First?

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

Get ready for me to surpass all your expectations! And no, you don’t need to waste energy trying to figure out what it’s going to look like. Keep following the nudges, one step at a time. Trust the ripples and allow me to work in incredible ways in your life.

Yes, I hear your cynicism and I forgive you. I know you feel like you’ve been let down, that I haven’t always come through for you, but you only see the pieces you think I haven’t done. You can’t see the things I stopped from coming at you, the times I protected you and worked things in your favour.

And yes, I hear your thankfulness too. Life is a journey and, delightful human that you are, you oh so easily flipflop between deep disappointment and magnificent wonder. I don’t judge you for the journey. Instead, let me walk alongside you and whisper my love and encouragement to you as you travel.

Know this … I want to be your greatest encourager and provider. When you need anything, what if you came to me first? When you feel uncertain or have questions, what if they reach my ears first? What if coming to me first was your default position?

And again, understand that I say this not to judge you. This is an invitation, drawing you closer, wooing you with my love. I’m trying to close the gap between where you think I need to be and where I want to be in your life.

There is nothing, not a single thing, that you can’t share with me. You don’t need to protect my blushes or hold your punches. I’ve been doing relationship since long before you were born and I am great at it!  Try me for yourself and prepare to see just how good I am. I dare you!

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Are you ready to play?

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

Do I really need to say it again? Yes, I know exactly what I’m doing! Why does this still have the power to take you by surprise? And yes, I’m smiling as I say that because you make me smile. Enjoy the delight you feel as you realise, yet again, that I know what I’m doing. You’d think that after all this time it wouldn’t still surprise you but I’m laughing with you that it does.

Here’s something else to ponder on … it takes you by surprise within the context of how many years we’ve been doing this together but that same period of time is but a blink of the eye from my perspective. And yet still I hold everything together. Amazing, eh?

I know this makes your mind hurt. It’s so hard for you to wrap your thoughts around my vastness but I don’t want you to keep your attention there. Instead, remember and reflect and ponder on how personal and intimate my love is towards you. You are known, wholly and completely. There is nothing on your mind that is not on my mind. My thoughts about you are more numerous than grains of sand on the beach.

I really am that amazing and vast, such that I also have thoughts concerning every single one of my children. I am so much more than you really understand and I am love. Let me hold those two pieces in your understanding, just for a moment. Allow the reality of the truth of who I am seep into every cell of your being until it empowers you in a fresh new way.

I know exactly what I am doing and I want you to play a part in all of it. No, not knowing all of it, but playing a part in it, making a difference in ways that you’ll not see until the life to come. My question is, are you ready to play?

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Trust the ripples

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

I always have love on my mind. Why? Because I am love. For me to forget or run out of love would be for me to stop being me! As such, whenever you find yourself feeling depleted, running on empty, come back to me, come back to love. Let me help you make love your focus.

Yes, there are things for us to do. I’m not suggesting you sit around passively loving. That would be impossible because there is nothing passive or inactive about love!

There are times though that the day doesn’t go the way you’d planned it to or something comes up that requires you to be flexible and you don’t always enjoy that. You’d like things to be the way you decided they are “meant to be.”

Consider this … what if those things you think of as inconveniences are actually all part of the bigger picture? The things which to you are merely frustrations, irritations stopping you from getting to the real stuff of today, what if those things are important to me?

You interact with people when you run errands, people who you wouldn’t have come into contact with otherwise. If everything “counts”, if every time and place you show up makes a difference, all of those little interactions are making a difference too.

I know you can’t see how which is why I’m inviting you to simply trust the ripples. And see if you can find it in your heart to reconsider those “inconveniences”, me-helping you of course. You don’t need to willpower your way through this remember, we can do this together.

Step into each moment with me, trusting that me through you, loving the people around you, nothing is wasted and when you’re feeling stretched, let me flow through you and make up the difference.

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This moment is spectacular!

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

There are no accidents. Everything is intentional and has a plan and a purpose. I know that brings up lots of questions for you, questions around the hurt and pain in the world and no, I’m not going to answer those questions directly. I need you to trust me, to simply be thankful when “hurt and pain” doesn’t feel like your reality and to follow the nudges I give you to help alleviate the hurt and pain of others.

There is so much in the world that seems senseless to you. Know that I grieve, weep, break my heart, over the senselessness but also know that ultimately none of it is wasted. I am turning all things to good because I am love and love wins. 

Yes, it’s taking a while, a very long while from your perspective, but from my perspective it is finished. There is nothing happening today outside the reach of my love. That might feel like small comfort for the widow in this moment but not one of her tears is wasted. I see her. I know her.

Keep shining the light of my love as you move into this and each new day. Listen for the nudges. Smile at the random stranger on the street. Open your heart to the people who come into your day. Nothing is wasted. Everything, every single thing, is building eternity and all of heaven rejoices with you when you choose to show love.

Close your eyes for a moment. Picture the heavens awash with the sound of angels singing. They’re singing to me and I am singing over you. There is a party going on in heaven right now as more of my sons and daughters choose to let me love them. And every time you show up with love in your heart, you’re joined with the celebration. This moment is spectacular!

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Trust the nudges

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

Sometimes you simply need to go with the flow and trust the nudges and when you do, know this … I’m with you in those crazy feeling moments too.

I hate to be the one to break it to you but you’re probably going to have a few more of those kinds of days before this season is out. It’s simply a part of what it means to be human but also know this, those days don’t need to break you. You can thrive, even when life feels like a lot. How? Move through it with me, moment by moment.

And remember that you don’t need to give yourself a hard time when things don’t play out the way you want them to. You don’t need to give me a hard time either. Yes, I’m smiling because you don’t usually think of it in those terms but every time you worry about my timing, you are being as hard on me as your tend to be on yourself. But guess what? I can handle it far better than you can so if you need to complain about any of it, talk to me. Even the act of expressing your frustration is an opportunity for us to move forward in relationship. 

No, of course I don’t want you staying in that place of frustration. I want you to trust me, all of me, even my timing, but it’s going to take conversation for us to get to that place. Trust comes with experience and you can’t short cut that process.

Instead, ask me to make the nudges and niggles loud enough that you can easily hear them – and then ask me to help you act on them. I really can do all the heavy lifting for you. Go with the flow, trusting the nudges. I love you and I’m with you, always.

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There is no fear in love

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

There’s no pressure to hear my heart. You don’t need to jump through hoops or whisper a series of incantations to hear my voice. Any word that tells you that it is difficult to do life with me is simply another lie, either from the enemy or via your own doubts and insecurities.

Here’s my truth … I am always showering you with my love. There is nowhere you can go that will leave you out of my reach. And yes, there might have been times when you wished I’d turn my head away and not look but that’s simply not possible.

But, you don’t need to be intimidated by my ever-presentness. My presence is a gift, not a threat. You don’t need to “wait until your Dad gets home” because I’m always with you and I knew the mess even before it was conceived.

I knew and know everything about you, and I called you by name. Those things you give yourself a hard time for or wish weren’t a part of your reality? Give them to me. You don’t need to wear guilt like a badge of honour. You are a new creation and yes, there will always be learning and growing and edges to smooth, but I don’t condemn you. I love you and when you explore life with me, anything that is brought into the light is done for your absolute best.

Those things then that I’m nudging you to explore? Explore them with me, safe in the certainty that you are loved, wholly and completely. You don’t need to be afraid of the answer when you bring me your questions. I’m not out to get you or trying to trip you up. I am love and there is no fear in love. In fact, perfect love casts out all fear, so let me love you and watch the fear melt away.

Open the gift with me

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

Who told you today needed to be difficult? Why does that need to be your reality? Is it possible that sometimes the thing you’re worrying about getting done is worse when it’s trapped inside your head? When you actually take the next step with me, what if you expected it to be glorious? What if you knew that it was only the thought of the thing that was terrorising you rather than the actual thing itself?

Yes, I’m talking a little bit in riddles because I don’t want you to run away with the idea that every moment of life ought to be easy. Sometimes things come into your day and they’re incredibly difficult. But what if “difficult” wasn’t the norm?

You step into today from a place of privilege. You can talk to me and about me out loud without any fear of repercussions. You don’t have to worry about where your next meal is coming from. Your children aren’t going to school with holes in their socks. They have socks and that is something you don’t need to give a second thought.

I say all this not to chastise you. Instead, I need you to recognise the real gift you have as you step into this day. “Difficult” doesn’t need to be your norm because of where in the world you happen to live. It’s not an accident of course, I knew you before you were even born, but from your perspective it’s sheer, dumb luck!

If today is a gift then, what if you expected the gift to be a pleasant one? What if instead of worrying about what’s inside the wrapping, you simply opened the gift and stepped into it with joy and delight? And what if you didn’t have to will-power your way to those feelings? What if it were as simple as opening the gift with me?

Living in the reality of my presence

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

There is nothing outside the reach of my love, care and interest. I don’t pick and choose when to be with you, I am always with you. I know it’s hard for you to understand how I can always be with you and all my children.

Don’t worry about the “how”. Instead, it’s time to learn to live in the reality of my presence. You can bring me your “how” questions of course, you can talk to me about anything. I just don’t want you getting lost in them. There is so much more we can explore together.

Ask me what I’m inviting you to explore with me. Ask me what this moment looks like from my reality, from the perspective of heaven. Ask me anything. There is power in questions and I love them! That’s why the enemy will tell you not to question me, that you must keep everything in your head and never talk about the things that concern you. You’ll hear it’s “just you” but this is a lie!

Learning to live in the reality of my presence can feel counter-cultural. Many people recognise that there is more at play here than what they can currently see. They sign up for their spiritual “get out of jail free” card but never step into the fullness of what life with me can really look like in the current age.

There is so much going on around you that you can’t see. If I opened your eyes right now it would blow your mind! And yes, I can open your eyes but you don’t need to see to believe.

Instead, what if you learned to walk into this and every day with a greater awareness of everything you’re born into? As my child, you have an inheritance to claim. It’s time to explore what that looks like. Yes, of course you can wait and explore it in the life to come but why wait?

I am in every moment

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

If am in every moment (I am!) then every step you take is with me, I am a part of every conversation you have and every moment is sacred. I know it doesn’t always feel sacred when you’re knee deep in specifics and worrying about how you’re going to get everything done. In those moments I need you to take a deep breath. Pause and recognise my presence in that moment too. And when you’re finding it hard to recognise me in that moment, ask me to open your eyes.

I am sharing my heart with you, walking this life out with you, leading and guiding you. You won’t always feel me but you can know that I am always with you because I promised to never leave you, never forsake you.

This isn’t about if I am with you therefore. This is about helping you to see me. I am in the sunrise. I am in the smile from a stranger. I am in the laughter of a small child. I am in the sunshine catching your eye as it bounces off the car. I am in the changing colours of the leaves. I am in you and all my children.

There is so much more going on here than you can possibly know but it’s time for you to start to recognise your part in my creation. Yes, do the things you need to do, I don’t want you getting lost in thoughts of the life to come such that you miss the impact in today.

And at the same time, know that everything you do today has consequences into eternity. You make a difference, simply by being you – being you with me. This life is not all there is and I’m inviting you to come and play with things that are the building blocks of the life to come.

And yes, I know that makes little sense to you. You don’t need to understand everything in order to say yes because you can trust me. And those moments when it feels hard to trust? Talk to me about that too. I love you and there isn’t anything that we can’t talk about, remember?

Your problems are my problems

Today’s Holy Spirit Love Note:

I am doing a new thing. I’m always doing a new thing yes, because I’m doing this with you, my children, and each of you is new and fresh and shiny. But I’m also doing a new thing within the context of this moment.

I hear you … you worry that you’re being presumptuous or putting words in my mouth when you hear these whispers from me. Stop worrying about getting “it” wrong and instead allow me to whisper my heart to you. This moment is important. It’s all we have. From one moment to the next that is always true. We only have this moment.

Instead of worrying about getting this moment wrong, what if you instead allowed me to be with you? What if you embraced the gift of this moment, opened the gift, explored it? Step into each moment with wonder and delight. I really am doing a new thing and I’m inviting you to be a part of it.

This isn’t just for you of course. I’m wooing my dear ones deeper into relationship, sharing my heart, my love, my provision, my care. Lift up your head. Open your eyes. There is wonder in this moment. Every step you take, I am with you. Where shall we go today? What difference will we make?

The enemy wants to keep you playing small, weighed down by the worries of this life. And of course you have responsibilities, things you must do, but even in those moments – especially in those moments – I am right there with you.

There is nothing outside the reach of my love. If it is on your mind, it is on my mind. Your problems are my problems. What if you really embraced the reality of that today? What if we did all of it together?

I need you in the world, hearing my heart, sharing my love. All things to all people. Approachable. Down to earth. Yes, just like Jesus. Fix your eyes on Jesus, your big brother, and you won’t go far wrong!