Where Does Your Help Come From?

Thoughts on seasons of plenty

If you’re like me, you often ask God for help.  I don’t like asking others for help, but I’m ok to ask God.

I ask God to send me more patients to serve, and then I ask Him for help not feeling overworked serving them. I ask God for provision, and then ask Him for guidance on more purchases.  It’s as if I’m schizophrenic in my prayer life.  I have no idea how God follows my whims.  Good thing He loves me!

In Psalm 54 today, I learned some really cool things about God.

  1. God will vindicate me.  He will show me to be right, reasonable, or justified.  This is especially helpful to know when I’m facing situations where people are acting unjustly.
  2. Surely God is my help.” (v 4a)  He’s not possibly my help, or probably my help, but SURELY my help.
  3. God is the one who sustains me. (v 4b) It’s not money , success, fame or fortune that sustains me.  It’s not recognition or awards or accolades or accomplishments or entertainment.  Only God sustains me.  When you feel overworked or pressed or squeezed, remember, it’s not the power nap, or the break in your schedule that will sustain you.  Go to God, ask for help, and continue on with your mission.  People depend on you.
  4. God provides the win.  In due season, the win is ours.  That’s His promise to us.  But we have to stay the course.

I think reminders of how powerful and loving and faithful God is are extremely important.  So here’s the reminder directly from Psalm 54: “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” (v4)

According to my 8 year old, Noah, “God writes short verses sometimes, but they’re so powerful.”

I agree, Noah.  Hopefully, you found encouragement to keep going today knowing our help comes from God!

Relationships: When The Going Gets Tough

How to stick with the ones you love when you're hurting

Have you had seasons when your relationships have felt stagnant?  I know I have.  I’ve even had times where I’ve been downright frustrated or offended in relationships and I’ve been ready to quit.  Sometimes it’s my marriage, other times it’s friendships; it has even been with family members.

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Let’s Quit All These Stupid Social Games

I was recently on a three week research sabbatical and, man, was I ever surprised at how it went.  More on this later.  In my time and space that I’ve never had the privilege of experiencing before, I was able to make some observations.  One of the loudest observations I made is how many social games people play.  There”s the typical ‘keeping up with the Jones” stuff and then there’s the ‘I’m going to take people down who have more than I have’ stuff.

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Feeling Discouraged?

If you are, “you are disagreeing with God.  Questioning his judgement.  Second-guessing his taste.  According to him you were ‘skillfully wrought’ (Ps. 139:15). You were ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Ps. 139:14).  He can’t stop thinking about you!  If you could count his thoughts of you, ‘they would be more in number than the sand’ (Ps. 139:18). Why does he love you so much?  The same reason the artist loves his paintings or the boat builder loves his vessels.  You are his idea.  And God has only good ideas. ‘For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago’ (Eph. 2:10 NLT).” – From Max Lucado’s Fearless (Affiliate Link)

Are You Jumping to Conclusions?

Warning: I’m going to disclose some information in this post that will be very misleading unless you read the entire article.  Enjoy.

It’s no secret that I’m a Christian.  I regularly participate in activities that help me grow in my faith.  This includes daily prayer and Bible reading, journaling, attending church, meeting with guy friends for accountability, plus more.

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You Have to Look for It

We ask and answer about 350 questions every day. What will I wear? Should I address that? Or sometimes chilling questions like, “What color casket do you think he would have wanted?”

I ask God a question every day: “God, where are you working today and how can I help?” Here’s the challenge: we often ask a question and then don’t stick around long enough for the answer.

What’s more is we’re not the best listeners either. I always chuckle when I say something like, “Good morning!” And I hear, “I’m good. You?”

The reality is, when you ask something, stick around for the answer. If it doesn’t come, listen better. Sometimes it’s right in front of you, you’ve just forgotten what you were looking for.