Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Help Is Coming!


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

I woke up this morning with this Scripture on my heart. As I lay there thinking about it, I began to see a picture. Perhaps this picture is for someone who might read this blog, and for that reason I will share it.

When I was at the bottom of life, I begged God for help. I felt as low down and incapable of fixing my situation as I'd ever been. I wept and cried before His feet. It was a turning point in my deliverance. Yet it was not the begging or the tears that caused God to answer my prayer, though God sees our tears. Instead, it was the condition of my heart when I requested His help.

There is a vast difference between asking God to correct everything in your life with no intention of changing your behavior and crying out to God with every determination to not act the same again. One is a position of selfishness, and God will not honor that, the other is a position of surrender. It is, "God, I give you all of this. I won't be the same. Now, help me!"

Where are you looking?

The key point in this verse is the direction in which the applicant is looking and with what they are looking. The verse plainly says, "Lift up." This is an action on our part, something we must do personally. We can no longer look at our feet to our right hand or to our left. We must lift up in the direction of the help and stop looking elsewhere. This is a point of surrender to God.

Now notice, surrender is the only action required. This verse does not say, "Stretch out your hand." It doesn't command us to walk anywhere. In fact, in this verse we are stationary. At the moment of lifting up our eyes, that is the only action. God does not need our help. Remember we need His!

God is a god of mercy and compassion. He desires to help us, but He also desires to see we are looking only at Him. Look in the direction of the help. Stop trying on your own efforts. And lastly, notice to whom you are looking. This is in the second verse. We are not looking at just anything! We are looking at the Maker of heaven and earth.

"I expect you to do it!"

Say to God, "Okay, I'm looking at you now and I expect you to help me!"

Wait, you say, can we do that? Absolutely! What does it say in Hebrews?


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Come boldly! God has promised us help in our time of need. Faith says, I look to You God to keep your word to me, and I look ONLY to you. Then faith acknowledges to whom it is looking. We are looking at the "Maker of heaven and earth." It is one thing to ask for help. But when we ask, why would we ask it from someone incapable of helping? That makes no sense. No, we ask it of the one who has all the power to correct the situation.

And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (Psalm 37:40)

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: (Psalm 146:5)

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:13)

He has the power to help and the willingness to help, so expect Him to help! Lift up your eyes. Help is coming!

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"It's in your hands."

I was struggling the other day, full of "how's," "why's," and "what-about-me's," when in my agitation, I decided to pray. Now, I don't recall my exact words. Most likely, they were not so much full of faith as full of complaint. But I remember vividly God's response.

"Put this back in my hands, Suzanne."

You see, so many times I think our frustrations come, not from God's hesitation - He's not sitting in heaven looking at his watch, waiting for the right time to come - but from our inability to stop doing what it is His job to do.

Once again, I had picked back up God's responsibility.

Why is it we think we are to pray and then answer our own prayers? It makes no sense, yet we do it all the time.

"God, I need this or that," we pray, then we proceed to make it come to pass. There comes a point where we have to let go and trust God to keep His word. We find this all through the Word of God.

A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. (Pr 16:9)

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. (Je 10:23)

The Lord God directs our steps, not I direct my own steps. In my own self, I am insufficient to the task. At some point, very plainly, I will fail. No, God brings me promotion. God provides the finances. God protects me with His peace. These are His jobs. The good news is, He will do them.

What does it say in John 14:14?

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

He WILL do it. There is no hesitation in that statement. God has spoken.

So once again I laid down what I had mistakenly picked up. There comes a point in faith where things are out of our hands and into His. Our job is to believe He is wise enough, strong enough, and powerful enough - to believe He is faithful to keep His word.

I have felt much lighter since then. I still in the natural don't know how or what God is entirely up to in my life, but I plan on believing He will continue to do it.

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Monday, December 5, 2011

God Moments

My thanks to Tracy Ruckman of Write Integrity Press for allowing me to share my God Moment amongst some truly beautiful testimonies others gave about God's mercy and grace. I encourage you to visit the link below. Then scroll to the bottom and read what others have shared. I believe you will be truly blessed.

God Moments in the Ordinary

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Steve's Digicams - Two Important Things About Sales

My December 2011 article is up at Steve's Digicams. In this article, I take a look at two important rules in making (and surviving) sales, especially when dealing with difficult people. You can read the article directly at the link below.

Two Important Things About Sales

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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