“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7 (ESV)
“There is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit.” Joyce Meyer
- Get ready to meet with your Savior! He loves you more than you could ever know!
- Read Isaiah 11:2 and Romans 8:26. Be encouraged as you learn more about the Holy Spirit. He is a mighty Helper who is always with us!
The Holy Spirit Is Our Helper
Sadness fills my heart thinking about Jesus permanently leaving the disciples in John 16:7. Instead of lamenting words, Jesus told them, “…it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” John 16:7 (ESV).
Jesus called the Holy Spirit our “Helper,” and He taught us that it is best to have the Holy Spirit come and be with us. Why? Who is the Holy Spirit? All throughout the Bible, we learn that the Holy Spirit helps us, is within us, and never leaves us.
- In John 14:26, Jesus declares that the Helper will teach us all things and remind us of the words of God.
- In Romans 8:26, we are so encouraged to learn that the Spirit helps us when we are weak and even teaches us how to pray.
- John 14:16 says that the Helper will be with us forever and dwells inside of us.
- Isaiah 11:2 comforts us by showing us that the Spirit of the Lord rests on us and gives us wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the Lord.
- Finally, Acts 1:8 boldly proclaims that the Holy Spirit gives us power!
Dear mamas, the Holy Spirit gives you all you need to be a great mom. Abide by the Holy Spirit! Walk with Him daily. He is always with you, and when you are so exhausted from serving your children all day (and night), He will help you in your weakness. Have you ever felt so wiped out that you can’t even pray? The Bible says that the Spirit helps us to pray when we can’t. I am in awe that He intercedes to God for us with “groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26 NASB). When I am too weak to cry for help, the Holy Spirit cries out to my Heavenly Father for me. My love for the Spirit is so strengthened, and my heart is so encouraged by this news.
How many times do we mamas yearn to know what is best for our children? What should we do when they are sick? How do we help them sleep? How do we teach them to love their siblings? Isaiah 11 says that the Spirit of the Lord gives us wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, and knowledge. We need to lean on the Holy Spirit because the very words of Jesus in John 14:26 (ESV) were, “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things.” Amazingly, Jesus didn’t say “some” things. He meant that everything we need to know, as a mom, is available to us through His Holy Spirit, who lives in us!
Finally, the Bible says that we will receive power when the Spirit comes upon us (Acts 1). Mamas, even when the nights are long and sleepless, the children are needy, and nothing else gets done, we can cry out for the Spirit’s power to help us. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit as a precious, powerful gift. If we abide in Him, our Helper who never leaves us, we will be filled with heavenly power to be the loving, godly mama He calls us to be.
Blessings and Love,
Questions to Ponder
- The Holy Spirit whispers to us in a “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) and reveals God’s will to us. He will tell you what to do when your child is sick or not sleeping. Can you hear Him? What can you do to hear Him more often?
- The Bible frequently declares the incredible attributes of the Holy Spirit. This helpful Open Bible webpage (https://www.openbible.info/topics/holy_spirit) is filled with beautiful Scriptures about who our Helper is. Read these verses and write in your journal the ones that speak to your heart.
Memorize Galatians 5:22-23 with your children:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
If you search the internet for “fruit of the Spirit,” there are fun printables of delicious strawberries, cherries, and bananas, labeled with each of the nine “fruit of the Spirit” character traits. Your children can color and cut them out and hang them on their walls. Teach your children that their lives can express this “fruit” to others because of the Holy Spirit who lives within them.
"...he set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God…”(v. 2-3)
Kristi loves to sing "a song of praise to our God, as He makes her steps secure” atop the Rocky Mountains! So far, she has summited 13 of Colorado's 14,000ft peaks with her husband and 2 boys.After 35 years in California, Kristi and her family have made their home in Colorado, where they delight in spending time together hiking, biking, playing music, or canoeing.