One of the first times I ever heard the Holy Spirit’s voice was in my car.
I had just moved to Fort Mill, SC. I had no friends. I was angry and lonely, trying to figure out what I was doing in life, when I heard a soft whisper on the way home one day. I instantly felt safe and joy rushed over my body. Some of the questions I had been dealing with had just been answered directly and exactly when I needed them.
This was the place where my prayer life began 𑁋 my car.
My car felt safe. It’s where I spent the most time working, moving or passing time on the weekends. It became the battleground for my prayer life. Longer commutes were a new rhythm for me when I moved to a big city. So, I started using that time to speak to God.
I would talk about everything. What I wanted for dinner, who I started making friends with, what I was dreaming about. I felt His presence right next to me.
Just the other day, I had a horrible morning. I really wanted to climb back into bed, but I didn’t have that option. So, I got in my car, cried, and then started driving to work. I felt led to play a banger of a song (“Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Sigrid, if you were curious). And, Jesus was dancing and screaming the song with me! He made me laugh like I never had experienced Him before. He wants to sing with me in the car on the bad days. He wants to hear all of my feelings. He cares.
I am seen by the Father.
I am so thankful for my bright green Kia Soul. It not only holds so many memories from the last seven years of driving that car, but it’s where I heard the Holy Spirit and my prayer life started. I have shed so many tears behind that steering wheel. I’ve spent so much time singing, dancing, ranting about breakups, celebrating and discovering a physical representation of God’s faithfulness.
I challenge you to ask the Father this big question:
“Father, where in my day-to-day can I invite you in?”
This blog was written by Charlotte area artist (@lejpaint.co), photographer, and all around creative, Jayci Livingston. For the past several years, Jayci has served on staff at Forest Hill Church in their creative department. Most recently, she attended and loved The 18-Inch Journey. When she's not painting, Jayci can be found adventuring, long boarding, or ducking into her favorite local coffee shops with friends. Find and follow Jayci on instagram at (@jaycilivingston).
Kaley Rivera Thompson is an author, copywriter, public speaker, and musician. She serves as the Director of Communications and Donor Relations for the student sports-centric nonprofit she and her husband, Gage, run called Twelve. When she's not championing other women, cheering on the rising generation, writing or playing her guitar, Kaley loves to sip strong coffee, go on hikes, or take a day trip to the mountains with her family. She takes the most pride in being a mom to two little girls, Lina and Lili. You can follow her on instagram at @kriverathompson or find out more on her website at kriverathompson.com.