Taking Directions From the Holy Spirit

Recently I was invited to a ladies gathering —just a sweet night of worship and fellowship time.

One of the women in our church was hosting at her house and I was unfamiliar with the address but thought I had a pretty good idea of the location. Nevertheless I typed it into Google maps this way I could have some reassurance.

Once I got closer to my destination though I began second guessing the directions my phone was offering. It pointed me to continue driving forward another half-mile but my unreliable self-made navigational skills were urging me to take the next left instead.

Reluctantly I listened and followed the GPS directions rather than my wavering mind. This is rare for me.

But guess what…I made it (without fail, rerouting, or wasted time) right to my destination.

After the evening was finished, and I was on my way home, I couldn’t help but ponder the irony of my “almost-wrong turn” I about made on the drive there.

I thought about how similar to my faith-walk at times…

God guides with perfect accuracy and I second guess, opting for my own curvy path—mindless to yield to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.

It’s interesting how, often times, I’ll ask God for direction or comfort over something I’m struggling with and He readily answers through a Bible verse, the words of a song, time in prayer, or the wise words of a friend and yet I completely miss the ‘spiritual’ road signs.

This is such a work in progress for me.

To help navigate life’s roadblocks, I love the reminder and truth of Jesus’ words spoken to the disciples in John 14:26-27:

“But the advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I will give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

What a great depiction of how the Holy Spirit moves and will never lead us astray.

Allowing Him to speak into us will deter us from getting stuck by the wayside.

When our thoughts and actions align with what God’s word teaches it’s a clear indication that we’re allowing and listening to the Holy Spirit as He pours into our hearts with truth, love, encouragement, healthy thoughts, peace and positivity. When we feel and sense those things we’re surrendering to God’s faithfulness rather than our stubbornness.

The Holy Spirit will always usher us within the guardrails of peace and Jesus’ way—anything other than this just isn’t of Him and must be dismissed from temptation or acceptance. I can’t come up with a better route to take as I journey through this life toward my Heavenly destination.

Weekend blessings to you all.❤️

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by forhispurpose.blog and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

23 thoughts on “Taking Directions From the Holy Spirit”

  1. I am so thankful that we have a special Helper with us to guide us at all times. What a gift! But it can be difficult to hear Him at times, especially when the noise of the world is too loud. But He never gives up on us. Thank you so much for sharing! This was a great post! 🦋

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    1. Thank you Bridget! Yes it can be hard especially like my daughter and I were talking about college (she still has two years before that time) but it’s like this idea of what if she’s accepted at 2 different places, both offering the same scholarships, etc…and you pray about both but feel drawn to both without a definite answer…ahhh those things like that are hard!! But I’m learning that sometimes God is just fine with either choice and we just glorify Him on whichever decision!!!!

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      1. Such a good point about God being fine with either decision, as long as we glorify Him. I admit I am constantly wondering if I am doing the right thing in each moment. Sometimes consciously and sometimes subconsciously. It is exhausting. I need to be better about accepting each moment as it comes and just clinging to the Lord through it all.

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      2. I remember reading a book that taught that concept, how when we’re unsure on a decision and both options are good then it probably means God is fine with our choice either way but glorify Him in whichever we choose!! Sometimes that simple idea is hard to remember so I’m right there with you.😅

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  2. The Holy Spirit is our helper and guide. It can be difficult to listen sometimes and As someone who has no sense of direction and always feels strongly to turn in the opposite direction when I am driving somewhere this is so relatable to me. Thank God for GPS and just as you had to ensure that you were focused on your GPS to prevent you from turning the wrong way, may we too focus on the Lord to guide us when we feel like taking the wrong turn.

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    1. Well said Manu! I’m thankful God uses us to encourage one another as we experience similar obstacles in life, and what a wonderful gift we have been given in the blessing of the Holy Spirit!

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  3. Greatly appreciate your honesty and wisdom here, Alicia. I’ve been guilty, more times than I’d like to admit, of traveling ahead of God–jumping into a project or commitment before praying about it. Praise God for his guardrails that have kept me from veering off too far!

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  4. A good story Alicia. That would be me as well. I have a brother whose wife argues all the time with his gps. It was funny until I did it.
    Right now our car GPS is abot 600 miles off and north reads west. Good thing that doesn’t happen to The Spirit.

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  5. What an amazing gift God has given us in the person of the Holy Spirit, and how beautifully you presented His work in our lives. I love the way you tell us of your experiences, Alicia, and then bring it home with a powerful spiritual lesson. I remember lessons better this way. Thank you and God bless your travels, spiritual and otherwise. 🙂

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