Holy Spirit in Real Time

Oct 10, 2019

Holy Spirit in Real Time

I remember the conversation like it was yesterday. I received a phone call
from a woman from my church who was in extreme crisis. As she shared her
story with me, I could hear the depth of her pain. She relayed in detail the
suicidal thoughts she was having as a result of the years of sexual abuse she
had suffered as a child, and her despair was deep and real and frightening.
My heart broke as I listened to her, but I immediately felt overwhelmed and
unqualified.
 
This conversation occurred over 20 years ago, but I vividly remember the
initial panic that overcame me. How could I possibly help her? Why was she
calling me? Why wasn’t she going to our pastor or a trained counselor? What
could I say to keep her from harming herself?
I remember immediately saying a prayer in my head and asking the Holy
Spirit to guide my words. I had not experienced the things she was going
through, but I knew clearly that God wanted me to be there for her in this
moment of crisis. I felt God asking me to simply be willing to stand in the gap
for her.
 
As I listened for guidance and called on the Holy Spirit, words came to me
that I knew were not from me. I knew exactly what to say to combat the lies
the enemy was placing in her mind. I was able to share encouragement and
love from a place I didn’t know existed within me. I literally felt the Spirit
putting words in my mouth and a plan for her in my heart. We connected in a
deep, life-changing way on the phone that night. And the good news is it was
the start of her journey to entering a treatment center to receive the help
she desperately needed.
 
As I hung up the phone from that conversation, I remember so clearly the
thoughts that raced through my mind. Mainly, where did those words come
from? How did that just happen? How did I know what to say?
 
An incredible peace washed over me as I realized the Holy Spirit had showed
up in real time. My thoughts and words were definitely not my own. God had
guided and directed me through every single part of it. It was obvious that
none of it was me.  It was truly a miracle.
 
Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry
beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the
time, for it is not you speaking, but the
Holy Spirit.  Mark 13:11

I experienced this truth in real time that night so long ago. It was the Holy
Spirit, dwelling in me, that was speaking. I discovered that all God desires
from us is to be willing to be used by Him. He will give us all we need when
we simply say yes.
 
This lesson has become invaluable in my life. When I’m speaking at retreats
and women come up and share their hard stories with me, I trust that God
will give me the words to say to offer encouragement and hope. I
immediately ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and I don’t worry about it
because I know God is already preparing the way.
 
I encourage you, the next time you are in the midst of a hard conversation,
when you’re looking for the “perfect” thing to say, simply pray. Ask the Spirit
to give you the words you lack and to use you for His glory. Then trust and
believe that you will know exactly what to say because of who God is,
working in and through you.
 
As Ambassadors for Christ, this is one of the greatest ways we can be used,
allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us. I would love to have you join our
Women of Faith Ambassador community where you will be encouraged and
equipped with Spiritual Strength, Life Leadership, and Real Relationships.
And together let’s celebrate the ways the Holy Spirit works through us in real
time!
 
Hugs and love.
Jil
 
 

A living “Energizer Bunny,” Jill Miller has a zest for life that is contagious! With humor and honesty, she shares her personal struggles and how God showed up in the midst of them. Through her songwriting, speaking and writing, she is simply a friend telling her story, hoping it will touch your heart, encourage you in your struggles, and inspire you to keep reaching for your full potential. Her spiritual insights are relatable, insightful, and can be practically applied to your life.

Jill realized a dream when she was named one of the new Voices of Women of Faith, and she loves serving the organization by being a mentor for the Ambassador program. Jill is also their Director of Development and serves as a worship leader and speaker as well.

Jill is a singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist. She recently released her 6th CD entitled “Twelve, the Freedom Soundtrack.”  Check out one of her other releases, "Grace Finds Wings" CD available too.

Jill is also a certified speaker, coach and teacher with the John Maxwell Team and has written the first ever theme song for the John Maxwell Team. She recently released an online course entitled “Writing the Song of Your Life,” which is a 7-week journey to discovering your purpose and stepping into your unique calling, the song God has given you to sing!

Jill has also written the book: "Grace Finds Wings: A Journey in Song." 
 
 

Women of Faith is a global ministry, providing digital media, resources and events to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Initiatives and programs allow women to be reached with the Word of God. Various media and events are utilized in delivering the message.  Women of Faith's Foundational Voice is Alita Reynolds. 

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