Monday, September 14, 2009

Helping Hands

In my little corner of the world, we had a wonderfully wet weekend! The dark, ominous clouds rolled in Friday night and they have been showering us with a slow, steady rain ever since. After a cup of coffee and few homemade cinnamon rolls, my husband informed the family that we were going to spend our Saturday morning doing a little housework. We all quickly divided the chores, cranked up the stereo and went to work. Within just a few hours the house was squeaky clean and we were ready to have some fun together… all in all a great day!

The greatest thing about working together that day was that it was the direct result to something that happened earlier in the week; I had finally confessed that I had been feeling like a failure. With the combination of a busy schedule and a bad back, I had been neglecting the housework and it was starting to show. I had always been pretty good at ‘surface cleaning’ but I’m not a ‘pull everything off the shelves, wash it all up and scrub it clean enough to eat off of kind of’ kind of cleaner. But still it was pretty hard to swallow my pride and admit that I needed help! Greg, the kids and I rallied together and got more done in just a few hours than I had managed to get done all week!

It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we ask for help! We can do so much more with the support and encouragement of others than we can ever do on our own and then our victory is shared with them which brings even more glory to God! We already know that God is strong in our weakness and He provides people who care about us to be tangible examples of His love and support. Even Jesus surrounded Himself with disciples. He didn’t have to go it alone; He had friends along side of Him!

I don’t know what you’re walking through, but I want to encourage you to take a look around for a minute; are you walking through it alone? Have you opened yourself up enough to share with someone all that you’re going through and ask for help or are you still the guest of honor at your own pity party? These special friends may not have the power to change your circumstance, but they certainly can help change your perspective! You will just need to swallow your pride and be real with them by admitting the failures and start pursuing what God has for you. But remember, this is about renewal not condemnation. Admitting your faults, failures or sin is not intended to give ammunition to someone to use against you so choose your friends wisely! Pray that God will reveal who He intends to walk with you and then cherish them…they are a gift from God!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1Thessalonians 5:11

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