if anything, what i’ve been realizing as of late is that holy spirit is someone i need to start talking to. i’m not gonna lie, i love talking to god the father cause he’s my dad and when i need things or just wanna lounge around i go to him all the time. and jesus, he’s my go-to when i’m feeling all emotional, good for bad. so where does the holy spirit come in … well in my daily life i realized i don’t talk to him much at all. the only time i ever really acknowledge the holy spirit is during a retreat or when fire falls, you know. and acknowledge was pretty much all i did. but this past retreat, i felt daddy and jesus telling me to talk to holy spirit. so, these past two weeks, i’ve been making an effort to get to know the holy spirit by simply asking him a question: “what do ya think?” we’ve been talking about music these days. so i’ll put my iphone on shuffle and as each song comes out, i’ll ask holy spirit, “what do ya think about this one?” i found that some of the stuff i listen to he really digs, and some not so much, which i’ll skip for his sake :) so, just want to say that holy spirit’s pretty cool and i’m kinda really excited to get to know him better.
I’ve been really blessed the past two weeks by what my students have been sharing with me. They’ve been sharing with me stories of their dad. For the most of last year, my students rarely talked about their fathers, so I decided to make that a prayer topic. Ever since the beginning of March, I’ve been contending for the marriages of my students’ parents to be strengthened and grow in love. A strong marriage creates a strong family.
One story. One of my student’s father is super busy and never has time to spend with the family. I remember my student telling me that his parents fight a lot because dad’s never home. Just last week, my student came up to me and said that he wasn’t coming to school the next day because he was going on a family trip to everland. i was glad to see him absent the next day because that means his dad kept his promise. when i saw him the day after, he told me how much fun he had with his family and i couldn’t help but to smile.
Story number two. I asked my students around November of last year if their parents kiss them goodnight. Many of my students said no. One in particular said that her parents used to when she was younger but stopped when she turned 5. However, just today, she told me that her dad now comes into her room at night when he’s back late from work and give her a kiss while he thinks she’s sleeping :) (my heart melted a bit)
One more story. Yesterday, one of my students came into school clearly upset. By now, I know that it’s one of two things. One, she came from her grandparent’s home. Two, her parents were upset at her. This morning it was number two. I asked what happened. She replied that she didn’t know what she did but her dad just yelled at her right before she got on the bus in front of all her friends. One of my other students confirmed this story to be true. So, I looked at her and said that sometimes when mommy and daddy have bad days they make mistakes and yell at the wrong person. I asked her if she could forgive her daddy for what he did, and she said yes. Kid you not, about 30 minutes after our conversation, her dad shows up to class and asks if he could speak with his daughter. In my heart, somehow I knew what was happening. She returns to class skipping with a smile on her face and that confirmed it. Later I asked her if her dad apologized, and she told me that he did.
It’s so beautiful to hear these stories from my kids with broken English. Fathers are being restored to this nation. And truly, prayer is the only way. Thank you Daddy, for being so good to these families :)