I used to take pride in the fact that I was independent. I took care of my own needs, didn’t ask for help. Even through college, I pushed through tough semesters to graduate early.
However, the older I’ve gotten, I’ve realized how important it is to admit I need help. When I was pregnant with my first child, I squatted down at the grocery store. My babe in the womb decided that was the time to get comfortable, and he wedged himself under my ribs. I was stuck, couldn’t move. Finally, after a moment of pretending to look at pickles on the bottom shelf (normal for a pregnant woman, right?), I got my bearings and got up. Needless to say, I had to call for help getting groceries out of the car when I got home.
Each day is something else
child locked in the bathroom while the bath is running
electricity goes out in one part of the house when you come home from a trip
dog runs off
the list can go on and on
But I’ve found that it is ok to ask for help. It is ok to admit, I’m weak and need the strength of others.
Once in Sunday school class, we had a discussion about helping others. My friend Leslie said that she realized that when she denied others who had offered to help with something, she took away a blessing from them.
That always stuck with me.
The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve relied on people, the more I’ve received blessings, and hopefully, the more I’ve been able to give blessings.
There are certain things in life that really show us our weaknesses….a sick child, a health scare, deployment, a miscarriage, career changes……..In those times that we find that life is going to happen and we have absolutely NO control whatsoever, we have to lean on others for strength. In those times, we call out to God, and He will give us strength through His presence, His Word, or through the love those he has placed in our lives.
And God is always faithful.
He has never let me down.
When I realize my weakness, Satan tells me I’m pathetic, worthless, and a whole string of lies. But God….He holds me, comforts me, showers me with grace and mercy.
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