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xocrystalnicole / The Journey  / Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened.

— Matthew 7:7-8

Recently, I was reading an amazing book, , and there was something that, in hindsight, seemed so simple and something that should be common sense, but for me, in that moment and many others, it wasn’t.

The book mentioned that when we’re going through things, whether we deem them to be big or small, we exhaust all resources to solve whatever problems we have. We may ask others for help, try new approaches to figure it out ourselves, or do research to see what has worked for other people. However, we typically don’t do the very thing that can provide us with a sometimes immediate, but always timely answer.

We don’t ask God—whatever God is to you—for help.

God is never our first choice; he’s always who we remember when we’re at rock bottom and there’s nothing else for us to go to. And, as bad as that sounds, it’s the truth.

Not only did that stand out to me as a major wakeup call, but we also don’t ask Him for help and guidance. We don’t actually ask a question; we just expect Him to know what it is we want. But, unless we ask, unless we offer that invitation to Him to provide guidance, He waits until we do.

So many problems and issues that happen in life can easily be avoided by simply saying, “I don’t know,” “I don’t have the answer,” “I need help with this.” It’s really as simple as that. But, the problem is that we have given labels to problems we can handle, and the problems we think should be handed off to God as if He can’t take care of all problems. We believe we’re burdensome or He doesn’t have time for these “minor” issues, or I shouldn’t ask for this or ask for that, but these are stories we tell ourselves, not something God has said. He is always, always willing to help you if only you’d ask for His help.

There is nothing you’ve been through, are currently going through, or will go through that cannot be handled by a Higher Power, but you have to ask for help.

Whatever you may be facing, it’s nothing you can’t beat. Take the time out to ask for help, and show gratitude for it already being done. It’s just that simple.

If you’re interested in adding a new book to your reading list for 2018, I highly recommend this ! Thank me later.

Comments

  • Vanessa Morgan

    Another great post. Something so simple…

  • Sheena Steward

    A great perspective Crystal. We have a tendency to make things more difficult than they have to be.

  • Eva Wilson

    This is so true. We often cry out in desperation…

  • Terri

    I’ll be honest. I’m not the most religious person at all. However, I’m going through something right now and this post has pushed me to want to ask God for help. Thank you.

  • Mimi Green

    I have a situation that I need to make peace with but don’t know how. I need to turn it over to God and let him take control.

  • Victoria

    This is a great reminder. I’m also going to have to check out that book.

  • Ola

    I think know lots people pray for help when they get into a bind. The problem is that they don’t like the answer. So they just keep polling others.

  • Katherine G

    This is a great post. I do tend to forget to ask for help sometimes. I get so caught up in doing things myself that sometimes I don’t realize I need help.

  • Carissa

    This is something I did all last year faithfully because I knew only God could guide us and once you start getting answers and the blessings start flowing it’s amazing!! I try not to just call out for help when I need it but talk to God daily all day!

  • Carissa

    This is something I did all last year faithfully because I knew only God could guide us and once you start getting answers and the blessings start flowing it’s amazing!! I try not to just call out for help when I need it but talk to God daily all day!!

  • Natasha

    It’s amazing how close to toddlers we are in reality. Always searching for things and then getting irritable when they just don’t come to us. Wonderful post!

  • Kita

    After years of let downs I slowly learned to get out of my own way and go straight to the source above all things. Life has been so much easier.

  • Courtney CJ

    I feel like I am -always- adding books to my Goodreads list. This year I am trying to be intentional and only read from women of color (unless the book is gifted) but I love the message behind what you said!

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