May I Help You? Part 2

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(Please read my comment–Thanks!)  This week of posts is all about encouragement, exhortation, and, well, help for you as a stay-at-hom mom!  (Next week brings Days of Great Giveaways!)  Read “You’re Needing Encouragement, Aren’t You,” Part 1 and Part 2 and “May I Help You? Part 1.”

How difficult is it to accept help.  God’s help is not only offered, but we are certain to fail without it.

3.  Put what truly is important in your day first.  Pray as you wake up and think on Scripture.  Do you feel it’s “impossible” to find time for the Lord and His Word?  You have found ways to do what is most important to you.  If you can’t find a way to read or listen to God’s Word on a consistent basis, may I suggest that it shows it is not very important to you? You have to take in food and water to live, physically.  You have to take in God’s Word and pray, to live spiritually.

4.  If you cry out to God for time with Him in His Word every day, believe me when I tell you, He will answer you!

Ideas:  Do you wake to music? Wake to Scripture instead.  Play it as you go to sleep at night.  Put it on the wall above the changing table.  Put it above the sink and every time you wash your hands, read a verse.  Do you have an iPod?  Put Scripture on it.  Play Scripture in your bedroom, kitchen and car.  Does that sound boring to you?

When I find that reading a lot of God’s Word sounds boring, I know that I’ve been neglecting it, and I get a little frightened, because that means that my love for the Lord has grown cold, and I didn’t even notice! When that happens, a quick look at what I’ve been doing with my time usually is quite revealing.

Why my love for the Lord has grown cold in the past:

  • Watching movies or TV that I wouldn’t invite the Lord to watch with me.
  • Too much attention to the blogging world and internet.
  • Staying up late night after night so that I’m falling asleep when I sit to read God’s Word.
  • Filling my thoughts with rehearsing the wrongs inflicted on me by others or how they’ve let me down or not met my expectations (bitterness).
  • Anytime bitterness, envy or jealousy (usually from getting my eyes on others and comparing) has crept into my heart and thoughts.
  • Having an unthankful heart.

The first and foremost thing to do in this instance is to repent, to turn from your wicked ways. You need forgiveness and restoration.  Then God will cleanse your heart and mind with the water of the Word. At first, I have had to force myself to read my Bible, and read long.  But, it’s when I need it more than ever.  It’s important to saturate your heart and mind with Scripture until you can agree with the Psalmist in Psalm 119:111:

“Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

Other circumstances that may mean your love has grown cold:

If you find talking about God’s Word and witnessing uncomfortable or distasteful:

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103

If you’re thinking of ways to make money more than ways to obey Him more:

“The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” Psalm 119:72

If you’re feeling that nothing is sure anymore, and you can’t count on anything:

“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89

This should be our heart:

“O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97

Your lack of desire for the Lord makes you think playing Scripture on your CD player or iPod would be boring, and you don’t care if others are falling into sin or getting saved:

“Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.  Psalm 119:125-131

5.  Seek after the things that are important to God.  Then those other things that seemed so important will either fade away in importance or He’ll give you the right perspective on them and accomplish them in His timing.

Matthew 6:33–“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

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One Reply to “May I Help You? Part 2”

  1. Ok, do you ever write a post, and then come back and read it, and think, what? It didn’t sound like that when I wrote it! This post was all true, but encouraging? Um, I don’t think so. I could rewrite it…but I just wanted you to know that I know (after reading it again) that it doesn’t exactly fit into a “week of encouragement”! haha. Wow, was that heavy. Ok, well, sometimes you just have days like that–wow.

    Thanks for keepin’ on reading, friends! Love you all,
    Wendy

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