Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

ASK

Psalm 33:20 – We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

Today is Sunday where we Relax, Reflect, Recharge from the past week as we prepare for the new week.  While I was doing my devotions this morning, I was reminded that HELP is always available to us but first we need to ASK for it.

WOW! This was big for me since I am not good at asking for help.  For those that know me, this may be surprising.  I talk all the time about asking for help, and having no hesitation in admitting when I don’t know something or need help.  The truth is that sometimes, I let embarrassment, pride or even FEAR get in the way of asking for help.  Silly, right?  Asking for help means relinquishing control over some area of our life or our responsibilities.  I never really thought about it that way.  In my professional life, I rarely asked for help or admitted that I didn’t know how to do something for the FEAR that it would leave me vulnerable to attack.  Did I use the word FEAR because the truth is that I didn’t want to give up CONTROL of something.  In the devotion on iBelieve.com, it talked about our FEAR of finding out that we are not as indispensable as we thought!  SMACK!  Did I really live much of my (previous) professional life with this underlying thought?  I have been blessed with an awakening during my journey with Thirty One.  I have learned to ASK for help (sometimes).  It is progress but definitely NOT perfection.

This past week was a little bit of a roller coaster ride.  Parties postponed, the excitement of possible new recruits, medical tests, WaWa, car trouble for hubby and the list goes on.  The coming week doesn’t look as hectic but maybe that is because I have asked hubby to share the load.  It seems like such a simple step but the truth is that as women, we often think that we need to carry the load on our own.  Really, I can’t be the only one that thinks that?

If we want help, if we need help – we can’t wait for someone to see our struggle and jump in to save us.  Do we really think that family, friends, or business associates can read our mind and know exactly what we are thinking or need help with?  I have to admit that I can be the queen of gentle nudges and then when no one steps in to help – I pout. ASK!  God gave us a voice and there is no shame in asking for help.

As you reflect on this past week, what things could you have asked for help in getting done?  In preparation for the upcoming week, are you dreading the crazy, hectic pace of trying to stuff too many things into one week?  Why not STOP and figure out what you can ask for help with – No, it may not be done exactly the way YOU would do it but it will get done.  Yes, you may not be able to control everything BUT you may find that sharing the load will give you some sanity.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

#hope

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