Sunday, November 21, 2010

{Scripture Challenge 2} Challenge Word #24, Help

Challenge Word #24: Help

Friday of this week, I learned I have a big task before me that will happen just after Thanksgiving. My first thoughts were—oh my, I am so swamped. We didn’t have Christmas decorations last year because my husband was so ill. Now I won’t be able to put up the decorations Thanksgiving weekend. I have Christmas cards to do, presents to wrap, design work to do, etc., etc., etc. All selfish thoughts. Then God woke me up at 3 a.m. Saturday with a song by Casting Crowns—“Praise You in This Storm” which is actually from Psalm 121:1-2 “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.”

God knew this was coming. He has prepared it for me. When He prepares something for us, He enables and helps us through it. As believers, we have the Holy Spirit living in us that gives us the power to do things He brings our way. He is our help. John 14:15-17 says “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.”

How amazing is that! The power of the Holy Spirit lives in me and in all believers. We can rely on that power. He is our help in all things. And when God calls us to a task, He will enable us to do it—not by our own strength but in His. Are you relying on “self” for help and failing, or are you relying on the Holy Spirit within you to complete the task He has given you?

Now the “task” may be a difficult road but we can trust that He is our help through it! Now this doesn’t mean we can run around and do as we please. If we are just running without an intent purpose in following His will, we can lose that closeness to the Lord because we are running and not listening to or following Him. He is there to help but we must be in His will too.

What difficulty or task are you facing right now? Is it a medical situation? Family issues? The craziness of the holiday season? Where are you turning for help? Do you turn to complaining thoughts like I did? Do you turn to friends to voice your frustration? Do you turn to the internet to get other’s advice? Or do you turn to our precious Lord and ask for His help? He is our Creator. He is always watching over us, and He is all-powerful. We certainly should not turn to anyone or anything else for help. Give it all to Him and turn your eyes to Him. We can depend on Him for our help. Psalm 54:4 says “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”

For my page today I used two of the scriptures listed above—Psalm 54:4 and Psalm 121:1-2. I also used Psalm 124:8 from the Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 3 stamp collection. I also loved this pink paper from Webster's Pages. This soft pink is my absolute favorite color, and I need to remember to stay in the background just as this pink paper is behind the scripture. I need to allow Him to lead me and help me. I am not in control; He is! And praise God for that!
Papers: Webster's Pages Postcards from Paris
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 3
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink aged mahogany
Embellishments: Tim Holtz journaling tickets and type charms, Hero Arts flowers, Paper Trey Ink buttons, sewing machine, misc. twine and lace

When sharing your page for this challenge be sure to use Keyword SCRC210 when posting in galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of our previous lessons, please visit this post here. I will be back with another study on December 5th. Have a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving week ahead!



Anonymous said...

Yum---I just wanted to reach up and touch the screen, the textures and colors were so vivid. (Have you ever thought of doing a tutorial on how to photograph such things?)
Thank you for the gentle reminder to turn to God first for help. He is our best and strongest ally, though I do appreciate also having a hand to hold locally, too.
Praying for you and whatever challenges you are facing, Jennifer in Ohio

Patter Cross said...

Hi Jennifer! Thanks for your sweet words. :) And I have done a tutorial on how I photograph my projects. You can see it here:

The only difference is now that I added lace on top of the white fabric shown in the tutorial but everything else is the same. :) Super easy and fast!

And thanks for your prayers. I guess I need them for expanded time and a calm heart. :) You are the best! Blessings,

Caroline said...

Hi Patter,

Thanks for the reminder to go to God first and in all things. Love Psalm 54:4. Phenomenal job in all you do. Love how you allow the Lord to use you to teach others in so many ways.


Teresa A. Searcy said...

I will be praying for you in the coming weeks.

peacefulgardens said...

I just wanted to tell you what a pleasure it is to get your comments. You have touched my heart especially today because I do know what it's like to be overwhelmed but it's ususally because I've bogged myself down with some things that the Lord really hasn't called me too. So I weed out what I can and ask Him to help me with what He does want me to do. He is so Faithful to watch over us and care for us as we walk through daily life. I pray that you will find all the joy there is in casting all your cares on Him and trusting Him to get the job done just as you said. He is so good.

Grace said...

Hi Patter! Oh this is a beautiful page and full of wonderful Scripture! I really appreciated your post today... I think we often feel overwhelmed, especially this time of year, and the older we get the more things tend to overwhelm us too! But God IS faithful and enables us to do what He wants us to do! What's difficult sometimes is sorting out what He wants us to do and what we just think He might want us to do! Have you ever said yes, just because there was a need but not because you really felt called to it? I am learning... take everything to Him first in prayer! Prayers for you in the weeks ahead as you prepare and do all He has called you to do!

Tracy said...

Such a pretty layout.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Marcie said...

What a beautiful page & thanks for the reminder to let God help out and guide us when we are feeling overwhelmed.

Anne-Marie said...

Your page is beautiful and your devotion full of great teaching. I like your choice of paper ( floral ) for your artwork and the tickets looks good.
I am about to do my page - have been without a computer for a few days.
God Bless

Jonia said...

Patter this is a great page. Thanks so much for sharing from your heart. I so appreciate you doing this for us this year. You are a real blessing and Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nancy said...

Thank you so very much Patter! I'll say it again and again...God is GOOD!!...Nancy :o)

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