Learning To Rely On God

Learning To Rely On God

“Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.”

“In every need let me come to you with humble trust saying Jesus help me.”

I sometimes find it extremely difficult to just let go and put all my problems in the hands of God. I find myself over and over again thinking I can handle it all on my own. Not praying about my true struggles because I feel as if God can’t help me. Not truly trusting in who He really is.

Lately I’d been struggling with something and I didn’t know where to start for help. I didn’t even know what to pray for because I felt like it was out of my control. I just kept thinking about all of the bad and pushing it to the back of my mind instead of facing the heart of my problem. I felt like I had to do a trust fall and no one was there behind me to catch me.

One night I had enough, and I just said “Jesus, I need your help.” It was those simple words that helped me start to find peace. I prayed more and more about the problem and I realized the core of it was my strength.

“Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.”

All I had to do was lift my worries up to God. He can do so much that we aren’t even aware of. Relying on God and lifting up all your struggles to Him can seem impossible. It can seem like it won’t help anything, but it will. Even just talking to Jesus about my worries and my fears I was able to have a much clearer mind and I could more easily think of a solution.

“Stress makes you believe that everything has to happen right now. Faith reassures you that everything will happen in God’s timing.”

I didn’t have to try to figure my life out. That was for Him to do. He knew what was going to happen anyway. It was my job to wait for His plan to unfold and to trust in Him. It’s hard for me to let go of control and to put my worries on Him, but I can’t hold them all in. I can’t handle that, no human can. That’s why you have to rely on him in times of trouble. He’s there for you in a way that no one here on Earth can be.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield, in whom my heart trusts. I am helped, so my heart rejoices; with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7

Use God as your shoulder to lean on. He loves you and wants you to come to Him for help! Bringing all your struggles and worries to the cross can bring so much peace in your heart. You can use prayer as your source of strength to overcome your obstacles. Putting your trust in him is hard because you can feel like you’re losing control of your life, but it’s ok. He’s got your back, and He won’t let you fall.
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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit


1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay


Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible


Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit


God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others


We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop


Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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