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A Few Truths the Father Taught Me in 2023


 

“Every truth without exception – and whoever may utter it – is from the Holy Ghost.” 

St. Thomas Aquinas 


I love to learn and my favorite teacher to learn from is the Holy Spirit. God promises in Isaiah 50:4b that “He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” The Holy Spirit chooses to speak when I sit still to listen to God’s voice. Here are a few of the truths He taught me last year. 


  • The sooner you accept who you are, with your strengths and weaknesses, the sooner you will become who God created you to be. 

  • If the soul isn’t well, then nothing is well. The soul is the hub through which the spokes in our life revolve around. 

  • No matter how small your offering is to the Lord, He will multiply it to meet the needs of others. 

  • It’s when you’re most free to be yourself that you can minister the most. Expectations and performance open the door to shame and close the door to the real you. 

  • Looking too far ahead causes angst. Just look at the next thing to do. 

  • Seize opportunities to expand and mature your trust in the Lord, for that is the place where your intimacy grows. 

  • The greater, more significant work God does is within our interior worlds, and it requires lots of time and space. It takes more courage to be still, to choose solitude and the importance of your soul than to say yes to a commitment. 

  • Change internally leads to change externally. Transformation on the inside results in transformation on the outside. 

  • If you’re going to be experiencing pain either way, choose the path of transformation by letting go of familiar pain to embrace unfamiliar pain to keep moving forward in your walk with God. 

  • Hiding is harmful to our interior world as it isolates us from God and people. We hide our brokenness and weakness to protect ourselves from shame and fear of rejection. Being vulnerable is the pathway toward intimate relationships. 

  • The gap between what is and what we desire is the loss we need to grieve. Grieving helps diminish self-pity and provides the opportunity to trust the sovereignty of God, to give God thanks, and to grow in contentment. 


“The Holy Spirit has promised to lead us step by step into the fullness of truth.” 

Leon Joseph Suenens 


Relevant Reflection: 

What did the Holy Spirit teach you in 2023? 


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