What should I make for dinner?
I don’t know if I can solve another conflict between my kids. It’s so endless … How I wish I could stop their sibling rivalry for good! It’s so frustrating …
Oh shoot … I forgot to throw the sheets in the dryer before I left to go to my workout. Oh well … I’ve got to remember to respond to that email and post on my Instagram feed when I get home, too …
Should I thaw chicken again for dinner?
Sound familiar? Internal dialogue crowds my mind most days as a woman, wife, and mother. I’m much more likely to think about these practical survival needs than I am to think about the Holy Spirit. He’s not going to tell me what to fix for dinner.
Or might He help me with seemingly mundane requests if I just ask?
The Holy Spirit is our Helper
When Jesus introduced the Spirit to His disciples He used the name “Helper.” Just as we have a name most people know us by, so the Holy Spirit is most often called Helper. In Greek, the word is paraclete, which means comforter, advocate, or counselor. It’s a name with layers of meaning.
On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus was with His disciples, His dearest friends on earth. In the familiar comfort of shared camaraderie, they gathered to enjoy the Passover meal. Bound together by this Jewish tradition and by their loyalty to their Master, they listened once again as He taught them. Though the 12 were unaware, Jesus knew these would be His last moments alone with them, so His final instructions were intensely focused.
Tenderly woven throughout those hours, from Judas’s departure to Jesus’ entrance into the Garden of Gethsemane, are beautiful words of comfort and hope, of deep love and concern for His soon-to-be-devastated friends. He knew paralyzing fear and bewilderment would be theirs by morning. By Passover’s dusk deep grief and lost hope would banish sleep as their minds replayed the nightmare of the Crucifixion.
Jesus knew we, too, would face days or seasons of fear, great loss, and confusion when we have no idea what our next step should be. His eternal words of comfort are for you and me, His disciples today.
He said to them just as He says to us, You will be okay because I will send you the Helper: “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God; believe also in me” … … “he dwells with you and will be in you” … “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you” (John 14:1, 17-18).
Jesus wanted His disciples, and us, to hear His heart of love: I will not abandon you. I will not leave you alone and without help. Like the many times I reassured my little ones, “Mommy will be back. I promise. I will not abandon you.” So Jesus does the same with us. The Helper will be with you forever.
The Helper has history
These were not new concepts for the men and women who followed Jesus. Even nominal Jews, Gentiles, and other nationalities knew the stories of Israel’s famous King David, who was helped by God. David, the author of most of the Psalms, cried out to God, “O Lord, be my helper!” (Psalm 30:10). He also reminded himself and his people, “God is my helper; The Lord is the upholder of my life” (Psalm 54:4) and, “The Lord is on my side as my helper” (Psalm 118:7).
Sprinkled from Genesis to Revelation are a plethora of verses describing the help of the Lord for His people. Here in this graphic is a list of some of the ways God helps us, His people.
Why don’t we go to Him more quickly?
The God who made us, who watched the sad fall of Adam and Eve, knows we need lots of help. The problem is we usually don’t go to Him unless we are desperate.
Why? Because we have too many ways we think we can help ourselves first.
When I was parenting full time, I eagerly read all the best books on discipline, birth order, how to raise boys, how to raise girls, growing creative kids, and more. When all this advice didn’t work as promised, I often asked friends, or my husband, who didn’t have answers either.
Looking back, my reasons for not asking the Spirit for advice were:
- My impatience … I wanted answers now.
- My fear … I was afraid He wouldn’t reply at all, and I didn’t want the disappointment.
- My misunderstanding … I secretly believed He was too busy with more important crises in the world than to help me with my kids.
- My pride … I should be able to handle this, I reasoned.
My God was too small and my pride was too big.
Does that describe you too? Do you go online to look for help in parenting or marriage, or read a book, before asking the Holy Spirit for help?
Moms are especially guilty of the shoulds. We think, I should be able to figure this out … I should be able to handle my kids … I should be in a better place in my marriage by now … This shouldn’t freak me out! Believing we should be able is nothing but pride. It’s merely an attitude that says, “I don’t need God’s help for this. I’m depending on self. I can figure it out.”
But we can’t figure it out. We do need His help!
There is nothing wrong with seeking help from books, online content, or even godly mentors. But the Helper wants us to go to Him first. Ask Him for wisdom, ideas, and guidance to the right information.
Thankfully, God does for all of His children what He did with me. He patiently waits for us to realize our need. He knows that we will eventually see that we can’t rescue ourselves, can’t manage it all, can’t be the perfect mom, wife, or friend.
Recognizing I can’t is what the Spirit, our Helper, longs to hear.
Man’s help is more a one-size-fits-all, but God relates to us and helps us as individuals, each unique in His sight. God is intensely personal with us. He gives me what I need, which is different than what you may need.
In our culture, we often believe we are more advanced and much smarter than previous generations. The truth is our hearts and our self-will … the flesh … remain equally depraved and utterly unchanged.
We are still like the children of Israel who ran to other countries for help when threatened by an enemy instead of going to God, their maker and defender. As the prophet Isaiah lamented, “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in chariots … but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!” (Isaiah 31:1).
Jesus said it this way: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all” (John 6:63). So why would we rely on ourselves or anyone else over the Holy Spirit, who has the answers and help for this life?
What do you need help with?
Have you noticed how much of the Old Testament is about battles and wars? It seems so male focused; it’s not what I deal with as a woman.
But as a mom, many of my days felt like a battle. I had six children whose wills were often against mine.
Oh, how we need the Helper!
But the battle isn’t just with our children. Your marriage is always in the enemy’s crosshairs. Every marriage Satan can destroy creates a tsunami of destruction with children, in extended families, and in our communities. The father of lies has deceived more than one generation into believing children are resilient and divorce is okay because personal happiness is the highest goal in life.
Oh, how we need the Helper!
Complicating both of these battle zones is the internal conflict we women face every day with enemies common to us all: comparison, jealousy, fear, insecurity, feeling unloved or unappreciated or unseen, anger or frustration, feeling inadequate or irrelevant. Add the name of your own place of defeat that drains your life away.
Oh, how we need the Helper.
Our emotions and thinking can be fed by the whispered lies of our enemy. Or our minds and hearts can be fed by our Helper who uses God’s Word to strengthen us, to shield us from enemy fire, to provide solutions to our many needs, to heal us, to remind us of His great love and His ever near presence. He will be your victory!
Psalm 103:14 tells us, “For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” Because of His great love, He is eager to be our help, every day in countless situations and circumstances if we will ask.
Invite Him into the mundane moments of your days. Talk to Him about everything, even what to cook for dinner, thanking Him for His every provision. As Philippians 4:6 says, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
24 thoughts on “How Does the Holy Spirit Help Me in My Everyday Life?”
Goodday Ma’am, thank you so much for this post. I have really limited the holy spirit and I feel so sorry. it has opened my eyes to things. Thank you so much.
It is by the blessing from the HOLYSPIRIT that i came here and read your blog.And i felt homely and even more blessed and filled with eternal joy.Your love for your family is very well appreciated.May the spirit’s presence be with you in each and every moment of your life,and also all those who are reading this comment and all the people who needs help which no one one else could understand.Stay loved my dear….
Thank you.this is right on time, God timing is perfect. Thank you I love Familylife it is such blessing.
I cannot believe I haven’t tried the Blog before. It covers so many things in my life & I just feel better knowing there are others who have some of the same questions & problems. This is one of the better things I have signed up for I have not regretted, Thank you very much & God Bless everyone.
My favorite line from your latest book, Miss Barbara, was “I can’t.” And to hear you expound on it in your interview (on the podcast) was such a validating thing for me. So encouraging!
(For the reader who’s interested in hearing it for yourself, listen to episode 31 of “heylove.”)
This blog is such a blessing, really powerful.
Thank you for your kind words! So glad it was an encouragement to you.
So appreciate this series. Just this past week I encountered a deep concern for one of my adult children, I was anxious and fearful and my usual response would
be to use my words to try and plead out my perspective and “wisdom” though not asked for…but instead I went to the Holy Spirit and asked Him to do what only He could, expose confusion, lies of the enemy and bring His comfort and conviction to the situation. I expected a time of waiting on Him to move – but He moved as only He could which was so much more effective and powerful than my vain human efforts.
Now – I have a renewed passion to seek Him first! And see all He will do! He is so powerful!!!
Thank you for sharing, Ann! Your story is an encouragement to me!
I prayed this morning and asked for help. This message gives me my answer, complete and total dependence on God. Not my will but his will be done.
Amen! SO glad it was an encouragement to you this morning!
Simply beautiful – this is what Jesus meant for us.
Thankyou for this post.it was timely and met my deepest need.
So glad it was an encouragement to you, Ivy! Will pray the Holy Spirit continues to meet you right where you are!
Thank you so much for this post. I’m learning to go to the Holy Spirit through you. This series is an answer to my prayers to grow in the spirit. As an independent and professional woman I fell into the habit of doing it all myself. I committed myself to become a Proverbs 31 woman about 2-3 years ago and this series is EXACTLY what I needed to be the wife my new husband deserves and the mother our blended family need and deserve.
Thank you for your kind words, Maria! I’m thankful this post is helping you and guiding you in a deeper relationship and understanding of the Holy Spirit. Your comment was an encouragement to me today.
Thank you for this post. I learned a lot from it. I try figuring things out myself first before talking to the helper. This is an eye opener. God bless you more.
Thank you for your comment! I’m so glad you are learning and growing in a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. One day at a time!
Thank you , Thank you for this post. It seems as though you were looking into my heart and revealing so much of me. I love how God is answering my prayer through you, as I draw near to him.
Many blessings to you.
Thank you for your kind words, Sharon! I have loved writing this series and felt the Holy Spirit giving me the words to say. I’m thankful your heart was ready to receive them and that you are growing in a deeper relationship with God and the Holy Spirit! Keep drawing near to Him!
Thank you, love this post!
So glad, Kristy! Praying it was an encouragement to your heart!
Today, on the five hour drive home from Charleston (our 15th anniversary), Andy & I listened to Dennis’ archives over the online radio, just truckin’ down I-95.. wonderful edification; straight to the soul. Barbara, Thank u for supporting him 40 years ago to launch Family Life! (Just had 2 share this, too). We appreciate you both, Love ya’ll, Andy & Kristy