Respect Your Limits – Ask for Help When Needed – August 30 Inspiration


Respect your limits – you can’t do it all! Ask for help when you need it! There’s nothing wrong with being honest about what you CAN and can NOT handle on your own. This applies to a range of things, from trying to physically move something heavy…to trying to manage an emotionally or mentally “heavy” or difficult situation on your own. Reach out and ask for help.

Those who don’t understand or who criticize you for reaching out, or who make excuses for NOT helping you, are those best left out of your life. On the other hand, cherish those who DO help and who support and encourage you along the way… those who weep with you when you weep, and those who rejoice with you when you rejoice. These are valuable relationships to maintain and strengthen over the years.

 

 

 

Onto today’s inspiration and admonition…

 

I’ve learned from experience that it is wise to set proper limits and margins. It is a sign of strength, not weakness.

 

Asking for help is a good thing to do also. God has placed certain people in each of our lives to help us. If we do not receive their help, we become frustrated and overworked, and they feel unfulfilled because they are not using their gifts. You cannot be all things to all people all the time. You have legitimate needs.

 

It is not wrong to need help and ask for it. However, it is wrong to need help and be too proud to ask for it. Many people either complain all the time about what they are expected to do, or they end up falling apart emotionally and physically because they won’t let anyone help them do anything. They don’t think anyone is as qualified for the job as they are.

 

It is easy to think you are more important than you actually are. Learn to delegate. Let as many people help you as possible. If you do, you will last a lot longer and enjoy yourself a lot more.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

 

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My reflections:

I can relate to this one all too well; it seems like frustration, overworking, and overcommitting myself and my time are my main strategies in life. And I can confess that I often neglect to ask for help when I really could use it. Many times those who encourage others also need encouragement themselves.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Do you push yourself to the limit and beyond?

 

Are you comfortable asking for help when you need it?

 


Don’t Despair – Be Aware – August 29 Inspiration


Don’t despair when doors seem to close that were once open. Be aware instead that it may be a blessing in disguise for  new opportunities to just show up out of the blue. The secret is to keep moving forward and not looking back – or standing still – in order to reach new goals and fully realize the new opportunities and blessings in front of you.

Now onto this Monday’s inspirational thought. And as always, remember you can read some Psalms and Proverbs for each day at Daily Scripture Readings.

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“Despair is a state in which people feel

so overcome by a sense of futility or defeat,

they don’t know what to do.

At such times, it seems there is no way out.

But…Jesus has told us, ‘I am the Way’ (see John 14:6).

It is very comforting to know that although

there are times when you are pressed on every side

and perplexed because there seems to be no way out,

the Lord has promised He will not forsake you.

So when it seems you’ve come to a dead end,

don’t be driven to despair.

God will show you the way to go

and lead you through to victory.” 

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

I am familiar with despair and feeling like there is no way out…yet, some how, God always does make a way. It might not be quite the “way” I expected, but when it’s God’s way, it’s better than my way!

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you ever felt like a closed door was permanently closed?

Did you then discover a new open door just around the bend?


Past Failures Do NOT Define Your Future Success – August 28 Inspiration

Happy final Sunday in August! Have you ever worried that your past failures will define your future success? They don’t have to!

Success is not instantaneous, as much as we might like it to be. We usually have to learn some lessons along the way, and even fail now and then as part of the learning process. In other words, we often encounter detours on the road to success. The important thing is to learn what we need to, and keep moving forward.

 

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Here’s your inspiration for this last Sunday in August…and the summer!

 

“I believe failing is part of every success.

As John Maxwell says, ‘We can fail forward.’

History is filled with examples of people

who are famous for doing great things–

yet if we study their lives,

we find they failed numerous times

before they ever succeeded at anything.

Their real strength was not their talent

as much as it was their tenacity.

A person who refuses to give up

will always succeed, eventually.

Remember: Failure is simply a detour

on the road to success.”

Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional

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My reflections:

It’s comforting to know so many people failed before they ever succeeded–so failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Even if we fail the first (second, third…) time, at least it means we made the effort and learned what did NOT work.

If we don’t step out to find out, and take some calculated risks, we might not fail… but we also won’t succeed!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree we often have to fail before we succeed?

Have you ever taken a detour on the road to success?

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