Posted by: Linsey Edn | November 22, 2009

Speaking through the Spirit

My health has been declining for weeks, and it finally hit bottom a week ago. I’m slowly recovering. I’m tired, weak, cold, and at times depressed. I had been distancing myself from God, and my illness has really forced me to realize that he’s all I can depend on. Frankly, he’s all I really have. In my darkest moment, when I was too weak to even think words out to pray, I asked the Holy Spirit to intercede for me.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. – Romans 8:26-27

I’ve had to learn to rely on others, and especially God, in my hour of need. I don’t want to admit that I need help, but I had tried to do things on my own and I ended up in a bad place. God got me out of that hole and is slowly trying to heal all these different aspects of my life. I am truly grateful for the people around me, in particular the HOPE team, for taking care of me.

Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:34-39



  1. I really appreciate your comment. It is great to see how your brothers and sisters in Christ rally around to help in times of need and weakness. I think that’s one of the very special things about the HOPE program, the team sees all aspects of each others lives good and bad. For me, it was a time where God did a lot of refining of my character. I pray for the same for all you current hopees. Know that I’m praying for you, the team and Jeff Street.

    In Christ alone,


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