"If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
Most parents know that you cannot indulge every wish and whim of your kids or they will be spoiled and never amount to anything. It is such a delicate balance between giving them things that they want and need and teaching them about life...they can't always get what they want. (The Rolling Stones song just flew through my head!) But, as with so many other areas of life, God's ways are so different than our ways. God wants us to be happy and productive, not spoiled and self-centered. And so, God will give us the Holy Spirit in vast abundance! The Holy Spirit is love in overwhelming quantity. The Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom we need to get through this maze of life. We can't get enough of the Holy Spirit. And God will never stop giving us the Holy Spirit, (and here comes the caveat) when we ask! We need to recognize our need for the Holy Spirit. So often, though, we want to seem to be strong and independent. In reality, the Holy Spirit can feed us a continual banquet of gifts; wisdom (who doesn't need more of that?) counsel, fortitude, understanding, piety, knowledge and awe of the Lord. Let's make a conscious prayer today for the gifts of the Holy Spirit! Love, heidi