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“We’re seeing like a 1000 times more situations involving people feeling defeated by life’s trials and tribulations.” Though they say “I’m gonna be alright” they don’t really believe it. Often you can hear it in their voice, see it in their face, even detect it in their walk. In fact, the hopelessness is so thick on some folks…”you can cut it with a knife!”
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been down before, but thank God….never out! And I’ve never felt taking my life was a way out either. Actually, I’ve never felt I couldn’t make it.
But I have to admit, there have been times when I was concerned about eventual outcomes. My mind wandered a few times about how a severe resurrection of consequences would adversely affect my life. It’s not easy walking in sunshine for most of your life, only to find you’ve lost your way somehow, eventually ending up in a torrential rain storm. You’ve heard it before “when it rains, it pours.” One problem after another, finds its way into your life with no sign of letting up. Times like these test our inner strength. SCRIPTURE FOR HELP
“Did you know when you help others God inadvertently helps you?”
Yes, you have to seek the Lord intentionally by extending yourself, blessing others and praying for them too!
Over the last few days I’ve done a lot of thinking about where I’ve come from, as it relates to my life’s journey. Looking back I’ve found that a lot of people encouraged me along the way, which provoked me to encourage others, who find themselves on the front line of tribulation like yours truly. Believe it or not words of encouragement are powerful. SCRIPTURE FOR HELP
Through out most of my adult life I’ve been blessed with decent jobs. I use to be able to quit a job one day and have another one within a few days. But , as I got a little older I made a startling discovery…”things had changed.” Not only had it become more challenging to get a job, the jobs were fewer for mature women like myself, mature, black and yes…not size 7. In addition, that one chance to make a first impression no longer existed, replaced by online applications. I mean really, “now it seems like 99% of employers want you to apply for jobs online and even those who don’t, won’t see walk-in job applicants. Man__it’s tough on Old school!
Okay, I admit! I was spoiled, but I got un-spoiled real quick! You see I looked in the mirror one day at what I had become and I gotta tell you, “I didn’t like what I saw.” But then I realized it was gonna be alright, because God brought me there. God would never bring His sheep to a place they are unfamiliar with and leave them there. I knew He would bring me out! The problem was not my age, nor my looks. The real problem was with my attitude. Let’s cut through the chase,”my attitude was not conducive to finding adequate employment.” The reason? I was fixated on getting a job that paid what I was accustomed to earning over the last 10 years. I didn’t even consider entertaining lesser salary options at first. So because of my defective thinking, I missed out on somethings, even made my way harder. But one day God heard my cry. He reminded me of where I was before I lost that good job. I realized I was kinda in a similar place. The difference back then was my attitude too, but that time my attitude was conducive to finding what I needed, instead of what I wanted. Even more important; back then I prayed to God about it. In fact, I remember it just like it was yesterday.
The time was in 2001. During that time I asked God to give me a job that would sustain me, basically help supplement my husband’s salary and one that I would enjoy doing. Well people, God did just that and more and…that job lasted for 9 years. So why did I change my game plan this time? The only answer I can come up with is that I wasn’t thinking and I certainly wasn’t depending on God. As silly as it sounds I was depending on me to find me a good job. I was on the computer 12 – 16 hours a day, blogging, and applying for jobs. Nothing was coming through, until the day I got so despondent that I decided to try God again. I did this by finding a church home, reading the Word and repenting. Today I have a job I really like and it meets my needs financially. Again, people who love me continued to tell me to “be encouraged.” They also suggested that I try God and act like I know Him, this time.
Brother’s and sister’s I did what He wanted me to do and He answered my prayer. Know that; “just like He did it for me, he’ll do it for you.”
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work. â€“ 2 Corinthians 9:8
You gotta talk to him like you know him…debase yourself..Show him you realize that you can’t do it alone….That’s the first and most important step of searching for help. The next step is asking for help….This ones simple…PRAY! Pray like you’ve never prayed before and I guarantee you …it won’t be long before you’ll hear him knocking at your door!
SCRIPTURES TO READ WHEN YOU NEED HELP
When you can’t find the words to praise God, you need only find scripture. The bible is no accident…it is to be used as; “basic instructions before leaving earth.” Therefore, in the event you find yourself lost for words..don’t be dismayed. Just start speaking truth…truth about your circumstance. Remember God already knows your circumstance…He just needs to know that you know it too! When life takes a dangerous or peculiar turn or when Life is good, we need to praise the Lord, even if you have to borrow words from his Word…There is nothing new under the sun…just more of it. That being said…there is nothing you can go through on this earth that God can’t bring you through! Just trust in him…
He says….in the bible;
“I know about your suffering and your poverty–but you are rich! I know the blasphemy of those opposing you. They say they are Jews, but they are not, because their synagogue belongs to Satan. Revelation 2:9
More Scripture for the heart;
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. PSALM 23:1-6
Hebrews 13:16 – But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Philippians 2:4 – Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
1 John 3:17 – But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Proverbs 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Proverbs 22:9 – He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
Matthew 5:42 – Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Romans 15:1 – We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. … Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless. …Psalm 60:11
Psalm 108:12 Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is useless…
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:19