We All Need Help Sometimes

by June Fuentes on March 29, 2016 in Grace

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Today we have a  post by our sweet contributor, Jenny Nanninga, of The Sweet Stuff :

I am a classic multi-tasker. Iron in too many fires. I-can-do-it-all mentality.

I love to help others and I even coordinate the meals ministry at my church. I usually thrive on busyness.

However, life recently has been full to the point of overwhelming. A newborn, a busy season with my at-home job, financial difficulties, and then my three-year-old broke her leg.

Suddenly, my go-getter attitude turned to one of defeat and stress. So, when a couple friends offered to bring meals and my mom offered to come stay with me, I hesitated before responding with my typical, “I’m fine.”

I realized that I wasn’t fine. I realized that instead of being the one to give help, perhaps I needed to accept help.

Philippians 2:4 tells us,“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

By saying, “Yes” to those who wanted to help, I was allowing them to live out what scripture calls us to.

When we say yes to the help of others we allow them to, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ,” as Galations 6:2 commands.

By admitting my need and showing my weaknesses, I opened up the door for others to bless me, and in turn, I blessed them. Those friends were able to share the love of Christ by serving me. They were filled with joy, knowing that they had helped a sister in need.

Although I don’t like to be weak and I don’t like to admit it when I simply can not “do it all,” I know that when I am weak, Christ is magnified. My struggles allowed the body of Christ to come together and to show God’s love to me, my children, and to the world.

So, when friends wanted to stop by with Get Well cards, cookies, and gifts for my injured child, I didn’t quickly say, “You don’t have to do that.” Instead, I responded with, ”That would be wonderful,” and it truly was.

We all need help, sometimes. When we accept help from others, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to work in them, we are allowing the Body of Christ to serve, we are allowing our hearts to be humbled. We can bless our family, our friends, and ourselves by simply saying, “Yes,” when others say, “Can I help?”

Don’t be afraid of needing help. God designed us to need help, sometimes. He designed us to need Him and to need one another and it is a beautiful thing.

 

 

 

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 Jenny is a wife and friend to her husband and a mother of two rambunctious girls and a third girl on the way. She always dreamed of becoming a wife and mother and is now striving to learn how be a wife and mother after God’s own heart while also working from home. She desires to instill Proverbs 31 principles in her children and is passionate about encouraging other moms to serve their families well, especially those in small homes and with small budgets. She believes that marriage and motherhood are sanctifying and encouragement and accountability by other women is key in surviving this whirlwind ride of raising kids and managing our homes to the glory of God! She blogs about her family, their lives in California, her love of Jesus, and her homemaking, at The Sweet Stuff.

 

 

June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Kim March 29, 2016

Thank you for this…I am often the one who wants to give help and ,are a meal, but I have a really hard time saying “yes” to help from others when I need this. I love the way you put it in terms of allowing the Holy Spirit to His work through others. I will say “yes” more often now.

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