Monday, January 23, 2012

Where do you go when you need help?

How frustrating it is to run into a problem and not know how to solve it!  You go to people who you feel should be qualified to help, and you get run of the mill answers.  No real help at all.  Instead the question is posed, "are you in the Word and have you been praying about the situation?"  Yes, we need to be in the Word and we do need to be praying about the situation BUT, and this is a very big BUT, we sometimes need tangible assistance.  We need to be pointed to someone who can help us, who can let us know that we are not alone, that others have gone before us.

Did you realize that sometimes God allows us to go through hard times and then He brings someone  to us who is going through similar situations, and we can be of assistance to them?  What we have learned from our experiences, information we have gleaned, resources we have gathered can and should be shared with those who have come to us seeking help.  Reassurance that God is there, and that the Word of God is a powerful and effective tool should be first and foremost.  And believe me, prayer plays a big part, too.  But God gives us additional tools to be effective in helping others. 

Some of us have gone through divorce, lived through affairs, dealt with physical and/or emotional abuse, lost children either through death or other circumstances, dealt with rebellious teenagers, the list goes on...  Why don't we compile lists of resources, along with the Bible and prayer, that can be used to help our fellow Christians the next time they come to us? 

Prov. 3:5-6

I just found these, one was in an e-mail to me from Women of Faith: 


  1. You've asked an important question one which I feel that the reason we don't have many resources is because the church itself don't know how to deal with it.

    Any time I come up against something of course I go to God but I like you check myself to see do I have any unforigiveness in me. And once I see that I do I have to make it right with that person and with God. Then after being in prayer I go to my Pastor's leadership Counsel and I thank God we have a counselor who does not judge or say this is what you should do or not do, he listens and he tells how he over came some of his issues and that is what helps us. Because at times you got to talk to one person you can trust who will give you Godly guidance.

    I use to go to friends but friends only tell you what they would do if they was in your sitation, so I found out quickly they aren't the best ones to go to unless they've been where I've been.

  2. Desiray, your first comment is the reason I posted. It can be very frustrating. I have actually contacted our local newspaper and a story may be run if I can do some legwork. The paper thinks it would be worthwhile to have information out there for use, but they don't have the people to do the work.