Do you ever wonder if there’s more to life? If what
you’re experiencing is really all there is to experience? You’re not alone. I’m
excited to share this post today to hopefully bring you some encouragement, and
also share what’s been going on with me in my writing journey. Let’s jump in!
The way I see it, there are three types of people in the world.
1.The first type of people are not Christians. They don’t know God, or if they do know him, they certainly don’t understand him, which is why they have not yet accepted him.
2. The second type of people are Christians. They have accepted God and Jesus and they try to go to church regularly and be good people.
3. The third type of people are also Christians. They have accepted God and Jesus, and have opened their lives to the workings of the Holy Spirit. They do their best to love others with the love God has shown them, and they seek and listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Think for a second…are you a 1, 2, or 3? I’d venture
to guess that most people who care to read this blog identify with 2 or 3. And
if you’re a 1 and you’re still reading this – thank you! I’m so glad you are!
Lots of people identify with number 2. I’d say that’s
where the majority of American Christians have landed. It’s a great place to
be, but if you stay at number 2 for too long, you may begin to get restless.
You may find yourself wondering if there’s something that you’re missing; more
to the puzzle than what you’re seeing.
Let me just say this: if you’re a Christian, and you
find Christianity boring, there is more
to it! It doesn’t have to be a dull life filled with potlucks and polite
greetings (I’m a fan of both of those things, by the way).
The Holy Spirit is the piece of the puzzle that so
many people are missing, but they don’t even realize it yet. All Christians have access to the Holy
Spirit, but we have to choose to let him actively work in us and through us. We
have to choose to seek him out and listen to him when he speaks to us (and he
will speak to us!).
Holy Spirit is what turns a hum-drum Christian life into a daily adventure. It
brings the spiritual realm alive. And when we realize that the King of Kings
has issued us a personal invitation to work with him, up close and personally,
each and every day, it’s sort of mind blowing, don’t you think?
Have you ever been walking through Target or Walmart
and felt a nudge from God himself to pray for a stranger passing by? That’s the
Holy Spirit, and it will rock your comfortable world. Have you ever felt like
God was showing you something about another person and asking you to pray for
them during your own personal prayer time, when you otherwise wouldn’t have known
what was going on with them? That’s the
Holy Spirit. He’s like Jesus without a body, living inside us, in constant
communication with us. Or as constant as we’ll allow and recognize anyway.
I’m telling you, it’s an adventure!
If it sounds a little scary or unpredictable, be
assured – it totally is. But it’s also incredible and life changing, and with
practice, it starts to feel more normal. And
anyway…lives aren’t changed inside comfort zones.
Some may think the Holy Spirit is only for adults, but
that couldn’t be further from the truth!
As a mother of three kids ages ten and under, I can
say with confidence that many children’s church programs don’t expect enough
from kids. Our family has visited quite a few churches, and I can see that it’s
becoming more and more common to provide lots of entertainment, water down the
lesson to include a feel-good moral, and send kids on their way. (Let me
interrupt myself to say I’m not intending to criticize – leading kids’ church
is hard work and I have great admiration for those to do so.) I’m sure the
leaders have good reasons for going this route, but from my view, this is
producing a culture of “church kids.” Church kids are great, don’t get me
wrong! But I want more for my own.
want to raise Jesus kids. Spirit kids. Kids who know they have the power of the
living God himself living inside of them, accessible at the drop of a dime.
Guiding them, encouraging them, and inspiring them to love the world
And that’s why I wrote Power Up, a novel targeted to kids age 8-12. It’s a book where readers will follow an eleven-year-old girl
named Lexi on a journey of transforming from a “church kid” to a “Spirit kid.”
It’s an entertaining, messy, grace-filled journey of doubt and trust and
You see, two years ago I was looking for Christian
fiction books for my daughter. Everything I found was floofy (aka non-substantive).
“Be a good kid and say your prayers while living your otherwise secular life”
type stuff. All well and good, but my kids wanted something meatier. Something
that painted a picture of what an active Christian life could look like. Something
that inspired them to greater depths. And I couldn’t find it.
So I wrote it. Power
Up is scheduled to release from Elk Lake Publishing around May 2019.
If you believe it’s a worthy goal to help 8-12 year
olds transition from “church kids” to “Spirit kids,” would you pray with me?
Pray that Power Up will make it into
the hands of those who need it most. Pray that eyes are opened and lives are
changed. Pray that God is glorified and the Spirit empowered. And pray that I
can handle all that is asked of me when it comes to marketing and such, as it’s
a bit overwhelming to think about for this introvert. Thanks for joining me on
this journey – it’s so good to have you along. Your support and encouragement
means the world to me.
Now let’s revisit the beginning of this post real
quick. The Christian’s journey should always be evolving and growing. Are you a
Christian? If not, ask yourself why not and then seek answers. Email me if you have
questions that you can’t get answered and I’ll do my best to help.
Are you a God and Jesus Christian? Then think – do you
want to grant the Holy Spirit access to your daily life? I promise, you won’t
Are you a God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit filled
Christian? Then what can you do to open the door even a little wider for the
Spirit? Give him the wheel even more fully. (This is where I am, by the way. I
can always give the Spirit more control over my life.)
My prayer for you today is that you’ll take a next
step. A baby step. Whatever size step you can handle right now. Give your life
to God, let the Holy Spirit lead, and let the adventure unfold. And don’t
forget to enjoy the ride.
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