writer/ bloggers do, I am constantly trying to figure out how to put this magnificent place into words.  This is always the challenge for the writer in me. 😉

Words like awe, wonder, beauty and amazement come to mind and they all fit.  The smell of rain and pine is something I just want to bottle up.  The beauty of the Lord is beyond describable.

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Then in the middle of our trip I land in Acts 2:42-43.

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many  wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:42-43‬ ‭ESV‬

As beautiful as these mountains are, oh Lord, I want to be in awe of You.  I want to see Your wonders and signs just as the apostles and 3,000 souls that were saved on this day so many years ago.

If you haven’t read Acts 1 & 2, you might be wondering what in the world I am talking about.  Jesus had just ascended into Heaven and then 10 days later the Lord poured out the Holy Spirit on the believers meeting together Acts 2:1-4.  Then Peter gave a powerful spirit led message. This bravery could only have come from the gift of the Holy Spirit. I encourage to read this message in Acts 2:14-47. It is no wonder 3,000 people were baptized and added to the church.❤️ Three thousand, that is a lot!

So where does this leave an ordinary mama sitting in the mountains on family vacation reading Acts?

Am I going to give every ounce and treasure to Christ?

Am I going to be a women of God like these first century believers?

Am I going to live in awe of the Maker of the mountains?

Am I going to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and be brave?

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As believers in Christ, we have this same gift of the Holy Spirit that brave Peter had.  Acts 2:38-39 says, “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” What a gift!

God, Creator of all, may we seek You and live in awe of You and in the seeking and awe may Your wonders be done.

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Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭90:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬