Walking In The Spirit

For years, the first line of the song:  “Looking for an answer, looking for some help,” was so true for me.  I was searching.  I had heard so many well-meaning people say:  “find yourself” “take care of yourself” “put yourself first.”  But it was an endless hole that was never filled.  The more I thought of myself, the emptier my life became.   

And for me, this idea of finding myself as a young person took on a whole new meaning.  I am the daughter of the writer of self help books.   In my late father's obituary, Life Magazine gave him the title of:  “The father of pop psychology."  

We are all born with that "God shaped hole it needs filling it's my soul!"  I had every bit of insight, knowledge, expert help one could find, but none of that could help me find the one thing I longed for:  peace and joy.  I bought books. I did every kind of self improvement.  I saw a therapist.  (Try doing that when everyone knows your father is a psychiatrist! Talk about a head trip!)  I remember getting a list of affirmations that I was supposed to read in front of the mirror each morning.  I would try to believe what I was reading.  “I am assertive!”  “I am confident!” etc, but  I was the problem!   There was no power in "I" (me.)  I had nothing to hold on to! 

  
Everything changed when I met Jesus and His Word and His power came into my life.  "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  - 2 Timothy 1:7  

As I began to look to Jesus Christ, I became stronger every day!  Just as the songs says:
“I am walking in the Spirit, I am walking in love. Getting stronger every day, as I seek you as I pray, keep on walking with you Jesus, walking this way!”

I found that these things I was longing for were found in Christ.  "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19.  Looking to anything other than God to fill us up is not walking in the Spirit, but in the flesh.  There is no peace in that.  It’s an unstable road that leads nowhere.   Walking in the Spirit gives life!   And my dear father who wrote those books found that life too in his later years when he gave his life to Christ.  We sometimes went to church as I was growing up, but there really was no "walking in the Spirit."  It is when we are seeking Him with all our hearts, making Him a priority and surrendering all our wants, needs and desires to Christ is when life really begins.  

When our purpose is to give glory to God, to rest in His will, we can truly live the abundant life He promises!   It is a life full of possibility, full of purpose and extreme joy.  Walking in the Spirit is a walk without heavy burdens.  It is a walk with hope.  Not done in our own energy but in the hope of the gospel.  And a walk with a happy ending!  From the song:  “When you walk with God, you never tire.  And as you walk each day, it gets brighter and brighter!”  

I am so glad  "Walking in the Spirit" is the title of my album. This song is all about the joy of the Lord.  I had that joy writing it and singing it and now sharing it with you!  
 

8 comments

  • Patt
    Patt Texas
    First hearing this artist. She definitely has a hit here. New, refreshing and sweet words.

    First hearing this artist. She definitely has a hit here. New, refreshing and sweet words.

  • Gary pray
    Gary pray Elk Grove, ca
    I then I saw Jesus is my testimony. The whole album just keeps speaking to me l just found it and I believe it is one of the finest pieces of music ever.

    I then I saw Jesus is my testimony. The whole album just keeps speaking to me l just found it and I believe it is one of the finest pieces of music ever.

  • BETTY DODD
    BETTY DODD TENNESSEE
    LOVE THIS SONG FOR WE ARE WALKING IN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD!!!!!!!

    LOVE THIS SONG FOR WE ARE WALKING IN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD!!!!!!!

  • Darlene
    Darlene Newport News VA
    Thank you for sharing this song I was baptized last Sunday because I want to walk and serve God truly helps when you hear others talk about how I've been feeling I'm going to go and buy your cd. Thank you Ms Gretchen for sharing your story and this song.

    Thank you for sharing this song I was baptized last Sunday because I want to walk and serve God truly helps when you hear others talk about how I've been feeling I'm going to go and buy your cd. Thank you Ms Gretchen for sharing your story and this song.

  • DARLENE
    DARLENE KENTUCKY
    I LOVE THIS SONG, MY FIRST TIME TO HEAR OF GRETCHEN AND LISTEN TO HER? The words speak to my heart very deeply and say exactly what I'm TRYING to do ?? My younger daughter, age 46, lost her 8 year battle with cancer on November 13, 2015??... She was my BEST Friend ... SO HARD TO DEAL WITH HER BEING GONE ........ THEN ON MARCH 14, 2016, her only daughter, my granddaughter , perished in a fire at the Family home??...... I'm TRYING to Lean on Jesus and Pray God gives me strength EVERY Day .... I truly love this song...... Will be checking to download it, if it's available ??

    I LOVE THIS SONG, MY FIRST TIME TO HEAR OF GRETCHEN AND LISTEN TO HER?
    The words speak to my heart very deeply and say exactly what I'm TRYING to do ??
    My younger daughter, age 46, lost her 8 year battle with cancer on November 13, 2015??... She was my BEST Friend ... SO HARD TO DEAL WITH HER BEING GONE ........ THEN ON MARCH 14, 2016, her only daughter, my granddaughter , perished in a fire at the Family home??...... I'm TRYING to Lean on Jesus and Pray God gives me strength EVERY Day ....
    I truly love this song...... Will be checking to download it, if it's available ??

  • betty feltner
    betty feltner london ky
    I love that song the words speak to my heart.

    I love that song the words speak to my heart.

  • Judy
    Judy SpringHill,Fla
    I've been looking and searching to walk with Jesus and Get Baptisted and I come across This song and Its Like A light Bulb went off in my Head.. The Good Lord Is showing me everyday to Walk In Spirit.. Thanks so very Much.. Love From Florida~~

    I've been looking and searching to walk with Jesus and Get Baptisted
    and I come across This song and Its Like A light Bulb went off in my
    Head.. The Good Lord Is showing me everyday to Walk In Spirit..
    Thanks so very Much..
    Love From Florida~~

  • Gretchen Keskeys
    Gretchen Keskeys
    Yes, it is a daily walk for sure Judy! I have been walking with Him for many years and I have light bulbs go off daily! Much love in Christ to you! Gretchen

    Yes, it is a daily walk for sure Judy! I have been walking with Him for many years and I have light bulbs go off daily! Much love in Christ to you! Gretchen

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