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I Can Do It Myself

Linda Miller


One of the best and worst days of being a mom is the day your little ones decide they can dress themselves. Sure, the buttons may be crooked and the clothes don’t match, but they are excited they could figure it out. Being a busy mom, you always have so many things to do, so you are ecstatic, crooked buttons and all. But, also you are sad because your baby is growing up, and you know in a blink of an eye they will be doing lots of things for themselves and you won’t be needed as much. They won’t always ask you for help, but they still need it. I have found as a mother of adult children how exciting it is when they, at whatever age, come back to me and ask for my ‘help’ or guidance. They don’t always take the advice or help, but that’s okay because they ask and so should we.

As an adult, we think we can do a lot of things ourselves too, don’t we? We want to be in control. However, many times we take on the weight of the world, or so it seems at the time and forget to ask our Father for help. Yet Proverbs 3:5 tells us Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean unto thine own understanding. As excited as we are when our children ask for help, how much more excited is Jesus when He knows we are leaning on Him and asking Him for help and guidance in our life. How many times do we go to Him and get the answer or the relief of those burdens?


This is a lesson I seem to have to learn over and over again. Why am I surprised when I ask and clearly get answers from my Heavenly Father? It is so simple yet disregarded when we feel like we are bothering God with something so little. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made know to God.


Talking to the Lord gives us peace of mind and can eliminate unnecessary stress. Many times we are worn out, stressed out, burnt out or just need to talk to someone. Hebrews 4:16 says Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. The Lord never tires of listening to us talk to Him. In fact, He delights in hearing us talk with Him. He looks forward to you leaning on Him. 1 Peter 5:6-7 states Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.


Sounds to me like we can and should talk with our Father about everything. He’s listening…


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