By Mary Jane DeWitt
DO YOU FEEL THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
Will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Reflection: Bible verses can be very powerful. I’m sure there are many we can relate to, but there’s always one we seem to go back to. Verses can be words of joy, contentment, assurance and even words for a time of sorrow. The Holy Spirit comes in many ways. It can be through prayer, bible verses, listening to others or maybe a friend.
Philippians 4:6-7 has more meaning to me then I could ever express. There was a time when I needed the words of encouragement and the assurance that God was with me. It was a friend who recited this verse and I truly believe the Holy Spirit spoke through him.
The Holy Spirit is like a strong wind blowing. We can’t see it, but we feel it as it crosses over our skin. The wind is very much like our faith in God. We can’t see Him. We can’t take Him by the hand or even converse with Him face-to-face like we do with a friend. But we still know He is present in our lives because we can experience the effects.
Anxious thoughts will try to attack us on a regular basis. Fear can so easily creep into our thinking and rob us of joy, the very treasure we hold because we know Christ. Thankfully, we have been given the key to protecting our minds and hearts, through prayer. In coming to God with our petitions and in giving thanks to Him for all He has already done for us, we receive His peace.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Prayer: Our Father in Heaven,
help me to remember that your peace is available to guard me night and day.
Help me to bring everything to you in prayer, trusting in your faithfulness.
Help me not to be afraid in times of trouble, but to remember that
You are always with me. Amen.
Bio: Mary Jane and her husband Stan, have been members since 2018. Before joining St. Michael's, they were members of First Lutheran of St. Paul. After retiring, Mary Jane had the pleasure of volunteering in church. The most rewarding was conducting a class on scripture and how it involved in daily life.