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Dash 029 - I'm Back!

Romans 8:26 (KJV)

The Bible Says... “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans”.

Just A Dash

Those of you who regularly open these may have noticed that I’ve missed two weeks of DSM devotions, and I certainly heard about it! I’ve received texts and emails saying, “Hey, I missed my Dash of Salt!” and I appreciate you all holding me accountable. Back in August, I planned out all of my DSM devotions through September and October. I was trying to be proactive, but the last two weeks, I hit a wall. I’d sit in front of my laptop for hours not sure what to write or where to begin. There was so much I wanted to share, but I wasn’t sure where to start or how to describe my experiences. All of my ideas and experiences were running together and I was lost as to how to make sense of everything. I wasn’t sure why I was struggling so much, because I’m usually pretty good with words, and up until a couple of weeks ago, God was always laying something on my heart to share with my DSM community. I felt like God had given up on me.

A Pinch More

Last week, I heard an incredible message on “Lazy Faith” from Pastor Mike Todd of Transformation Church. I finished a great Bible App study plan called “Comeback”. On Saturday, I had the pleasure of singing with an incredible group of women at my church for a conference hosted by Magnificent Visions Ministries. One of the song’s we sang had a line that said, “don’t give up on God, ‘cause He won’t give up on you”. Then on Sunday, our men’s choir sang a song that said, “speak to my heart, Lord, give me Your holy word. If I can hear from You, then I’ll know what to do. I won’t go on, never go on my own”.

I had spent the last couple of weeks wondering why God hadn’t been speaking to me instead of just asking God. I hadn’t been spending the time in God’s Word that I normally do. I wasn’t praying earnestly. I wasn’t fueling my spiritual vehicle. I was on E and low fuel light was shining bright! I felt so guilty for being, so I prayed and asked for forgiveness for being out of fellowship with God. I told God that I missed hearing Him speaking to me and working through me. I asked God to allow His Holy Spirit to speak to me. As soon as I finished praying, all of the events and messages from the past few weeks came flooding back to me! They were all messages about the redemptive power of God and the power of the Holy Spirit! Turns out, God had not given up on me after all! In fact, He had been speaking to me all along! God was just waiting for me to be intentional about asking Him to use me for His work. All I had to do was invite the Holy Spirit in to work in me, and all it took was a single prayer!

In my moments of weakness, the Holy Spirit helped me to pray earnestly for God’s forgiveness and His presence. When I wasn’t sure what to pray for, the Holy Spirit spoke on my behalf to make my requests to God make sense. I am so thankful to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit! It’s good to be back!

Q: When was the last time you were struggling with what exactly to pray for?

Q: Have you recently felt “far from God” or out of fellowship with Him? Who moved, you or God?

Q: What recurring messages has God been whispering to you that you may not have realized were Him speaking to you? Ask the Holy Spirit to make those messages plain to you.

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