Asking for help from others can sometimes be difficult, especially if we are the type of people who tend to do everything on our own, relying on our own sufficiency. Sometimes it just seems easier to do things ourselves. However, that can get us into situations where we have no choice but to ask for assistance. There is One who is always available to help when we need it. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2 KJV)
God is ALWAYS available! He wants to be our help. “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” (Psalm 54:4 ESV) I am someone who knows quickly when I’ve gotten myself in over my head and need to ask for help. But my first husband was the type of person who wouldn’t ask for help if it was the last thing he ever did. His personality was such that He was kind of like the old commercial that said, “I’d rather do it myself!” He was extremely self-sufficient. That can be a good thing in some circumstances, but there were times when I would have to practically stand on my head to get him to let me help him. There were times when he would scare me to death as he tried to work on something that looked dangerous to me. Eventually, he would come around and ask me to help him.
We can be like that with God sometimes, can’t we? We resist asking for His help and sometimes we can get ourselves in real trouble. As we work at trying to do it ourselves, we get ourselves into a position where what we are trying to do becomes hopeless. God loves us and walks right by our side, waiting for us to come to Him with each problem. He tells us that we should, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (1 Chronicles 16:11ESV) He will never turn us away. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NASB 1995)
For me, just knowing that I can come to my Abba, Father is such a comfort. I don’t have to try and figure things out on my own, He is right there helping me through whatever situation I’ve gotten myself into. (Hebrews 4:16) When we are feeling discouraged or afraid, He is our help. (1 John 4:18) When we feel weak, He gives us strength. (Isaiah 40:31) When we are faced with financial problems, He is right there supplying what we need. (Philippians 4:19) God is our sufficiency in all things! When we go to Him, He promises to help us. “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” (Psalm 37:5 NIV) What a comfort to know, “My help cometh from the Lord.”
Donna Knuth Rice
I am trying a blog for the first time in my life, and frankly, I feel like I don't have a clue as to what I'm doing! But, here goes.
I work at a Christian Television network in the Correspondence Department, where I write letters and emails to our viewers, pray with them for their needs, and send materials they request.
I am a Christian. I was saved at the age of 11 during a youth meeting at my church. My pastor led me to the Lord, and to say the least, my life has been an adventure.
I am a widow. My late husband, Allen, passed away after 34 1/2 years of marriage. He had been sick the last seven years of his life, and it was a struggle, for him and for me.
We met as part of a singing group that was affiliated with a Christian Radio station, and we sang together all through our lives together. We both worked in television and radio all through our married life, mostly for Christian stations.
Besides singing I also play flute. I had the luxury of having parents who started out as music teachers...so music was in our house constantly.
Some people describe me as being a loud-mouthed lime type...can't disagree with that. I have a tendency to put my foot in my mouth more times than I can count! I also have a tendency to say exactly what's on my mind...which is why I get myself in so much trouble! LOL! Trust me, that's something me and God have been working on for a very long time.
I have no children here on earth, although I have a baby in heaven. My baby here is my dog Jack. He's a black lab/ chow mix. He's a big boy....thinks he's a lap dog!
Can't think of much else to say. The reason I started this blog is because a few months ago in church, a guest pastor came and delivered a message, and when he asked for those of us who wanted prayer to come forward, I did. When he came to me he asked me if I did any journaling. I told him no 'cause I wasn't very good at it. He told me to start, and prophesied over me that my journal thoughts would impact other people. I wasn't sure just how I was to go about doing this. In fact, I was a little hesitant at first. I started journaling at home, and our assistant pastor's wife asked me to submit something for our Senior newsletter. I didn't the first edition, but something I had heard on Christian radio a long time ago and has stuck with me all these years, came to mind so I submitted an article. That article will be my first post.
I don't claim to have all the answers, and my thoughts may seem a little "out there", but I feel God has been prodding me to do this, and so here I am.
I hope what I post will bring encouragement, and "Something to Think About".
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