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Where to Turn When You Need Help

I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! –Psalm 121:1-2

For years, I tried to handle things on my own. I reasoned that I could figure life out. I didn’t need any help. And then I met Jesus my freshman year of college. I learned that I do in fact need help and where to turn when I need help.

I am so thankful that I don’t have to life alone. But all too often, I fall back into the old pattern of feeling like I don’t need help. Maybe you can relate? The other day, the Holy Spirit used my daughter Analiah to remind me where to turn when I need help.

A difficult dress

After we came home from church on Sunday, Analiah headed to her room to get changed. Soon after she left the room, I heard crying. I wasn’t sure whether it was Analiah or another of one of our kids. So, I headed down the hall and listened outside her door. This confirmed it was Analiah crying.

I knocked and entered to find Analiah sitting on the floor in a heap. With concern in my voice, I asked her what was wrong. Analiah whined, “I can’t get my dress off!” Would you like me to help? “Yes!” Analiah responded in exasperation. Within in seconds, we had her dress off.

Ask for help

After Analiah finished changing and had calmed down, I gently asked her “Is there a reason you didn’t ask for my help?” Analiah didn’t really have a reason except “I just wanted to get my dress off so I kept trying.” I encouraged her to ask for help next time before it became a problem. I reminded Analiah that I am always there to help. “Okay Mom” Analiah responded as she bounded off to play.

As she walked away, the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart “How often do you try to do things on your own without asking for help?” In that moment, I was convicted. Too often, I still try to do things on my own instead of asking for help.

When you need help

God also reminded me at that moment that He is always there and ready to help. I just need to ask. God doesn’t want me to do life alone and struggle through. He wants to help me.

God wants to do the same for you. In today’s key verses, the psalmist begins by asking if his help comes from the mountains. No way! He recognizes that his help comes from the Lord. This reminds us also to turn to God for help. He is the creator of heaven and earth. He can help us with any problem that comes our way.

I am so thankful the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart that day. I can’t do life alone nor do I want to. I love how God used Analiah’s struggle to remind where to turn when I need help.

What problem do you find yourself facing? How can you turn to God for help today? I encourage you to lean into His wisdom.

Dear Lord, instead of trying to do life on my own, I want to turn to You for help. Thank you that You are always there to help me through everything. I love You Lord and I choose to trust You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Where to Turn When You Need Help

 

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