Katherine Ruonala

  • What the Holy Spirit Told Me That Relieved Me of All Fear

    What the Holy Spirit Told Me That Relieved Me of All Fear

    I remember once being in a prayer meeting when I was on the floor worshipping and praying, looking at the Lord with expectation, quite stressed about a few things that had happened that week. Sometimes people have a tendency to go with the flow of a church service, not really thinking about what they are

  • Prophetic Teacher’s Dream Reveals How the Holy Spirit Can Supernaturally Free You From Worry

    Prophetic Teacher’s Dream Reveals How the Holy Spirit Can Supernaturally Free You From Worry

    One of the reasons John Wesley, a theologian, was converted was because he saw supernatural peace in the lives of the Moravians. He was traveling from England to Georgia. And a fierce storm threatened the ship. The decks were flooded, and the sails were torn. Most of the passengers were terrified, but a group of

  • How to Make the Holy Spirit Your Closest Friend

    How to Make the Holy Spirit Your Closest Friend

    I was driving to church by myself recently and thinking about the Holy Spirit. I love being around people, but I also really enjoy the moments I get to be in the car alone. I am able to have some time alone with God, and I’ll take as much of that as I can get.

  • The Holy Spirit Wants to Wipe Out Your Worry—But He Needs You to Do This

    The Holy Spirit Wants to Wipe Out Your Worry—But He Needs You to Do This

    I was blessed with a day off recently, and it was delightful. I had been ministering every single day, so I was especially grateful for the break. I took a walk to talk with the Holy Spirit and was just enjoying my surroundings and the conversation. But I suddenly realized as He began to speak

  • Are You Truly Engaging Holy Spirit When You Worship and Pray?

    Are You Truly Engaging Holy Spirit When You Worship and Pray?

    Years ago, when I was a backup singer on a worship team, I would be concentrating so much on singing the right part that I would sometimes forget I was meant to be worshipping. It’s easy for a music teacher and a perfectionist to get focused on harmonies and pitch. One day I was singing

  • Holy Spirit Wants to Partner With You in This Revival of Love

    Holy Spirit Wants to Partner With You in This Revival of Love

    What we need today is a revival of love. The Holy Spirit partners with those whose gaze is fixed on Him in truth and love. One of the passages I’ve feasted on recently is from 1 Peter 3:8-10: “Finally, be all of one mind, be loving toward one another, be gracious, and be kind. Do not

  • Disarming One of the Enemy’s Deadliest Traps

    Disarming One of the Enemy’s Deadliest Traps

    I was on the floor during a worship service years ago, touched by the Spirit and weeping in His presence. I had been hungry for Him and searching for answers. I struggled with condemnation, aware of my failings and imperfect behavior. Each time I sinned by having a wrong attitude or not demonstrating the fruit

  • Lessons You Can Learn While in the Wilderness

    Lessons You Can Learn While in the Wilderness

    Time. That space between planting and harvesting, between promise and fulfillment. Living in a world where we are widely accustomed to instant gratification, the concept of having to wait can be frustrating. Yet if we understand the purpose and potential of these times, we can learn to cooperate with God and enjoy the journey. Many

  • How to Embrace the Wonders of Trials

    How to Embrace the Wonders of Trials

    I recently picked up one of my old journals that I call my wilderness journal. It covers the late 1990s up to about 2001 and is filled with prayers, Scriptures, conversations with God, revelations, confessions of sin and declarations of faith. During that season of life, I had lots of promises from God and hardly

  • God Forgave You the First Time You Asked Him

    God Forgave You the First Time You Asked Him

    Jesus gave us a powerful picture of what His Father is like when He told the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32). It’s the story of a rebellious, wayward boy who demanded his inheritance from his father and then set off to live life his way. He squandered everything before being forced by circumstances

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