How to Access The Holy Spirit in Your Daily Life
One of the greatest blessings ever bestowed is all around us. It’s the driving force of the daily goodness we experience with every breath, every word, and each beat of our hearts. The Holy Spirit fills our existence with God’s grace, serving as His own way of surrounding us with a little energy to enlighten and fulfill us when we lose sight of him.
I’m as guilty as anyone of going days and weeks without acknowledging this great force in our lives. It’s so easy to attribute every experience, every gift, to God, or to just want to spend time resting in Jesus in times when our hearts can feel heavy or our trials outweigh triumphs. However, the moments I recognize the Spirit have been the moments when I’ve truly been able to fully revitalize my outlook on the world in order to stand up and walk forward toward the things God has in store for me.
How can you strengthen your connection to the Holy Spirit?
1. Take inventory of your emotions.
Emotions are a beautiful gift from God, but we never have to process them alone or feel overwhelmed. The Holy Spirit was created to move people and to envelope us during pivotal moments of humanity. Those feelings, whatever they are, are exacerbated or soothed, depending on how the Spirit can best support your walk of faith. It’s present in every moment when you’ve wanted to shout from the rooftops or haven’t been able to catch your breath. Inviting the Holy Spirit to wash over you when feelings feel a little too big is one of the most spiritually invigorating ways you can invite the Spirit into your life.
2. Find it in scripture.
The Spirit has worked throughout all of the stories that have led to the church becoming what it is today. While sometimes it is explicitly called by name, the power, support, and presence of the Holy Spirit can be recognized in any story you pour over during a few moments of devotion. Esther’s dreams, Jonah’s doubt, and even the building of the Church after Christ’s death and resurrection had times where the spirit was alive within these stories. The next time you open your bible, take a minute to think about how the spirit worked through the story you’re reading, and go on to reflect on how it’s working through you. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says it best, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Look deeper and see how the Spirit transforms the biblical stories of those living to serve and learn from the Lord.
3. Practice gratitude.
Look around you at the tiny things that are making your life great, while also welcoming whatever seems to be waiting in the wings. Tiny gestures that seem like gifts from God or baby steps toward spiritual formation are some of the most profound ways the Holy Spirit moves within us. Subtle things that help us work toward God’s plan for us are touched by the Holy Spirit and benefit from some recognition. Mindfulness to things at work in our lives overall is a beautiful way to praise spiritual action within the world.
The Holy Spirit is alive and well within our communities, and don’t be afraid to open up and see how it’s working within your life!
About the Author
Lucy Walsh / @lucillewalsh17
Hi, I’m Lucy! I’m a junior at Belmont University studying public relations and publishing, and I’m originally from Evansville, Indiana (a place that makes my Hoosier heart so happy). If you can’t tell, I have a passion for writing, reading, and the communities I call home! More than anything, I love helping people put their best foot forward and sending snail mail to keep in touch with loved ones. You can typically find me with a blue pen in my hand, a rom com on my screen, and a sunshine emoji at the end of every text I send. I can’t wait to see how God works through me this semester as a blog contributor!