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Ask

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A few days ago I went into my office with the intentions to move my desk. I wanted to move my desk because the way that it sat I did not have much walking space. I kept hitting my leg when I walked by. I noticed the weekend before that I had a knot in my leg. I had hit my leg a few days prior. So I decided to move my desk around the problem was I did not want to move it in the direction that would prevent me from hitting my leg. I decided to remove only one part of the desk but when I looked at it I hated it. It was not what I had wanted so I had to figure out another solution. I took a step back decided reluctantly to move the desk in the position that I did not want but I knew it would give me the space that I needed.   I started moving the desk inch by inch by myself. It was a slow process but I kept moving that desk by myself. While I was moving the desk something fell and it fell loud. It was loud enough that a couple of nurses from the other side of the building came over to check on me.   I looked up there were about five people looking at me asking was I okay well I dropped my CPU but I was fine. I told them I was fine it was my computer. They asked me if I needed help, they wanted to help me but I said “no it’s okay”. They insisted on helping me but I did not want to be a bother. Every time somebody walked by they would ask if I needed help my answer would be “no thank you, I’m fine.”   I finally got the desk moved but then I needed to move the bookshelf because now it was in my way. I started moving the bookshelf after taking all of the heavy stuff off after all I wasn’t moving it far I can do this on my own right? I started moving the bookshelf on my own but I ran into a problem it was stuck I could only move it so far by myself.

Isn’t that what we do? Why do we try to handle things on our own? I said I did not want to bother anyone but yet I needed the help. Why did I not accept the help that was offered to me? We have the ultimate helper in God but so many times we refuse His help. We think we can change ourselves or move things out of our lives on our own. The reality is we can do nothing on our own. We cannot change ourselves; the truth is we cannot help ourselves only God can. So many times we need God to move in our lives but we do not ask Him to help us but we do like I did start moving but get stuck in the process.   We serve a God who stands with arms opened wide waiting for us to ask Him for help, He wants us to run to Him in our time of need but we don’t. So many times we turn away from the help that God gives.

I want you to know that you do not have to handle anything alone. I know you may feel that if you don’t do it things won’t get done or you may not have anyone to lean on. Here is the good news, God sent the Holy Spirit to be our helper, guide, teacher, comforter and our ear to the Father. God knew that we would need help in this world, He promised us in His word that He would not leave us as orphans, or comfortless but the Promise would come to be with us. So that whatever you need from the Father you can just ask, you can ask anything in Jesus’ name and it will be given to you. The key word is ASK, you have to ASK Him for what you need by not asking you are saying “no thank you God I can handle this without you.” The truth of the matter is we can do nothing on our own. We need God to live, to make decisions; we need Him for wisdom and understanding the list goes on and on.   Do not allow the devil to deceive you because he does not want you to have what God has promised. Ask and you shall receive, knock and the door will be open, seek and you will find whatever that you are in need of is wrapped in your heavenly HELPER.

Remember that you are never alone so you do not have to handle everything alone do not become stuck like my bookshelf in the process but allow God’s GRACE to cover you, to help you every step of the way.

 

Always Love

Teresa

p.s. I did get help moving the bookshelf we finished the office and it looks great. The way that I did not want it turned out to be what was best for me ♥

My heart

  
I wrote this thought to God riding in the car with my husband I hope my vulnerability with help you in some way. 
Lord you are so gracious to me. Thank you for loving me and blessing me to be the woman that you have created. I sometimes find myself wondering am I capable to do all the things that you have placed in my heart. The truth is no I am not capable on my own. I can do nothing unless you work through me to do it. I can do nothing but with you I can do everything. Thank you for reminding me that I need you in every aspect of my life. Thank you for trusting me to do your will although I am not worthy but I am willing.  
Always love your willing servant 

Teresa 

The Power of Grace: Guest Blogger Apriann Sutton

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Guest Blogger

Apriann Sutton is our guest blogger this week. I am so excited to share her voice with you today. She is a God fearing young lady whom I think you will enjoy. She has a gift to encourage young people and also adults. I will tell you a little bit about her for those of you who do not know her. She is a student at ECU, a minister at the Greater Church under the leadership of Dr. Moses O. Pitt. She is also a blogger you can follower her blog at apriannsutton.wix.com/apsthoughts. She is a busy young lady she just recently started an apparel line for kings and queens (kandqapparel.com). She also hosts the Pinky Promise of Goldsboro. I hope that you will be encouraged by these words of GRACE.

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As believers we always find ourselves in a place where we tend to be desperate for more of God. Some of us experience times of our lives where we feel as if we’ve made the worst mistakes anyone could possibly make. Sad to say, sometimes those mistakes cause us to feel as if God no longer cares for us. Often times sin pushes us so far back up into a corner causing us to become intimidated of the very unmerited favor, better known as GRACE, of God. We feel like we can’t approach God with a sincere, forgiving heart because of the power of SIN. Sin often creates this false illusion that GRACE cannot cover it. Sin often makes us feel as though the sufferings, death, and even resurrection of Jesus fails to cover our worst mistake. The guilt of sin often causes us to lack the confidence within ourselves to approach God with a repenting mindset and heart. But, today I want to remind you that God’s grace is SUFFICIENT (2 Corinthians 12:9). The sufficiency of God’s grace is not limited by any means. It’s not limited to covering your worst mistake, but it is sufficient over all sin. To be sufficient simply means to be enough or to be adequate. I want to encourage you to always remember that it’s not by anything we do that causes God to forgive our sins, or to remain faithful to us after we repeatedly make the same mistakes, but it is the power of grace that keeps us close to Him (WOW! That’s love!). Romans 8:38-39 tells us that nothing could ever separate us from the love of God….not even what you think is your worst sin, mistake, or even thought. God’s grace covers it ALL!

I want to leave you encouraged with one of my favorite scriptures, but sometimes a challenging charge to complete. Hebrews 4:16 tells us, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.” I say, entering the throne of grace to obtain mercy and help, can be challenging because a lot of times as believers and sinful beings we sometimes feel ashamed to turn towards God when we sin. We feel as if we are unworthy to be forgiven, loved, graced, and cherished, but today I encourage you to RUN to Jesus every time you fall short of His glory (YOU WILL!). When you make a mistake immediately go boldly before the throne of grace. Jesus suffered, and like us was tempted in many ways, but what makes Him different from us is that fact that although He knew sin He did not sin. So, Jesus is able to relate to us concerning temptation. That is what qualifies us to be able to run to Him because He knows the exact strategies to overcome temptations, and He is able to guide us into making better decisions.

I hope that you were encouraged today to boldly return to Christ and ask for help in the time of need because of the power of grace! May God bless you, and remember that His grace covers your worst mistake!

 

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