Today is my youngest’s birthday. Happy birthday Angie! She wanted to take the kids to the water park for her birthday and just relax. Well, she decided we should do this last night rather than today. As it turned out it was a good choice. Today is about 10 degrees cooler and last night was a blast!

I’m rather stuck of late becoming more and more aware of what it is like to be a new creation. I said yesterday that I’ve come to believe without doubt this is true for me. I’ve known it’s truth for years, but having it anchored in my heart and soul had many doubts. I also said yesterday that this takes place when we ask Christ to be our Lord and Savior. His Work on the Cross paid the price for us. What I didn’t say was the Gift He also gives us at this time. It is the Gift of The Holy Spirit.

When we become a new creation The Holy Spirit is given to us, however, He is the Gentleman that waits until we ask. I have so much to learn and believe in this arena. The Strength of The Holy Spirit is ours upon asking. What I’m also learning is my need to surrender my own personal fighting. Even though I know my fight has lost all my life, I still resort to it when temptation comes instead of immediately surrendering. When I was having my bible reading this morning God reminded me so well of these steps; turn away, call my sponsor, praise Him, and surrender my fight. These steps are easy to take, but boy, does Satan’s minions want us to fight these attacks on our own. They know we will fail again. The Holy Spirit is ready and is naturally God’s Strength. Satan flees in His presence. I want to become mature in this practice but I have a ways to go yet.

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