10 Day Devotional Challenge – Day 3

For the next several days, I will be hosting a 10 Day Devotional Challenge. You can read the posts here and comment below to discuss what you’ve read. You may also join the discussion in my Equipped Facebook Group. If you don’t already have a copy of my book, Equipped, you can purchase it at mybook.to/Equipped or ask for it at your local bookstore. For a discount on quantity orders (10 copies or more), please contact me at RuthLSnyder at me dot com.

Our Helper – The Holy Spirit

“But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

—John 16:13

My husband, Kendall, and I both wanted children. However, after five years of marriage, we were still childless. We prayed and talked for months before we both agreed to fill out paperwork to adopt a child. The night we finally put pen to paper, we received a phone call.

“Hi! It’s Sue. Are you still interested in adopting a child?”

“Yes. In fact, we’re filling out papers tonight.”

“Remember my sister, Mary?”


“She is having a difficult time as a single parent. Her daughter is eight months old and Mary has to work three jobs just to make ends meet. She wants her daughter to be raised by two parents, and is wondering if you are willing to adopt her.”

After Kendall and I had conferred, we said, “Yes.” That phone call came on Thursday evening. Mary requested that we pick up the baby the following Monday. We were excited, but we weren’t prepared. The next few days were a flurry of activity finding a crib and other baby items, talking about names, and trying not to get our hopes up in case the adoption fell through.

The following Monday, we brought our oldest daughter home and named her Grace Victoria. Talk about a crash course in parenting! Many days I wished I had a parenting mentor, a helper walking beside me, teaching me what to do.


• He helps us know what to say (Luke 12:12).

• He teaches us (John 14:26).

• He gives us power to witness about Jesus (Acts 1:8).

• He enables people to speak in tongues (Acts 2:4).

• He gives us boldness (Acts 4:8, 31).

• He encourages us (Acts 9:31).

• He frees people from the power of the devil (Acts 10:38).

• He fills us with God’s love (Romans 5:5).

• He helps us pray (Romans 8:26, 27).

• He seals believers and sets them apart as belonging to God (Romans 15:16; Eph. 4:30).

• He enables us to confess that Jesus is Lord (I Cor. 12:3).

• He gives joy, despite our suffering (I Thess. 1:6).

• He washes us and renews us at the time of salvation (Titus 3:5).

• He gives us spiritual gifts so that we can serve God and others (Hebrews 2:4).

Think About It

Are you aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life? How has he helped you? What do you want to ask the Holy Spirit to teach you? Journal your thoughts, or respond in another way that is meaningful to you.


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Help me to listen and obey. Teach me more about your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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