Is God Your BFF? Part 3 Getting to Know the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, God IN You

He is one of God’s greatest gifts to us, the power of God, living right inside you. How well developed is your relationship with the Holy Spirit? Do you know who He is, what His purpose is, or that He is your constant helper? This week is most definitely my favorite of the series. I can’t wait to share more with you about this incredible Power you have been given.

We’ve been talking this month about fully developing our relationship with God. We’ve learned that the way to do that is by cultivating the key qualities that make any good friendship last: quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY as Father, Spirit, and Son.

Today we’ll dive in to the final part of a  3 part series helping us understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. 

During week 1, we talked about cultivating a relationship with God the Father, check it out here. Week 2 we explored exactly who Jesus is and how to grow your relationship with Him, read that here. Finally, this week we get to dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit

He is your personal counselor, your teacher, and constant helper. The magnificent gift of God, poured out on you.

So why get to know Him better? Because He is God’s most personal gift to you, His own mighty power living in you! He’s your all access pass to all of the fullness and glory of God. He embodies God’s strength, might, comfort and rest, all at your fingertips. When you become a born again, spirit filled Christian, then the Holy Spirit takes up residence right inside you. He is with you wherever you go, doing whatever you do. Seeing everything you see, hearing everything you hear, feeling everything you feel.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had a roomate? Maybe as a kid you shared a room with a sibling, or had a roommate in college? If you’re married, you have a lifelong roommate in your spouse. To have a successful relationship with your roommate, you need to talk, interact, and cooperate. Imagine how lonely or outcast you would feel if your roommate never acknowledged your presence? What if they never talked, interacted, or consulted with you, but instead just lived every moment as if you weren’t even there?

How would that make you feel? I’m guessing pretty lonely. Maybe even useless, or unloved?

That’s exactly what we do to the Holy Spirit when we live our lives apart from Him! When you have the literal ability to tap into the Supreme Power of God, anywhere, any time, why would you ignore it?

How to Spend Quality Time with the Holy Spirit

  • First and foremost, acknowledge His presence! EVERY DAY!
  • Talk to Him. Ask His opinion about things you encounter.
  • Listen to His promptings, and follow His leading.
  • Consult Him with your day to day choices.
  • Seek comfort in Him in your daily troubles.
  • Celebrate with Him in your daily triumphs.
  • Pray with Him, tapping into His power.
  • Be purposeful to include Him in your day to day, minute to minute life.
  • Treat Him like He’s like the best friend you’ve ever had, because He is.

How to Have Good Communication with the Holy Spirit

  • Read the Word and learn to recognize His voice as He speaks to you.
  • As you’re seeking to include Him everyday, listen to His promptings. Part of His job is to quicken your spirit to make you aware of the things of God.
  • Seek counsel in Him, and heed his advice. Just like you would do with an earthly counselor, lay out your troubles and trust Him to help you.
  • Let Him teach you the ways of God. He holds all of God’s wisdom and is ready and able to share it with you.
  • Let Him pray for you. You have your own unique spiritual language, and when you don’t know what to pray, He will take over and pray for you.
  • Trust that the Holy Spirit will always lead you in the direction of God’s will for your life, and follow where He leads.

Scriptures to Help You Get to Know the Holy Spirit

Click here for a printable list of these Scriptures.

Walking hand in hand with the Holy Spirit every day will bring you so much closer to the life God intended you to live. I hope you are feeling empowered and ready to embrace all that God has for you!

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

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Is God Your BFF? Part 2 Getting to Know Jesus

To fully develop a relationship with God, cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. How well do you know Jesus?

How well do you know Jesus?

Is He your best friend and constant companion? Do you think of Him as Messiah, teacher, Savior? Or is He just some really nice guy that lived a long time ago? Maybe you’ve heard He’s the Son of God, but don’t know much more? Whether you’re a curious bystander, a fence straddler, or someone totally sold out for Jesus, this week’s message about developing that relationship has something for you. So let’s jump in because I can’t wait to share it!

We’re talking this month about fully developing our relationship with God. And in order to do that we have to cultivate the key qualities that make any good friendship last: quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY as Father, Spirit, and Son.

To fully develop a relationship with God, cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. How well do you know Jesus?

You’re joining me today for the second part of a  3 part series to understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. Stick around to get practical tips for developing each one of these relationships.

Last week we talked about cultivating a relationship with God the Father, if you missed it, check it out here. Then next week we’ll dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit! As for today, I am so excited to explore just who Jesus is with you, while we work on developing a personal relationship with Him.

Jesus, the Son

Jesus Christ, Messiah, the anointed one. He is the long awaited, prophesied promise of a deliverer and Savior.

Fully God, and fully man. Born of a miraculous hypostatic union between a teenage girl and the Holy Spirit. Finally, God made flesh! Its awe inspiring, and completely unique to the Christian faith, that God would lower Himself and take on the form of a man. But Praise God, He did, and He did it to save us all.

So, why do we need to know Him and develop a personal relationship with Him?

Because He is the ONLY way to God. Knowing and accepting Jesus as your Savior is the ONLY way to seal your eternity in Heaven. He became a man so that by living a sinless life, something no other man is capable of, He could forever wipe our slate clean. Because of Him we are made right with God. We can connect with God the Father again through the sacrifice of Jesus. He’s our redemption, our Savior.

We also find our hope in Him and in the example He set for us. Every possible situation we find ourselves in, every emotion we experience, every trial we face, every joy we celebrate brings us closer to Him because He has been there too. He’s experienced our pain, shared in our joy, and drown in our sorrows. The Rock is our strength when we have nothing left. Emmanuel, “God with us” carries us through our valleys. Our Victor lifts us up on our mountain tops. And the Unwavering One stays with us everywhere in between.

Getting to know Jesus is, has been, and always will be the best experience of your life.To fully develop a relationship with God, cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. How well do you know Jesus?

How to spend quality time with Jesus

Get in the Word! The book of John states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14, emphasis mine)

Jesus IS the Word! Your Bible IS Jesus right in your hands. Read it! Jesus is revealed in every book, in every chapter, and on every single page.

The absolute best way to spend quality time getting to know Jesus is to read the Word.

See Him revealed in every book of the Bible

In Genesis He is the Creator & promised Redeemer, in Exodus the Passover Lamb, Leviticus the High Priest, Numbers the water in the desert, and in Deuteronomy He becomes the curse for us. Then in Joshua He is the Commander of the army of the Lord, in Judges He delivers us from injustice, in Ruth He is our Kinsman-Redeemer, 1 Samuel all in one, He is the Prophet/Priest/King, 2 Samuel He is the King of grace & love. 1 Kings He is a Ruler greater than Solomon, 2 Kings the powerful prophet, 1 Chronicles the Son of David that is coming to rule, 2 Chronicles the King who reigns eternally.

In Ezra He is the Priest proclaiming freedom, Nehemiah the One who restores what is broken down, Esther the Protector of his people. Job shows Him as the Mediator between God and man, Psalms our song in the morning and in the night, in Proverbs He is our wisdom, Ecclesiastes our meaning for life, Song of Solomon the Author of faithful love. Isaiah calls him Suffering Servant, Jeremiah the weeping Messiah, Lamentations He assumes God’s wrath for us, in Ezekiel He is the Son of Man.

In Daniel He is the stranger in the fire with us, in Hosea a faithful husband even when we run away, Joel He is sending His Spirit to His people, Amos He delivers justice to the oppressed. Obadiah He is the Judge of those who do evil, in Jonah the greatest missionary, in Micah He casts our sin into the sea of forgetfulness, and in Nahum He proclaims future world peace we cannot even imagine.

Through Habakkuk He crushes injustice, Zephaniah He is the Warrior who saves, Haggai He restores our worship, Zechariah prophesies a Messiah pierced for us, and in Malachi He is the sun of righteousness who brings healing.

And on into the New Testament

Matthew calls Him the Messiah who is King, Mark the Messiah who is a Servant, Luke the Messiah who is a Deliverer, and John the Messiah who is God in the flesh. Acts says He is the Spirit who dwells in His people, Romans calls Him the righteousness of God, 1 Corinthians He is the power and love of God, 2 Corinthians He is the down payment of what’s to come. In Galatians He is our very life, Ephesians the unity of our church, Philippians the joy of our life, Colossians He holds the supreme position in all things.

1 Thessalonians calls Him our comfort in the last days, 2 Thessalonians He is our returning King, 1 Timothy the Savior of the worst sinners, 2 Timothy the leader of the leaders, Titus the foundation of truth, and Philemon our Mediator. In Hebrews He is our High Priest, James He matures our faith, 1 Peter He is our hope in times of suffering, 2 Peter He is the One who guards us from false teaching. In 1 John He is the source of all fellowship, 2 John God in the flesh, 3 John the source of all truth, Jude He protects us from stumbling, and finally Revelation reveals Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, The Alpha and the Omega, The Beginning and the End, He is coming again and the One who makes all things new.

How to have good communication with Jesus

  • recognize who He is in your life, and give thanks continually
  • praise Him as your Holy Intercessor (*Did you know that God knows your requests before you even ask? And Jesus is sitting at His right hand right now praying for YOU. Before you even mutter a word, Jesus has already pleaded before God on your behalf! If you’ve ever felt like no-one was praying for you, you couldn’t have been more wrong. The most powerful prayer warrior in the history of the world has taken up your cause, and He prays with out ceasing. Be thankful unto Him!
  • live, move, and have your entire being in Him, as if you are locked inside the person of Jesus Christ. Going where He wants you to go, saying what He wants you to say, believing what He wants you to believe, doing what He wants you to do, being who He wants you to be, praying what He wants you to pray.

Scriptures to help you get to know Jesus

Click here for a printable list of these Scriptures.

Getting to know Jesus personally is the best decision you’ll ever make, I hope you’ve got some great ideas for cultivating your greatest relationship. Let me know how your journey is going and any other helpful tips you might have in the comments below!

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

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Is God Your BFF? Part 1, Getting to Know God the Father

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

Have you ever met someone that you really liked?

How about your best friend? Did y’all have an instant connection? Or maybe you had a rocky start? Have you been friends for a long time, or is your relationship still in that new “honeymoon” phase? No matter what your story is, I’m quite sure that you didn’t become bff’s with that special person from just one meeting. While every friendship story is unique, I bet they all have at least one thing in common. You must have made a choice and a commitment to take the time to get to know each other, resulting in an ever-growing, blossoming, and lasting relationship.

To be blessed with the kind of friendship you have, you must have cultivated your relationship. You’ve made time for each other, you do things together, you talk frequently, you share important details about your lives, you help each other, you support each other, you depend on each other. There’s no doubt that quality time and good communication have become the foundation of your relationship.

One other key thing to note about your bff… you probably don’t know just one side of them. You know them completely. You know them at work, at home, at play. You know every side to their personality. The good, the bad, and everything in between, you know, you accept, and you love.

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

Our relationship with God is no different! The key to cultivating a great relationship with God is found in quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY, every part of Him.

Enter the Godhead, or the Holy Trinity

Its a concept that can be really hard to grasp, and the truth is, I fully believe this is one of those things that our finite minds just cannot fully comprehend. The best way for me to explain the trinity is to think of it like a family. For example, the Young family is ONE family, with 7 members (mom, dad, and 5 kids). Each individual person uniquely equipped with their own gifts, talents, and personalities, but all connected, acting together as a single family unit. The Trinity, is ONE God, manifested in 3 separate and unique persons, all acting together as a single unit.

To fully develop our relationship with God, we have to take time to cultivate a relationship with all three persons of the Godhead; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

 

Join me for this 3 part series to understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. And get practical tips for developing each one of these relationships.

Today, we’ll talk about cultivating a relationship with God the Father. Next week we’ll explore just who Jesus is, and work on developing a personal relationship with Him. And in two weeks, we’ll dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit!

God, the Father

We call Him the Creator, Almighty God, Powerful One, Abba, Father, Alpha and Omega.

He spoke creation into existence, He is a planner, He loves unconditionally, and He forgives completely. His holiness, His power, and His love transcend time and space. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, His ways higher than our ways. The Bible declares there is no one good except God, not even one!  He upholds us with His righteous right hand, gives us promises of protection and blessings, passes out grace freely, curses those who curse us, and calls us His own.

Why do we need to know Him and develop a personal relationship with Him?

Because He created you! He knew you before you were ever conceived, and set you apart with a plan and a purpose. His promises of blessing are waiting to be lavished on you. He wants to be your Shield and your Protector, and He wants to lead you into His righteousness, to show you how you can live in His presence from here to eternity. His love for you is unconditional, He fights for you, He wants what’s best for you.

Do you want to know who you really are, and what your purpose in this world is? Why not get to know the one who created you and find out?

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

Ways to spend quality time with God the Father

  • reading the Word
  • worshiping Him for who He is
  • practicing gratitude to Him
  • quiet time spent listening to His voice
  • daily devotionals
  • prayer

Ways to practice good communication with God the Father

  • pray without ceasing
  • present every request to Him
  • praise Him in every circumstance
  • be still before Him, listening to His still small voice
  • listen as He speaks through the Word
  • listen as He speaks through others
  • obey His commands

Scriptures to help you get to know God the Father

Click here for a printable list of these Scriptures.

I hope you’ve got some great ideas now for how to cultivate a personal relationship with God the Father. Let me know how your journey is going and any other helpful tips you might have in the comments below!

Blessings and Love,

Tiffany

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How to Make Time for the Word When Your Life is Crazy Busy

Let a shift in perspective help you become unapologetic in prioritizing your time to put the reading of the Word above everything else in your life.

We recently moved across the country for my hubby’s job, something we’ve become rather accustomed to. Moving definitely has its challenges, but this time around I have been so grateful for the perspective shift that it brought with it.

How “busy”-ness slowly crept into our life

Our last season was really great for so many reasons. But it was also BUSY!

My husband was enrolled in school working on his Master’s Degree while working insane hours where we rarely saw him before 8pm. And that’s when he was actually home, and not out of town for work. We had 4 small kids, and also welcomed our 5th baby during that season. Two of our kids were school age, two younger. In addition to homeschooling the kids, I also started and operated a small business.

We served at our local church in the kids ministry every Sunday morning, at the info center on Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings with the youth, and in the kitchen on Thursday afternoons. Then there was our lifegroup which we led every Friday night in our home. Towards the end of that season we also took in a very sweet family who lost their home, and regularly babysat the youngest while her mommy was working. Add in a few kids activities every week and that made for a really exhausting schedule!

We didn’t set out to have so much on our plate, it just sort of happened. In hindsight, it was a season where we just didn’t know how to say “no”, even to the good things.Let a shift in perspective help you become unapologetic in prioritizing your time to put the reading of the Word above everything else in your life.

Getting a new perspective

By the time we moved, I was pregnant with #6 and knew it was time to slow down. As we geared up for a new season, I spent a lot of time in prayer, really asking God to help me prioritize my time. I realized that even though we were doing a lot of good things, we weren’t super effective at any of them because we were spread too thin.

Seeking God helped me to set the priorities for my new season. God first, homeschool second, good food third. And that was it! So, we moved and I started to focus on my three things and only these three things. I thought I would be missing something by focusing on so  little, but what I actually found was some long lost (and much needed) peace and contentment.Let a shift in perspective help you become unapologetic in prioritizing your time to put the reading of the Word above everything else in your life.

Being unapolagetically dedicated to the Word

Why is it that we can so easily shift our God time around to serve every one else’s schedules? I think its because we don’t always view God as being physically present, and we want to meet the needs and demands of everyone (or thing) calling for our physical attention. But you know what? God IS physically with us! Even more so than all of the other people and things in our lives. If we are spirit filled Christians then the Word says that His Spirit lives and moves and has his being in us. He’s ALWAYS there, PHYSICALLY. So, remind yourself of that!

Would you apologize for spending time playing with your kids? Or for spending a few hours watching a movie with your husband because he asked you to? Would you apologize for helping a stranger, or for grabbing coffee with a friend? Would you apologize for working hard to complete a project, or for making phone calls that move your business forward? NO! Of course you wouldn’t because its good to spend time with the things and people that are important to us. So don’t apologize for spending time in the Word, getting to know the best friend you’ll ever have. Instead, make it a priority, and protect that precious time, no matter what!Let a shift in perspective help you become unapologetic in prioritizing your time to put the reading of the Word above everything else in your life.

How I carve time for the Word out of my schedule

What I found out, is that you can’t “carve time out”, instead you make it the priority. I purposefully dedicate my evening time to reading God’s Word. That’s the time that works best for me, when I am focused, and can really commit to what I’m doing. I also use my early mornings before every one is up (or at least while they are still mostly quiet) to do a short devotional. These two times in my day have become non-negotiable. My family is not allowed to interrupt. It was a learning process for us all, but it has paid off. If you truly want to make time for something, you will make a way.

I had to re-shift my perspective so that reading the Word wasn’t something I “made time for” but instead, became the thing I lived for and shaped my life around. I don’t schedule things now that will interfere with this time. If my kids wake up early and want my attention, they have to wait. If my hubby gets home late and needs to talk, he has to wait. GOD COMES FIRST, and I am unapologetic in this priority now.Let a shift in perspective help you become unapologetic in prioritizing your time to put the reading of the Word above everything else in your life.

What time of day will you dedicate to the Word?

What do you need to move around in your schedule so that you can commit to a regular time to spend reading God’s Word? Can you move some things around, or do you need to eliminate something all together? Is it time to take a look at your priorities? Maybe its time to re-evaluate some things, so that you can give up what is good for what is BEST.

Blessings and love,
Tiffany
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How to Use Your Daily Quiet Time Wisely so that You Reap the Benefits

girl with coffee

Gosh, we live in a busy world, don’t we? It can really be a challenge to find any quiet time at all, so I want to make sure that when I do, I use my time wisely.

My days start at the crack of dawn, literally, and I run, run, run all day long. Chef, dishwasher, maid, chauffeur, teacher (for 3 different grade levels), caregiver, wife… these are just a few of the titles I dawn week after week.Using your quiet time wisely helps you reap the benefits of the Word every day. Renewed strength, soul cleansing, and revelation of God's will can be yours!

Women take on so much! By our very nature we work our fingers to the bone meeting the needs of those around us before thinking about our own needs. Its a blessing and a curse, really. Its a gift we have been given to be naturally bent towards a servant-heart. But it quickly becomes a curse when we get emotionally, physically, and spiritually drained from a lack of fulfilling our own needs.

Addressing our spiritual need

I’ve heard it said that we are all born with a “God shaped hole” in our hearts. That hole needs to filled, and re-filled constantly with Jesus so that we can operate in our highest and best.

I have been in that place where my daily need for God’s Word was not being met, and it takes a toll on every other area of my life.  Ultimately, when I’m not filling myself with the Word, I get grouchy, emotional, short tempered, lazy, and procrastinate…

On the other hand, when I re-align God’s Word as a priority, I find strength, patience, restraint, joy, kindness, and peace. Then, I find I’m more resilient, look on the bright side of life, and my endurance becomes supernatural. My family and I are both much happier when my spiritual needs are being met.

So, for the benefit of everyone in my life, I purposefully plan structured time every day that is designated to reading the Word.Using your quiet time wisely helps you reap the benefits of the Word every day. Renewed strength, soul cleansing, and revelation of God's will can be yours!

How I spend purposeful time in the Word

I choose to block off the evenings for my time to study the Word.  I’ve tried to do it early in the morning, but lets be real… I have 5 kids so my mornings are never quiet. (Plus it usually takes me a few cups of coffee to become fully alert!) Therefore, I never seem to soak in as much as I want to when I study in the morning. On the other hand, in my house, all is pretty quiet by 8pm, so I capitalize on that time.

I shut myself in my quiet bedroom, and spend the next 30 minutes to and hour just soaking up the Word of God. Sometimes I will also read a bit of a Christian book, or work through a devotional. But no matter what, EVERY SINGLE TIME, I pick up my Bible and read.

I do love to supplement God’s Word with good solid teaching, but I never ever underestimate the fact that the Bible is the BEST tool at my disposal.  If I only have time for one thing, the Bible is what I reach for. Every time.Using your quiet time wisely helps you reap the benefits of the Word every day. Renewed strength, soul cleansing, and revelation of God's will can be yours!

The wisest way to spend your quiet time in the Word

You will do yourself the BEST service if you will commit to READ the Word of God every day. Not a book about the Word, read the Word itself. There really is nothing more important you can do. I promise it will pay off, so commit to it, and jump in!!

So go block off that sacred time and enjoy the peace that follows.

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

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