It continues to amaze me when new opportunities just show up out of the blue. Someone who works for an advertising agency “just happened” to find my Etsy shop–and they “just happened” to be looking for Maine businesspeople who might be interested in advertising on a state news website. It’s such a great deal, I couldn’t pass it up. One of the features of the package was this amazing video they compiled.
This was an unexpected answer to prayer–or at least, an answer in an unexpected form!
Now onto today’s devotions. And as always, remember you can read some Psalms and Proverbs for the day at Daily Scripture Readings.
“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”
“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”
-1- 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!
-2- I can relate to this one all too well; it seems like frustration and overworking are my main strategies. And I can confess that I often neglect to ask for help when I really could use it.
So what are YOUR thoughts? Have you ever felt like a closed door was permanently closed?
Do you push yourself to the limit and beyond? Are you comfortable asking for help when you need it?