Thursday, September 26, 2013

I Can Do It Myself

My three year old grandson has an expression he uses frequently… “I can do it my own self”.   He of course is adorable and it’s cute to see him try.  At times though, he reaches a point where intervention is needed. 

I tend to think all those years God watched me “doing it my own self”; cute was not the word that came to His mind.  Oh, the countless times, when I did pray about a need, and had it all figured out how God could help me out of a situation.  He just needed to come through on His part.  Wasn’t I surprised, when He helped me, but not the way I suggested He should. 

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV

Since God is ALL knowing, and can see our future laid out in front of Him.  Who better to put our trust, hope, faith and confidence in?  

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

Faith declares our weakness while it proclaims the trustworthiness of God and His complete and willing ability to do what we cannot.  A lack of faith insults God even as it puts foolish confidence in ourselves.  ~ Charles Stanley

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I am so very thankful that I came to a full realization that my help comes from the Lord.  I no longer proudly declare “I can do it my own self”. 

NoteAfter I posted this, I realized it needed an edit.  Although I do have the full realization that My help comes from the Lord, it doesn't prevent me from slipping back into my old habits from time to time.  I'll always be a work in progress. 

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

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  1. Oh Abby, the "I need God because I CAN'T do it myself" is a hard lesson to learn sometimes...especially for stubborn people like me!
    This is a great reminder for me today -- makes me extra thankful for God's tender patience in my life!

  2. Beautifully said, Abby. I'm so glad you sent an invite for today's devotion to your website from Facebook. I read your Facebook posts all of the time and I love them, but I frequently forget about the website. I joined your website today so that I won't forget anymore. You are always a blessing to me. Thank you.

  3. LOVELY POST ABBY!!!!!!!!! You've made me SMILE!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  4. It can be pretty pathetic when adults act like toddlers! I wonder if the Lord just shakes His head and says "oh it's the terrible two's"... I fall so short, I'm thankful He's always there to gently correct me and keeps me on the path of safety. I'm pretty sure I've heard that still small voice say "it's time to grow up child, time to put away the toys and do the work I've called you to do." I'm so grateful for His hand of correction (after the fact!!) Help me Lord not wait for You to count to three!
    Wonderful post Abby, enjoy those grandkids!

  5. Oh Abby - thank you so much for those words - i think we all need to be reminded of them - more regularly than we would like to admit at times :-)

  6. He is pretty cute! That's a beautiful graphic, Abby!

  7. We're all God's works in progress. Thankfully, He doesn't give up on us in the meantime. We will finally get it right when we're with Him in Heaven!!! Can't wait.
    Thanks for sharing and for your wonderful friendship.
    God bless you!
    Word Art Wednesday

  8. A beautiful post ... thank you for sharing!

  9. Isn't that the truth, we always think we know best for ourselves and we tell God how the best way would be to solve our problems. So thankful we have an all knowing God who is always looking out for our best interest in everything, even when we think we know how it should be done :)

  10. Amen...just when I think I have learned this lesson, another situation will arise to show me that there is so much room for more growth. I love this refrain:
    Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
    How I've proved him o'er and o'er!
    Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
    O for grace to trust him more!

  11. Great post... How many times have I been guilty of expecting God to "get on board" with my wishes and wants. I need to be reminded He is in control of all things and knows best. ~Pamelyn

  12. Thought-provoking post, Abby! I certainly can't do it myself, yet it's easy to think I can do it on my own - shame on me for those thoughts. I can only do it through the Lord's leading and with His strength. Thank you for this. Have a great weekend, Friend. Hugs!

  13. Abbey,
    One of my favorite scripture. Like many I need to remember to TRUST, WALK, BECAUSE. My help comes from the LORD. Another sweet card.
    Thank you for posting with us. It is wonderful seeing your projects.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday


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