Do you ever just know something in your spirit, by the spirit?

That’s what happened to Elizabeth when Mary showed up on her doorstep in Judea. The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth.

At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?  When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”(Luke 1:41-44, NLT)

Elizabeth hasn’t heard a word except a ‘Hi there, Elizabeth’ but the Spirit made everything known to her.

Do we trust the Holy Spirit when he speaks to us or do we doubt his presence?

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. (1 Thessalonians 5:18-20, KJV)

Prayer – Lord, help us follow through on this verse…for Christ. Amen

New Year’s Blessing for You


May you know nothing but Christ from this day forward.

May you speak warm words and have a warm heart.

May health and long life be your blessing.

May the Lord keep you in his hand yet never squeeze his fist too tightly.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV)

Prayer- Father God, thank you that the strength of three (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) travels with us as we journey through life. Amen.

I’ve Been Away

No I haven’t been to Bermuda, Hawaii or even Toronto. My head has been in my new book-Meeting Myself.

It’s almost done, but I am a basket case. Meeting Myself is snippets from a shattered mind. Mine. Truths I never wanted to see again surfaced into sight from a boiling pool of oil.

Thankfully that oil has changed from the type that made me cry ‘burn me into ashes, erase all these memories,’ into the  healing balm of the Holy Spirit.

Hard to relive? For sure. Still Painful? Oh, yes. But doable? Absolutely.

I promised an agent that my book would be in the mail to her by December 15th. God and I are making that deadline together.

What is your healing deadline? What has God called you to face that seems unendurable? Whatever it is, God’s oil can get you through.

Brenda J. Wood

blog:  http://hearteltdevotionals.wordpress.com