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“Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help,  as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.” Psalm 28:2 NIV

When you’re at wits end, cry out to God for mercy.  God knows exactly how we are designed, He knows what we can handle.  He knows where we need Him to intervene for us, one way or another. We were never designed to handle things all on our own, yet day after day we try.  Our greatest temptation in life is taking matters into our own hands. When we are exhausted and overloaded, it’s because we’ve been doing it on our own power.  God is waiting to help you. All you have to do is call out to Him. He’ll answer.  

My Dad died from lung cancer when I was 16.  Losing him was the first “big” thing I went through in life.  He was my hero, I didn’t know how I could live one day without him.  He was in the hospital when he passed, all of his family surrounding his bed.  I remember the walk to his room to say goodbye. My Aunt Margie walked beside me. She said these words to me, “God will never give you more than you can handle.”  I’ve lived by those words since that day. But I’ve realized Aunt Margie didn’t finish the sentence. The full statement, and what she meant was: “God will never give you more than you can handle with Him!”  We’re never alone when we’re in the midst of a storm, He is always with us. When our strength runs out, His mercy is waiting. 

When our strength runs out, His mercy is waiting.

My Mom and my Aunt Margie are the two women who impacted my life the most.  Sisters, 8 years apart, they were very wise women. They were strong, powerful women who endured hardships I can only imagine.  They taught me the truth about where they got their strength. Their favorite Psalm was 121: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (vs. 1-2 NIV).

They got their strength from God. They held God to His promises.  They trusted Him. They followed Him.  I have never known two women who lived out their faith better than them.  They set an example for me I can only hope to achieve.

You have access to the same wisdom, the same strength, the same power they had.  Look to the mountains like they did. Trust that God will help you, no matter what the situation.  Let him take control.

Question of the Day:

What help do you need from God today?

Further Reading:  Exodus 19:16-21:21NIV, Matthew 23:13-39 NIV, Psalm 28:1-9 NIV, Proverbs 7:1-5 NIV

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